Friday, March 24, 2023

Marked by K.A. Gandy

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What’s your favorite sweet treat?

Chocolate! I love most any kind (the darker, the better!) but my secret guilty pleasure is Andes’ mints. I don’t know why, but those things are seriously addictive.

What candy do you give out at Halloween?

A little bit of everything. I always grab the chocolate, and my kids love the sour/gummy stuff. My husband will eat any of it, but his favorites are KitKats. So, we’ve got a little bit of it all! We also do the teal pumpkin project, so there are allergy-free and non-food options as well.

What book is on your nightstand currently?

The Matchmaker’s Royal Mess by Frieda J. Downing.

Hunger Games or Twilight? Why?

Both. But if I can only have one, Twilight. I am so not ashamed to be Team Edward. As a teen I even had a t-shirt.

Which of your characters would you most like to meet IRL? Why?

Atlas, because I am fascinated by how his brain works, and Auntie from Zanetti. She is so wise, and so calm. I feel like just being near her would feel like a hug.

Favorite pizza toppings.

Pepperoni, bacon, pineapple, and cheese. It sounds like a weird combo, but it’s perfection!

Playlist for your current book.

Paper Rings, Taylor Swift
The Sound of Silence, Disturbed
I’m Not Alright, Shinedown
Fire, Sara Bareilles

On the run from the men who murdered her parents, there's only one way to save herself. Marriage to a genetically-matched stranger.

Demy has been on the run since she was thirteen years old. Mysterious men in black cloaks have been chasing her, and so far she's evaded them. Something, though, has changed since she turned eighteen. Their attempts to capture her have gotten closer and closer, until she's only got one option left: turning herself over to the NLC, for the compulsory marriage program.

She doesn't want to get married, but with her would-be captors on her heels, she's got no choice but to hope the NLC's strict security protocols will be a safe haven. Marriage is a small price to pay for her life, after all. And maybe, just maybe, she'll finally have the space to discover why she's being hunted.


Marked is a new entry point in the Populations Crumble world, but many familiar characters will be present from the original trilogy.

Read an Excerpt

“Do you think one of the guys got here early? I already picked two of my three.” She does an excited little shoulder shimmy at the thought, but I want to run back to my room. I’m not ready to meet my guys, and I really hope we’ll get a little more time.

I still haven’t even opened the app. Though, if people are going to start showing up . . . I need to get on that. I trail behind Cammie and Leilani to the top of the grand staircase, and we only make it halfway down before a chipper, feminine voice calls out.

“Whassup, my ladies?!”

My head snaps up from the woven stair runner, and I see another blonde girl waiting in the middle of the foyer.

Cammie and Leilani both call out excited greetings, and I belatedly add a, “Hello,” to the mix.

We make it down into the foyer, and she’s bouncing on the balls of her feet like a boxer. Though, as a boxer I can’t imagine she’d do much. She’s maybe a hundred fifteen pounds soaking wet, short and delicate-looking in a slouchy green t-shirt, ripped jeans, and scuffed-up tennis shoes.

“My name’s Nell, and I’m joining you three for this round of matches! Have you guys met your dudes yet?”

“Uh, no? We just did all the medical exams this morning. The schedule in our e-planners says we have a week of training classes before the introductions,” Cammie answers, mirroring Nell’s peppy tone.

A week before any guys show up? Oh, thank God.

“Okay, so the fun is just beginning, nice!”

“Uhm, have you done this before or something?” Leilani asks.

“Oh, yeah. Couple years ago, now. But, uh, things didn’t work out.” She shrugs one shoulder blithely, but doesn’t offer any other explanation. “So, this is round two for me. Sucks I couldn’t have gotten here after the boring classes, though.” Nell rolls her eyes dramatically.

“So, what was it like?” I blurt the question, suddenly needing to know everything, while simultaneously afraid to hear what she has to say.

“Which part? The matching? The honeymoons? The breakup?”

“The matching—let’s start with that,” Leilani cuts in, anxiety ratcheting her voice up to a higher register than usual, and for a moment, I feel a sense of camaraderie. We’re all going through this roller coaster of unease and unknown.

About the Author:
K. A. Gandy was born and raised in Jacksonville, Florida, and is married with two kids. She has worked as a restaurant hostess, library book shelver, ranch hand, tour guide, Realtor, tech whiz, landlord, and small business consultant, all in addition to pursuing her passion of writing. She likes to write late in the evenings and thinks drinking hot tea and baking great cookies fuels hopes and dreams. If you would like to find more of her works, you can sign up for her newsletter at You can also get updates on Facebook at I’ve also recently started a facebook group for readers, who enjoy YA Dystopian books, and am available by email at as well, if you’d ever like to drop me a line directly!

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  1. Happy Friday! Thank you for sharing your interview, bio and book details, I have enjoyed reading about you and your work and I am looking forward to reading Marked. Do you have any reading or writing plans for the weekend?

    1. Thanks, Bea! I'm always reading something!! Writing TBD, because I have a one-day conference Saturday. So we'll see how it goes. ❤️

  2. The cover is gorgeous. Sounds like a great story.

    1. Thank you, Marcy!! This is one of my favorite covers yet.

  3. Andes’ mints are so good. For whatever reason they just seem to taste better coming from Olive Garden. My kids actually get a package of them in their Christmas stockings.

    1. Hey Kim, thanks for stopping by! Oh man I would love Andes' mints in my stocking! So smart.

  4. The book sounds fantastic. Love the cover!