Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen

Amy Nielsen spent nearly twenty years on the other side of the writing aisle as a children’s librarian, sharing her love of books with young readers. Daily immersion in story took root, and she started penning her YA debut, Worth It, behind her checkout desk. When her youngest son was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder, life shifted. She used her love of writing to help other families and started the Big Abilities blog. She is the author of It Takes a Village: How to Build A Support System for your Exceptional Needs Family and the picture book, Goldilocks and the Three Bears: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorder. She recently had a piece featured in the Writer’s Workout Our Pandemic anthology. Amy also freelances for The Autism Helper, Playground Magazine, and other online publications. 

When not writing, she and her family can be found boating in Tampa Bay. You can find Amy at or

Coming May 2024

Seventeen-year-old Angela Carter intended to pick out prom dresses with her best friend and fill out college applications during her senior year. But after her father abandons the family and her addict mother kicks her out, the now-pregnant teen’s new normal is keeping her pressure cooker older boyfriend, Dale, from erupting.

When an intoxicated Dale loses control of her car one night, Angela fears she’ll never hold her unborn child. But something worse happens; they all survive. Desperate for what little stability he provides, and for fear of his retaliation, Angela lies to the police when questioned about the accident. Her lie not only protects him from a DUI but also conceals a darker secret—what happens behind the closed doors of their single-wide trailer.

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