To those who know Amy Waters Yarsinske, it’s no surprise that this Renaissance woman became a writer. She learned at an early age that self-expression had to be forceful, accurate and relevant. This drive to document and investigate history-shaping stories and people has already led to 56 nonfiction books, most of them spotlighting current affairs, the military, history and the environment. But it is Amy’s experience and expertise in the military, intelligence and with missing persons that has led to her being informally labeled “the P.O.W. Hunter.”
In June 2002, she published No One Left Behind: the Lt. Cmdr. Michael Scott Speicher Story, which documented known evidence, missteps, mistakes and cover ups in the Speicher case. Writing the book was the right thing to do. Telling the Speicher story was just the beginning of a new chapter in Amy’s life. “I have an obligation to the warfighter, to the soldiers, sailors and airmen who protect the cloak of freedom under which we live—some of them have paid the ultimate sacrifice for that freedom,” she said recently. “I want to be known as a great storyteller—their storyteller. And it is important to me that we get the Speicher case right. He is the seminal case in the most recent chapter of America’s prisoners of war and missing in action and if we don’t do right by him, we don’t do right by any of the men and women in our military.”
Amy is currently working on a screenplay for a feature-length theatrical motion picture with co-writer Michael Stephen Myers, and a forthcoming segment of the Investigation Discovery Channel series Murder- Suicide “Til Death Do Us Part.”
Outside her writing, Amy is an accomplished artist, gardener and sommelier.
She lives in Norfolk, Virginia, and is currently working on her next book.