Real life cults have captured reader's attention for years, now author Amy Christine Parker taps our curiosity – with a look from the inside out – of the ordinary people who fall under the spell of a charismatic leader.
Her two novels, Astray and Gated, offer readers a look into the complex, fast-paced changing world of young female protagonist Lyla Hamilton who works to navigate the mystery of her community, a possible cult, and the world outside. Gated has been nominated for the Oklahoma Sequoyah Book Award and the South Carolina Library Guild Award for 2016.
According to Amy Christine Parker, there are only five things to know about her. These include an irrational fear of frogs and that she once lived in a 100-year old farmhouse where her bedroom window looked out over the haunted graveyard across the street. She writes full-time from her home near Tampa, Florida, where she lives with her husband, their two daughters, and one ridiculously fat cat.