Author Revealed

About Amy Hatvany

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 9/29

Q. Previous occupations

A. Baker, Office manager, and Human Resources Manager

Q. Favorite job

A. Writing novels!

Q. High school and/or college

A. West Seattle High School and Western WA University

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I love Pink. She is a fierce, fabulous woman.

Q. Favorite movie

A. When Harry Met Sally and Batman Begins

Q. Favorite television show

A. Weeds, Californication, Fringe, and Mad Men. Any of the Bravo reality series.

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Better than I ever believed it could be.

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Progress, not perfection.

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Curled up and snuggling with my kids on a day when we don't have to go anywhere or do anything. That, or a carton of Ben & Jerry's Peanut Brittle ice cream.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Being on a carnival ride that collapses.

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. The Garden island of Kauai. Hands down my favorite spot on earth.

Q. With whom in history do you most identify?

A. Mae West

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Oprah

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. "No worries," "It is what it is," and the F-bomb.

Q. What do you regret most?

A. There's not much I regret. There are things I wish I'd done differently, of course, but I believe everything happened in my life to lead me to where I am now. To the person I am now. And I'm pretty okay with her.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. Coordination. Can't dance worth a lick.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. My children and my sobriety.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Perfectionism and indiscriminate swearing.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Hopefully, compassion. An open, accepting nature of other people's flaws.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. A person with a naturally fast metabolism.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. My smile.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Anne of Green Gables. I adore her.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. The Wicked Witch of the West. Poor gal, stuck in Glenda's shadow, and then gets a house dropped on her. She had it rough.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. Aragorn, from the Lord of the Rings Triology. But only if he came in the form of Viggo Mortensen. I would probably say, "Holy crap, you're hot."  Kidding aside, I would love to meet Atticus Finch. I'd like to hear his impressions of the world, and how we have ended up where we are as a society. And then I would just soak up his gentle, quiet wisdom.

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. Negative thinkers and people who don't know how to merge on the freeway.

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. Cooking, followed immediately by eating something fantastic!

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writing novels.

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Integrity, compassion, and a wicked-smart sense of humor.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Ice cream. The good stuff. Full fat, full sugar, chock full of goodies.

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Oh, wow. They change all of the time. "King of Anything" and "Jar of Hearts" are my current faves. And anything from the 80's, really. My kids think I'm weird.

On Books and Writing

Q. Who are your favorite authors?

A. Emily Giffin, Jennifer Weiner, T. Greenwood, Laura Hillenbrand, Elizabeth Berg, Joyce Maynard. I read so much, it's sort of like having to pick out a favorite child - I love all authors for having the guts to put the words on the page.

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. 1. Rebecca, Daphne DuMarier 2. Talk Before Sleep, Elizabeth Berg 3. To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee 4. Good in Bed, Jennifer Weiner 5. Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffinegger

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Talk Before Sleep, by Elizabeth Berg. It was the book that inspired me to give being a writer a chance.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. Stop talking and start writing.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. That I made them cry. This is a huge compliment, I hope, in that my writing in some way connected to them emotionally, which is why I write in the first place. To connect.