A.M. Rycroft lives in Pittsburgh, PA (aka the Steel City) with her spouse and a growing collection of Funko bobbleheads. She’s been writing stories almost as long as she’s been a reader.
As a kid, her classmates considered her a bit odd, because she was obsessed with Star Wars, Star Trek, and all things sword and sorcery at a time when most girls were reading Anne of Green Gables and the Babysitter’s Club books. She mostly didn’t mind, because when she read Katherine Kerr’s Daggerspell, she knew fantasy books were all she wanted to read.
As a teenager, Rycroft tore through the Forgotten Realms series and then Dragonlance. She made her parents read a lot of these books, too, just so she would have someone else with which to discuss the books. By the time she got to George R.R. Martin’s A Game of Thrones, she had already started developing the first ideas for her own fantasy novels, and years later Joe Abercrombie’s First Law series opened a whole new can of worms for her as a reader and a writer.
Rycroft discovered late in life that she was also on the autism spectrum, which means she can tell you the full specs for her Garmin smartwatch and the differences between it and other models, but she can never eat lunch on time. Suddenly a lot of her childhood made sense. As a result of this discovery, she’s begun getting involved in the autism awareness and autism acceptance movements.
A list of recent favorite books
Funny, You Don’t Look Autistic – I don’t read a lot of non-fiction, but this one popped up on my library’s website when I was looking for something to read at a time when I was starting to suspect I was on the spectrum. I figured the universe was trying to tell me something, so I gave it a read. I loved it. This book is also what made me stop stalling and decide to get assessed by a doctor who specializes in Autism Spectrum Disorders.
Senlin Ascends – This is a really quirky kind of a fantasy novel. It’s not really a traditional sword and sorcery, though there’s magic of a different kind. You can see my Goodreads review of it here.
Red Sister – If you’re looking for another Prince of Thorns type fantasy, this isn’t it. It’s still quite enjoyable. It just doesn’t have the same violent and blood that Lawrence’s first series did (which I didn’t get very far into in the first place).