Amber Smith

Fueled by a lifelong passion for the arts, story, and creative expression, Amber Smith graduated from art school with a BFA in Painting and went on to earn her master’s degree in Art History. When she's not writing she's usually reading, but can also be found in her studio making art or freelancing as an art consultant. Amber's debut novel, The Way I Used to Be was a New York Times bestseller. Look out for her newest book, The Last to Let Go, which released February 6, 2018 from Simon & Schuster's Margaret K. McElderry Books.

  • These Words Matter: Amber Smith

    My mom used to read to me every night when I was a child, so books played an important role from a very young age. I vividly remember the way I would follow along, studying the illustrations long before the words made sense. I immediately fell in love with storytelling and became mesmerized with the idea that words could paint pictures. Books fed my imagination, and imagination was my saving grace as a kid. (As an adult, too, now that I think of it.) When I was a little older, in elementary and middle school, I chose books that could take me out of my ordinary life, where I often…