Amy is in work on her first book of literary fiction.
Her debut collection of interlinked short stories explores the coming-of-age experiences of three young Americans driven to join the post-Vietnam military for very different reasons. Doyle Jefferson Hackman IV and Nessa O’Shaughnessy are high school friends raised on different sides of their scenic shoreline town. Yet, both are motivated to escape by similar traumatic experiences. Nessa meets Jane Shockey in Marine Corps boot camp and the two women share a lifelong friendship pursuing different military career paths: Lieutenant O’Shaughnessy becomes a Navy helicopter pilot deployed to the Persian Gulf and Sergeant Shockey a Marine Drill Instructor stationed in Parris Island.
Through these characters the book explores life, death, friendship and what it’s like serving in the U.S. military during a transformational period while policies such the Combat Exclusion clause and ‘Don’t ask, Don’t Tell’ wax and wane.