Amy Wallen is the author of When We Were Ghouls: A Memoir of Ghost Stories (University of Nebraska Press) and the bestselling novel MoonPies & Movie Stars (Plume). Her collaboration with illustrator Emil Wilson, How to Write a Novel in 20 Pies: Sweet & Savory Secrets from the Writing Life, will be published by Andrews McMeel in 2022. Her essays have appeared in The Gettysburg Review, The Normal School, The Writer, Country Living, and various anthologies. She is the associate director of the New York State Summer Writers Institute and the founder of DimeStories. She teaches personal narrative to disenfranchised youth at Ocean Discovery Institute.