Amy Plum

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Amy Plum
Amy Plum 2011.jpg
Born 1967 (age 50–51)
Portland, Oregon
Occupation Writer
Nationality American and French
Period 2011–present
Genre Young adult fiction
Notable works Die for Me series (2011-13)
Website
amyplumbooks.com

Amy Plum (born 1967) is an American and French young-adult fiction writer, best known for her Die for Me series.

Early life and education[edit]

Plum was born in Portland, Oregon, and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. After receiving a bachelor's degree in psychology from Wheaton College in Illinois, she lived in Paris, London (where she received a master of arts in medieval art history from the Courtauld Institute) and New York, before settling in France.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Die for Me series (2011-13)[edit]

Plum's first book, A Year in the Vines, went unpublished, but it helped her acquire an agent.[3] Her first published novel, Die for Me, came out in 2011. Die for Me, which is the first novel of the series alternately known as the Die for Me or Revenants series, introduces the mythology of a group of zombie-like, reanimating creatures called revenants. The young-adult novel recounts the attempts of Kate Mercier, a 16-year-old American living in Paris, to move on after the death of her parents in a car crash, and her love story with one of the revenants, Vincent.[4][5] Publishers Weekly called it "an immersing, franchise-ready story."[4] An International Bestseller, Die for Me was voted to the Summer 2011 Indie Next list,[6] was The Romance Times top pick,[7] and a 2013-14 South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee.[8] It is translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Czech, Norwegian, Russian, Slovak, Polish, Spanish, and Turkish.[9]

The sequel, Until I Die, was published in 2012[3] and is translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Bulgarian, Czech, Norwegian, Spanish, and Turkish.[10] It was followed by a digital novella, Die for Her, which has been referred to as "Die for Me 2.5",[11] and is translated into German, French, Spanish, and Turkish.[12] The series was completed in 2013 with If I Should Die, wrapping up the love story of Kate and Vincent.[13][14] RT Book Reviews gave If I Should Die four-and-a-half stars, praising it as "another fantastic tale."[13] If I Should Die is translated into German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Norwegian, Spanish, and Turkish.[15] At her readers' request, Plum added another novella to the series, releasing digital novella Die Once More in 2015, which is translated into French, Spanish, and Turkish.[16] A digital compendium for the series entitled Inside the World of Die for Me was released in February 2016.[17]

After the End series (2014-15)[edit]

After the End was published in 2014. The first of a two-book series by Plum, it begins in the Alaskan wilderness in a possibly post-apocalyptic world, and tells the story of 17-year-old Juneau, who has mystical powers. After she returns home to find her entire village has been abducted, she searches for them with the assistance of Miles, a rich, spoiled teenager.[18][19][20] The book received a starred review in Publishers Weekly.[20]

The sequel, Until the Beginning, was published in 2015. It received strong reviews from Kirkus,[21] Booklist, and a 4 1/2 star rating from RT Book Reviews.[22]

After the End and Until the Beginning are both translated into Turkish.[23][24]

Dreamfall series (2017-18)[edit]

Dreamfall was published in 2017 by HarperTeen. The first book of Plum’s YA horror duology, the sequel, "Neverwake” will be published in August 2018. In the books, a radical experiment to cure chronic insomnia goes wrong, and its seven teenage test subjects are plunged into a shared coma populated by one another’s nightmares; those who die in the dream will also die in real life.[25]

The books have been optioned for television by DiGa Studios.[26]

The series is translated into Hungarian and Turkish,[27][28] and has received enthusiastic reviews from School Library Journal,[29] VOYA (Voice of Youth Advocates), Kirkus,[30] and Publishers Weekly.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Plum resides in Paris, France with her two children.[1][32]

Publications[edit]

Revenants Series

  • Die for Me (HarperTeen, May 10, 2011)
  • Until I Die (HarperTeen, May 8, 2012)
  • Die for Her: A Die for Me Novella (HarperTeen Impulse, April 2, 2013)
  • If I Should Die (HarperTeen, May 7, 2013)
  • Die Once More: A Die for Me Novella (HarperTeen, February 3, 2015)
  • Inside the World of Die For Me (HarperTeen, February 9, 2016)

After the End Series

  • After the End (HarperTeen, May 6, 2014)
  • Until the Beginning (Harper Teen, May 5, 2015)

Dreamfall Series

  • Dreamfall (HarperTeen, 2017)
  • Neverwake (HarperTeen, 2018)

An Alphabet of Paris Zombies (CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, August 31, 2016)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b “Amy Plum Author Interview,” Jean Book Nerd, January 2012.
  2. ^ Amy Plum bio, Epic Reads. Accessed July 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b “Author Interview: Amy Plum,” Miss Literati. Accessed July 11, 2014.
  4. ^ a b “Die for Me,” Publishers Weekly, March 28, 2011.
  5. ^ “Die for Me,” Kirkus Reviews, April 5, 2011.
  6. ^ “Die for Me,” Summer 2011 Indie Next list.
  7. ^ “Die for Me,” Archived October 8, 2015, at the Wayback Machine. The Romance Times top pick.
  8. ^ “Die for Me,” South Carolina Young Adult Book Award Nominee.
  9. ^ "Die For Me | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  10. ^ "Until I Die | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  11. ^ “Die for Her (Revenants #2.5) by Amy Plum,” Archived July 14, 2014, at the Wayback Machine. Fiction Snoop, April 8, 2013.
  12. ^ "Die For Her | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  13. ^ a b Meera Patel, “If I Should Die,” RT Book Reviews, May 2013.
  14. ^ June Goodwin, “If I Should Die (Revenants),” New York Journal of Books, May 2013.
  15. ^ "If I Should Die | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  16. ^ "—DIE ONCE MORE | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  17. ^ “Inside the World of Die for Me,” Preorder Inside the World of Die for Me.
  18. ^ Jessie Potts, “Must-read romances: ‘A Girl Called Fearless,’ ‘After the End,’ ‘Stuck in Oz’,” USA Today, May 6, 2014.
  19. ^ “After the End,” Kirkus Reviews, March 12, 2014.
  20. ^ a b “After the End,” Publishers Weekly, March 3, 2014.
  21. ^ “Until the Beginning,” Kirkus Reviews, May 5, 2015.
  22. ^ “Until the Beginning,” RT Book Reviews, May 5, 2015.
  23. ^ "After the End | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  24. ^ "Until the Beginning | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  25. ^ "Book Deals: Week of September 21, 2015". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  26. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-04-24). "DIGA Options Amy Plum's 'Dreamfall' Dark Thriller Novel To Develop As TV Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  27. ^ "Dreamfall | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  28. ^ "Neverwake | Amy Plum". www.amyplumbooks.com. Retrieved 2018-01-06. 
  29. ^ "SLJ's April 2017 Popular Picks | School Library Journal". www.slj.com. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  30. ^ DREAMFALL by Amy Plum | Kirkus Reviews. 
  31. ^ "Children's Book Review: Dreamfall by Amy Plum. HarperTeen, $17.99 (288p) ISBN 978-0-06-242987-2". PublishersWeekly.com. Retrieved 2017-09-14. 
  32. ^ Laura Perenic, “What Are You Reading, France?” The Yalsa Hub, November 14, 2013.

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