AMY KROHN, WHOSE book “A Flower in the Heart of the Painting” will be released Nov. 1, lives in Brandon. submitted photo
AMY KROHN, WHOSE book “A Flower in the Heart of the Painting” will be released Nov. 1, lives in Brandon. submitted photo
BRANDON’S AMY KROHN  has always fancied herself a writer.
She graduated from Ripon College with an English degree (as well as one in art), and went on to join a creative writing program at Minnesota State University-Moorhead.
But a desire to write — and the ability to actually create — don’t always go hand-in-hand.
Such was the case for Amy for years.
“I have always enjoyed writing stories,” she said, noting she — as many authors do — draws inspiration from her everyday life. ...

On Nov. 1, Amy’s first book will be released, via Wiseblood Books, a small publishing house  based in Milwaukee.
Her book, “A Flower In the Heart of the Painting,” includes seven short stories and one novella, “A Portrait of Happiness and Love.”
“[It] is based on Leo Tolstoy’s novella, ‘Family Happiness,’” Amy said. “When I first read ‘Family Happiness,’  it struck me as very relevant to my own life, my own marriage ...
“[My story] is not strictly autobiographical, but in some ways the narrator, Sandee, thinks the same way I think. Also, the struggles in her marriage relationship with Patrick ring true to my own struggles to understand how I am supposed to be a wife ... I wanted to portray an honest marriage, full of trials and temptations, and also strong enough and stubborn enough to not give up.”

THROUGHOUT THE BOOK, Amy draws upon personal experiences, her life in central Wisconsin and people she’s encountered to help fashion what she believes is an unflinching and honest look at life and relationships....
“I foresee myself writing as much as I can. Taking care of my family takes priority over writing, but I do hope to write more stories. I’d like to take on the challenge of writing a novel,” she said. “Writing and publishing a book has been a dream of mine since before I can remember. Of course, I am very excited. ...”

To read the entire column, see the Oct. 17, 2013 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.