Amy Joy

Amy Joy wanted to be Santa Claus when she grew up, but realizing she’d never grow a beard, she poured herself into her other passions. Now she’s an indie writer, artist, web designer, graphic designer, college writing professor with probably a few too many degrees (two Bachelor’s and two Master’s; she can’t help it: she really loves to learn). Her debut novel, The Academie (dystopian YA romance) was a Quarterfinalist for the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel award and became an Amazon bestseller within months of its release. Amy Joy is also the creator of the What Happens Next?(TM) series for children 8-12, including The Princess and the Pepperoni Pizzaand she has a couple dozen more books sketched out for children from  toddler on up. Her other works-in-progress include the sequels to The Academie and her newest release, The Ghostlands.

Amy Joy’s also the co-founder and primary web designer for The Indie Writer’s Network, a social network and community blogging platform for indie and aspiring writers.

In her free time, Amy Joy can be found ordering more books from her local libraries, pouring over one of those books, or sketching away (usually on the back of mail she finds lying around, simply because it’s there).

Join Amy online:

Twitter: @amyjoywriter and @theacademieseries

Facebook: Amy Joy Writer and The Academie Series

Also find Amy on WattpadDeviant Art, Behance, and Goodreads.

CN James

CN James’ short story “The Dark Room” won honorable mention in the 78th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition for genre short story. With a Master’s Degree in English Education and a Bachelor’s Degree in Music (Jazz Guitar), CN James (Christian J. Triola) is the co-founder of the Indie Writer’s Network, an international community of independent writers; teaches college writing; and he has offered private guitar instruction for nearly 20 years. He enjoys jazz, alternative rock, watching 80’s cartoons, hiking and biking the national parks with his wife, and experiencing stories with monsters in them.

You can find him on Twitter, FacebookGoodreads, and Instagram.

The Collaboration

Amy Joy and CN James are an incredible husband-wife writing team specializing in dystopian science fiction. When they write, it’s difficult to say where the creative process of one stops and the other starts. While each is constantly spear-heading their own writing project, each project eventually ends up in the hands of the other at some point in time. Meanwhile, phrases they each say, experiences they’ve had, and plot ideas they’ve each had tend to end up in each of their books. The Academie series is Amy’s brainchild with CN’s ideas thrown into the mix. Book 2 will involve a greater collaborative effort.

How do you know who did what? Whichever writer is listed first gives you a clue into who’s baby the project was. The secondary author is the invaluable counterpart.

Their first two collaborations, The Armageddon Factor and The Ghostlands, Part 1: Erie Energy are now available in ebook and print. Their upcoming collaborations include The Academie II: The Silent School and The Ghostlands, Part 2: Concordia. 

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