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Amy has always loved science fiction—books, movies, shows, and games. She was born in San Diego, California, and moved with her family to Vancouver, Washington, at the age of seven. After devouring some of the classics like Dune and Ender's Game in her tween years, she began writing science fiction and fantasy short stories.

In the ensuing years, Amy attended the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, where she continued to study creative writing, visual art and played viola in the school orchestra. During this time, she began the very early sketches of what would eventually evolve into the Cadicle series.

Amy received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and also pursued minors in Professional Writing and Business Administration. After graduating, she moved to Portland, Oregon, and began working in business development for an energy efficiency consulting firm. Over the next several years, she primarily wrote proposals to prospective utility clients and managed the proposal development process. She then transitioned from energy efficiency into the architectural, engineering and planning industry. However, she eventually succumbed to the writing bug.

Now a full-time author, Amy currently lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband. When she's not writing, she enjoys travel, wine tasting, binge-watching TV series, and playing epic strategy board games.



A comedic space opera adventure for fans of Spaceballs and funny sci-fi.

Nothing could possibly go wrong. Probably. Maybe…  


When you go to the trouble of legitimately buying a ship for your illegitimate smuggling operation, and that ship turns out to be stolen from a powerful weapons dealer… well, you might figure the universe hates you.


But not Jack Tressler, an aspiring smuggler; he’s used to taking misfortune in stride.


Given the choice to die—or get an ill-fitting cybernetic eye and join a crew of thieves on a crazy heist—he opts for the unpleasant modification. After all, it’s just another day in the life.


With rabid pirates, ruthless corporations, and a scorned former employer all vying for the same bounty, Jack and his new friends will need all their wits and snark to survive until their next meal in this farcical space opera adventure.



"A hilarious tale of one man's misfortune in a crew who certainly do not have his best interests at heart. I bust a gut more than once on this one, and loved the irony."

– M. D. Cooper, NYT Bestselling Author


"I went in blind expecting a plucky smuggler story but as the absurdities built I realized we'd gone from space opera to Spaceballs. Warning, this one may cause giggling as the absurdities pile up."

– Daniel Potter, Author


"In Troubled Space, A.K. DuBoff offers up a fun space opera with likable characters on a fast-paced adventure that will appeal to fans of Lois McMaster Bujold or John Scalzi's comedic side."

– James S. Aaron, Author

NOTE:  Each installment in the Troubled Space collection can be read as a standalone adventure. There are threads connecting each tale, but they can be read out of order.


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