Bruce Edwards writes young adult fiction on subjects most YA authors shy away from. His award-winning The Age of Amy series explores unconventional topics—from the trappings of modern technology to the absurdity of Washington politics. Through fantasy and imagination, Bruce addresses real-world issues, as young readers enjoy a fun read.
The Age of Amy - 'An inquisitive adolescent girl embarks on a quest to understand the times she was born into'.
From a boot camp for troubled teens to political decisions and a smartphone implanted inside humans, The Age of Amy is a series with insightful fun.
Here's my curious questions to the author of The Age of Amy series, Bruce Edwards and his answers...
Why the name Amy? Is there a story behind it?I want readers to see the title character as an ordinary teenager, so I chose an ordinary name. What makes Amy unique, however, is that she’s not content to travel the same road as today’s youth culture. She questions everything. She sees the bigger picture, and unlike her peers, actively involves herself in improving the world her generation will one day inherit.
Your books are clearly the result of a lot of research. How much work goes into researching an idea that you think of for a book?
I actually do very little in-depth research. I just keep my eyes open. I write about problems and solutions that should be obvious to everyone, but aren’t. The Thumper Amendment is a story where corruption in American politics is simply an accepted fact. Amy looks at its inherent flaws and asks, “Is this the best you can do?”
From sci-fi to politics to dark magic, there is such variety in your books. What are you working on now?
Book# 5, The Age of Amy: Mad Dogs and Makeovers, sends Amy in search of a personality-altering shampoo, and is on track for a June, 30th release date.
Are you getting a sense of Déjà vu with the ongoing Presidential campaign, having written The Thumper Amendment?
The central theme of this book is “meanness”. In developing the plot, I looked for a situation where people are at their nastiest. A contentious presidential campaign, where mud-slinging, attack ads, and character assassination are the norm, provided the perfect backdrop.
Understanding teenagers seems to be an impossible task. How do you work on writing from the point of view of one?
I think of teenagers as a two-sided coin. Heads is the fun, carefree existence that all teens are entitled to. Tails is the untapped idealism that hasn’t fully developed. My books offer the best of both sides: enabling young adults to explore real-world issues while enjoying a fun read.
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Thanks to Bruce Edwards. Looking forward to The Age of Amy Book #5: Mad Dogs and Makeovers.