Get to know Amy Wilson

Amy Wilson is the author of When Did I Get Like This? The Screamer, The Worrier, The Dinosaur Chicken Nugget Buyer, and Other Mothers I Swore I'd Never Be (William Morrow). The book was an "Emerging Author" pick at Target, a top seller in Amazon's "Parenting" and "Humor" categories, and the recipient of a Mom's Choice Gold Award.

Amy is also the co-host of the popular parenting podcast What Fresh Hell: Laughing in the Face of Motherhood, which regularly appears at the top of the Parenting and Kids and Family charts in Apple Podcasts. With over 400 episodes and over 5 million lifetime downloads, “What Fresh Hell” has a deeply connected and engaged all-mom audience that eagerly awaits new episodes and participates in a 35,000-member community on Facebook.

Amy has served as contributing editor for Parenting and BabyTalk magazines. Her writing has also appeared in Redbook, Parents, and New York Family magazines, and on websites like CNN, NPR, and The New York Times. She has discussed parenting issues on shows like Today, CNN's American Morning, and on She has contributed essays to the anthologies Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We're Saying Now and Wedding Cake for Breakfast: Essays on the Unforgettable First Year of Marriage.

Amy is also an actor who starred on Broadway in the Tony-Award-winning The Last Night of Ballyhoo, appeared as a series regular on sitcoms opposite Norm MacDonald (ABC) and Michael Chiklis (NBC), and has guest-starred in dozens of other TV shows and films.

Amy was the performer and creator of Mother Load, a solo show which toured to sixteen cities nationwide after its hit off-Broadway run. Her comedy solo work was featured at the HBO US Comedy Arts Festival.

Amy is a graduate of Yale University. She lives in New York City, where she and her husband raise their three teenage children.



Fun fact

I’m the oldest of 25 first cousins

Favorite author

right now it’s Maggie O’Farrell. All-time: Shakespeare

Favorite place in the world


Favorite place to read

on porch, in shade

Books by Amy Wilson

“If our children were to grow up truthful they much be taught by those who had a regard for truth and not just a casual regard a delicate regard. On this point we were adamant.”