Posts Tagged ‘Meeting Your Half-Orange’

My Thoughts On Our Grandparents’ Good Advice

Friday, October 11th, 2019

I was asked for my advice by a lovely writer, Stacey Feintuch, for this Reader’s Digest story, so I offered it up — on two pieces of Grandma’s relationship wisdom that I believe still holds true. I’ve always liked so it’s a pleasure to be a part of it this month.

I contributed my advice to two sections in the piece — both about relationships. My advice was based on what I’d learned writing Meeting Your Half-Orange, my first book on dating, love and optimism.

You can read the whole piece, and my full thoughts in it, in the story:  “7 Pieces of Advice to Take From Your Grandparents — and 5 to Forget” on Reader’s Digest.


Calling all Single + Married Women: It’s Been Advice Month!

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

I’ve been asked to share my positive thoughts on love for a few publications lately, so in case any of these stories might appeal to you, here they are…

1) First, I loved contributing to this piece called “That Single Life” in the brand new January/February 2016 issue of Women’s Health magazine.

WomensHealthSINGLE The Women’s Health features real women who have bucked the coupledom standards by doing things like buying a house single, having a baby single, and traveling single.

I spoke with writer Faye Brennan about why single women can rock whatever it is they damn want, which is the entire mindset behind my book Meeting Your Half-Orange: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism to Find Your Perfect Match (Running Press).

Pick up the Jan/Feb issue of Women’s Health to read the full piece about “That Single Life,” but here’s my advice in part #3 about why it’s healthy to be “The Jet Setter” who is traveling solo:

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2) For the story Dating as a Single Parent…If You Dare, I offered some advice for single mothers who are having a difficult time in their dating lives with writer Christine Coppa, who is a single mom herself. You can read the full story here on that one here on the USA Today Network’s Asbury Park Press site, but here’s a small snapshot of some my advice when it comes to where to meet your potential partners:

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3) I also offered some advice for Woman’s Day magazine, about the 9 Important Signs Your Marriage Can Be Saved. I talked to the magazine about the positive signs of recognizing that your behavior might be affecting your partner’s behavior or when you both recognize how much you appreciate your family time. You can read the full piece here on Woman’s Day, but here, again, is a small snapshot of some of my advice:



Love & Happiness Advice for Single Parents

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

I’ve been interviewed a number of times lately for a few different kinds of stories, but one I come back to pretty often: dating, love and happiness advice for single moms and dads—some of the hardest working people in life-business. Here is some of my love, happiness and dating advice for parents going it alone.

1: How to Deal with Your Ex’s New Partner

First, some advice for single moms dealing with her ex’s new partner that appeared on Yahoo News. The wonderfully honest story, by writer Chrissi Coppa, was called Tom Brady’s Ex Deserves Praise for her Gracious Co-Parenting Tweet, and I offered my insight on what it meant that Bridget Moynahan tweeted a congratulations to the Patriots following their win, and what that meant for her son and their family.





2. How to Date as a Single Parent

I also offered some of my dating tips for single parents for a piece that appeared in and among others. 

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I wish I could give a free copy of Meeting Your Half-Orange to every last single mom or single dad in the country, because I truly believe that it could help shift how they feel in a meaningful way.

The way I see it, when you are feeling overwhelmed and down on yourself or your circumstances—which is so often the case with single parents who don’t have even .001 second to think about themselves because they are so focused on their child/children—the best thing you can do for yourself emotionally is find a way to adjust your perspective and feelings so that you can get through each day in a happier place. The more in control, positive, hopeful and happy you feel, the better a person, a parent and a provider you can be.


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…


The Orange Buzz on The App Store!

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2010

I do what I can to keep the “orange buzz” going on my book, Meeting Your Half-Orange. And sometimes, I get a fun surprise when I find out someone else is keeping the buzz going. This week, that surprise came through Apple’s App store, when I found out that they’ve chosen the App I made for my book, the  “Half-Orange Optimisms” App as one of its “Featured Apps!”

If you don’t already have the App on your iPhone, it’s like having a little orange buzz of optimism in the palm of your hand.

I’m thrilled that someone over at Apple liked the little App enough to put it on the list—not to mention that it sits alongside cool people like The Dave Matthews Band and Apps among others. So thank you Apple! (As if I didn’t like them enough.)

And I hope it helps everyone who uses it remember that shaking up your point of view (after shaking the App on your iPhone!) can affect how you feel, who you meet and what goes down, both in dating and in life.

If you haven’t checked out the App yet, Half-Orange Optimisms is on iTunes and in the App store on your iPhone. Here’s to adding a little optimism to your day!


The Orange Buzz is On!

Monday, February 1st, 2010

Well, today is the eve of the official debut of my book Meeting Your Half-Orange! And the buzz has been building around it in a fabulous way. Some of the latest news?

Harper’s Bazaar put it on their “Must List” and called it “the ultimate pep talk” in their February issue.

Star magazine just placed Meeting Your Half-Orange as #1 on “This Week’s Fab 5!” in their entertainment section:

Los Angeles magazine lists the book in The Reading List” lists Meeting Your Half-Orange in their February 12 edition.

The Globe & Mail, a major Canadian national newspaper, featured the story: Orange You Glad Finding Love is So Easy? in their Life section.‘s Storked! blog posted my advice from the book in “5 Tips for Single Dating Moms!”

And there have been more! For all the clips and links, check out the News & Reviews page at my book’s web site:

And of course, if all this has made you realize how silly you’ve been for not yet buying the book for yourself and a dozen of your friends, then head here to to get as many copies as you can!

Thanks for catching up with me. And if you’re still looking for your half-orange, don’t forget to check in for your dose of positivity at


Meeting Your Half-Orange: The Site

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

Want to flip your attitude in a small but profound way so that you come to see dating as a positively amazing step on the path to meeting your other half? Want to find the person who’s so absolutely, totally right for you that you almost can’t believe a connection so perfect was even possible?

That’s what dating optimism will do for you: It will help you become so happy in your own skin and so focused on the relationship you want, your ideal other half will be naturally drawn straight to you! Find out more here:

Check out for more info. Or email me (through Contact Amy) to find out more!

While you wait for the book, check out my fab, fun daily doses of positivity at

Happy living, dating, eating and loving,


The Dating Optimist is Up!

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

So I’ve been wanting to start a blog where I can put down my thoughts on life and love and dating, and it’s finally up! Whether you’re single and dating, seeing someone, or even already happily married, I hope my perspective can be a help when you need a little push toward positivity. Just head here…

…to whenever you could use a pick me up. (I mean, if I were you, I’d check it out every day, but I guess bloggers can’t be beggers.)

The official guide to using dating optimism to find your other half comes out in six months. That’s when MEETING YOUR HALF-ORANGE: An Utterly Upbeat Guide to Using Dating Optimism To Find Your Perfect Match will be published (Running Press, February 2010). But I’m just too eager…I wanted to start getting your groundwork going now so that by the time the book comes out, you’ll be ready for the process!

Please stop by the site and see what’s up. And if you have any questions or comments, comment there of course, or write to me at: info at amy-spencer dot com or just click the “Contact” button my site here.



Join “The Dating Optimist” on Twitter!

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

I’ll be sharing my full-length homegrown secret of how to use dating optimism to find your perfect match when my book, Meeting Your Half-Orange, hits stores on February 22 (Running Press). But who wants to wait until then to start thinking positive about finding the love of your life?


If you want a dose of happy thinking now,join me on Twitter, where I’m sharing my daily thoughts on life’s little moments—from the mundane to the more serious—and the ways I aim to look at dating and love in a brighter, better way.

Join me at

Get a daily dose of positivity from The Dating Optimist

Now, techhies, please have mercy! I’ve just begun exploring this whole Twit-terrain, so bear with me as we begin the journey together… I hope to see you there!