Revenge.

I’ve been chitchatting so much about my vampire novel lately, that the characters in my novel SHAMEFUL are feeling left out. I’ve had to explain to them that their story is a tougher pill to swallow for readers. That some are offended by merely the subject matter alone. That I have to ease it on folks. I mean, it involves statutory rape and infidelity, for goodness sakes. I’ve also explained that paranormal escapism is typically more fun than stories based in realism.

I think Joanne and the gang are finally understanding why they don’t get as much attention as Sleepy Willow and her gang. Nevertheless, I promised to mention something about them today.

That damn Joanne finds herself making some bad decisions in SHAMEFUL. And, as she finds out, bad decisions have terrible consequences, just like in the 1990 movie Revenge. I’d say Joanne gets off easy considering all the things that could have happened. That being said, she in no way rides off into the sunset to live happily ever after without her share of suffering. Her story is a character study about seeking fulfillment, making tough decisions…and living with consequences.

In Revenge, Kevin Costner plays a man who knowingly, willfully, and recklessly enters into a forbidden romance with the wife of a powerful Mexican. The sultry wife is played by Madeline Stowe, and it’s a good thing, because a viewer has to believe Costner is stupid enough to risk everything for this woman. They are drawn to each other like buzzards to a carcass, and that’s too bad for them because her husband does not play that sh*t.

By the end of the movie, a viewer may actually root for the couple even though they were obviously wrong to begin their affair. It’s obvious their love is strong. Stronger than her love ever was for her husband. Not dutiful, but passionate. Costner’s character goes through hell and highwater (given the circumstance, as well he should), to get back to her, if only for the briefest, most tragic of reunions.

Oh, yeah. They have real love for each other. But the movie doesn’t make it easy for them. It doesn’t glorify the affair. It’s about real love. But it is not about love conquering all. When your love hurts people, you get hurt.

I like that the movie characters, like mine in SHAMEFUL, do what the spirit, soul, and body wants regardless of what they know is right. I also like that they don’t get away with it.

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Where I Got The Idea For Such A Taboo Subject.

“Dicey, you seem like such a sweet, smart, sane woman. Where in the world did you get the idea to write about a thirty-nine-year-old married mother of three having an affair with a sixteen-year-old boy?”

Good question. I have every intention of answering, but you know I like to do lengthy intros first. So…

First off, thanks! I am a little sweet and smart, but I’m insane in the membrane. And I’m not the only one because the idea for my novel SHAMEFUL derived from a discussion with a close friend, who thought it would be an interesting topic as well. Plus, salesĀ of my book have been going quite well. So, that tells me others are interested in reading something different. Even if it is taboo.

Secondly, thanks for actually asking me about it. Normally, when I tell folks about the book, they start counting how many kids I have. I have TWO. I look nothing like the woman on the cover. I have never cheated on my husband. I was thirty-four when I first started writing the story, and I’m only thirty-seven now. No, the book is not a memoir. It’s not an autobiography. It is NOT about me or my family. Got it?

Now…

How did my friend and I get on the topic?

We had just finished reading…

(drum roll, please)

The TWILIGHT series.

You read right.

We read all four books. In a little over a week.

I am a vampire fanatic who fell in love with Jacob’s character. 1. He’s a huge dude, well over six feet. 2. He’s at least 110 degrees hot, which I prefer over Edward’s ice coldness. 3. He’s sweet and devoted to Bella, who’s constantly getting his feelings trampled on. 4. He has a Native American-tanned complexion and long hair…until he cuts it. 5. He can turn into a killing machine and kick some ass.

My homegirl and I were squealing over his character like all the rest of the Twihard teenage girly fans. And it seemed weird. I mean Jacob’s a teenager in the books. It didn’t seem right to love his character so much. At least we could watch the movies without feeling pervy. Because Taylor Lautner didn’t quite look like the Jacob we imagined.

Then he packed on thirty pounds of muscle.

Hello.

Our convos got reeeeally interesting then. And I saw bunches of forums with grown-ass women discussing Jacob/Lautner too. Most had completely overlooked his age, which was seventeen at the time. Others wrote about all the “interesting” things they’d do to ol’ Lautner after he turned eighteen. Not that it mattered, because none would EVER have a shot with him, but I looked up the age of consent laws and learned he was legal in most states.

Hmmm.

My story had been born. BUT that wasn’t good enough. And older woman having a younger lover has been done a million times in a million different ways. I deliberately dropped his age to sixteen so that I could address all the issues that would arise if those middle-aged women from the forums actually did get their hands on an underage Lautner…or Jacob…or my character Alex.

I can’t believe I just revealed that secret.

Happy Thanksgiving to all!