News about Amy Schisler

Come see Amy on one of these dates:

March 9, 2022 – Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Church, Wayne, PA 6:00PM – Lenten Reflection
April 9, 2022 – First Landing Wine and Arts Festival, St. Clement’s Island Museum, Clements, MD
June 4, 2022 – Christ Church 350th Anniversary Fair, Broomes Island, MD

Desert Fire, Mountain Rain chosen as a Shelf Unbound 2021 Notable Indie!

Press Release – Book and Wine Dinner was a Sell-Out

On Thursday, August 12, Author, Amy Schisler, and nationally recognized sommelier,Laurie Forster, partnered to offer an exclusive event at Scossa’s Italian restaurant in Easton, Maryland. The dinner was a sold-out event and brought together men and women of all age, anxious to learn about Amy’s books as well as the wines Laurie had chosen to accompany the event.

Amy Schisler is an author of inspirational fiction Her first children’s book, Crabbing With Granddad, is an autobiographical work about spending a day harvesting the Maryland Blue Crab. Though Amy grew up in Prince George’s and Calvert Counties, Maryland, she spent most of her summers with her grandparents on the shores of the Wicomico River in St. Mary’s County. The setting was the inspiration for Crabbing With Granddad as well as her novel, The Devil’s Fortune.  Amy’s debut novel, A Place to Call Home, was released in 2014 by Sarah Book Publishing. Picture Me, A Mystery, published in 2015, was the winner of a 2016 Illumination Bronze Award as one of the top eBooks of 2015. Amy’s critically acclaimed novel, Whispering Vines, published in 2016, was awarded an Illumination Award as one of the top Christian Romance books of 2016as well as the LYRA for the best ebook romance of 2016. Amy followed up her success with Island of Miracles in 2017, winner of a 2017 Illumination Award for best Christian novel and a 2018 Catholic Press Award for Catholic fiction. Amy released her children’s book, The Greatest Gift, as well as her novel, Summer’s Squall ​in 2017. Amy’s novel,  Island of Promise, the second book in the Chincoteague Island Trilogy, is the recipient of the Oklahoma Romance Writer’s Best Inspirational Fiction Book of 2018 as well as eight other 2018 national literary awards. In 2019, Amy released The Devil’s Fortune and the award-winning, Island of Hope, the final book in the Chincoteague Island Trilogy. The first book in her new series is titled Desert Fire, Mountain Rain, and was released in December 2020. The Good Wine is Amy’s tenth novel and fourteenth published work.

Laurie is one of America’s leading wine experts and author of the award-winning book The Sipping Point: A Crash Course in Wine. Laurie is a Certified Sommelier, National Speaker and TV personality who is not afraid to tell you her first wine came from a box. Her edgy approach to demystifying wine caught the eye of major networks and led her to guest appearances on The Dr Oz Show, FOX Morning News, Martha Stewart Living Today and ABC News at Noon. Laurie regularly speaks across the country where she edutains a client list that includes MetLife, Discovery Channel, Microsoft, National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, LG Electronics, National Association of Catering Executives, American Cancer Society and McCormick & Company to name a few. Laurie has performed her comedic wine tasting at locations nationwide including Carolines on Broadway, DC IMPROV, Caesars Atlantic City and recently as a headliner for the 2018 HBO Women in Comedy Festival. She is also the host of The Sipping Point  and her mobile application “The Wine Coach” was listed as one of the Top 8 Wine Apps in Wine Enthusiast. A former software sales executive, Laurie’s wine career began in Manhattan where she studied with the American Sommelier Association to obtain her certificate in Viticulture and Vinification.  Laurie has since earned an Advanced Certificate with Merit from the Wine & Spirits Education Trust (WSET). She has also trained with the Court of Master Sommeliers and the Culinary Institute of America in Napa Valley.

All of Amy’s book and Laurie’s book may be found anywhere books are sold.

About the Event

Where: Scossa Italian Restaurant 8 North Washington Street, Easton, Maryland 21601

When: Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-9:30.

What: Each attendee will receive an ebook copy of Laurie’s award-winning book, The Sipping Point, and a signed print copy of Amy’s newest book, The Good Wine, hot off the presses! We will begin our fun-filled evening with a glass of Prosecco and hor d’oeuvres while we mingle and talk about books (and whatever else they’d like to talk about). We will then be treated to an authentic Italian three-course meal, complete with a glass of wine for each course. Before each course, Amy will give a brief talk about her writing and about the book, The Good Wine, and Laurie will tell us all about the wine we are being served. After dinner, we will enjoy a light dessert while mingling with the opportunity to purchase additional books for yourself or for friends. 

Join me for my first ever
Book and Wine Dinner!

I’m so excited to announce my first ever Book and Wine Dinner! On Thursday August 12, I’m partnering with the amazing Laurie Forster, sommelier, to offer an exclusive event at Scossa’s Italian restaurant in Easton, Maryland. You may know Laurie from her appearances on The Dr. Oz Show, Fox Business Network, NBC and ABC News, or from one of her many interviews with Brides Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, The Wine Enthusiast, Sirius Radio, or Martha Stewart Living! Laurie will bring her expertise and her joyful personality to an evening of food, wine, book talk, wine talk, and lots of mingling, talking, laughing, and toasting. To be part of this exclusive ticketed event, visit my website and buy your ticket today. Spots are limited in order for everyone to enjoy this intimate evening in a beautiful setting on the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

Apply to be my Summer Intern!

Are you working full-time this summer and trying to figure out how to fit in a for-credit internship to beef up your college resume? I am taking applications for a summer intern. Students studying communication, creative writing, social media marketing, website design, or publishing have the opportunity to participate in a 3 credit hands-on remote learning experience. For more information, visit my Internship Program page.

I had a great time doing this podcast with Carolyn Berry. Thank you, Carolyn! You can listen here or on any podcast platform. If you’re a grandparent, you will want to subscribe to this podcast!

I am humbled to have my book, A Devotional Alphabet, included as one of only four inspirational books recommended by the website, Ezvid Wiki.
Whispering Vines–hailed as a “verbal masterpiece of art” by author, Alexa Jacobs and “Written in the spirit of those time honored books…A Walk in the Sun…or Under the Tuscan Sun” by author and reviewer, Thomas Holyday–is now available as an audiobook! You will fall in love with the beautiful narration by Emma Tigan. Buy your copy and start listening today!

The Devil’s Fortune has received an Honorable Mention in the Writer’s Digest 7th Annual Self-Published E-Book Awards for Contemporary Fiction!

The Devil’s Fortune has won a Silver Medal in the 2020 Illumination Awards for General Fiction!

Island of Promise has received another national recognition! The book is a finalist in the 2019 Annual “Best Book” Awards in the Fiction: Religion Category!

Did you hear Amy on the So, What’s Your Story Podcast? You can listen now or download on iTunes.

Island of Promise wins a Golden Quill Award for Best Inspirational Romance!

Island of Promise wins a Gold Medal in the Inspirational Fiction category in the Independent Publisher Book Awards!

The “IPPY” Awards, launched in 1996, are designed to bring increased recognition to the deserving but often unsung titles published by independent authors and publishers.

Interview with Marty Madden at Southern Maryland’s Bay Net

Island of Promise wins first place for Inspirational Novel at the Oklahoma Romance Writer’s International Digital Awards!

Island of Miracles receives a Catholic Press Honorable Mention for 2018!

Listen to Amy on Danielle Bean’s Girlfriends Podcast!

Island of Miracles wins a 2018 Illumination Award.

Independent Publisher proudly announces the 5th Annual Illumination Book Awards, honoring today’s Christian books. This year’s winners are made up of self published authors and some of the most respected names in publishing, hailing from 26 U.S. states and two Canadian provinces. Winners reflect on topics as varied as Christian “radicals” to building new churches in a more secular time, from healing after addictions to spiritual coloring books. These authors have produced books to help those seeking guidance and illumination on a variety of issues.

Amy’s book, Island of Miracles, was the featured novel in the August 2017 edition of  Eastern Shore First magazine.

Eastern Shore First Aug 2017

Whispering Vines wins a 2017 LYRA Award

The Annual LYRA Awards are designed to find and promote the best in independent fiction.

Whispering Vines wins a 2016 Illumination Award

2016 Illumination Awards Results

Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books


We are proud to announce the winners of the Third Annual Illumination Book Awards. The awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.

This year’s 78 Illumination Award medals went to books from 27 U.S. states, Canada, and New Zealand. The diversity of Christian publishing was also demonstrated by the fact that winners came not only from long-established publishers, but also from small presses and self-published authors.

Picture Me wins a 2015 Illumination Award
2015 Illumination Book Awards Results
Shining a Light on Exemplary Christian Books

We are proud to announce the winners of the Second Annual Illumination Book Awards. The awards are designed to honor and bring increased recognition to the year’s best new titles written and published with a Christian worldview.