by Colette Freedman
The end of an affair may be only the beginning. . . Over the course of one tumultuous Christmas Eve, Kathy Walker confirmed her suspicions about her husband's affair, confronted his mistress, Stephanie, and saved her marriage. She and Robert have eighteen years, two teenagers, and a film production business between them--plus a bond that Kathy has no intention of giving up on. Yet though Robert is contrite, Kathy can't quite silence her doubts.
While Robert reels from his wife's ultimatum and his mistress's rejection, Stephanie makes a discovery: she's pregnant. Her resolve to stay away from Robert wavers now that they could make a real family together. And in the days that follow, Stephanie, Robert, and Kathy must each reckon with the intricate realities of desire, the repercussions of betrayal, and the secrets that, once revealed, ripple through lives and relationships in thoroughly unexpected ways.
AN INTERVIEW WITH COLETTE
-What inspired you to become a writer?
Lots of writers don’t know the exact moment when they became writers. I do. Like most writers, I was – and am – a reader. You cannot become a writer without being a reader. Ten years ago, I was learning my craft as an actor with a theatre company. They had put out a call for short plays, and of course, we received hundreds. (Everyone knows they can write a ten page play because it’s only ten pages.) Some of them were good, one or two were really good, but most of them were … well, not that good. I was reading through them had that ‘ah-ha’ moment when I thought “I can do better.” So I did. I wrote a play, First to the Egg, and submitted it to the company under a pseudonym. It ended up being picked for the festival (that’s when I had to admit it was me), and it went on to be produced around the world. The success of that play built my confidence and I started writing more plays and then screenplays and then, finally, novels. (First to the Egg is still being produced to this day.)
-What draws you to your genres of choice?
I really don’t want to be put in a box as a particular “type” of writer. I read voraciously and I am drawn to those genres I love to read. I respond to literature written by and about women. I respond to humor and especially to the Young Adult genre, which has some of the most exciting writing being published today. I’ve adapted that old adage “write what you know” to “write what you love.”
-What’s a fun or interesting fact you learned researching this book?
That affairs don’t necessarily break up marriages, oddly enough, sometimes they make them stronger by making the couple reevaluate their relationship, by encouraging honesty and dialogue.
-Which of your characters would you go out for drinks with?
Jimmy Moran who appears in both The Affair and The Consequences. He’s a wonderful Irish rogue, who has done just about everything and been everywhere. He’s funny, witty, knows everyone and always has a good story.
-For aspiring writers, any tips?
Read a lot. It is as important – perhaps even more important – than writing. Reading gives you the language, the tools, the landscape about how to create and shape a story. Once you are finished a particularly good book, then go back and deconstruct it, try and see how the author shaped the characters and moved the story along. Learn how to type, learn how to say no and get a chair with a really supportive back – because you’ll spend a long time sitting in it.
-Is there a genre you could never write? Which and why?
I could never write a math textbook. My brain does not work that way – but that is true of a lot of writers: those of us who work with words, really have difficulty with numbers and vice versa.
An internationally produced playwright with over 25 produced plays, Colette was voted “One of 50 to Watch” by The Dramatist’s Guild.
Her play Sister Cities was the hit of the 2008 Edinburgh Fringe and earned five star reviews: It has been produced around the country and internationally, fourteen times including Paris (Une Ville, Une Soeur) and Rome (Le Quattro Sorelle). The film version has been optioned and is in pre production.
She has co-written, with International bestselling novelist Jackie Collins, the play Jackie Collins Hollywood Lies, which is gearing up for a National Tour. In collaboration with The New York Times best selling author Michael Scott, she wrote the thriller The Thirteen Hallows (Tor/Macmillan).
Her novel The Affair (Kensington) came out January 29, 2013. The play of the novel earned both critical and commercial success as it toured Italy February through May 2013.
Her novel The Consequences (Kensington) comes out January 28, 2014.
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