Today, instead of sharing snippets of a book, I'm going to share an interview with Cassie from Betrayed. I absolutely loved writing this book because it was based on a true story...something that actually happened to my sister when she met a man on the Internet. Unbelievable how someone so charming and seemingly honest could take so many people on the ride of their life. This was the first time I used an author's note to explain something to the reader. Hope you'll give it a try. I'm working on a sequel: Deceived. I guess from the titles, you can tell she doesn't have the best of luck with men.
*Cassie digs in her heels* “Okay, okay, I’m going, but I’d like to remind you that you’ve already put me through hell in that friggin’ book of yours.”
*She approaches the microphone and taps it* “Can everyone hear me?” *smiles* “My name is Cassie Fremont and I’m the head female character in Betrayed. I’m not sure what I’m supposed to share with you that Ginger hasn’t already divulged in the story. God knows she told you everything. *rolls eyes* I guess nothing is sacred when it comes to novels.”
*Pulls up nearby stool and inches her butt onto it. Heaves a big sigh, and runs her hands along her slacks while peering into the bright lights over the crowd.* “Well, I promised her I’d make an appearance today, along with everyone else she’s invited, so I’ll get on with it.”
*Shrugs* “I’m a dolt What can I say? I found myself divorced, middle-aged and lonely. I share a home with my mother because I don’t want her to live alone, but she pretty much keeps to her own part of the house. I have a lot of spare time so I entertain myself with the Internet. Don’t we all spend time on the computer? Well, I happened across a dating site one night…big deal I figured it wouldn’t hurt to join and see what happened. I never expected anyone… Okay, that’s a lie. I wouldn’t have joined if I hadn’t hoped someone would notice my post. I just didn’t expect it would turn out like it did.”
*Cassie rises, pulls microphone from stand and walks toward edge of stage.* “I admit I was flattered at all of Evan’s flowery words and his Texas accent, but I have no idea what happened to my common sense. I’m quite sure everyone was stunned to learn I let a virtual stranger move into my house… and my bed. *gazes down at stage* I guess if you’ve never been afraid of growing old alone, you can’t fathom why I did what I did.”
*Pauses, pinches the bridge of her nose, then peers out at the audience again*
“I should have listened to my sister and brother, but I didn’t. Instead, I flew into a rage and wrote them off. For two long years, they weren’t part of my life, but I was so wrapped up in myself and Evan, I didn’t miss them until things got so bad I had no where else to turn.”
*Shakes her head* “Hey, talking about this is depressing the hell out of me. I’ve moved on to newer pastures. If you want to know the whole story, you’ll ust have to buy a copy of Betrayed…*stares at the ceiling for a moment* “Boy, was I ever.”
*Walks back to stand and replaces microphone* “I can’t say it was a pleasure being here today, because no one likes to admit being an idiot, but it happens. All I can say is if I pull another idiotic stunt, I sincerely hope my sister will have the courtesy to forgo writing another book about it. I could write a journal about her stupidity, but I haven’t. *looks backstage and flashes a glare, then exits to applause*
I’d like to thank my sis for being so gracious and honoring her word to be my guest today. Betrayed http://www.amazon.com/author/gingersimpson.
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