Amy Fish is a Canadian who writes about complaining. She is the author of the Non Fiction book “The Art of Complaining Effectively.”
Her work has been published in Reader’s Digest and the Globe and Mail (Canada’s national newspaper) and she has won writing prizes from both Writer’s Digest and the Quebec Writer’s Federation.
Amy is Represented by: Veronica Park
Q: Your book, The Art of Complaining Effectively, is about how to stand up for yourself. What do you feel is the hardest part about sticking up for yourself?
Amy: For most people, the hardest thing about standing up for yourself is knowing how to do it. Once you have the tools at your fingertips, the complaining is easy.
Q: What led you to write about complaining?
Amy: For years, I had a full time job listening to (and resolving!) complaints for a University affiliated health care network. I started to realize that there are a few easy ways to make your complaints more effective, and I wanted to share those tips with more than just my cat. (I'm kidding. I don't really have a cat. But if I did, boy would she ever be a master complainer.)
Q. You write a column called Complaint Kitchen for Her Magazine filled with yummy recipes. What's your favorite dish to prepare and why?
Amy: Lately I've been into sausage pasta (click here for the recipe). It's easy, and no one complains about it.
Q. Tell us a little about your plans for the future. Where do you see yourself as a writer in five years?
Amy: I see myself in front of a Scottish castle, ripping my wine velvet bodice while a long haired.. oh sorry, what were you saying?
Q: Do you have any hidden or uncommon talents?
Amy: I speak French and Hebrew fluently and enough Italian to buy a dress in the market.
Q: What is something memorable you have heard from your readers/fans?
Amy: That they can't read my work on the subway because they laugh too loud and people start to stare.
Q: Pen or type writer or computer?
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