Amy Harmon: Biography

Amy Harmon

Amy Harmon is an American journalist and novelist who was born in 1968. She was raised in Levan, Utah amongst the wheat fields. She attended the University of Michigan and gained a BA in American Studies. At university, she became involved with the student newspaper, Michigan Daily, writing and editing articles in the opinion section. She joined the Los Angeles Times after she graduated, and in 1997 began to work for The New York Times. Her work for The New York Times contributed to her team winning a Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting. In 2012, Harmon won the Casey Medal for her article entitled “Autistic and Seeking a Place in an Adult World”.

In addition to her work as a journalist, Amy Harmon has also written 10 novels. Harmon grew up in a house with no television and was an avid reader instead. Her love of reading gave her a great understanding of what makes a good story, and this has fuelled her career as an author.

Two of her novels, Making Faces and Running Barefoot, have both become USA Today bestselling titles and Prom Night in Purgatory featured on the New York Times bestseller list. Making Faces was published in 2013 and is a romance novel for young adults. It is a coming of age novel which has been described as a modern retelling of Beauty and the Beast. Running Barefoot is another title for young adult readers. It tells the story of a romance between a small town American girl and a Native American boy.