Amy Shearn is a novelist, essayist, editor, and teacher. Her second novel, The Mermaid of Brooklyn, was published by Touchstone in April 2013, and by Pan Macmillan in the UK in August 2013. It was a selection of Target's Discover New Writers program and a Hudson News Summer Reads pick. Her first novel, How Far Is the Ocean From Here, was published by Shaye Areheart in 2008. Charles Baxter called it 'a hugely auspicious debut.' She has taught for Sackett Street Writers Workshop, Gotham Writers Workshop, and NYU, and currently works as an editor.