Archive for January, 2011

Laughing Along with Andy Samberg

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

You know who’s really funny? Andy Samberg. And I know this because I was lucky enough to interview the SNL star for this month’s February 2011 issue of Glamour magazine. Andy is one of those guys who is on-the-spot hilarious. I only wish we could have printed the whole transcript of the conversation, but at least thinking about what we were able to fit in cracks me up. It was an 8-page story with some great photographs, so this picture is just a taste.

Check out my Andy Samberg interview in Glamour. And hopefully laugh along, too.


Enter “A Book and a Bikini” GIVEAWAY Jan. 11-14th!

Tuesday, January 11th, 2011

It’s a special week for half-oranges and anyone looking for one. Because today marks the launch of my new paperback of Meeting Your Half-Orange, which I’m celebrating by doing a FABULOUS GIVEAWAY at!

Entering is super easy and super fun: Comment on the giveaway post at The Dating Optimist and tell us one thing you love about yourself and your life…that’s it! Just spread the optimism and you’ll be entered to win a brand new paperback copy of MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match, and a hot Bikini. To be more specific, this hot “Milla” Kushcush bikini:

Okay, now head to the giveaway and good luck!


Inside the Author’s Studio with Amy Spencer

Monday, January 10th, 2011

I have the best agent in the world: Laurie Abkemeier, a literary agent with DeFiore and Company who also reps Marley & Me‘s John Grogan. A former editor with Simon & Schuster and now an agent for over seven years, Laurie has wisdom from all sides of the writing fence. Also fun? Laurie’s new Tumblr blog, which now features an entertaining section called Inside the Author’s Studio.

This month, to celebrate the launch of the new paperback edition of Meeting Your Half-Orange, she featured me! Here are my answers (based on James Lipton’s Questionnaire which was based on the Proust questionnaire): Inside the Author’s Studio with Amy Spencer .

And if you’re a writer or want to be? Then you must download Laurie’s FREE “Agent Obvious” iPhone App which is jam-packed with her “Agent Obvious” insights about all things book publishing: query letters, proposals, editing, writing, contracts, marketing and more.

Now, I hope I didn’t embarrass myself with my choice of superpower or favorite sitcom…


HEALTH Magazine names The Dating Optimist a “Blog We Adore”

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

It’s a great month for The Dating Optimist, the blog I run to provide small doses of love and life positivity when you really need it. Pick up the Jan/Feb 2011 issue of Health magazine, and you’ll see that my blog was named a “Blog We Adore” for the issue, and featured a quote from the blog archives. Hilariously, it was from a posting called “Dexter and You: Take Your Leap of Faith.” Nothing like finding comfort in life from the character of a serial killer!

But you know what? That’s precisely the point of my site, The Dating Optimist: Positive life messages can be found in the craziest places, sometimes. And I want to do my part to help you work on your focus to find them all around you. Joy and optimism can be ours if we make the choice to use it.

So thanks Health magazine, I adore you right back!