Espoused by Jean Marie Davis
Category: Adult Fiction 18+
Genre: Contemporary Fiction, Literary, Humor
Publisher: Wren Park Publishing, 264 pages
Release date: July 2021
Tour dates: August 16 to September 3, 2021
Content Rating: PG for the subject matter of adult relationships/marriage/divorce, but there is no bad language or explicit sex scenes.
Espouse: (v.) to take in marriage; to make a marriage permanent by court decree; the court-approved process by which couples may stay together beyond the legal 15-year term.
In the contemporary world, fifteen years is considered the legal life cycle of a marriage. If a couple wants to stay together (married), they must hire a lawyer and petition the court to become Espoused.
After 14 years of marriage, Sara and Thomas Healy are still in love. Their decision to go to court to be espoused permanently is a source of great embarrassment for their children. Avery is ready for the benefits of uncoupling, and Sam really doesn’t need the social stigma of parents who decide to stay together, on top of everything else. Lame! Their espouse attorney, Gwen Stevens, has other problems. The judge for the Healy case is her nemesis, Carly Abraham, also known as “the Wicked Witch of the Bench.” Judge Abraham was previously married to Gwen’s husband Dennis, from whom she uncoupled after the allotted 15 years. She hates espouse lawyers on principle, and seems to have an extra dose of dislike for Gwen personally.
While the Healys struggle through the espouse experience—trial separation, uncouple counseling, and ongoing financial burdens—Gwen has to deal with the judge and her own struggles at home. In this fight for love, who has the answers?
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My Writing Process
All I had was the idea. My novel was to take place in a world where the law requires those in a first marriage to uncouple after 15 years. Great, now what?
I wouldn’t necessarily call myself creative. I worked in the Marketing Research industry for over 30 years. We took data from multiple sources, created dictionaries, and processes to normalize it to sell to our clients. They could see how their products as well as their competitors were doing in sales. I created the processes that normalized the data called data operations. In order for me to write this book, I needed a process or a system or at the very least a guidepost that took me from step 1 to publication.
My first step was to read books about writing – Wired for Story by Lisa Cron, Writing Your Novel from Start to Finish by Joseph Bates, and Fast Fiction by Denise Jaden. There are more, but you get the gist. I was searching for a process, and I discovered I could take pieces from all this advice to build my own process.
I bought a large cork board and a lot (and I mean a lot) of 5 x 8-inch index cards. First index card was the First Act Timeline: on one side-one half the of index card were two bullet points - Setup and Build-up on the other half of the index card I had Hook, Inciting Event, and 1st Plot Point.
Second index card, Second Act Timeline: on one half were four bullet points – Reaction, Realization, Action, and Renewed Push. On the second half of the card were Pinch Point, Midpoint, 2nd Pinch Point.
Final index card, Third Act Timeline: on one half of index card was Recovery, Confrontation, Resolution and on the other half of the card was 3rd Plot Point, Climax Begins, Climatic Moment.
I wrote only 1-2 sentences for each bullet point. I do not know how many index cards I went through until I felt I had a decent story flow. I had in my mind the main characters, but they weren’t fleshed out.
I then took my index cards and created an outline document in the order from First Act to Third Act. I went back to the start of my document and started with Main Story Idea (my book blurb). From there I fleshed out the main characters as well as the minor ones. This took a great deal of time. I needed to understand my characters drive, thinking, and personality.
After honing my Main Story Idea and characters, I expanded on those 1-2 sentences from the index cards and turned them into many sentences and paragraphs. The characters drove the dialogue and action of the story.
After I felt comfortable with my outline document, I sat down and started writing. I knew my characters, the action that would take place and when, and how I wanted it to end.
This first book took time, but I feel much more comfortable about my writing and believe my second book will go much quicker (let’s hope so)!!
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Meet the Author:
Jean Marie Davis was born and raised in Huntington, New York. After graduating from Southern Illinois University – Carbondale, she moved back to Long Island where she worked in the Marketing Research industry for over 30 years. She currently lives in Centerport, New York close to her daughter and son.
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