Ann Garvin

Ann Garvin, Ph.D. is the USA Today Bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year , and On Maggie’s Watch . Her essays have been published in Writer’s Digest, USA Today, Psychology Today, The Last Word on Nothing, and the website and she has performed several times in Listen To Your Mother & The Moth. She is a professor at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater and Miami University in their low residency Masters of Fine Arts program. She is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers and The Fifth Semester where she is committed to helping writers find their voice.

Amy Impellizzeri

Amy is a former corporate litigator, start-up executive, and award-winning author. Amy’s debut novel, Lemongrass Hope, was a 2014 INDIEFAB Book of the Year Bronze Winner and a National Indie Excellence Awards Finalist. Recent books include Secrets of Worry Dolls and the just-released thriller The Truth About Thea, as well as the non-fiction Lawyer Interrupted, published by the American Bar Association and featured on ABC, The Huffington Post,, and Law360. Amy is a frequent invited speaker at Lawyers in Transition Meetings, annual Bar conferences, and creative writing workshops across the country. Amy is a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, co-founder of the group’s innovative Facebook group, BLOOM, and is the Past President of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association, an international community of 900+ writers.

Ann Garvin and Amy Impellizzeri
on wine, books, AND writing.

Amy: Whenever Ann and I are together, it’s like a slumber party. We giggle and drink wine and we usually come up with 4 or 5 brilliant life lessons. And then we let our characters take credit for them.

Ann: It’s true. When I first met Amy, I saw that glorious smile of hers and I wanted to curl up in her lap like a cat. In fact, I think there is a picture out there somewhere proving that this is exactly what I did.

Amy: You did! We were talking about gratitude and readers and how much we love it when our writing forges a connection. Especially with book clubs. They’re like first dates for writers. You never really know what you’re going to get. But the potential is mind-blowing.

Ann: When I write, I feel like I’m conversing with a friend but it’s a one-way street until readers get involved. Book clubs keep the conversation going, because they bring in their own perceptions of the characters, their feelings, and stories. I often want to join the book clubs I visit because I can’t imagine not seeing them again!

Amy: I’ve been to book clubs where there is an actual wait-list to get in. Others have been meeting regularly for 20 years. But you know what? No matter the shape or form, I’ve learned that book clubs are where all the deep discussions are happening. For example…this newest book of yours. I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, you soften the blow of tough topics like infidelity and dementia with humor. How do you DO that?

Ann: Wine. I drink a lot of wine when I write to take the edge off. I’m kidding. When I write, I’m really committed to getting the hard stuff right. Life can be a trial and acknowledging that makes people feel more connected to each other. But I hate for people to feel too badly for too long, so I try to make them laugh to ease the burden of discovery. Now your book, The Truth About Thea, reads like it has a motor in it. Every time I put it down I’d wonder what was happening between the covers when I wasn’t reading it! How do you write such page-turners?

Amy: I try really hard not to get too committed to any one detail of the plot -- I leave room for me to be surprised. I hope that will lead to the reader being surprised as well! So yes…beware of the detailed plot outlines, I always tell would-be writers. Listen to the story.

Ann: I have so many stories waiting in a queue in the back of my head! The one I want to write changes every day.

Amy: Well, change is good! Have your drinking tastes changed at all? Red or wine?

Ann: Did you notice your typo? HAHA. I’ll take the wine please. Seriously though, I love a crisp cool sip of Pinot Grigio at the end of any kind of day. You?

Amy: Oh my gosh. That was so subliminal. I like my white somewhat oaky – usually a Chardonnay -- and my glass somewhat full!

Ann & Amy