So, Amy, time to share!
Tell us about your early life and how it shaped you:
I grew up in the Cleveland area with a single mom — my siblings were all out of the house by the time I was five — and I watched my mom solely tackle so many things. She worked hard, she helped others, and always encouraged me to learn and explore.
What inspired you to go into writing/journalism?
Books. I fell in love with reading at an early age and that has never changed. I started out as a fiction writer — mostly poems and short stories but have always been in love with news and telling the stories of intriguing people and what makes them tick, so I went further down the journalism path.
What types of pitches would brands and PR folks be smart to send you?
Echo is Phoenix’s longest running LGBTQ publication; pitches that relate to the LGBTQ community do take priority. We also want to present information that is pertinent to the community-at-large, so I’m very open to ideas. We’re always looking for new writers — new voices. News, politics, business, arts … bring it on!
What is something readers would be surprised to learn about you?
I play drums in local bands French Girls and Sturdy Ladies.
Favorite type of music or songs?
I love music and I’m all over the place – rock, punk, jazz, Americana, experimental.
Favorite local haunts or restaurants?
So many good spots to eat around town. Green Vegetarian, Otro Café and FnB are some of my most favorite places.
Favorite TV shows or movies?
I just finished binging the only two seasons of The Missing, a British crime anthology. So good!
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