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Amy Spencer is a Los Angeles-based author. She has written The Happy Life Checklist (Perigee, 2014), Bright Side Up (Perigee, 2012), and Meeting Your Half-Orange (Running Press, 2010). To promote optimism between books, Amy posts her positive thoughts on her blog.

She is a magazine journalist who has written celebrity cover profiles, essays and features for Glamour, Redbook, Health, Real Simple, Seventeen, Harper’s Bazaar, Self, Women’s Health, CNN.com, New York magazine, and others. (See the “magazine writing” page for more information and sample clips.) Prior to writing full-time, she was a launching editor at Maxim magazine, a features editor at Glamour magazine and a senior features editor at Star.

She is a writer who has done copywriting for clients including Kate Spade and In Style magazine and has ghostwritten a book by a successful fashion designer. She has also written a screenplay and a television pilot, has edited book proposals and a memoir, and is working on a novel.

Amy has been featured prominently in the media. For two years, she hosted a live call-in radio show on Sirius satellite radio offering relationship advice to Maxim channel listeners with co-hosts Anna David and Dr. Yvonne Fulbright. Amy has appeared on television for NBC, CBS, VH1, Fox and the E! channel, and been featured as a relationship radio expert on Howard Stern’s Howard 100 News.

She is an app developer, who has created two apps for the iPhone: Bright Side App, and Half-Orange Optimisms which appeared in the “Featured Apps” section of the App store, made the App store’s “What's Hot” list and was featured in New York’s The Daily News.

Amy grew up in New York, spent a decade in Manhattan and now lives with her husband, Gustavo, in Venice, California. They spend their summers in Montauk, Long Island.