Welcome back to our Independence Day weekend event, Read Hot & Boom! Today I would like to welcome author Megan Mulry who joins us with her fun new book, If The Shoe Fits!
I've always loved the Fourth of July: no pressure to buy presents, lots of beer (or wine, in your case), and of course the fireworks. Plus the whole philosophical idea behind Independence Day appeals to me, a celebration of breaking away from the past and forging a new future. Ever since I was a little kid I've loved trying new things, but there was (still is!) always an element of fear. I think that's why my heroines and heroes tend to take risks, because I love that double-edge of excitement about what is to come and fear about what you might be leaving behind.
In the case of Sarah James, the shoe designer/heroine in IF THE SHOE FITS, she led a pretty sheltered life as an only child in Lake Forest, Illinois. After her mother dies and her father withdraws into his own sadness, she decides to spend the summer in France with her eccentric grandmother. This is the beginning of her breaking away. The first time she sees the shoe department at Galeries Lafayette in Paris (the largest in the world with over 12,000 pairs!), Sarah quickly realizes she has discovered her passion. (When she meets British-bad-boy hero, Devon Heyworth, she's not as easily convinced!)
I think we all have these moments of feeling like we are standing on the edge of something, of doing something totally independent of what our family or friends expect us to do--whether it's dating the "wrong" guy or pursuing a career (like writing books lol) that does not fit into everyone else's idea of who we are or what we are meant to be. Sarah's grandmother thinks designing shoes sounds like the most preposterous idea she's ever heard. I LOVE that moment on the edge. I love when my characters find themselves pulled into the flood, of having to make those decisions about what they are and aren't willing to give up for their dream.
Of course, once you add steamy sex to the equation, people tend to be willing to give up quite a lot, initially at least. But after a relationship develops, that battle for independence can begin all over again and repeat throughout the decades. My husband and I have been together nearly twenty years and we are still mindful of when and how we negotiate our independence. Do you have certain things you would never give up no matter what? Certain philosophical ideas or hobbies? These are the questions I love to ask (and then force my characters to answer!)
Happy Independence Day! Enjoy the fireworks!
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