Thursday, November 7, 2019

Amy Hatvany has a lot to tell us...plus a book giveaway

We're thrilled to have Amy Hatvany back at CLC today! We love her novels and are excited to read her latest, which published this week. Tell Me Everything sounds fascinating and is sure to be a riveting read. Amy has one copy for a lucky reader!

Amy Hatvany graduated with a degree in Sociology only to discover most sociologists are unemployed. Soon followed a variety of jobs – some of which she loved, like decorating wedding cakes; others which she merely tolerated, like receptionist.

In 1998, Amy finally decided to sell her car, quit her job, and take a chance on her passion: writing books.

Her background in sociology inspires and informs much of her work as she tackles timely and controversial issues in her novels including mental illness, domestic abuse, and alcoholism. She is published by Washington Square Press/Atria Books, and has been both a Target Book Club and Costco Pennie's Pick.

Amy spends most of her time today with her kids and her second and final husband, Stephan. (Seriously, if this one doesn’t work out, she’s done, kaput, no more husbands!) When Amy’s not with friends or family, she is most likely reading, cooking, or zoning out on certain reality television shows. She eagerly awaits Bravo auditions for the cast of “Top Author.” (“Quick Edit” instead of “Quick Fire” Challenge? C’mon, producers! That’s gripping television!)  (Bio courtesy of Amy's website.)

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Synopsis:
A happily married couple. A dance with a stranger at a bar.

One night—one seemingly insignificant choice—can change everything.

Jessica and Jake Snyder love each other, and their life together. Successful in their chosen careers, they reside in the picturesque, though at times stifling, Seattle suburb of Queens Ridge as they parent teenagers Ella and Tucker.

As so often happens in marriage, their romantic life falls casualty to busy schedules and repetitive routine, until one night, a stranger asks Jessica to dance. On a whim, Jake urges her to say yes, saying that he wants to watch this other man touch her, something that surprises Jessica by arousing her like never before. A door opens for them then, into a realm of exploration neither of them knew existed.

They create rules to protect their marriage, and are thrilled when their relationship is strengthened and enriched by deeper levels of communication and trust brought about by this exciting, but taboo behavior. That is, until Jessica keeps a secret from Jake and embarks on a tryst with an intriguing man from her past, who, when she tries to end things between them, decides to seek revenge.

What happens after that will threaten to destroy their world—and them.

A juicy and insightful look into the shifting definition of modern marriage and the limits placed upon female sexuality, TELL ME EVERYTHING will make you question everything you thought you knew about what constitutes marital bliss, and keep you turning pages into the night.
(Courtesy of Amazon.)


What is a favorite compliment you have received on your writing? 
I think the one that I've heard many times - that reading one of my books is like sitting down for a talk with a best friend who understands them!

What were the biggest rewards and challenges with writing Tell Me Everything
The biggest reward was getting to write about something that has been on my mind for a long time, since my educational background is actually in the sociology of human sexuality. I tend to be curious in general when it comes to how our society treats what goes on behind closed doors, especially how women's sexuality is not only judged harshly, it's treated like a commodity. This book gave me the opportunity to explore how women are shamed about how we indulge our sexual desires, despite that as a culture, sex is used to sell everything from breakfast cereals to cars. I found it liberating to write about it.

The biggest challenge I faced was making Jessica and Jake relatable, fully-rounded characters, knowing full-well that many readers will have preconceived notions about what a "nice" girl would do in a situation like this. I want my readers to feel empathy and understanding of the choices they make.

If Tell Me Everything were made into a movie, who would you cast in the leading roles? 
Oh, this is the fun part! I think for Jessica, I would choose a brunette Kate Winslet, and for Jake, her husband, maybe Timothy Olyphant. For Andrew - Justin Theroux!

What TV series are you currently binge watching? 
I'm working my way through all 15 seasons of ER on Hulu! It's such an amazing show, and so many successful actors today got their start in bit parts on it! It's fun to see them at their beginning.

Tell us about your most memorable Thanksgiving. 
Honestly, I got sober 14 years ago on Thanksgiving weekend, so that will always be the hardest, and best memory I have of that weekend.

What is the strangest thing currently residing in your purse/handbag? 
A green apple Blow-Pop that I bought on a whim about six months ago at the drugstore check out. Those were my favorite in high school, so I grabbed it and keep forgetting it's in there!

Thanks to Amy for visiting with us and for sharing her book with our readers.

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25 comments:

Gretchen said...

My husband is probably who I tell the most to! Can't wait to read this.

Burma Turner said...

The only person I tell everything to is my bff, Anna. We have been friends for 40 years.

JeanneK said...

I probably tell the most to my son. He gives the best, most sound advice and I respect his opinion.

StereoQueenBee said...

I have been dying to read this!

Peggy Russo said...

It’s a toss up between my BFF and my husband. They both pretty much know all my secrets.

Bube said...

My sister and mother 🙂

GrandmaD said...

I tell everything to my husband.

Tracy Wirick said...

My best friend

Linda May said...

I tell everything to my best friend. Thanks for your great generosity.

traveler said...

My husband.

Michelle L said...

I don't tell EVERYTHING to anyone.

Jessica said...

My dad

Nancy Payette said...

Nobody knows everything. My mom, who probably knows the most, still doesn't know everything. 💁🏻

diannekc said...

I tell almost everything to my BFF.

Mary Preston said...

No one - some things are best kept to yourself.

kstar said...

Certain things to my best friend, something's to no one at all.

Grandma Cootie said...

My journal.

donnaing said...

My best friend

The Secret Book Sleuth said...

I tell everything to my mom.

bn100 said...

no one

JaxMc said...

I’m selective of who I tell what to.

Dianna said...

I tell everything to my husband. The good, the bad, the ugly!

rbooth43 said...

I tell everything to my son who has been there for me through everything!

amanda whitley said...

I tell everything to my husband and my best friend.

Tatum Rangel said...

My journal. :)