Writing my upcoming contemporary romance novel, The Scandal, has been interesting, to say the least. Ask any author. They’ll tell you all books present their challenges, but we authors work through them. Some books, however, are more challenging than others. The Scandal has presented its fair share of issues, but also it’s been a fun book to write. I’ve honestly enjoyed the additional time. Truth be told, I don’t want this book to end.
Is it life imitating art, or is art imitating life?
The Scandal is set in Hollywood. The lead character is a soap opera star. However, as luck would have it, the Harvey Weinstein scandal started up while I was working on the treatment. Sometimes life imitates art, but did it have to go this far? I take pride in writing original stories. I also keep my books politically neutral.
Striving to keep my story separate from any real-life scandals was challenging indeed. My lead antagonist is a cad, but he’s not a predator. There is a difference between the two. My characters are also unique individuals. My antagonist is the kind of guy you’d like to slap across the face. He’s powerful. He’s complex. He’s seductive, but he’s not skin crawling creepy. He also has some redeeming qualities. Bottom line, I’m really pleased with the way he’s turned out, and I think my readers will like him too.
Look for The Scandal in early October. In the meantime, while you’re waiting, please enjoy a free sample of my contemporary romance novel, The Letter.