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Amy L. Marxkors grew up in the rural outskirts of St. Louis, Missouri, a precocious youngster who spent her days climbing trees, building forts in the woods, and reading Nancy Drew books. She dreamed of one day being a cowgirl, a detective, an NFL quarterback, a Harvard professor, and a member of the U.S. Women’s Olympic Ice Hockey team. Reality, however, did not always comply with Amy’s dreams, probably because some of her aspirations weren’t entirely practical. Undeterred and always the optimist, Amy had no doubt she would one day discover a hidden talent that would land her in the Olympics or the encyclopedia.
Melding her passion for sports with her love for literature, Amy began writing for local sports publications. Soon, she was writing for publications that didn’t have anything to do with sports, and her articles were no longer just local. While working at FLEET FEET Sports, a specialty running store, Amy fell headfirst into the world of competitive distance running. Before she knew it, Amy had run thousands miles, and she had written a book about running. Her first book, The Lola Papers, was released in Spring 2012 by Breakaway Books, NY. She now travels around the country as a motivational speaker and itinerant author, jumping into local marathons whenever the whim strikes.
In addition to being able to run and write, Amy can quote Top Gun reel-to-reel, speak with a convincingly authentic Canadian accent, drink regular coffee immediately before going to bed, and, upon just a single viewing, memorize the complete dialogue of any television commercial, a skill for which she has yet to find a viable application.
Amy would still like to go to the Olympics. And the encyclopedia wouldn’t be so bad either.