Amy Greene burst onto the scene of Appalachian literature with her first novel, Bloodroot, a sensual and magical multi-generational tale set in East Tennessee.
Greene writes what she knows. She was born and raised in the foothills of the Smoky Mountains near Russellville, Tennessee. While growing up there, her father, a factory worker, and her mother, who worked tobacco, told her the folklore and legends of the place. She began writing stories about the people of Appalachia as a small child, and never stopped. In high school English class she discovered writers like Carson McCullers, William Faulkner and the Brontë sisters, who inspired her further.
In 2003, with two small children under the age of 8, Greene, then 27, enrolled in Vermont College's low–residency undergraduate program, and left the South for the ﬁrst time on twice yearly trips to the Montpelier campus. It was during her time at Vermont College that she began work on her ﬁrst novel.