Ever since we heard that Amy Sue Nathan was publishing a second novel, we've been awaiting the day when she'd visit CLC. That is because her debut novel, The Glass Wives, was a hit over here (see Amy's review), so we know her sophomore novel, The Good Neighbor, is going to be something special. Also, Amy is really friendly and she has things in common with some of us, being both Jewish and having called Chicago her home since the late 90s. (Some of us are from there or live there now.) She also loves chocolate and dogs. (Maybe that's an Amy thing?)
Amy Sue Nathan lives and writes near Chicago where she hosts the award-winning Women's Fiction Writers blog. She has been published in Chicago Tribune, Writer's Digest, the New York Times and the Washington Post online, and Huffington Post, among many others. Amy has two grown children and is busy writing her next novel. Visit Amy at her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Thanks to St. Martin's Press, we have FIVE copies of The Good Neighbor for some lucky readers in the US and/or Canada!
Check out Author Liaison Cindy Roesel's review.
Synopsis of The Good Neighbor:
In this heartwarming story, we meet Izzy Lane, who has always played by the rules. She's an excellent mother, has loyal friends, and a rich career as a school counselor. Fresh from a new divorce, however, Izzy feels like she needs a little fun. So when, on a whim, she starts a blog it seems like a rather benign indulgence. But as her online quips begin to gain traction, Izzy makes a slip. Somehow a new boyfriend winds his way into the picture. The problem? Izzy makes him up.
What, at first, feels like a harmless fib quickly spins out of control and Izzy must figure out how to balance fantasy and reality. Keeping up appearances while managing an absent ex-husband, two very nosy friends, a toddler son, and full-time job soon prove impossible, and Izzy feels utterly lost. It's only when her long-time neighbor and surrogate mother, Mrs. Feldman, re-enters her life that Izzy begins to see the mess she's made. And it's with Mrs. Feldman's guidance that Izzy learns to face reality, find comfort in new norms, and open herself up to the possibility of real love. (Courtesy of St. Martin's Press.)
In one sentence, what was road to publishing like?
My road to publishing was long and had a few forks in it!
Do you base characters on yourself?
No, but I do inform the characters with a tidbit here and there, whether it's a character trait or a favorite food or a pet peeve--and not always just tidbits of me but of others from people I know well to passers by. Frankly if I've ever met you or had an encounter with you, something about you could possibly end up in a book. Creepy, huh? Yep, that's a writer for ya.
Which authors have inspired you?
Meg Waite Clayton and Jennifer Weiner inspired me to write my first novel. Any time I read a novel and think "I wish I'd written that" it inspires me. Currently, Jojo Moyes also comes to mind. I admire many authors. Their work ethic, perseverance, and friendship inspires me as much as their writing.
I don't see faces when I write, but I picture Betty White as Mrs. Feldman in a movie because of her age--but that doesn't mean Mrs. Feldman looks like Betty White. I picture Mrs. Feldman more as a compilation of all my old female teachers from elementary school. I do see Ann Hathaway as Izzy only because since I'm casting -- why not?
Which TV show were you too young to appreciate in the past but would totally watch if it were around now?
I'm a TV addict so I don't think there are any show I want to see that I haven't seen. Plus, at 51, I was around for all the awesome shows of the 60s and 70s and I was a huge fan of "old movies" even when they were just shown on UHF channels on Sunday mornings, not to mention reruns!
If someone were to visit you, what is something they'd HAVE to do while they were in town?
I live near Chicago and Michigan so my must-sees would be Millennium Park in downtown Chicago and St. Joseph, Michigan with its beautiful beach!
Special thanks to Amy for chatting with us and St. Martin's Press for sharing her book with our readers.
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