Amy Ackley, a Michigan native, inherited her passion for reading and writing from her father, awriter, creative writing teacher, and literature addict.Amy AckleyIn January 2010 Ackley submitted the manuscript for her novel Sign Language to the AmazonBreakthrough Novel Award contest sponsored by Amazon.com, Penguin (USA), and CreateSpace.Six months later Sign Language, drawn from the loss of Ackley's father to kidney cancer when shewas a young teenager, won the first ABNA contest for Young Adult Fiction. Sign Language will bepublished by Viking Juvenile in August 2011.Amy Ackley lives in Brighton, Michigan with her husband an an assortment of high maintenanceanimals, including three daughters. She is hard at work on her next novel.(Painting courtesy of Elaine Ballou)Ackley spent her childhood writing and illustrating stories, but went on to earn a B.S. in HumanResource Development from Oakland University and an M.S.A. in Human Resource Administrationfrom Central Michigan University. She wore a variety of career hats (court clerk, flight attendant,labor relations specialist and substitute teacher, to name a few), spending late nights with herchildhood love, writing fiction.