I’d like to welcome MK Schiller and Caleb Tanner. Congratulations MK on your release of A Girl by Any Other Name.
It’s such fun having a new release isn’t it? Or, sometimes, it’s quite overwhelming. How was this release for you as compared to your previous release(s)?
(MK) First, I wanted to thank you for having me Anne. This release was my most hectic by far. The other two books gained momentum slowly, but this one started out with a bang since I now have repeat readers. The book came out on Goodreads, but wasn’t available on all sites so I received many questions about when it would come out. In addition, I’ve been writing blog posts, running the newsletter for my local RWA group, and editing another book. I’m very excited about all the buzz we’re generating and that people genuinely like this story, which is very different from my other work. I’m also stressed, confused, and forgetful too.
Oh, no worries, M.K. I know exactly how you feel! Why don’t you tell us a little bit about the story? We won’t give it all away yet, just a peek.
I would be happy to – here is a sneak peak.
Wow! This sounds like quite the story. It’s nice to have you here , Caleb. Tell me, how did you and MK meet and how did you convince her to tell your story?
Hi there, Miss Lange, thanks for letting me join in. I’m a published author as well. I shared my story with MK and she sort of took it from there. I’m still waiting for her to give me the proper credit, but I am glad that Sylvie and I can finally be honest and open with our unique love story.
Cool. Two authors collaborating. I bet there were some moments there. Are there any parallels between your life, MK, and Caleb’s?
We are both authors but it stops there. He’s a small town, popular Texas boy with a big heart and a penchant for swearing. I’m a big city, sassy, young-hearted gal who winces when she swears. But I fell in love with the idea of Cal, and he tolerated me so our relationship works.
LOL! And Cal, what’s it like working with MK? Were there any parts of the story you two disagreed on? Did you manage to sway her to your side?
Well, ma’am to be honest, I would have liked a few more fight scenes, and definitely some more sex.
Now, why am I not surprised to hear that? LOL! So tell me about your love interest in this book. What’s she like? What first attracted you to her?
I was only ten when I met her, but I was a goner even then. The girl was so unusual, but I saw through her façade. She has always been my girl. Unfortunately, I was not always her guy. But our love started as a deep friendship that was so strong, it withstood the test of time, fate, and danger.
She sounds like a lovely girl, and it sounds like quite the roller coaster ride. How did you meet? Do you have a great first meet or first kiss story you can share?
I thought I hated her after our first meet. She got me in trouble for swearing after all (rubs butt in remembrance of that day). Over the years though, I learned she was the one person I wanted to laugh with, fish with, and the few times I’ve cried, it’s her arms I crave to hold me.
That’s so sweet. I really like you, Cal. But I have to admit, I picture you putting frogs down her shirt. *shakes head and smiles* MK, what’s your favorite part of the story? And why?
(MK) I liked writing the scenes when they were younger. I love when things start out as childhood friendship and take off from there. If you asked Cal this question, he would undoubtedly state it was the sex scenes. He’s a horn dog.
“Hey, I resemble that comment,” Cal mutters under his breath.
*Anne winks at MK and mutters* Aren’t they all ;) How about a sample of A Girl by Any Other Name? And by the way, LOVE the shoe! I think I have that same pair in my closet
She put her hand on my arm. Her voice wavered, shifting into a soft whisper. “I can’t sleep at night and it helps me. Sometimes I get so scared that it actually hurts. I feel it in my bones, like they might crack open any minute, breaking my insides apart.”
I shifted my pole and reached for her hand. I hadn’t quite comprehended the value of hugging. “Maybe you should pray on it. Pastor Morrison says that prayer can solve a lot of problems.”
“You really think that will work?” she asked dubiously.
I shrugged. “I wouldn’t know for sure. I don’t pray right myself.”
She frowned, wrinkling her nose. “How can you pray wrong?”
“Momma says I do it wrong all the time.”
“I don’t get it.”
I sighed, staring up at the blue sky. “She always asks me what I prayed for. The first time she asked, I told her it was for a new bike and football cleats. She got real mad and said ‘Son, you are praying to God, not Santa Claus’.” I used my best Amelia Tanner impression, and the edges of Sylvie’s mouth curved upward.
“That sounds like your momma.”
“Yeah, but I guess I didn’t learn my lesson because I asked her what I should pray for then. She said I should pray to be a better person.”
“That’s a good idea.”
“That’s what I thought too. I started praying that I could throw the football longer and run faster so I could make the team in high school.”
Sylvie cupped her hand to her mouth to cover her laugh. I didn’t care. I wanted to make her laugh, even if it was at my expense. “What did she say?”
“She got pretty mad and said that’s not what she meant. She told me I was being selfish and since I couldn’t pray for myself correctly, I should pray for someone else.”
“Who did you pray for?”
I stared down at the lake. “I prayed for Mandy.”
“That’s so sweet.”
“Yeah, I asked God to make her less annoying.”
Sylvie cracked up so much I was sure she’d run all the fish away, but I didn’t care. It was one of the best feelings in the world to make this girl laugh. “You didn’t.”
“I did, but at least now I know what I need to pray on.”
“What’s that, Cal?”
I squeezed her hand, noticing how hypnotic her eyes were. “I’ll pray that you’re not scared anymore, Sylvie.”
OMG. I love you, Cal. You are the funniest, the sweetest guy. And I happen to think you prayed just right!
Now, let’s play Casting Call. MK, what actors would you cast for the main roles in your story?
(MK) Oh, I love this!
And, Sylvie is the lovely and talented, Emma Rossum
So, Cal, I hope you like MK’s choices. Now, it’s your turn. How about a few completely useless but fun questions:
- Your dream car? 1969 Mustang Convertible in white with red seats
- Your dream vacation? The Gold Coast in Australia
- Your favorite drink? Tequila in any form *Anne shivers, Tequila, ick*
- Your favorite meal? A nice cut of steak
- Your “go to” romantic movie? Friends with Benefits *Anne smiles* You know, Cal, I just released a book called Friends with Benefits, you might ask MK to check it out…*wink wink*.
- Your “go to” romantic book? Um…Anne, I’m a guy. The closest I come to romance is Virginia Woolf *Anne laughs* This one gets the guys all the time. *smiles*
- If you could spend thirty minutes with anybody dead or alive, who would it be? My girl, but I’d also say my father.
- What’s the most important question you’d ask them? What’s it like where you live?
- If you won the lottery, what would you do first? Payoff all my debt, quit my day job, and write full time. (Anne) Me too!*
- Favorite color? Green
MK, one last question. What’s next for you?
I have a steamy older woman, younger man novella coming out next month called Lucky Fall. Then, The Other F-Word will come out in March!
Oh, I’ll definitely keep an eye open for those. Right now, I’m gonna run over to Amazon and grab Caleb and Sylvie’s story.
Thank you so very much, both of you, for dropping in and visiting with me and my readers today. I’ve enjoyed talking with you, and I look forward to reading A Girl by Any Other Name.
Here’s where you can pick up your copy:
Amazon | B&N | Totally Bound
Just an FYI – if you purchase it through the publisher, there is a super steamy secret chapter you get!
MK Schiller is a hopeless romantic in a hopelessly pragmatic world. Writing is her passion, but with a full time life and two busy teenagers, it proves difficult. But in the quiet dark of night, she sits by the warm glow of a computer monitor, and attempt to conjure up passionate heartwarming stories with plenty of humor.
She started imagining stories in her head at a very young age. In fact, friends started making requests for stories where they were featured as the heroine and the object of their affection was the hero. You’ve heard of fan fiction… this was friend fiction.
Even with that, it took many years to realize her dream. She hopes you enjoy my stories and always find The Happily Ever After in every endeavor.
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Also, MK’s publisher is running for $300 booty giveaway. The items are all inspired by this story.
And one last treat for you…