The Luxury of Daydreams

by Amy McVay Abbott



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 7/8/2011

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781449719487
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 144
ISBN : 9781449719494

About the Book

In her debut book, Indiana writer Amy McVay Abbott offers thirty insightful and humorous essays about life transitions. In 2009, Abbott lost her job shortly after her only child left for college. Her mother was diagnosed with multi-infarct dementia, and what seemed logical for Abbott was to start writing it all down.

Through humor, Abbott weaves together past and present with future hopes and dreams after turning fifty. Mothers, daughters, aunts,and nieces will enjoy this spiritual and comedic journey.

Abbott also writes a bi-weekly newspaper column — The Raven Lunatic — for several Indiana newspapers. Visit her online at or contact her at

About the Author

Amy McVay Abbott lost her Fortune 100 corporate job within a few months of her only child leaving for college. After a thirty-year career and eighteen years of mothering, she was at a loss, with no job and her child a thousand miles away.

Abbott always loved writing, despite leaving her original career in journalism for health care sales and marketing. She jumped in to writing and reporting again, becoming the world’s oldest cub reporter. She has become a familiar local presence in area newspapers and magazines. Her column, The Raven Lunatic, runs in several Indiana daily newspapers, and she frequently writes at curated online sites.

Once she started writing, she couldn’t stop. The Luxury of Daydreams is part-memoir, part-comedy, and part-inspiration for women of a certain age who find themselves in transition.

Now a long-time resident of Warrick County, Indiana, Abbott grew up in Whitley County, Indiana. She is a proud graduate of the School of Journalism at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana.

Many of her essays reflect her pride in the people and land of the Hoosier state. She and her husband, Randy, have one son. She enjoys traveling, reading nonfiction and history, attending theatrical productions, and photographing buildings and nature.