Friday, January 14, 2011

Meet Amy Nathan

QUESTION: What's the worst way to make a great first impression? `
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ANSWER: By flipping deep-dish spinach pizza across the table at your dinner companion, of course.
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Amy and Janna
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Amy and I just laughed, and I dared her to share tale of my clumsiness (which I'm beating her to, I think). No damper on our dinner.
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I've known Amy, who is such a great and talented woman, through the power of the internets for what has to be a few years now. And when I learned I'd be visiting an area very close to her hometown, we planned a real-life meeting.
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I've talked about such meetings, with colleagues and bloggy buddies and all, here on the ol' blog before, and many of you have had the same experiences. It's just so darn cool. What pleases my writer's spirit is the connection over words, and the craft, that one can't get just anywhere.
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Amy and I talked about agents (she recently signed with Jason Yarn of The Paradigm Agency!), women's fiction, favorite authors, POV/tenses, premises, plots, and brainstorming about your WIP with habit, as a rule not an exception. Who else can you do that with and not bore your company to silence and disinterest? It's a powerful thing to share the same wavelength with another writer.
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I absolutely enjoyed our time together. Flipped food and all!
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If you've never crossed paths with Amy, go meet her now. Visit her blog and website at amysuenathan.com. She also has a post up at STET! today, so you can find her there. Tell her Janna sent you.
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You should try deep-dish spinach pizza, too. It's good.

21 comments:

Amy Sue Nathan said...

It was fun and delicious - flipped food notwithstanding! I do have a post up at STET! today. If you didn't already know, I'm NOT Jane Austen! (I linked it in my sig line)

I can't wait to try another kind of pizza with you. Oh, and to sit a little farther from the door.

Janna Qualman said...

Oh, yes. Good call!

Will go check STET out now!

Liza said...

Sounds like fun...flipped pizza and all! It's fun when the Internet leads to real life.

Melissa Sarno said...

Oh, that looks like so much fun to meet your blogging friends in real life :-) What's funny is that I recognize Amy's name from Query tracker! Let's just say, I spend a lot of time there. lol.

Diane said...

Nothing says love like flying spinach! Cute story. Will go and say hi! :O)

Susan R. Mills said...

How great for you! Speaking of meeting internet buddies in person...

Cindy R. Wilson said...

Yay! Love meeting writer friends in person. Glad you had a good time.

Melissa Gill said...

Weren't all of us KC area gals supposed to get together in the fall? Ah, life. And now Jessie's moving! Well I still plan on enticing you to come down to the KC zoo for a special tour sometime this spring/summer/fall, who knows.

Melanie Hooyenga said...

That's so great! I loved my writing conversation with Amy when we met too. And I feel like we may have also had flying food, but from me.

Melissa Marsh said...

Awesome! So glad the two of you got to meet. Was that picture taken in a Chicago resteraunt? It looks familiar...

thedomesticfringe said...

Sounds like a fun time, even with the flippin' pizza!

Hey Janna, where's that other blog you're writing? I think I lost the url.

Happy Weekend to you!
-FringeGirl

Karen said...

Janna, I'll have to try that! lol....

Karen Amanda Hooper said...

That's awesome. So far I've been very lucky. The 10 0r so writer friends I've met from online have all turned out to be just as awesome in person.

So glad you guys had a great time. :)

DL Hammons said...

I've met three of my blogmates and each time it was a real pleasure!! It's amazing how that connection translates from typed corresponsence to real life interaction.

And just about any kind of deep-dish pizza would get my mouth watering! :)

She Writes said...

Love deep dish and great connections :).

Deb Shucka said...

There really is no satisfaction and joy quite like meeting a fellow writer. It sounds like the two of you were old friends. New ones might not be quite so understanding about flipped pizzas. :-)

khushi said...

Janna how nice to meet up with blog friends! I haven't met any of the ones I do not already know, and have wondered how it would go if we did meet!

Glynis said...

Sounds fun! I hope to meet two blogging writer buddies in the UK, this year. Not sure if it will happen, but it will be fun if it does.

I will try and keep my food on my plate! ;0

Kathryn Magendie said...

THis made me smile! :-D

Kara said...

Sounds like a great time! How fun to meet up with blogging buddies in real life:)

Capri K said...

I thought I read that flipping pizza was an old Italian greeting custom?
No?