I think the most rewarding part about being an author, I mean the part that makes all the hard work and time sacrificed worth it, is when I get positive feedback from my readers. Sometimes that’s just a friend I haven’t seen in years telling me they stayed up till 3am just to finish one of my books, that it was so good they couldn’t put it down till they knew how it ended.
- Really, as a writer, is there anything better than that?
Last week I had a friend say something a little different to me. She was about half way through If Love is a Lie and said that having read what she’d read so far, she got it. Got what you ask? Well, she finally understood how a man like Antonio wormed his way into my affections so quickly. As I’ve mentioned before, the first half of my novel is almost the gospel truth of what happened to me with my Match.com dating scammer. At the time, I knew my friends thought we were rushing into a relationship, but when you’re swept up in the romance of it all, you don’t see that. So when a person who had watched my relationship with Antonio from the outside said not only that she got it, but she probably would have reacted the same way too, it was a real treasure to hear. For two reasons really.
First because I apparently wrote it out well enough that she was seeing the events through my eyes. I have to imagine for someone who is actually a character in the book (yes, she was so close to the events in the novel, I had to make her a character) that it would be harder to step back and see things from my protagonist’s point of view.
Secondly because I now have a sense of peace knowing that I wasn’t just me. Antonio was good, real good. In the end, his real problem was that he came up against a suspicious ex-New Yorker. But still, it’s nice to hear that she likes the book and understands where me/my protagonist Emily could have fallen for old Antonio’s lines.
Anyway, if you’d like to find out more, check out If Love is a Lie on Amazon. Click on the book covers below to be taken to their pages on Amazon.
It comes in two different versions. A PG version (The green cover) and a NC-17 version (The purple cover)