They say the truth is stranger than fiction… so I guess it’s only fitting a real-life story was the inspiration behind my debut, The Divorce Party. One morning, sitting with my hefty cup of coffee, as per usual, and reading the newspaper, I was struck by the front page story. A Manhattan billionaire throwing a million-dollar divorce party you say? Embossed invitations and the crème de la crème of New York’s elite in attendance to help celebrate the end of a three-year marriage? The fact that anyone would want to do that in front of family and friends fascinated me. Wasn’t it all a bit masochistic?
I started to think why? What would bring a couple to that point? How about the biggest mistake of a man’s life? The one he wishes he could turn back time on but he can’t? In Riccardo De Campo, I wanted to create a hero we didn’t just think stepped across the line, he did step across the line. How he extricates himself will determine the future of his marriage.
Thus arose the explosive issue that is infidelity. Of course we would all say it’s wrong and it
is. But what about the grey areas? What happens when a marriage breaks down under the intense light of the media spotlight? Under the weight of Riccardo and Lilly’s baggage. Under the extreme stress they bear? What happens when the complex beast that is a marriage starts to wear away at what was once a spectacular union, leaving only bitterness and regret? Can you come back from it stronger, or will it tear you apart?
Riccardo and Lilly love each other beyond reason, but sometimes that’s not enough. Sometimes two people can’t be together because of who they are and what they’ve gone through. For me, that’s the most heartbreaking kind of love.
I believe that you can never truly know what someone’s going through unless you’ve walked a mile in their shoes. By the end of this book, I wanted the reader to know what it was like to walk in Riccardo’s shoes and in Lilly’s. To reach an understanding of why they did what they did even if you might not agree with all of their actions. To see past their human failings and live their story through both their eyes.
I hope you do.
Trying to put myself in someone else’s shoes when I’m tempted to generic levitra online judge is one of the lessons I’ve picked up on my journey through this wacky and wonderful thing called life. Any wisdom you’ve picked up along the way you’d like to share?