Today we're excited to chat with Amalie Jahn (The Clay Lion) as part of YABC's Brand New Holiday Anthology,
Mistletoe & Magic!
Read on for more about Amalie and her story, After Checkmate, plus a giveaway!
Amalie Jahn is the USA Today Bestselling author of The Clay Lion Series and The Next to Last Mistake, coming March 19, 2019 from Light Messages Publishing. As a YABC staff member, she enjoys reading and reviewing both traditional and Indie offerings from the monthly book hauls.
Meet After Checkmate
Available in the YABC Holiday Anthology: Mistletoe & Magic
Tess refuses to tag along with her best friend Zander and his date to the winter formal, and he can't understand her reluctance. What he doesn't realize is her feelings for him might not be as platonic as they once were.
YABC: What was your inspiration for this story?
Amalie: In The Next to Last Mistake, Tess leaves her best friend Zander behind when her family moves across the country. I wanted to take the opportunity in After Checkmate to explore how their relationship began evolving from simple friendship into something more in the months leading up to the move.
YABC: Tell us about your other works or projects? Where can we find your books?
In The Next to Last Mistake, Tess's dad reenlists in the army and she's forced to move across the country, leaving behind the only life she's ever known to enter a world she knows nothing about. But when Leonetta Jackson is assigned as her mentor, she becomes Tess’s unexpected guide through the winding labyrinth of disparities between them, sparking a tentative friendship and challenging Tess to confront her reluctant nature. As the pieces move across the board of her upended life, will Tess find the acceptance she so desperately desires? Add The Next to Last Mistake to your Goodreads TBR pile now.
My latest project, PHOEBE UNFIRED, about a girl struggling to live with germaphobia in NYC, is currently on submission with my agent to publishers. And, of course, there's lots of information about my work on my website: amaliejahn.com
YABC: When it's book haul time at YABC, how do you decide which books to request?
Amalie: When it's time for me to choose which books to pick from the haul, I usually steer clear of covers that indicate the book is high fantasy or hard science fiction. After that, I look for books whose blurbs make me feel invested in the characters right from the start. I'm drawn to personal stakes and a well-written story with a HEA.
Amalie's Awards and Positions:
USA Today Bestseller | #1 Amazon Bestseller | Winner of the 2015 Kindle Book Review Awards (Young Adult) | Gold Medal winner of the 2015 Readers' Favorite Book Awards in the young adult science fiction category | Literary Classics Seal of Approval and Gold Medal recipient