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The wonder-filled life of a single older-ish mom.

About Amy Rawe

heart sculptureI’m a forty-seven-year-old single mom raising a feisty six-year-old daughter, and this is my corner to doodle during the margins of our days. Until now, my writing work has mostly been for other people — as an editor of a small town newspaper, as an editor at a magazine called Hope (didn’t float), and as Communications Director at the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Maine. Those are the big chunks . . . there have been random jobs and wanderings in between, even in far-flung places. (Ask me what the mashed potatoes I ate in Indonesia really were, or what dagging means.)

These days, I’m a work-at-home-writer who has a bad habit of incessantly picking at my eyebrows when I get stuck on something I’m working on. The pencils in my desk drawer are actually eyebrow pencils.

Despite that nervous tic, my default belief setting is that everything’s gonna’ be alright and that the sweet celebrations of motherhood far outweigh the challenges. In the “is the glass half-full or half-empty” conversation, I guess I’d be the one to say, “Why just a glass? Bring a pitcher, and fill ‘er up!”

13 thoughts on “About Amy Rawe

  1. Hi there! I lived in Knoxville for 31 years until I moved for a woman I was going to make my wife in ’09. I did and we now have two children. We are planning on moving back to Knoxville as soon as our house sales.

    I am also a writer. I have two book series, w three published books on Amazon. My author page is millionsvanished.com

    I want to be a paid writer. My books aren’t selling because no one knows about them. I need to make money doing this, especially since I don’t have a great job to come back to in TN and we would like my wife to be a stay at home mom. She’s the best mom and wife ever.

    Do you have any advice that may point me in the right direction?

    Thank you
    Brian Lakins

    • JEFF S. MANN on said:

      Brain, Google Jerry Jenkins, author of the Left Behind series. He’s doing some interesting things to help writers. You might find something useful about marketing your books. Good luck.

  2. ANNE "ADAIR' SANDERS on said:

    I hear you, Brian. I, too, am a published author with a mystery trilogy on Amazon (Allison Parker Mystery series by Adair Sanders). I have found getting the word out about the book to be extremely difficult. This coming year I am going to use BookBub as a marketing tool. Take a look at it. You might be interested.

    Adair Sanders

  3. Sandra ODonnell on said:

    Amy,

    I shared your beautiful post on our facebook page today. Thank you for the humble gratitude behind your words and the big happy sob that rose up as I read them. We all need to be reminded that “you can’t judge a book by its cover.” And your essay was a brilliant way of doing that.

    If you have other work you would like to share, please get in touch

    Best,

    Sandra
    Editor, Huntsville Life Magazine

  4. Lee Ann Bowman on said:

    Amy-I’m a producer at WBIR in Knoxville. We would very much like to talk to you about your blog on Dolly Parton. Please email me.
    Thank you so much.

  5. Donna Huffman on said:

    Amy,
    I just read your apology letter to Dolly. It was amazing!
    I have loved Dolly Parton since I was a child and watched her on TV with Porter Wagoner. She is an amazing lady and has done so much.
    I would like to let you know however, that the children’s books mentioned in your letter, are NOT available to every child 5 and under. This is a misconception. I do not believe it to be a fault of Dolly but a misappropriation of funds (or maybe lack of funds). Yet these books are available “around the world”.
    I have 7 grandchildren in Cheyenne, Wyoming who can not receive these books due to lack of funding. United Way I do believe plays a role in these books.
    I just think it’s awful that these books are not available to every 5 and under child in America! To say these are available is incorrect and disheartening when you try to get the books and are told “not available in your area”. We live here in the USA for gosh sakes!
    Oh well, just wanted to let you know! I still love Dolly and your letter to her!

  6. Brenda Hammock on said:

    I am glad to see your posted apology to Dolly. She genuine, what you see is what you get. She has always helped her famil, home town area, provided jobs. She did not build DollyWood but bought an enertainment area and changed the name. I think it was to provide continued jobs for the area.She has been very commuted to helping this area. The children’s books started to help that community and kept expanding to what the program is now. I always admired her because she is such a genuine and caring person. She is also a very honest person.

  7. Christi (Chase) Ritter on said:

    Amy, you may not remember me, but I worked with you at Make A Wish. I, too, am in Tennessee and was just heartbroken about the fires. What a blessing to have a giving woman like Dolly Parton! Loved your post and am following your blog. Hope all is well.

  8. Judy Chauncey on said:

    Donna Huffman must have missed this sentence in Rawe’s letter to Dolly Parton. The “misconception” is Donna Huffman’s: Quote from Amy Rawe’s letter concerning book distribution: ” recently expanded it from Sevier County to my county, and if I had a preschool age child, it said, all I needed to do was sign her up and she would begin receiving books each month.” Amy Rawe’s didn’t say anything about distribution to anywhere other than Sevier County and Amy Rawe’s county.

    • Thanks Judy and Donna. I’ll dig deeper into this but when I moved here my understanding was that it began in Sevier County and had just expanded to Knox County. Now, however, I believe it serves any county that is signed up, but to be honest I don’t know what qualified as signed up. I’ll call Imagination Library and find out.
      I appreciate you.

  9. so glad I happened onto your gorgeous though-provoking blog 🙂

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