Q&A with Amanda Ashby! | The Heartbreak Cure

How to get over a heartbreak:

Step one: Eat your body weight in brownies.

Step two: Throw yourself into your dreams of becoming a famous writer.

Step three: Beg your (hottie) ex-neighbor to act as your fake boyfriend.

Step four: Skip step three unless you’re ready for some serious fallout.

After being dumped and humiliated over the summer, Cat Turner does what any sane girl would do. She asks bad boy Alex Locke to be her fake boyfriend and show the world (and her editor at the school newspaper) that she’s fine. Problem is, the more time she spends with Alex, the more she risks getting her heart broken. For real this time.

Disclaimer: This Entangled Teen Crush book contains a swoony bad boy who will melt your heart, brownies, and witty banter. One, two, or all three might prove addictive…

What are your five favorite movies with romance or romantic elements?

Love Actually

Dirty Dancing

Princess Bride

Valley Girl

Sense & Sensibility

Describe your favorite scene from each one!

Valley Girl – one of my all time favorite movies that no one knows about! There’s a scene in the bathroom when Randy asks Julie to leave a party with him and he says he doesn’t care where they go or what they do. Be still my beating heart!

Princess Bride – The opening scene where Farmboy/Wesley hands things to Buttercup and says ‘as you wish’

Dirty Dancing – When Baby and Johnny when they are dancing in the Loverboy Scene

Sense & Sensibility –When Eleanor discovers that Lucy married Richard Farris not Edward and that he is finally free to propose to her (getting sniffly even thinking about it!!!)

Love, Actually – when Jamie proposes to Aurelia in Portuguese and she answers in English (happy sigh)

Did you have any of these scenes in mind when writing scenes from your latest release?

I had two dance scenes in The Heartbreak Cure and both were definitely inspired by Dirty Dancing and the way Johnny was so masculine but so gentle with Baby. And arms. He had some mighty fine arms.

With Valley Girl it’s also a wrong side of the tracks story and I think there’s a bit of Randy in all the heroes I write, but especially Alex. Even though Alex is a lot more reserved he has the same intense focus that Randy has.


If you could only read five books for the rest of your life, what five books would they be, and why?

Nooooo – that’s a cruel question!!!!!!!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Arabella by Georgette Heyer

Magician by Raymond E Feist

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead

A Court of Wings and Ruin by Sarah J. Maas


Who are your book boyfriends? What do you like about them? What characteristics do they share with the hero from your latest release?

Rhysand from Sarah J. Maas’s A Court of Thorns and Roses series.Because he’s smart and gorgeous and cranky and hot.He also keeps his truth hidden from most of the world apart from those he cares about – this is definitely something Alex does. He’s been burned so many times that he doesn’t tend to let anyone to see what’s going on inside him.

Gansey from The Raven Cycle – smart and unexpected and strangely sexy. Plus he would always have minty breath! In many ways Gansey is the polar opposite of Alex because he has great wealth and he manages to attract people into his orbit. But he is unflinchingly loyal and that’s something he and Alex share. Alex doesn’t have many people he trusts but when he does, he will stick by them.


What was the first romance novel you read?

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

What do you remember about it?

My stepmother bought my father a lovely set of very old (very expensive) Jane Austen books and since I’d always raided my father’s bookshelves, at 19, this was how I found myself reading Jane. In the past I’d tried to read many of the classics and it had been hard going, but from the moment I opened up Pride and Prejudice I was hooked. I loved how smart and clever Elizabeth Bennet was and how Darcy and Wickham were such a perfect foil – one had all the goodness and one had all the appearance of goodness!

What did you like most about it?

The clever conversations and the absolutely ridiculous secondary characters, as well as a gorgeous romance.

What did you like least about it?

That Jane Austen didn’t write more books. I’m not even joking. I was devastated when I got to the end of her books and realized there were no more.

Have you ever reread it? If you did, how do you feel about it now?

Yes, I’ve re-read it numerous times and I still love it just as much.


Darcy or Wentworth? Darcy

Christian or Gideon? Pass!!!

Rochester or Heathcliff? Neither.

Spock or Kirk? Kirk

Sunrise or sunset? Sunrise

Angst or humor? Humor

Tea or coffee? Coffee

Wine or beer? Wine

Cake or pie? Cake

Scruff, beard, or clean-shaven? Clean-shaven

Blue-collar or white collar? Blue

Jeans or a suit? Jeans

Car or motorcycle? Car


Amanda Ashby was born in Australia but now lives in New Zealand where she writes romance, young adult and middle grade books. She also works in a library, owns far too many vintage tablecloths and likes to delight her family by constantly rearranging the furniture. She has a degree in English and Journalism from the University of Queensland and is married with two children. Her debut book was nominated for a Romantic Times Reviewers Choice award, and her first young adult book was listed by the New York Public Libraryʼs Stuff for the Teen Age.  Because she’s mysterious she also writes middle grade books under the name, Catherine Holt and hopes that all this writing won’t interfere with her Netflix schedule.

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