Saturday, July 25, 2015

Sit Down Saturday with Amy Vastine

Today we are celebrating the release of The Hardest Fight by Amy Vastine.

The Hardest Fight is the third and final book in the Chicago Sisters Series. How did it feel to finally tell the last Everhart sister’s story?

It is definitely bittersweet to see this series come to an end. I am happy to get to tell Lucy’s story,  but sad to say goodbye to this family. What’s great about writing connected stories is that you get to touch on the lives of the characters from the other books and continue to delve into their happy ever after. I loved that part of it. 

What’s your favorite scene?

This is an easy one. My favorite scene is when the hero, Dylan Hunt, gets knocked out while trying to rescue Lucy from an attacker and he wakes up in the ambulance with my favorite paramedic Charlie (from The Best Laid Plans) at his side. Dylan does not know what is going on and when Lucy shows up at the hospital, his train of thought while he tries to figure it all out makes me giggle just thinking about it.

If you could pick a movie star to play the hero and heroine, who would it be?

From Book 1 in the series, Lucy has always been Charlize Theron to me (I love her!) She does such a fantastic job of playing really smart, tough women, and that is what Lucy is. 

I didn’t have a good idea of what Dylan looked like right away but as I got into writing this book, he morphed into Captain America himself, Chris Evans. He’s a clean-cut, all- American boy. 



What do you plan to work on next?

I am about to sign a contract to write two new books for Heartwarming that are the beginning of a series that centers on a country music record company in Tennessee called Grace Note Records. I am excited to get started on it and so happy to be given the opportunity to continue writing for this amazing line. 

What are you reading for pleasure right now?

Well, I’m at the RWA National Conference in New York right now and am taking home about two dozen books to read. (Misty knows what I’m talking about!) But currently, I am reading Me Before You by Jojo Moyes. I can tell this one is going to break my heart. I was reading it on the plane to New York willing myself not to bawl like a baby in front of a plane full of strangers. It is a a tough one but beautifully written!


Speaking of RWA, come back tomorrow to see some fun pictures from the conference. The Heartwarming ladies have been having a blast! And feel free to enter our RWA giveaway by clicking on the Heartwarming Bingo tab up top!

17 comments:

  1. Congrats on your book release! And I love Charlize Theron too--she's been more that one of my heroines. :-)

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    1. Thanks, Patricia! Yay for Charlize fans :)

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  2. Amy, I'm about half way through The Hardest Fight and very much liking the story. I'm trying to read through having family here, and I want to finish it before we have to go do some family things. Congratulations on the new series. I love country-western singers and their music. I have one in book 3 of a trilogy I'm writing for American---that I'm about to start writing. Enjoy the remainder of the conference and come home with notes for us.

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    1. Well, I can't wait to read about your country singer! And glad you're enjoying The Hardest Fight :)

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  3. Amy - love your cover. It exudes joy. I join the applause for Charlize Theron; I love her in the Italian job. Your book sounds like a winner. I understand how you feel about the end of a series. By that time everyone from book one all the way through is sitting on your furniture, around your dining room table, and looking in your fridge. Congratulations on the new contract - job security is a wonderful thing! Have fun at RWA - looking forward to pictures.

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    1. Thank you so much, Muriel. I told Carol you and she are soulmates. The first thing she said when I told her my Lucy was Charlize was that she loved her in The Italian Job. In fact, it's on TV tonight, so guess what we are watching!

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  4. Congratulations on the book release and on the new two-book deal!! Glad to know you'll be continuing to write for Heartwarming. Charlize Theron is great, I like her in the movies I've seen. Right away I'm thinking about The Legend of Bagger Vance. I don't think many have seen it, but I LOVED it. I just received Me Before You in the mail a couple of days ago. I've heard good things about it. It will be on my TBR shelf. I've already seen some beautiful pictures on FB of some of the Heartwarming ladies enjoying RWA. Have fun. ( :

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    1. I love The Legend of Bagger Vance, too! It's so poetic and the language in Will Smith's dialogue is beautiful. And Charlize wears the coolest clothes!

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    2. Thanks, Laurie. We will have to discuss Me Before You when we both finish!

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  5. Yes to EVERYTHING Muriel Jensen. ( :

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  6. Congratulations on your latest book, Amy, and your latest contract! My sister lives in Nashville, so I can't wait to read about Grace Note Records.

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  7. I loved The Hardest Fight, Amy! I need to get started on a review for you! Congrats!

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  8. Amy! I can't wait to read anything you write. So, congrats on the new contract. The new series sounds fabulous. I LOVED your pix from the conference. Be safe coming back home...down to earth...

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  9. HA! I see your shout out and raise you a It was so awesome to meet you in person! I love your books and even more so now that I know you are not only a great writer but also a wonderful woman :)
    Misty

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    1. So happy to meet you, Misty!! Glad to know there really are lurkers out there!

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