Interview with Eden Finley, author of Fake Out
20 Mar 2018
What can you tell us about your new release, Fake Out?
It’s a very light-hearted story about a guy who lies to his girlfriend in high school to break up with her. He tells her he’s gay and then moves to New York for college. Five years later, he’s roped into taking his “boyfriend” to her wedding. He enlists the help of his best friend’s brother to cover up the fact he’s straight. After a weekend back home with his fake boyfriend, he realizes he might not be as straight as he thinks.
What’s on your top 5 list for the best books you’ve ever read?
All of these are books I’ve read over and over again:
Him by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Good Boy by Elle Kennedy and Sarina Bowen
Hotter Than Ever by Elle Kennedy (total girl crush on Elle going on)
Royally Screwed by Emma Chase
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (going back to my Young Adult roots for that one)
You’re hosting a literary dinner party. Which three writers are invited?
Elle Kennedy – my favorite romance author
Suzanne Collins – without her, I wouldn’t have a writing career
Kimberly Readnour – my writing bestie from Illinois who I’m yet to meet in person.
What’s your favorite thing about writing?
The actual writing part where I get lost in my own little world. On days where the words flow and I’m in the zone, it feels like I actually accomplish something. Editing and revising is a long process and doesn’t feel productive even though it is.
What is a typical day like for you?
I live an extremely adventurous life full of school drop offs, juice boxes, and homework. But once the kidlet is at school, I write from the moment I get home to the moment I pick him up. Okay, and sometimes … or all the time, I fall into the land of Facebook and get distracted from writing. But most of the time, I’m writing or working on something.
If you had to pick one place to vacation for the rest of your life, where would you choose?
Cabin in the woods. And by cabin, I mean luxury bungalow with full amenities and internet access.
What scene in Fake Out was your favorite to write?
There’s so many scenes I love, but my favorites were probably the hardest to write. The scene that was easiest was where Maddox and Damon are on the couch watching TV and Damon tries to steal the remote. And any scene with banter flows easy for me. I have to think hard when writing emotional stuff, but the quick wit falls out of me—even when I’m trying to have a serious moment. It’s a real problem.
Do you have a motto, quote, or philosophy you live by?
I’ve always lived by a C.S. Lewis quote: You’re never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. This is probably why I’ve been a waitress, a childcare worker, a zoologist (although this was very similar to working with kids), a courier driver, and now an author.
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