Amber McClain Shaw

Amber grew up the oldest of three girls raised in rural Morgan Hill, California. Although she lived in a small town she traveled often with her family due to her father's career as an airline pilot. When she went to France for a month as a teen, she made the local paper's front page. Amber attended Santa Clara University, earning a degree in English Literature. She continued to travel during college, going where her travel benefits allowed until the last possible moment. She went on weekend adventures to Hawaii or day trips to Chicago and slightly longer trips to Australia. She spent her Junior year at Durham University in England studying Shakespeare and Formal Logic. After university, she worked as a graphic designer, for high tech companies, and as a freelancer. She married and she and her husband lived in Silicon Valley, working long hours and traveling, before having three boys in three and a half years.

It became obvious that Amber's family situation with three very active boys was very different from the one she grew up in. The oldest of three girls, with a strong aversion to locker rooms stemming from a middle school fitness class, she was unprepared. She adopted the motto "I should have paid more attention in PE."

As the boys grew and progressed in their education, Amber started writing down her experiences during the physically challenging years of raising three young boys. This writing grew into her two books (and one more on the way to complete the series).

Adjusting to the empty nest after the youngest left for college was difficult. Writing these books helped put those child-raising years in perspective and embrace the freedom of the next stage of life. Sharing her books about their childhood with her adult sons has been a great joy. Now out of college and working in the medical, data science and supply chain fields, all three sons enjoy coming home for a home-cooked meal when their busy schedules allow.

Amber attended the Erma Bombeck Writer's Workshop, where she was inspired to keep writing and expand her writer network. Amber has also attended Patti Digh's Life is a Verb Camp, a wonderfully creative recharge. She is currently working on a book about kidney donation.