The Man Test
Author: Amanda Aksel
Release Date: March 25, 2014
Format: Paperback & eBook
Format: Paperback & eBook
Marin Johns is San Francisco’s Pollyanna couples therapist. She’s months away from wedded bliss when she discovers her fiancé is having an affair. After nursing her broken heart with Kleenex and break-up songs, she adopts a new brand of thinking when she uncovers a tell-all book that proves all men are liars and cheaters who will do and say anything so they’re not found out. No exceptions.
In an attempt to convince her friends of her newfound truth, she begins a fictitious relationship with James, a do-gooder from Montana. Marin seeks any means necessary to catch him cheating from hiring a PI to enlisting the help of a fidelity tester. Will her new "boyfriend" beat the statistic or will Marin regret the satisfaction of being right?
Author Interview with Amanda Aksel
1. What inspired you to want to become a writer?
I believe that being a writer is something you’re born with. It’s in your DNA. Writing has been part of my artistic expression since I was a child. Truth be told, I had no interest in being a writer even though I wrote a lot. But eventually, it caught up to me.
2. Tell us your most rewarding experience since being published.
I’ve just published my first book, but before The Man Test, I ghostwrote a New York Times Bestseller titled Vision: Your Pathway to Victory. Seeing the book on the list was worth all the hard work we put into that project.
3. If you could have a signed copy of any novel what would it be and why?
I would love to have a signed copy of Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin. She’s my favorite author, and she has a career that I aspire to.
4. If you could have any superpower what would you choose?
I wish I could freeze time so I could get more work done, take a nap, or catch up on Grey’s Anatomy and not lose any time.
5. Please tell us in one sentence only, why we should read your book.
If you’ve ever questioned your man’s fidelity, then you relate to Marin’s journey in The Man Test.
6. Any other books in the works? Goals for future projects?
Yes, The Man Test is the first in a four part series. The next book, The Commitment Test, is expected to be out late this year.
7. Do you write as you go or do you have the book planned before you start the first draft?
I like to create a pretty basic outline of the story and the character arcs, then it’s just connecting the dots with words.
8. What movie and/or book are you looking forward to this year?
I can’t wait for Emily Giffin’s new title in May and I’m really looking forward to watching The Other Woman with Cameron Diaz. It totally relates to my book.
9. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
San Clemente, CA.
10. Can you see yourself in any of your characters?
There are some similarities with Marin Johns and me. She’s determined and curious, but most of all she’s a romantic at heart.
About the author Amanda Aksel
Amanda Aksel is an author with an affinity for love. Becoming a couple’s therapist was her “backup” career, and after completing her BA in Psychology she was on her way to solving love's most complicated quandaries one couple at a time. The Man Test is Amanda’s debut novel, and now she plans to solve love's most complicated quandaries one novel at a time.
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