Featured Author: Amy Sue Nathan

I’m back from Montana and already packing for Oahu to attend this weekend’s Book & Music Festival in Honolulu, before heading on to Minneapolis for my reader dinner on Monday, and then a book club dinner on Tuesday with the Horshoe Trail Book Club.   I can’t believe I’m already repacking but when I fly, I read, so I’m packing a big stack of books to take with me.

One of the books I’m taking with me is Amy Sue Nathan‘s debut novel, The Glass Wives, which releases today!  Your pub day is so exciting and I’m thrilled to have Amy Sue with us on her big day.  I hope everyone will give her a warm welcome to the JaneBlog!

*Amy Sue, what do you love most about being a writer?
Working in my pajamas. That tops the list. After that? I guess it would be the fact that my work is something I can get lost in for hours. I’m not aware of the time, the surroundings, or sometimes even the weather outside my window. It’s all-encompassing. That can also be a drawback.

*Tell us what your new book is about, in 2 or 3 sentences.
THE GLASS WIVES is about Evie Glass, a divorced mom who finds herself strapped for cash after her ex-husband dies suddenly.  Cautiously, Evie agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole, her ex’s young widow, and her baby. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, Evie must decide who she can trust. More than that, she must ask: what makes a family?

*What are you working on now?
A novel about Izzy Lane, a single mom and anonymous blogger. Izzy’s blog gets really popular when she writes about her dating escapades and a new boyfriend. The only problem is, she isn’t really dating at all. Izzy is then offered a job as the dating guru for a popular website and takes it.
The book is really about life lies —you know, the big ones—and not only what makes this character tell them over and over again, but what has to happen for her to tell the truth.

*What’s your favorite time of the day and place to write? 
I am an early bird in every sense. My favorite thing to do is wake up with my dogs, get the business of the day taken care of, like feeding the dogs, seeing my daughter off to school (although she’s about to graduate high school, so that will end), answer emails, check blog posts, follow up on any leads from the day before.  Then, after more coffee and breakfast, I’ll go into my office, which used to be my son’s bedroom, open the blinds and get onto the bed. I have to be super comfy when I write! The office is also the room at the side of the house farthest from the distractions of the TV and the kitchen!

*Name five items sitting on your desk right now.
Pens. I love pens of all colors, so I have lots!
The dictionary I won in seventh grade as the prize for Outstanding Achievement in English.
Hair clips. I hate having my hair in my eyes or falling on my face, so I always clip it back.
Note pads. I love note pads almost as much as I love pens. And they must be colorful, cute, or pretty ones.
Photos of my kids. I like to have them smiling back at me.

*Name 3 books you hope to read soon.
The Life List by Lori Nelson Spielman
The Third Son by Julie Wu
The Chalice by Nancy Bilyeau

*Name 3 – 5 books you’ve read this year.  Which ones would you recommend to your girlfriends?
Only five? Oh, okay! I would recommend all of these books to my friends, and I have!
Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler
And Then I Found You by Patti Callahan Henry
The Plum Tree by Ellen Marie Wiseman
In Need Of A Good Wife by Kelly O’Connor McNees

Here’s more about The Glass Wives:

Evie and Nicole Glass share a last name. They also shared a husband.
When a tragic car accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it also upends the lives of Evie and Nicole, and their children. There’s no love lost between the widow and the ex. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in all this heartache—the chance to rid herself of Nicole once and for all.  But Evie wasn’t counting on her children’s bond with their baby half-brother, and she wasn’t counting on Nicole’s desperate need to hang on to the threads of family, no matter how frayed. Strapped for cash, Evie cautiously agrees to share living expenses—and her home—with Nicole and the baby. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, Evie must decide who she can trust. More than that, she must ask: what makes a family?


Readers and friends, do check out Amy Sue Nathan’s new release and if you read her book, please add a review to Amazon or B&N or over at Good Reads as those reviews do make a difference!

I’m giving away a copy of The Glass Wives, a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card, and lots of fun sweets and treats to one of my lucky readers.  Post a comment below to be entered, and then please check back to see if you won.  The Glass Wives giveaway will run til Friday, May 17th, with the winner announced Saturday morning.  Thank you, Amy Sue, for being here, and to all my readers, have a fantastic week and if you’re on Oahu this weekend, come see me at the Book & Music Festival on Saturday!

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