Sunday, November 29, 2009

Getting to Know Us: Amy Stafford

Amy Stafford

Senior Reference Assistant, Woodland West

I wanted to be a writer / parapsychologist / astronaut / bookstore owner when I was in elementary school. So far, the parapsychologist and astronaut parts haven't worked out (I've never seen a ghost and when the Challenger blew up I decided staying on Earth was fine with me), but I did work for a total of 6 years at a bookstore, and, so far, nearly 4 years in public libraries. Woodland West Branch has been my home since May 2008. I handle both adult and teen services at my branch.

I am a graduate of the University of North Texas (whoo!) where I studied poetry and fiction writing. My first publication was in Pank and I was once brave enough to be a guest poet for a poetry event where, I am happy to say, the sheer terror of standing in front of an audience did not cause me to pass out.

Most of what I read is fiction (science fiction, fantasy, and horror are my favorites), although poetry is a given. I read a lot of teen fiction. I mean a lot. When I read non-fiction, it tends to be on the humorous side (how to become a ninja, how to survive a zombie apocalypse). I like to crochet, visit National Parks, pretend my cats are my children, play embarrassing board games with my family (Quelf, SingStar), and teach my niece and nephews irritating things that will annoy their parents.

If you need help with teen fiction, science fiction, fantasy, horror, or poetry I'm your gal.

Book Favorites:

The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins

Adventures of Cow
by Lori Korchek

The Knife of
 Never Letting Go
by Patrick Ness

DVD Favorites:

Much hilariousness ensues as Sean uses his acute powers of observation to fake being psychic & solve crimes with best pal Gus.

The Inspector
Lynley Mysteries

Based on the
Elizabeth George books.
Try if you enjoy Prime Suspect.

The Secret of NIMH
One of my favorite childhood movies. Try the book
Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH by Robert C. O'Brien.

Music Favorites:

10,000 Days
Desribed as
alternative rock with heavy metal sounds. Called "the thinking person's metal band."

Kimya Dawson
Hilarious music for children and families. I don't have kids and still love listening to this.

6 and 12 String Guitar
Leo Kottke
Kottke is just plain brilliant. If you're a guitarist, Kottke is someone you should get to know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You are the kind of person we writers love. This year I have read over 20 books. I have just released a new teen novel I think you and your readers will love. It's called Angela 1: Starting Over. It's set in coastal Texas and is the first of three books that will follow Angela Fournier and her friends through 10th, 11th, and 12th grade. To find out more, just click on my name and follow the link to my web site. Please also read my blog at Thank you!