I recently read Fix You and I absolutely loved it! And luckily I got to do an interview with the author Beck Anderson :D
Where did the idea for Fix you come from?
Sadly, I have two very dear friends who have lost their husbands early in life, with kids still at home. Watching how strong these women are, I couldn't help but wonder what that experience must be like. Then I had a thought -- what if you met someone really improbable in that kind of situation? Like a movie star? How would you react?
And I thought it would be interesting to contrast a woman who HAD to have her feet on the ground with a hero whose life looked like a "fairy tale" from the outside.
Who inspires you?
My friends inspire me -- the kind of women I know are strong and funny, and they inspire me all the time. I also LOVE romantic movies -- they inspire me. I love Richard Curtis -- he's written and/or directed Four Weddings and A Funeral, Love, Actually, Bridget Jones, Notting Hill. LOVE his movies. :)
Where did the title come from?
Fix You is very purposefully from Coldplay's song, Fix You. What I get from the song is that we can't fix people who are broken, but we want to. Love is about helping someone heal in a lot of ways. Hemingway talks about being broken but strong at the broken places -- I see those two things fitting together.
Hardest part of writing?
Self-doubt. Sylvia Plath says "the worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt" and boy she is right. It can be paralyzing to think about people judging you. But I think a lot of judgment comes from someone who is afraid to try for him or herself. It's really easy to be an armchair quarterback. Letting go of worrying about the armchair critics and being open with a piece of you (writing is such a piece of who you are) is scary.
Weirdly, when I'm writing, I can't read in my genre or near to it. It psychs me out, so I read other stuff. I do love Hemingway, and I love The Great Gatsby, by Fitzgerald. Gatsby is the best romantic character in the world. He's doomed, but what he does for love is truly super-human. Gotta love a man like that!
To someone who wants to be an author:
Just do it! Practice is the best way to get better, which means you have to start writing. And write what you want to write. Don't write for anyone but yourself. The writing will be more authentic and strong.
You can find Fix You here!
About - When Kelly Reynolds’ 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.
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