I’m Amy Sue Nathan, and my second novel, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, will be published by St. Martin’s Griffin on October 13, 2015. My debut novel, THE GLASS WIVES, was published by St. Martin’s Griffin on May 14, 2013. I’m represented by Danielle Egan-Miller of Browne & Miller Literary Associates.
I’ve been blogging in various capacities and at different personal and professional blogs since 2006. In 2011 I launched the Women’s Fiction Writers blog, and just four years later it was named one of Writer’s Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers. I teach workshops for Writers Digest University and work as a freelance fiction editor and writing coach. My stories and essays have appeared in print and online in over two dozen national and regional publications including The Chicago Tribune, Chicago Parent, and the New York Times Online.
I was born and raised in Philadelphia and am a graduate of Temple University 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 1990s, and am the proud mom of two grown children (my favorite oxymoron). Along with being a life-long writer, I’m a dog-lover, vegetarian, and not-so-secret crafter.
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.