hi there.

I grew up in privileged surroundings, I’m not gonna lie. I spent my summers at an exclusive family resort in New York’s Catskill Mountains. My family expected me to join the Peace Corps and save the world before marrying a doctor, like my father. But I become infatuated with the camp’s dance instructor, Johnny Castle, and one summer we…

–Oh, wait a minute, that’s not me. That’s Baby Houseman from “Dirty Dancing.”–

I am a former entertainment editor of Seventeen and More magazines where I wrote movie and book reviews. I am also a former copywriter and photography producer for J.Crew.com.

Today I’m a stay-at-home mom to toddler twins, which means I’m kind of like Jack Nicholson’s character in “The Shining” if instead of an inn caretaker he were a short-order cook who starts every morning with the question, “who wants pancakes?!”

Oh yeah, I write a parenting-humor blog called “Dear Babies” in which I post these funny little letters to my twins. A “Dear Babies” book is out, a compilation of letters I wrote to them when I was pregnant, offering a heartfelt yet hilarious look not only at pregnancy but at life in the throes of change. You can check it out here on my books page, or at your favorite online retailer (amazon, barnes & noble, iBookstore).

I also stay up late hunched over my laptop working on things. “Things” can mean a collection of humor essays about life lessons learned through loss  (“My Funny Funeral”), a fiction book about the meaning of “the perfect life” (“I Am Mary (dot) White”), or there’s always staring at the ceiling with general anxiety about the world and how to raise my children in it, as well as remembering, crap, I left laundry in the washer, again.

. . . Still, I think that life is awesome, among many other things–scary, beautiful, hard, hilarious (especially when you become a parent)–and that’s what I like to write about.

I write the story of trying. Of figuring it out as we all bump along. Of in the end, believing Bob Marley: Every little thing IS gonna be all right.

Till then…

Thanks for visiting:)

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Amy Denby

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