Author Interview & Book Giveaway: The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz by Laura Toffler-Corrie

Welcome to author Laura Toffler-Corrie.


Laura Toffler-Corrie is a freelance writer who holds an M.S. in school psychology, as well as an M.F.A. in dramatic writing from New York University. She has taught writing and literature at New York University and Brooklyn College and has written for a number of national magazines. Laura lives in Westchester with her husband, twin daughters and a number of pets. THE LIFE AND OPINIONS OF AMY FINAWITZ is her first novel.

Laura’s Website:


If you could travel in a Time Machine, would you go back to the past or into the future?
I’d probably go back into the past of my own life and try to re-do certain experiences and ‘get them right.’ But isn’t that what writers are trying to do all the time?

If you could invite any five people to dinner, who would you choose?
That depends on whether or not they’re bringing pot luck (I hate to cook). But maybe Abraham Lincoln, Golda Meir, Woody Allen, Queen Elizabeth and Albert Einstein. (oh and Johnny Depp if I get a sixth). Alternate list might be deceased relatives I miss but if it was only one night, that might be too sad.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what 3 things would you want with you?
My family, my pets, Starbucks.

What is one book everyone should read?
Tough question. I think everyone should find a book that has special meaning for her/him and keep reading it over.

If you were a superhero, what would your name be?
The Magnificent Multi-tasker! (not sexy, but true).

If you could have any superpower, what would you choose?
Cure misery.
Is there anything you need in order to write?
Confidence. To get out of my own way.

Night owl or early bird?
I like to write at night, but can’t stay up too late because I have to be up early with my kids. I think that each person just has to work with the time available to her/him. No excuses.

Skittles or M and M’s?
Definitely M and M’s.

Pet Peeves?
Rude people

How do you react to a bad review?
I never get them! (just kidding) I don’t like them, of course, but I understand that not every book is for every reader. Having said that, I don’t quite get why someone has to give a bad review. If you don’t like a book, just walk away. A lot of work, sweat and tears go into a writing a book and getting it published. Also, if you’re an aspiring writer, it’s just bad politics. Authors often read their reviews, and you never know when you might meet that author.

What do you do when you’re in between books?
Worry about why I’m in between books! Actually, I try to read, relax and do fun things, but as a mentor of mine often says, when you’re done with one book start immediately on the next.

Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
It’s funny.

What TV show/movie/book do you watch/read that you’d be embarrassed to admit?
Well, maybe I’m not quite answering the question, but I only watch a few T.V. shows that I’m not particularly embarrassed about. I love Supernatural and like Project Runway and Ghost Hunters. I often watch cooking shows, although I don’t like to cook. Sometimes I read my daughters’ teen magazines or watch Vampire Diaries (okay, a bit embarrassed about that).

What is your favorite quote?
Success leaves clues.

How did you celebrate the sale of your first book?
With champagne, Chinese takeout and devil dogs. And then it was a lot of being extremely excited and sharing the news with everyone I ever knew.

The Life and Opinions of Amy Finawitz:
‘Told in wry emails and brilliant little one act plays, this laugh-out-loud debut novel offers quirky characters, a whimsical tour around New York City, and an appealing story about what it means to be a good friend.’

Giveaway Details:
2 Winners will each win a copy of The Life and Opionions of Amy Finawitz.
Open Internationally
Last day to enter is 2/22/11

Optional Extra Entries:
+1 Follow Laura on Twitter
+1 Friend Laura on Facebook
+1 Subscribe to Laura’s Blog

To Enter Please Fill Out This Form: