1. Hi Kacy, welcome to Amanda writes. Please tell readers a little about yourself.
Hi Amanda! I’m so happy to be here. A little about myself… I live in Texas where it’s always hot or cold, I have two boys who are alternately the best kids on the planet and the worst listeners ever born, and my husband cooks so basically I’m the luckiest wife in existence. I love stories of all sorts, whether it’s a book or a Subaru commercial (because really they’re all mini-stories, right?), so I’m thrilled when anyone reads one of mine.
2. When did you first realize you wanted to become a writer and what inspired your first book?
First grade, no lie. That’s when I wrote my first book. 🙂 The teacher said write one and I did, but unlike the rest of my classmates, I never stopped! The first book I wrote as an adult who wanted to publish was inspired by all the books I’d read as a kid and all the TV shows I’d watched. It was a big mess and never got published, thankfully.
3. Plotter or pantser?
Plotter and then some.
4. What’s the title of your upcoming / recent release and can you talk briefly about it?
Fake Marriage Favor is my recent release and I am so happy it’s out in the world. I started planning this series about a group of friends who all want to find love and happiness but wind up in pretend relationships for one reason or another. In the first book, two friends agree to get married to save a political campaign, but it’s more than that. They’re both so untrusting of the opposite gender that neither of them could possibly have fallen in love with anyone else but a friend. Once those dominoes were set up, it was only a matter of time before they all fell over. It’s such an emotional rollercoaster!
5. What book is on top of your TBR pile?
Oooh, Magnolia Inn by Carolyn Brown. I can’t WAIT to read it!
6. How long does it take you to write the first draft of a story?
Usually about six weeks and then it goes through a lot of editing. Three months is usually how long it is from planning to publication stage.
7. Have you ever been struck with writer’s block? If yes, how do you deal with it?
Not really, at least not in the traditional sense. My writer’s block usually only happens for about a day or two and it means I’ve either gone off the outline or the outline wasn’t right for the characters after all. I have to find a way to fix it because I’m a linear writer, so I spend some time ripping the manuscript apart until I figure out where I went wrong and then it’s onward!
8. What are you currently working on?
I’m writing book 4 in the Make Believe Brides series, Eliza’s book. It’s my favorite of the series so far because it’s a twist on an online relationship.
9. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Find a group of people who write the same thing you do, and hunker down with them for support. Writing is hard and publishing is even harder. You need friends who get it and only someone else doing the same thing as you will. I have a running chat with my tribe and it’s so great to pop in and moan about a sticky plot point or how that promotion didn’t pan out like I’d hoped.
Thanks for having me!!
Two best friends, one fake marriage and a solemn promise that it won’t get weird—but that was before the kiss that changed everything…
When Nomi Hannon failed to get her brother off on fraud charges, she not only had to live with losing him but the practice they built together. She’s not about to lose anything else—least of all the city council election solely because she’s short one spouse.
Who better to stand in as her fake husband than her best friend?
After Malone DuMar’s ex-business partner—also his ex-fiancé—stole his corporation, the ex-CEO has no interest in racking up another former anything. Especially not an ex-Mrs. DuMar. But he can’t say no to the one woman who’s had his back all this time.
Surely he can do this one little favor for Nomi.
But neither of them counted on the whole thing feeling a lot more real than it was supposed to. How can their friendship survive falling for each other when neither of them will admit it?
Somehow she’d gotten him to agree to commit to a fake marriage. Hadn’t she? “So, to be clear. You’re in?”
He shrugged, in opposition to his all-in vibe from a moment ago. “It’s only for a few weeks, right? Until the election?”
“Maybe a little bit afterward. I mean, I can’t just lose a husband without staging a messy divorce that won’t win me any fans.” She’d already thought through her response if someone asked where her husband was lately. Busy. Politics isn’t his thing. He’s giving me room to find my wings.Something that didn’t make her gag. “But definitely not more than a couple of months.”
“But we don’t tell anyone it’s fake.”
Bless him for cutting right to the chase and for reading her mind at the same time. “The fewer people who know the truth, the better. No chance of anyone slipping.”
“We might slip.”
“No way. I’m used to being in the public eye and… What?” The look on his face arrowed straight to her tummy, flipping it over.
“You didn’t do so well with the hand holding,” he reminded her. The texture in his tone hooked her and when their gazes collided, his was laden with all sorts of heaviness that shouldn’t be there. “What’s going to happen when I kiss you?”
Her tongue went numb.
“I took a theater class,” she said with confidence. If she could say that without her voice cracking or tipping him off that her insides felt like they were being run through one of those machines that made sauerkraut, she could handle this fake marriage business.
As long as he didn’t keep talking about kissing.
“My acting skills are top notch,” she assured him but she was pretty sure she was talking to herself more.
“Want to put that to the test?” he murmured and lifted two fingers to her face.
A firecracker detonated across her skin as he traced the line of her jaw. She flinched. Which only widened his grin, even as he dropped his hand.
“Yeah, we’re going to have to practice that a lot more,” he told her with a smart-aleck nod. “But with more touching and less cringing.”
“We so do not! We’re not kissing each other. Lots of people don’t kiss their spouses in public. We don’t have to be one of those PDA couples.” Except they did, especially if they wanted to sell the idea that they were an affectionate couple, like in the photo. And then his gaze dropped to her mouth, studying it so intently that she touched it with her fingers automatically. “Is my lipstick bleeding or something?”
“I was just wondering how on earth you plan to sell the idea that I’m in the non-PDA camp when I’m married to a woman with lips like yours. Surely any man who got lucky enough to kiss you on a regular basis would do it as much as possible, even if he started out completely opposed to any sort of public affection.”
The blush that burned her cheeks was so potent, it might as well have a couple of neon arrows accompanying it. Look here! Nomi doesn’t handle compliments well! “Stop saying things like that.”
“Why? You need to believe I’ve got it bad for you just as much as everyone else. That’s how we won’t slip.”
Madness. What was he even talking about? That they’d pretend to each other? “Malone, I think we should cover the most important part of this deal. The one thing we haven’t mentioned yet. This fake marriage cannot affect our friendship. In any way.”
Kissing her friend sounded like a pretty straight path to screwing up the one thing in her life that made sense right now. Everything had slid away from her with alarming speed—her career, her brother, her fiancé—and she refused to do one single thing that threatened her relationship with Malone.
Kacy Cross write romance novels starring swoon-worthy heroes that you can share with your daughter, the ladies at church and your grandmother without fear because my books never contain bad language, violence or adult content. I live in Texas where I’ve seen bobcats and beavers near my house, but sadly not one cowboy. I’m raising two mini-ninjas alongside the love of my life who cooks while I write, which is my definition of a true hero.
Come for the romance, stay for the happily ever after. My books will make you laugh, cry and swoon–cross my heart. Visit Kacy’s website at: https://kacycross.com/