A.H. Gilbert grew up in Oneonta, NY, a railroad-turned-college town, nestled in the foothills of the Catskill Mountains. The fourth and youngest child in her family, Amy spent much of her free time barefoot and uncombed, at least when the season allowed it. With acres of hardwood forests, rocky outcrops and golden hay fields as playgrounds, she learned to appreciate nature and its amazing mysteries.
She graduated from Binghamton University in 1985 with an English degree that emphasized creative writing. She won the university’s prize for undergraduate literature with a short story that year. After graduating, she worked for a few years as a reporter at a small town newspaper and won a New York State Associated Press Award in 1992. From then on, she worked mainly in the corporate world, sometimes in positions that gave her an opportunity to write. She eventually earned a graduate degree in communications from Western New England University, 2016.
She lives on a small farm in Upstate New York with her husband, who brought three teen-aged children to their marriage. When these children later produced babies of their own, Amy was surprised to find herself a grandmother, even though she skipped the having-children part.
When not writing, she walks in the woods and fields, rides horses, tends to sheep and sometimes slips away for some golf with her husband. She can use all manner of tools and farm equipment, and is reckless on a tractor.
While keeping her day job, she started writing The Crandall Haunting after a co-worker told her about a presence in his house that he believed was the ghost of a former owner — an elderly lady who couldn’t pay her heating bills and so froze to death in the basement.
She published The Crandall Haunting in 2016 and will release its sequel in 2017.