Amy Sterling Casil was inspired to write science fiction because while she was growing up, Ray Bradbury spoke twice at her hometown library in Redlands, CA and his optimistic message stayed with her for life. Amy is an award-nominated science fiction writer who has published 44 books, hundreds of short stories, thousands of articles, and hundreds of textbook passages. Her mother Sterling Sturtevant was one of the first female animation art directors, an Academy Award winner who designed Mr. Magoo for UPA Studios in the 1950s. Amy is a past Treasurer of the Science Fiction & Fantasy Writers of America and founding Treasurer of the Book View Cafe Publishing Cooperative. She has also served as a high level development officer for major affordable housing and economic development projects in South and Central Los Angeles. Today, she is a business consultant and fund developer working primarily for emerging and growing businesses in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Additionally, she has business consulting expertise in Europe, the UAE, and Australia. Her specialties include women and minority-owned businesses, green and sustainable tech, AI/machine learning, biotech, sustainable agriculture, commercial construction, regenerative medicine, and manufacturing verticals including the auto industry (EVs), medical devices, natural foods, fashion, and vegan/cruelty-free cosmetics.
Amy has two BAs in Studio Art and British/American Literature from Scripps College in Claremont, CA, and a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Chapman University in Orange, CA. She was a popular English teacher in diverse Southern California classrooms for 20 years. Amy has written professionally in every medium except stage plays, including new media. Some of her stories have been included in college literature textbooks (WW Norton, Macmillan) because of their accessibility and thought-provoking subject matter, including the consequences and uses of gene therapy and human-machine interfaces. Optimistic about the future of life on Earth and beyond, Amy asks questions based on data as well as intuition; she is an INFJ empath and her executive-level experience in for-profit, not-for-profit, and education/government environments offers a broad perspective that can benefit business or strategic endeavors. Personally committed to physical, mental, and spiritual fitness and health, Amy is a 5th generation southern California native. She now lives in southwest Florida along with her husband Bruce White, a brilliant guy and materials engineer, and their Jack Russell Terrier – a wonderful fellow who is smarter than both of them.