Almost everyone who has fallen (or tip-toed) into love discovers that the way it is depicted in most media is a fantasy. Love can be joyful, messy, disappointing, painful and delicious. It can be two or more of these things at once.
Have you found yourself in a relationship without any idea of how to nurture and take care of it? Perhaps, you did not know that love needs to be tended to at all…
The characters in about love are often in that uncomfortable situation – realizing that love needs more. Even long term partners who appear to have the complete package are emotionally fumbling around in the dark.
What happens when you put so much work into a relationship that you have nothing left for yourself? Why Is the wound from that old betrayal still fresh? Are you – or she – still picking at the scab? Through all sorts of situations – sickness, lies, heartbreak, uncertainty – these women are trying to figuring out how to move forward in love.
I was surprised by some of the choices the characters made. More than once, I sided with one person but, as more of the story was revealed, found my opinion shifting. Sometimes, there’s no one to blame.
Gina Smallwood, one of the characters in The Closet Case, works at a non-profit whose mission is to make sure that all families are treated equally under the law. Here is her take on why gay marriage is not enough:
“I know what you’re thinking. ‘People can get married, Gina. It’s a different world.’ Not like it was in Aunt Mavis’ day.’ There are many issues left to tackle. For example, what’s the benefit of marriage in a state where you can be fired for your sexual orientation? We here at Waybert-Slone believe in recognizing and celebrating milestones, but it’s not time to drop the baton. There is a pot of gold, but we haven’t reached it yet.”
So, a funny thing happened on the way to publication . . .