Books by Amalie Rush Hill


I am a newcomer to the world of the Internet, sort of. I have been emailing for years and using the Internet for research but as for blogging, and other stuff, I haven't done that. My website is pretty bland. Eventually I'll put in pictures and other graphics when I get the help. I am also an artist so this lackluster site is pretty frustrating for me. I was born and have lived. It all started in Sioux City, Iowa. I am a Baby Boomer and lived in the Midwest until 1970, when my husband and I moved to Southern California. We stayed there for two years and then moved to Omaha, NE for another year before moving to Salem, OR. We've been in Oregon since 1973, and reared our sons here. They both still live in Oregon. I have been reading and writing since I was very young. I love paper, whether for writing or drawing. As a kid, my parents - they met as young artists at a WPA art center - struggled to keep me supplied with drawing paper. My bedroom was awash with drawings and every now and then my mom would insist that I clean them out. I have used pencils, acrylic paint, oil paint, pastel, charcoal. mixed media and so on. I prefer colored pencils but also love to recreate images for collages so I collect pictures of all sorts. I still have lots of paper! I started writing before I could. By that I mean that I scribbled nonsense as a way of writing and then told the story to my mom. The first real story I remember writing was when I was about 9 and I've been writing ever since. Some of the stories I am currently finishing are some I began in my teens and believe me, I am very far removed from that time in terms of years. But time is relative and characters that have come to me in the past are still very much alive in my imagination and continue to "talk" to me. Lest you think I am nuts, I do know the difference between "real" life and those who populate it and the realm of imagination. I may be outside of the norm, a math term originally, by the way, but I am quite sane. People like me. I endeavor to be kind which is not to indicate that I can't hold my own with bullies. But I want to leave behind me a better place, a kinder thought and fewer problems than when I came. Our home is in the country outside of Salem, the capitol of Oregon. The view is of the Cascades, fields and trees. I love to look at the passing clouds, flowers in season, the fall leaves and whatever wildlife passes by. I love to be surrounded by family and friends and to make their experience here as good as possible. My husband, older son and his oldest son currently live here. At one time, my younger son, his wife and their baby, my mother and mother-in-law also lived here. As recently as January 2012, my older son's middle son and his daughter were here, too. The reason for their not being here may well be another book someday but until then it is still too close to write about. I attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln - Theater major, with minors in English [now it would be Language Arts] and Art - Mt. San Jacinto Community College, San Jacinto, CA, Chemeketa Community College, Salem, OR and have have studied New Thought for 30 years, religion, philosophy and whatever else interested me outside of institutionalized learning. I am well-read and continue to educate myself. I see no reason for anyone to stop learning. Reading, researching, digesting and putting into action ideas for living and being a better person are life-long habits for all. That we, in the United States and other developed countries, have the opportunity to do this makes it important to pursue. To leave the thinking to others is shameful when we have the means to learn. Instead of anesthetizing ourselves with mindless activities such as computer games and watching TV, to name a few, we should be relishing the immense resources available not only online but at every turn. We have chosen to allow ourselves and the education of our children to be "dumbed down" while pharmaceutical companies march on diagnosing our behavior and shutting it down with prescription drugs. Okay, now I'm ranting. Self-regulation is an important skill. I am female, 50++, heterosexual with gay friends and many others of all sorts, married for over 40 years, and once ran a church of Religious Science as it was called then. I enjoy gardening, exercising, healthy food, healthy relationships, laughing, volunteering at the local middle school and being kind - what more can I say? Well, I can say much more but that's enough for now. I live and breathe in Oregon.

For those that have offered help on improving this site’s look and accessibility, thank you, but you may as well be speaking Martian to me. I do not understand tech speak. I am doing this alone and the best I can. Until I get help to improve my site, it will remain ‘hard to find’ […]

still working…

Stay with me as I finish my fourth Ambolaja novel, Z’Torr. I’m near the end, I think, but I never know for sure what’s in store. As I write, what the characters do, say and where they take me is a mystery. I am as much a spectator as any reader as the tale unfolds onto my […]

Three books in Ambolaja Series on kindle

The Shoals of Time is now live on Amazon for kindle download. I am delighted that the third book in the Ambolaja Series is now available. I am still writing Z’Torr, the fourth book in the series. It will be available sometime within the next year but I can’t say when for sure because I never […]

Happy New Year!

“Shoals of Time Volume 3 of Ambolaja” is being formatted and will be available on Amazon in the next month to 6 weeks. I’m still working on the book’s cover but everything is in the chute. To those in the Midwest and east, keep warm and be sure to bundle up before venturing outside. I’m […]


Book two is about to go on kindle – yay! I’m excited about getting “Shoals of Time” on as well. It will be a month – probably 2 – before that happens as it has taken far longer than I ever guessed to get them formatted. And the editing process is important. I continue to […]

Kindle editions

‘Ambolaja: Into the Light’ and ‘Discontinuity Volume Two of Ambolaja’ have been thoroughly re-edited, rewritten a bit and are now available on Amazon for Kindle. I’m pleased that they are both in a ‘better place’ and more accessible to a wider reading public. It’s still difficult to find them at this time unless you’re looking […]

Kindle version

Just a few days ago, Ambolaja: Into the Light went live on Amazon Kindle. This is very exciting because I have been able to edit and tighten it up. Furthermore, I have just sent Discontinuity – after a LOT of editing – to be formatted for release onto kindle next month [10/13]. I am currently […]

The Shoals of Time Volume Three of Ambolaja

I am currently writing the third book in the Ambolaja series, 362 pages and counting. Sometime next year I hope to re-issue Discontinuity and Ambolaja: Into the Light and at the same time launch The Shoals of Time. I’m very excited about having the opportunity to re-edit Discontinuity and Ambolaja and of course finish Shoals […]

4th Annual NW Book Festival

Saturday, July 28, 2012, I will be in Portland, OR at the 4th Annual NW Book Festival at Pioneer Court House Square. There will be 75 authors there and we will be selling and signing our books. One of my favorite things to do is talk to people who are interested in writing, especially young […]


Come see me at the 4th Annual NW Book Festival, Pioneer Court House Square in Portland, OR on Saturday July 28th, from 11 am – 5 pm. There will be many writers attending. I love to talk about reading and writing so be sure to stop by my tent. In August, I’ll be at Bob’s […]