Hello everyone and welcome to my stop on the Fix You tour hosted by AToMR Tours. Today, Beck Anderson has stopped with a guest post about creating chemistry and I have a link to the event-wide sweepstakes for you. If you would like to check out the rest of the stops on the tour just click on the banner above. Thanks so very much for stopping by RoloPoloBookBlog and have a fantastic day 🙂
When Kelly Reynolds’s husband died, he left her—the awkward, cautious one—to raise their two young boys. She’s pieced herself back together, barely. Now she takes refuge in her routine: running her kids around and running the trails near her Idaho home.
Two years after her husband’s death, a chance encounter on a run brings Andrew into her life. But Andrew is Andy Pettigrew, the Andy Pettigrew, famous actor. Kelly hates risk, and a love affair with Andrew is certainly tempting fate. She doesn’t fit into his Hollywood world. She doesn’t own a pair of Louboutins, and she couldn’t walk five paces in them if she did. Andrew oozes cool. She reeks of dork.
But despite this, they click. It may be inexplicable, but it works. However, it’s also becoming clear that Andrew struggles with the pressures of his fame. Kelly’s hold on a so-called normal life is already tenuous, and as much as she might want to indulge the fantasy, she doesn’t know how either of them is supposed to cope with stalkerazzi and tweet-happy fans with camera phones. She and Andrew both have secrets that seem impossible to keep.
Beck Anderson’s witty, engaging writing yields an emotional tale of love, loss, and all the little things that make up a life. In the end, what is it that really holds us together? Kelly must decide if love can fix two people who might be broken beyond repair.
Chemistry is a tricky thing. I want my characters to be real people, fleshed out with all the flaws of a real person. And when you put real people in real situations, nothing ever goes as smoothly and suavely as maybe they would hope.
But chemistry is about revealing yourself to another person a little bit at a time. I think dialogue is a great way to grow a relationship between two people. What’s fun about Fix You is that Kelly, when she first meets Andrew, she’s not even thinking about him in a relationship kind of way. It’s kind of her secret weapon with such a famous, sought-after man – she’s too distracted and too busy to realize that he might be interested in her. So he gets to see a very authentic part of her. It’s a breath of fresh air for him. You can imagine that a movie star doesn’t get to meet many women who aren’t after him in a romantic way right from the start.
I don’t write explicit sex scenes, and it might be a challenge for some readers to see the chemistry between two people without the serious down and dirty stuff, but I look at Romeo and Juliet or anything by Jane Austen or even most YA novels, and as a reader I feel really strong and romantic chemistry between those characters. Maybe it takes a little more work, but those writers prove it can be done!
Beck Anderson believes in the power of perfectly imperfect women and in the healing power of love. Her new novel, Fix You, grew out of those beliefs and the time to write afforded by the worst Thanksgiving blizzard she’s ever witnessed in West Yellowstone.
For Beck, the path to published novelist has taken lots of twists and turns, including a degree in anthropology, a stint as a ticket seller at a ski resort, a much-loved career as a high school English teacher, and a long tenure as a member of the best writing group ever, hands down.
Beck balances (clumsily at best) writing novels and screenplays, working full-time as an educator, mothering two pre-teen males, loving one post-40 husband, and making time to walk the foothills of Boise, Idaho, with Stefano DiMera Delfino Anderson, the suavest Chihuahua north of the border.
Up for grabs: seven (7) eBook copies of Fix You provided by Omnific Publishing – International; one (1) $25 USD Gift Card to Omnific Publishing (to purchase any of their titles) – International. If you would like to check out the FTC mumbo jumbo you may do so in the terms and conditions. If you would just like to enter for your chance to win then click the Rafflecopter link below and good luck 🙂