Former “Jeopardy!” champion Amy Schneider is thinking about writing a book.
In an interview with the New York Times on Twitter Spaces, Amy revealed that she isn’t quite ready to go back to work after taking an extended leave of absence. Amy appeared on “Jeopardy!” and set the second-longest win streak in the game show’s history with a staggering 40 game total.
Is Amy Schneider Going Back To Work? Ehh…. Maybe Not!
The software engineer from Oakland, California, might be looking forward to a career change!
“I thought I was going to be more excited to get back to my day job than it turns out I have been,” Schneider said. “But I am going to be taking a leave of absence from that to kinda focus on this stuff and try to sort it all out and primarily… trying to put together a book proposal to see if that gets interest. That just really needs my focus.”
“I also am having a lot of meetings with my agents, which is such a weird thing to hear myself say, but it’s true,” she added. “I signed with CAA” — who represents the likes of Tom Hanks, Zendaya, Reese Witherspoon and many more — “and they’re, you know, excited about all kinds of different things.”
“There has definitely been a lot of interest in my writing a book, and it’s something I’d love to do,” she said. “My main focus right now is figuring out what exactly that book might look like; there are a lot of things I’m passionate about, so it’s a matter of narrowing all my ideas down into a coherent book. So, nothing concrete yet, but it’s something I hope to make happen.”
Will Amy Schneider Appear On Any More Game Shows In The Near Future?
It’s hard to say what the future holds for Amy Schneider, but she knows she has to follow “Jeopardy!” rules and stay off other game shows for at least six months.
“I have had some people express interest, and I was like, ‘Get back to me in a few months. I’ll see what I want to do,’” Schneider said. “I think I’ve already done the best one, as far as I’m concerned, so there is this, like, part of me that’s like, ‘Ah, it won’t be as good.’”
However, Amy isn’t quite done with game shows just yet. She will be appearing in the 2022 Tournament of Champions later this year. From there, she will be facing off against Matt Amodio, who currently holds the third-longest winning streak in the game show’s history, with 38 games won in a row. She will also be facing off against Jonathan He, whom Amy defeated in her first game.
What Does Amy Plan To Spend Her Winnings On?
As Amy told the New York Post, “Travel is definitely a part of the plan. I mentioned on the show that we wanted to go to Ireland, and while we’re still finalizing it, it’s looking like we’ll be there for St. Patrick’s Day.”
She added that she is saving most of her money “for a potential down payment on a house, but we’re doing some fun shopping in the meantime. No big-ticket items, but I’m refreshing my wardrobe, things like that.”
When asked about her most frivolous purchase so far, Amy said that she and her girlfriend, Genevieve Davis, went to this really fancy, boutique hotel in Half Moon Bay, Calif., last Saturday night, specifically for its giant bathtubs.”
However, Amy is just happy that she was able to be on TV as her true, authentic self.
In a previous interview, Amy said that “I think the main thing that I got out of this was being OK with myself, how I look, how I present to the world. I’ve been openly trans for a little under five years now, and there’s definitely lingering worry and dysphoria and things like that.”
“Just to get so much positive feedback, so much support, and so much acceptance, it enabled me – by the end of it – to look at myself on TV and be like, ‘Oh, you know, she’s pretty, she’s fun, what a likable person.’ And I’ve never been able to see myself that way before.”