ANN MARIE WALKER & KAYTI MCGEE
Let’s get things cranking into high gear! Because what’s better than getting to know one author? Two for one, of course! Today, author’s Kayti McGee and Ann Marie Walker share an interview and let us into their personal lives and writing process.
Let’s give them a warm welcome!
What is your favorite thing about writing series/book with a wedding theme?
Kayti McGee: I’ve never been a bridesmaid, so I’m probably more fascinated by the process than anyone who’s actually DONE it, haha! I also feel like the perpetually single have a plight that must be addressed- with tequila shots, ill-advised promises, and hot DJ’s ideally. If not, stop sticking them at the same sad table, it’s embarrassing! And I think there’s something very satisfying about watching an “always the bridesmaid” story come full-circle.
Ann Marie Walker: The unlimited possibilities for interesting venues! In BLACK TIE OPTIONAL there is a crazy Vegas wedding with Elvis as the minister, Angus Young bearing the rings, and Elvira on the organ. In ICING ON THE CAKE the setting is a small town in Georgia. Of course with an undercover prince in attendance, the quaint town doesn’t stay quiet for long.
Can you tell us about your experience as a bride?
AMW: I married quite young. In fact, we were the first of our friends to marry after college, which meant most everyone was free of obligations that would prevent them from attending. It was truly magical to have over 90 guests travel to Nashville to celebrate with us. What was your wedding like, Kayti?
KM: My wedding was really low-key. Family-only ceremony, Day of the Dead themed reception for friends afterwards. No dancing, no toasts, just a massive buffet and lots of margaritas. My daughter was 10 months at the time, and she peed on my wedding dress. Luckily, it was actually a quinceanera dress, so I was only out about fifty bucks. It may have been a sign, though–I’m divorced now!
What is the craziest thing that has happened at a wedding you attended?
KM: The couple had been pronounced man and wife, kissed, turned to walk down the aisle, when a guest walked in late, clearly intoxicated. She stumbled up the aisle to join them, loudly proclaimed how AMAZING the bride looked, inserted herself between them, and walked them the rest of the way. The entire audience was quiet and no one talked about it afterwards, like they could silence it away. It was the ONLY thing I wanted to talk about! That will have to end up in a book, I suppose. What about you, Ann Marie?
AMW: I once saw a band play one set with an Elvis impersonator. The groomsmen served as his “bodyguards”, escorting him in and out of the ballroom with flashlights. Needless to say, the crowd was sad to eventually hear the words “Elvis has left the building.”
What would you say sets your series/book apart from the other wedding theme series/books out there?
AMW: The comedy. One of my proudest moments was when Library Journal reviewed the first book and called it “laugh-out-loud funny”. Of course I was brought back to earth by my child who innocently added “So you’re just not funny in real life?”
KM: For one, I think I wrote the only nanny/single dad book I can think of where the nanny and the dad aren’t the couple. No Von Trapp moments here. And my heroine isn’t even interested in marriage! I like to subvert the tropes a bit.
Did you have any visual inspiration while “planning” the weddings in this book?
AMW: Yes! I usually draw from places I’ve visited (like the Vegas venues in BLACK TIE…anyone else recognize the pool at Caesar’s Palace?) but I also rely heavily on research. For example, even though I grew up in the south, I’ve never been to Madison Georgia which meant hours on local websites researching everything from the town square to the suites at the local hotel. Did you have any visual inspiration, Kayti?
KM: Gosh, no, I just drew on experience and imagination. The last time I was in San Francisco was so long ago, I wasn’t sure if my references would be current, so I invented most of the locations and just added fog, HAHA. Although the drag club scene was directly inspired by an evening in Savannah at Club One, I made up what my club looked like. Now that Ibiza is on Netflix, I feel like I want a do-over on my visuals. That club! That DJ hero! Very swoony. Oh, my heroine was meant to look/dress/dance like Amy Winehouse, so I guess I did watch a lot of videos of live performances.
So Ann Marie, I was actually nannying when I wrote my book about a nanny, and drew perhaps too heavily on my experiences to write Greta’s character. Did you fan-fic any of your own life into your books, or do any fun research? I always wanted to write a bakery book just to shadow a baker for a couple days.
AMW: I spent nearly an hour watching YouTube videos people posted of their Vegas/Elvis weddings. It was hilarious to say the least!
by Ann Marie Walker
Released: January 30 2018
Series: Wild Wedding #2
Published by Swerve
Cassandra Miller doesn’t have time for men. She’s far too busy trying to open a cupcake shop with her silent partner and best friend, not to mention catering her brother’s wedding. And let’s face it, it’s not like Prince Charming is going to stroll into the bakery and sweep her off her feet.
Henry has been a prince his entire life but for one wild wedding he wants to be nothing more than an “Average Joe”, or in this instance, “Average Hank”. However, when a case of mistaken identity and a batch of burned cupcakes ends in a night of passion, Cassie and Hank must decide if theirs is a recipe for disaster or the makings of true romance.
by Kayti McGee
Released: August 29th 2017
Published by St. Martin's Griffin
With the heart and sass of a Susan Elizabeth Phillips novel and the humor and sexiness of bestseller Alice Clayton, That Thing You Do is a story of three friends who make a pact in high school that states that none of the girls will marry unless each one agrees with the match.
Greta is always the bridesmaid - and that's fine with her. She has no desire to date after a bad relationship left her reeling. Her friends aren't having that, though, and after yet another wedding, she finds herself being set up with the DJ. Deciding to save herself the trouble of an inevitable breakup, Greta orchestrates a series of fake dates designed to trick her friends into thinking she's putting herself out there. But Jon has plans of his own, and she never counted on the sparks that fly between them. Can a girl who doesn't believe in love find it in the least likely place of all?
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