Tuesday, June 19, 2018

Welcome To My Author Page

The Breakthrough Novel Awards

I am so happy to announce that Life Happens On The Stairs is the winner of the 2018 Breakthrough Novel Awards! I'm honored and thrilled to have this opportunity to work with Eeva Lancaster of The Book Khaleesi-Author Services. She's a brilliant publicist, writer, editor, designer and so much more! I'm beyond excited that Life Happens on the Stairs is in good hands!

With all of that said, Welcome to my Authors page! 

This is the official website for (me) Amy J. Markstahler, and my young adult novel,  Life Happens on the Stairs. One day there will be more titles, but until then, lets take baby steps. 


We have a lot going on in the background, as we work on the finishing touches of Life Happens On The Stairs. Soon, the cover will be revealed, and then the party begins!

This journey has taken me through many emotions, taught me how to be tougher, stick with it, and most of all, believe in my dreams. It all started about this time of year, in 2013. I'd sent my son off to camp for the week, and decided I would sit down and just write. I didn't have a clue. In some ways though, ignorance is bliss. All first drafts are just that—drafts, and I wrote like I didn't have a care in the world. I didn't. No pressure. No expectations. I'd reunited with my first love, writing. By the end of the week, I'd cranked out 5000 words. I thought I was a machine! Little did I know . . . Over the next six months, I finished the whole story, then the hard part began—revising and questioning everything. Who will read it? Is it decent? What the heck is a query letter? Is that comma in the right place or not, for gods sake?!? From there the journey began, and after five years of hard work, my dream is coming true. 

I hope you'll join me on this rollercoaster ride. The ups and downs, pure panic attacks and ecstasy of the publishing journey. I know with Eeva Lancaster's expertise, our hard work and dedication, we are going to have a great time, bringing Life Happens On The Stairs to the world! 

Thanks again to the Breakthrough Novel Awards, the judges and Eeva Lancaster at The Book Khaleesi. Congratulations to all of the finalist, as well! 

Click here to check out The Book Khaleesi website  You'll find a variety of services they offer authors to get your book out there and noticed! 


  1. Amy I can not wait to finally get to read this book. I have heard so many stories from the beginning and am so very excited for you! LHOTS is so close to reality I have goose bumps!

    1. Thank you dear friend! You've been wonderful to me on this journey! I can't thank you enough!!

  2. Dear Lord, the pressure!!!!
    Almost there, Amy. You did an awesome job.

    1. Thank you! You've been amazing Eeva and have done a fantastic job too!! I'm so excited!!