I have a thing for Wonder Woman.
She inspires me with her grit and determination. I love that she fights for truth and justice. I appreciate that, in spite of her super-human strength, she has the heart of a woman.
We encounter passionate, fascinating women every day. These women may not chase down bad guys in shiny red boots and may not wear tiaras to work, but they get stuff done. They are employees, wives, sisters, daughters, caretakers, volunteers, mothers, partners, bosses and lovers. They are real women—awesome and inspiring women—with stories to share.
I’ve made it my personal mission to share stories of wonderful women in hopes of empowering us to come together to honor and support one another. Please join me as I feature a different #RealLifeWonderWoman each Wednesday on my blog at raditowrite.com.
Here’s how I met today’s #RealLifeWonderWoman…
I was a nervous, new author-to-be at my first-ever writer’s conference, unsure of which sessions to attend or how to navigate the hallway lined with agents, authors and tables of books. I must have had the “lost puppy” look on my face when a woman walked over and flashed me a kind and understanding smile. She invited me to attend a session on leveraging social media in the adjacent room. It wasn’t until I sat down that I realized she was actually teaching the session.
She taught me so much that day about Tweets and posts and being responsible on social media. And even though I write nonfiction and Amy’s a fiction guru, we connected. Maybe it was her kindness, or maybe it was the fact that she referenced her love of wine and chocolate (twice!), but I left that conference with a social media action plan and a friend and colleague in the writing business. And I am grateful.
Not only is Amy an excellent guide to all things social media and the founder of the award-winning Women’s Fiction Writers Blog, she’s an established novelist herself. Amy’s debut novel, THE GLASS WIVES, was published in 2013, her second novel, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, was published in 2015 and her third, LEFT TO CHANCE released in 2017.
In addition, she teaches workshops for Writers Digest University and freelances as a fiction editor and writing coach for traditional and self-published authors. Yes, folks, she’s a go-getter! Please read on and get to know more about the wonderful Amy Sue Nathan.
KR: Tell me about what brings you joy and fulfillment.
ASN: Writing brings me a inner peace and exercises my brain. Spending time with my adult children brings joy and fulfillment because I used to wipe their noses (among other things) and now they are successful professionals. Laughing with anyone I care about is a great release that helps refill my well.
KR: What are some of your hobbies?
ASN: My real hobbies are reading, listening to audiobooks (still kind of reading), and watching reality TV. My list of “wishful” hobbies is much longer with things like crocheting (my eyes aren’t good enough), bread baking (too messy), and painting (no talent). Honestly, I am quiet content with the work, friends, family, and hobbies that fill my time.
KR: We all have inner superpowers (a.k.a. character qualities). What are some of yours?
ASN: I’m loyal but you have to earn it. My skepticism adds a healthy dose of reality to my world and I find it to be a true asset. Real superpowers? I can read lips and body language almost perfectly. If you want to hide something from me, you should go to another room.
KR: If you could have one super-human power, what would it be?
ASN: I’d like to fly so I can visit my kids without trains or planes!
KR: Knowing what you know at this stage of your life, what words of wisdom would you give to your 20-year-old self?
ASN: I would say: You are smarter, prettier, stronger, and more capable than you think you are, and that while learning all this is going to be a bitch, you’ll get through it.
KR: Yes! I wish my 20-year-old self had that advice. I’d also tell her to never underestimate the value of surrounding yourself with a tribe of women who lift each other up. Thanks, Amy, for joining my tribe of #RealLifeWonderWomen.
For more information on Amy Sue Nathan or to learn more about her books, visit her website at amysuenathan.com.