My very first author interview on a podcast — and damn, I sound like an author!

I was thrilled when Larry Matthews of Matthews and Friends invited me for an interview on his podcast, and I was even more excited when I anxiously listened to it and discovered that I sound like a bona fide author.  Which, of course, I am, but somehow, hearing me speak in a way that made it clear I was a successful author was a bit of a moment for me.

So if you’ve got some free time, will you grab a cup of coffee and spend 15 minutes listening to my interview on Matthews and Friends?

Interview with Amy Ginsburg, The After Days, on Matthews and Friends

An ‘Amy Ginsburg Moment’

From a Minnesota fan of The After Days:

I have found myself calling on your name for situations right out of your book.

Had a phone call today, a friend who lives perhaps 1 mile away from our house.  She was walking with a friend, who desperately needed to use the bathroom.  Could she come by? I said of course. Albert, when informed, responded ‘who is she, does she have the virus, that sort of stuff.’ It was what I called an Amy Ginsburg Moment: his fear.

Anyhow, the woman who is in her 80s, came in. I told her not to bother locking the door to the bathroom, and left a pile of paper towels for her while I had a nice chat with my friend who waited outside. When she was done, the woman told me she did not touch the faucet handles, nor the door knob, but she used the towel, etc.  A new set of rules and roles.  

Why am I writing to you about this is because it just jumped out that I called it an ‘Amy Ginsburg Moment’ as I shared your book thesis with my friends.  

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Right now, The After Days is the 74th best-selling free book in all of Amazon! And the #1 book is nine different categories! Thank you so much to everyone who downloaded The After Days!

A fascinating discussion at Cambridge Street Papers

Discussing a dystopian novel during a pandemic is often a surreal experience. Was real life mimicking a fictional tale? Perhaps with a different cause — a virus rather than a power outage — but would our world end up as chaotic as the suburbs depicted in The After Days?

Inspired by The After Days, almost everyone discussing The After Days at the Cambridge Street Papers event had filled their pantries with food to prepare for Covid-19. “I wouldn’t have done that before I read The After Days,” said one participant.

Book Club Fun

I’ve been invited to attend a number of book clubs that have chosen The After Days for their book, and I have to say, it’s a fascinating experience to sit with a group of intelligent, well-read women and discuss my novel.

Usually there are some questions — how long did it take you to write the book, how did you come up with the idea, etc. I feel a bit of pressure to come up with profound answers as all those eyes around the table gaze at me. Fortunately, my answers — which I hope are interesting and doubt are profound — have been well-received.

But the part I love most is hearing the women discuss the characters and plot twists. (Ok, I just lied. The part I love most is when they tell me how much they loved the book and what a terrific writer I am. Who doesn’t like a good ego stroke?) It is remarkable to hear people discuss the lives and quirks of Rachel, Zach, Julie, and Christopher, characters I’ve obsessed over for three years, characters who feel as real to me as any people who truly do live and breathe.

The women in book clubs are incredibly bright and thoughtful. I always learn something about my characters at these book clubs — a connection I hadn’t seen, an insight that hadn’t occurred to me previously. And it’s fascinating when the conversation inevitably turns to how each of the participants would act in similar circumstances. Would they be able to survive the Big Blackout? And how would they do that with what they acknowledge is a serious lack of survival skills and tools? Often the discussion quickly elevates to the moral quandaries of survival.

If you’d like to choose The After Days for your book club, I’d love to attend your book club meeting, if I can. Email me at