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Amy Stewart Books In Order

Publication Order of Kopp Sisters Books

Girl Waits With Gun (2015) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Lady Cop Makes Trouble (2016) Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle


Few writers have the privilege of being able to say that they have achieved what Amy Stewart has. She has not only gone beyond what your average author and writer could be expected to have achieved in today’s world, but she has braved a society that still holds an undeniable grudge (or at least a reluctance) against rewarding and recognizing successful and independent women. For this, we need to thank Amy Stewart for her bravery, dedication and talent. We also tip our hats to her for being part of that minority of authors who bring our relationship as human beings with nature to the foreground of her stories.

The daughter of a father who was a musician and a mother with a career in public relations it was obvious from the beginning that she had the right mix of artistic and business talents that would help her achieve success as a writer in the modern world. Growing up in Arlington, Texas, clearly shaped the tone and direction that her writing eventually took. The way agriculture and botany is viewed as an art, a lifestyle, and furthermore, a very spiritual one, can only be born out of a personal relationship and contact with a reality that corresponds to that depiction. However, life would get Amy Stewart started as a young adult studying anthropology. Amy Stewart would later go on to study other technical and diverse university degrees which had nothing to do with either literature or the arts. This is important to keep in mind when considering the flexibility of perspectives with which she can endow the characters that grow alive in her stories.

Her passion for books and literature in general, however, is obvious as she not only has a very successful career as a book author, but she is one of the owners of an antiquarian book store back in Texas. The dedication and love that Amy Stewart shows for books is not only shown but emphatically proven by this particular piece of information. Any book lover knows that although she or he may buy more than a few books throughout the year, the business of selling very old (and usually far more expensive, because of their material cost itself, for starters) can in no way be said to be booming. Despite this obvious disadvantage as a business opportunity, we see loving and dedicated people like Amy Stewart devoting time, resources and effort as promoters and almost curators of veritable pieces of manual art.

Besides developing herself as a fiction writer, she also keeps a blog where she writes about horticulture called Garden Rant. In this blog she focuses on poison plants, which are a very specific passion of hers, as any of her dedicated readers might be able to tell from some of the details that can be gleamed in her fiction stories. Poison plants, and particularly those which devour insects, are believed by some to display a more developed consciousness than the average kind of plant. Amy Stewart’s own poison plant garden has been named one of the strangest gardens in the world. Her very own direct knowledge and experience with plants is something that she uses not only as a source for content to fill her books, but conversely, she uses her fiction books as an interesting and fun way to teach many real tips about botany and the art of growing and tending to plants in a loving way.

Her first book, Ground Up Story First Garden was released back in 2000-2001 and developed a story about a couple from Texas that decides to say goodbye to their native land and people and try their luck in California. In doing so, they are not faced only with what is virtually a different country, along with its own culture and considerably different climate, but with the attrition that all foreigners will feel when uprooted and placed in a very different environment. When they arrive in California, they acquire a piece of land, since by tradition their families have always lived off the land. Through each of the chapters of this wonderful first book by Amy Stewart, she takes us through the details of the botany involved in such a smooth and dreamy way that one forgets or is simply never aware of everything that is being taught.

Amy Stewart’s second book, The Earth Moved, although more explicit in its intent to inform the reader of topics which the author deems utterly important to human beings as earthlings, is also beautifully written in a way that the reader is swallowed up by the ground itself and taken in an amazing journey through a fantastic land that is actually the very one on which we stand every single day of our lives. From that point on, Amy Stewart has taken different variations on this approach to produce wonderfully amusing and engaging stories while at the same time creating a subject matter that is relevant to every single person that cares about the reality of our planet. In other words, hers is not only the work of a lover of botany, but that of a lover of the earth itself, and this is shown in her unrelenting portrayal of it.

Her latest book, Girl Waits with Gun, departs from the ecological and botanical inclinations of her earlier books and ventures into a territory in which she attempts, rather successfully one might say, to portray the female sex in all its glory within the modern context. In it, the main character is bold, valiant and astute, that is to say, everything that the reader would wish for and expect from any real hero. Rather than the patient development and contemplation found before, we find faster moving stories and a penchant for the sharp intellect. Girl Waits with Gun is the first book Amy Stewart writes for her intended new saga called Kopp Sisters. Let each reader try to figure out the references implied in such titles, we will not be giving out spoilers here!

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