Amy HatvanyPREVIOUS OCCUPATIONS
Baker, receptionist, and Human Resources Manager

FAVORITE JOB
Writing novels!

NAME OF YOUR FAVORITE COMPOSER OR MUSIC ARTIST?
I love Pink. She is a fierce, fabulous woman.

FAVORITE TELEVISION SHOW
Homeland. Shameless. Any of the Bravo reality Housewives series.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR LIFE IN ONLY 8 WORDS?
Better than I ever believed it could be.

WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO OR MAXIM?
Progress, not perfection.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE PERFECT HAPPINESS?
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.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FEAR?
Being on a carnival ride that collapses.

IF YOU COULD BE ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD RIGHT NOW, WHERE WOULD YOU CHOOSE TO BE?
The Garden island of Kauai. Hands down my favorite spot on earth.

WHAT ARE YOUR MOST OVERUSED WORDS OR PHRASES?
“No worries,” “It is what it is,” and the F-bomb.

WHAT DO YOU REGRET MOST?
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.

IF YOU COULD ACQUIRE ANY TALENT, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Coordination. Can’t dance worth a lick.

WHAT’S YOUR GREATEST FLAW?
Perfectionism and indiscriminate swearing.

WHAT’S YOUR BEST QUALITY?
Hopefully, compassion. An open, accepting nature of other people’s flaws.

IF YOU COULD BE ANY PERSON OR THING, WHO OR WHAT WOULD IT BE?
A person with a naturally fast metabolism.

WHAT TRAIT IS MOST NOTICEABLE ABOUT YOU?
My smile.

WHO IS YOUR FAVORITE FICTIONAL VILLAIN?
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.

WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST PET PEEVE?
Negative thinkers and people who don’t know how to merge on the freeway.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE OCCUPATION, WHEN YOU’RE NOT WRITING?
Cooking, followed immediately by eating something fantastic!

WHAT’S YOUR FANTASY PROFESSION?
Writing novels.

WHAT 3 PERSONAL QUALITIES ARE MOST IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Integrity, compassion, and a wicked-smart sense of humor.

IF YOU COULD EAT ONLY ONE THING FOR THE REST OF YOUR DAYS, WHAT WOULD IT BE?
Ice cream. The good stuff. Full fat, full sugar, chock full of goodies.

IS THERE A BOOK YOU LOVE TO REREAD?
Talk Before Sleep, by Elizabeth Berg. It was the book that inspired me to give being a writer a chance.

DO YOU HAVE ONE SENTENCE OF ADVICE FOR NEW WRITERS?
Stop talking and start writing.

WHAT COMMENT DO YOU HEAR MOST OFTEN FROM YOUR READERS?
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.