Lying To Meet You By Anna Garner
Does being in a relationship make you a hot commodity in the eyes of would-be suitors?
Chloe Lane is about to find out. When her childhood pal, Ethan Webster, asks her to play the part of his girlfriend in order to test this theory, she reluctantly agrees. As a work-crazed fashion designer, boutique owner and soon-to-be reality show judge, Chloe has no time for a real boyfriend, but being part of a faux pair will do just fine. Not that she has any intention of trying to attract someone else.
Opportunity unexpectedly knocks when Chloe meets fellow reality judge, William Shannon. Super successful and super sexy, this high-powered entrepreneur inspires Chloe to test Ethan’s theory herself. Now, on top of keeping her fashion business productive, carving out a new role as a television personality, maintaining a fake relationship and attempting to lay the groundwork for a future relationship, she’s lying to William, lying to her friends, lying to her family and quite possibly lying to herself. Will Chloe be able to keep it all together, or are things about to explode?
Q&A With The author
When did you know you wanted to become an author?
I've wanted to be an author for such a long time, I can't even remember! It was probably not long after I learned how to read and write. I wrote my first "book" at age seven. A little picture book called BIG and small where I compare the size of things. For example: "My dad's hat is big. Mine is only little."
Would you classify your books as chick lit? And is this your favorite genre to read?
I would classify Lying to Meet You as chick lit, for sure, but the other books (Fashioning a Romance, Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection) I call them chick lit/romance hybrids. They're like category romances in terms of size, plot and structure, but they're told in a chick lit voice, and I spent a lot of time with secondary characters--a big no-no in standard romance!
As far as what I read, I most love chick lit (Sophie Kinsella is my favorite author) but I've recently gotten on a huge crime-fiction kick! I might try to write one someday... Maybe.
Where did you come up with the premise for the book?
I noticed it in real life--the concept that people in relationships seem to be more attractive to the opposite sex. I wondered why that was, came up with a few theories and then decided that this would make a great plot for a book. It all came together really organically, which was nice. :-)
Describe your book in three words.
Fun, Frothy, Fashion.
(I love alliteration!)
What can your readers expect next from you?
I've just finished the first draft in a trilogy about three friends in San Francisco who decide to open an ice cream shop. It's pretty rough right now, but I hope to get it smoothed out and cleaned up by December or January and release it then. The series will be called Sweet Dreams, which is the name of their shop, and the first book is called Cricket's Creations. Cricket is the protagonist of the first book. She's got hippie parents. I had such a fun time writing the scenes her family was in!
Born and raised in the Midwest, Anna Garner's adventurous spirit kicked in after graduating from high school, and she's since lived in Boston, NYC and London. For several years, Anna worked in fashion--first as a journalist and then as a shopkeeper, and for a while she dabbled in design. Although chick lit was her first love, Anna started writing quirky romances, and her first one, Fashioning a Romance, was published in May 2012 under the name of Libby Mercer. This was followed by two more quirky romances: Unmasking Maya and The Karmic Connection. Since Lying to Meet You is written in old school chick lit style and isn't a clear cut love story, Anna decided to publish it under her real name. She currently lives in San Francisco and spends most of her time cranking out more stories.