Think about your favorite novel . . . what elements move you? What makes it special to you?
Do you laugh out loud?
What if one story could do all that?
Character Driven, Literary Quality Writing
The magic a story conjures, that comes alive and resonates within a reader can only breathe from the place it always has—the characters. Elizabeth Bennett, Tom Sawyer, Harry Potter, Sherlock Holmes . . . when a character captures the imagination a reader will gladly follow . . . the enticement far more powerful than any plot. The experience becomes more than just turning pages to find out what happens. We read to immerse ourselves in the adventures these people stride out to meet that we cannot. To laugh at their mistakes or amusing misfortunes, feel their heartache, and be frightened when the bad guy finally has them cornered and there’s no way out. This soul of the book—the character—is where the love of reading a story is born.
It's why I write character-driven fiction.
By crafting a dynamic mystery within a conflict-driven love story, my novels provide tremendous commercial appeal while staying true to quality writing. Characters first, genre second. I invite you to welcome Millie Chandler, Sara Reynolds, Claire Garrison, Celia Hephner, and Kara Cinnamon into your imagination. Please let me know if they become one of your favorites.
Currently, I'm working on the next installment of my series featuring FBI Special Agent, Kara Cinnamon, in Search and Seize Her.
"Inflatable Men by Amy Ivan is one of those delicious stories that female readers and men who know anything about the world of fashion will devour and spread the word to their friends. Although the plot is well developed, the characters drive this fascinating story with all their quirks and foibles that are realistic in the scenarios they’ve been placed.” – Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, 2012
“Dialogue throughout this story [Trapped in Epitome] is so good I could hear the characters talking in my head . . . The author clearly knows how to tell a wonderful story for people who like character driven books.” – Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards, 2012
“The characters are so vivid they come alive and remind you of people you know in your own town of Epitome.” – Reviewer praise, 2012
“Ms. Ivan's descriptions of Epitome, Maine were so illustrative that I felt I was really there. This book will have you on the edge of your seat not only during the suspenseful moments, but the romantic ones, as well! I truly cared what happened between the main characters, Claire and Phillip, and loved the manner in which their relationship played out. With a serial killer on the loose in Epitome, this added a suspenseful element to the story that made it even harder to put down. This book definitely kept me up late at night because I couldn't wait to see what happened next.” – Reviewer praise, 2012