I’m Amy Sue Nathan, and my debut novel, THE GLASS WIVES, was published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 14, 2013. THE GOOD NEIGHBOR will be published by St. Martin’s Griffin in 2015. I’m represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne and Miller Literary Associates. When I put on another hat I’m a freelance editor. That information can be found under the EDITOR AMY tab above.
I’ve been blogging since 2006, and launched Women’s Fiction Writers in March 2011. In addition to blogging, my stories and essays have appeared in The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times online, The Washington Post online, The Huffington Post, Chicago Parent, Grey Sparrow Journal, Rose and Thorn Journal, Scribblers On The Roof, The Verb, Hospital Drive Journal and The Stone Hobo. I’m also a freelance fiction editor, and a reader for literary agents (that info is below). I’ve also been fortunate to contribute to four amazing writing sites, Writer Unboxed, Beyond The Margins, The Book Pregnant Blog, and Girlfriends Book Club. I’m currently serving as Secretary for the RWA-WF chapter, a contributor to the Writer Unboxed newsletter, and a member of the 2013 Class at The Debutante Ball blog.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia (Yo!) and am a graduate of Temple University (Go Owls!) with a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism. I’ve also lived in Hershey, PA, Maplewood, NJ, Cleveland, OH, and Tucson, AZ. I’ve called the Chicago area home since the late 1990′s, and am the proud mom of a son in college and a daughter in high school. I’m the often exasperated mom of two rambunctious rescued dogs and assorted woodland creatures who are partial to our backyard.
You can email me at email@example.com or follow me on Twitter: @AmySueNathan or by clicking the little Twitter birdie off to the right. If you want to be one of the cool kids, you can “like” my Facebook page by clicking the link the little Facebook icon in the sidebar. (C’mon, you know you want to!) I’m also on Pinterest (though not that much) and on YouTube (view at your own risk).
If you’d like to read one of my published short stories, try: The April Strings of Amber Sweetly (my personal favorite) or The Kindness of Neighbors. If you’d like to read personal essays, try: Killer Sandals or Learning to Dance at 40. Want to read my Chicago Trib columns? Click here. My parenting column, The View From Here, was featured on Imperfect Parent for several years and you can read those essays here.
Want to know even more about me, my book, and my writing? Here’s an 2012 interview by literary agent, Andrea Hurst: AUTHORNOMICS INTERVIEW with Amy Sue Nathan.
Here’s a sneak peek at THE GOOD NEIGHBOR:
Things are tough for Izzy Lane. Still reeling from the break-up of her marriage, the almost forty-year old moves back to the Philadelphia home she grew up in, with five-year-old Noah in tow. The transition is hard, but with the help of her two best friends—not to mention her elderly neighbor, Mrs. Feldman—Izzy is coping with her life as a newly single mom. Until, that is, her ex-husband shows up with his girlfriend. That’s when Izzy invents a boyfriend of her own. And that’s when things get complicated.
Blogging about her new guy provides Izzy with an anonymous outlet, something harmless to do when Noah’s asleep and she’s figuring out her new life. When her blog soars in popularity and she’s given the opportunity to moonlight as an online dating expert, Izzy grabs it. How hard could it be to keep up the façade? But then her friends want to meet the mysterious “Mac,” someone online suspects Izzy’s a fraud, and a guy in-real-life catches her eye. That’s when Izzy realizes what’s at stake: friendship, love, and a job she’s come to count on. Not until a heart-to-heart talk with Mrs. Feldman does Izzy understand the havoc that lies can wreak. Izzy knows if she’s honest, she could lose it all. Is the truth worth any cost? Or is it already too late?
And here’s a little about THE GLASS WIVES:
When a tragic accident ends the life of Richard Glass, it upends the lives of ex-wife, Evie, second wife, Nicole, and their children. Still, there’s no love lost between the ex and the new widow. In fact, Evie sees a silver lining in the heartache—the chance to move forward without Nicole in their lives, as soon as they finish sitting shiva. But Evie wasn’t counting on her children’s bond with their baby brother, and she certainly wasn’t counting on Nicole’s profound need to hang on to the threads of family, no matter how frayed.
Desperate times call for desperate measures, they say. And what happens next is living proof of the desperate state of these Glass wives. Evie and Nicole, both emotionally and financially spent by Richard’s death, agree to share living expenses—and Evie’s house. The arrangement, purely financial in Evie’s mind, has its benefits, such as a live-in babysitter. But it also exposes a secret, causing a rift between Evie and her closest friends. But when Evie suspects that Nicole is determined to rearrange more than her kitchen, she has to decide whom she can trust. More than that, she has to decide what makes a family.