The Writer’s Room- Backstory

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Good morning,

I hope you had a chance to read Watching Mia. Yes, it was a bit different from what I normally write, but I am a storyteller.  There are so many stories in our lives that have a happy ending, just a different way of getting there. I hate cookie cutter stories. Therefore I refuse to write any. I never want a reader to finish one of my stories and say it was predictable. If it’s predictable, why the hell are you writing it?

One of the things I really wanted to touch on in Watching Mia, is the idealism which many attach to marriage.  The real story is about the relationship. A great deal of sub context was embedded in this telling of a man’s fantasy to have him woman see him for who he really was.

  1. It was obvious that he wasn’t very attractive outright, but the man himself was pretty awesome.
  2. She was a very attractive woman.  At times, you could almost sense that she may have thought she could have done better than “settling” for Franklin.
  3. She is sitting on top of 40. If she did get a divorce, would she still be able to attract a good looking man to keep her in her lifestyle. 

Franklin made the offer for Mia to “take the step” hoping in his heart, she would not. However, when she did, there was nothing he could say or be angry about because he did make the offer.  I mean really, don’t say I can have the last slice of cake then judge me for eating it. I say that to say this, it is a very well written story.  You may not approve of the way the characters handled the crisis in their marriage, but don’t judge them for eating the cake. We all have friends who have made some less than favorable decisions in their lives, but they still remained your friend.

We would love to hear your thoughts. Here are some questions I want you to think about in your responses.

  • Could you relate to any of the characters in the story?
  • Did Franklin think Mia would turn down his offer?
  • Why do you think Mia went through with it?
  • Have you ever done or felt some of the things, the characters did?
  • What was your favorite part of the book?
  • Do you have a least favorite part of the book?
  • If you could change something, what would it be? (If you wish you could change the ending, don’t reveal it!)

Happy African American Man & Woman Couple

What do you think it takes to make a happy marriage?