Fix You by Beck Anderson

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.

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.

Meet Kelly Reynolds from Fix You
By Beck Anderson

I love Kelly to death. I wanted her to be a real girl head to toe. Fix You is written from her point of view, and I wanted readers to see her, warts and all.
Kelly is based on all of my girlfriends and a little of me, too. When I was in college, one of my roommates told me the story of feeling like she was the ugly duckling. Everyone else looked like swans, gliding gracefully along the lake. She felt like she was paddling for dear life, and she didn’t fit in with all of the swans. The crazy thing is that I think we ALL feel that way, but we don’t realize we’re all having the same experience! So Kelly is a tribute to every woman who feels like she’s paddling for dear life.

Kelly’s a survivor, but she doesn’t realize how strong she is, because she’s still fighting every day. She’s lonely, but I don’t think she realizes it, not until Andrew comes along. She’s still looking for a purpose that is just hers. She’s like many of us – giving all of herself to her children, to running a household, and she might have lost herself along the way.

Kelly is a pretty woman, dark-haired and fair-skinned, but she’s usually in running clothes with dog hair all over them, and she’s a pony tail girl.  It was important to me that in creating a real character, she’s not impossibly skinny, either. Most women aren’t a size four, so Kelly couldn’t be, not for me to feel like she was authentic.

To me, Kelly is exactly what Andrew needs, and I find that insanely romantic. True love is about walking through the door and being the perfect fit, what that person has needed and has been searching for.  That’s why love is so amazing!