Have you read Amy Matayo’s books yet? If not, you are really missing out!
Amy Matayo is an award winning author of The Wedding Game, Love Gone Wild, Sway, In Tune with Love, A Painted Summer, The End of the World and The Thirteenth Chance. She graduated with barely passing grades from John Brown University with a degree in Journalism. But don’t feel sorry for her–she’s super proud of that degree and all the ways she hasn’t put it to good use.
She laughs often, cries easily, feels deeply, and loves hard. She lives in Arkansas with her husband and four kids and is working on her next novel.
Her new release, The Whys Have It, has 34 5-star reviews on Amazon so far!
“His music holds the heart of America…but his soul holds a terrible secret.”
Chart topping pop musician Cory Minor has it all—fame, money, more women at his disposal than time to spend on them. He’s living the life most American men only dream of. Until an ordinary concert in Springfield threatens to destroy everything he’s worked for.
As he and his band leave the arena for his next show, Cory’s tour bus crashes into two teenage girls, killing one girl instantly and leaving the other barely clinging to life. Lawsuits are threatened, tabloids are talking, and Cory’s idyllic world falls apart. But what no one knows is that this scene is all too familiar. Because this isn’t the first accident Cory has caused. This isn’t the first time he’s destroyed someone else’s life to save his own.
It’s just the first time he’s had to face it head on.
Small town girl Samantha Dalton has no one—no mother, no father, and now no sister. She’s lost everything in a world that celebrates excess. So when Cory Minor shows up at her doorstep offering money and apologies, she turns him away too. You can’t lose what you don’t have, and she can’t take another letdown, especially not from someone who has managed to rip away all she had left. Samantha has been fine on her own for years, she’ll be fine now too.
At least that’s what she tells herself.
But Cory won’t leave. He’s persistent in the worst possible way.
Will Cory’s determination to make things right pay off in the end, or will Sam keep pushing him away until there’s nothing left to fight for? How can two people learn to rely on each other when life keeps hurting them both?
1. I was in a car wreck at age 14 and it crushed my entire right hand. It also gave me a severe concussion–my head hit the windshield and I couldn’t remember anything for a few days. It’s a wonder that I can write or focus on much at all–maybe that’s when my brain went into weird writer mode? Hmmm…
2. My middle name is Margaret, but for years I begged my parents to let me change it to Brooke. Brooke Shields and Amy Grant were my idols back then. My parents got it half right at least.
3. Black is my favorite color. Though that might not be much of a surprise anymore because I mentioned it in The Thirteenth Chance.
4. Speaking of, I learned almost all my baseball knowledge while I was writing that book. When I mentioned my plan to delve into that world to a few friends, they laughed.
5. Despite how it appears online, I’m a total introvert. I love one-on-one conversations, but groups make me fidgety and nervous. At large gatherings, you can usually find me standing near the corner or sitting by myself next to an outdoor fireplace.
1. I wrote the first draft seven years ago, tried hard to get an agent from it, was rejected by everyone, and shoved it in a drawer. It was the third full-length novel I’d written. The Wedding Game was the book I wrote next.
2. This book is my daughter’s favorite, though it required an entire rewrite which took eighteen months. By the time it was finished, I wanted to burn it.
3. The inciting incident was loosely based on an event that happened in my town. A local high school girl went to a concert in Tulsa and was killed in a car wreck on her way home. The accident had nothing to do with the artist, but I began to wonder what might have happened if he had been involved. That’s where the idea grew from.
4. This is the only cover I envisioned beforehand. I could never design one, but I told my designer what I wanted up front.
5. The last name “Minor” was an intentional play on words. I’ve been asked that question so many times that I thought I would answer it here.
1. The accident (I’m weird).
2. “I’m finding all my missing pieces in the corners of her mouth.”
3. The line that reveals the title, though I’m not going to type it here. 😉
4. “Last words cut. Last words haunt. Especially if they’re careless. Especially if you have no hope of ever having another chance to make them better.”
5. The last scene of the book. Again, can’t type it here.
When I write my books, normally the characters are vague. A blogger will ask me for my character inspiration and then I will scramble to come up with someone who looks a bit like what I had in mind. For this book, I knew the inspiration for my hero was John Mayer. This is the only book that my inspiration didn’t waver.
As for the girl, I scrambled. While Cory was concrete, Sam was vague. Here’s the photo that depicts her best.
As for their personalities, Sam is loyal and strong–a believer in picking oneself up and moving forward despite the challenges life throws at you. And life has thrown her many challenges, she’s faced a lot of loss. As for Cory, he runs. When things get rough, he panics and flees. It’s been his decade-long reaction, and he’s weary. He wants to be forgiven, understood. But he doesn’t know how to achieve those things when he can’t forgive or understand himself. I think we all struggle with that at times, don’t we?
Thanks, Amy, for all these peeks inside The Whys Have It! Amy is also offering one of my readers a signed paperback of her new book (US only). Enter via the Rafflecopter form below. Giveaway is subject to Reading Is My SuperPower’s giveaway policies.
What about you? What’s something you learned and/or loved from Amy’s post?