I’m writing this blog post a few hours before the first presidential debate. No doubt, mud will fly, striking each candidate in the face, and tomorrow the pundits will bicker as to who won or lost. The scene that I always like to see at every debate is at the end, when the families come on stage. It’s a testament to the fact that no one is going to be able to climb the political ladder alone. Families give a candidate emotional support, strategic advice, and always a nice photo-op.
This is why in writing A Political Affair I wanted to turn the tables on the cliché story of a typical politician and intern scandal. That’s the common, sad tale, where the young, female intern is pilloried, while the politician dumps her and begs for forgiveness with his family awkwardly at his side.
Shouldn’t there be another story to tell? What if the politician was single and likable, despite a few self-defeating flaws? What if the intern was respectable and from a good family? And what if the politician’s own family was so emotionally close and so politically shrewd that they would do anything to defend each other and defend their family’s legacy? Could he be reelected? But more importantly, should be reelected?
I hope I’ve drawn a story that plays that out, while poking fun at the political world. After all, making fun of politicians is always good time, and frankly, they deserve it. For the last year, we’ve all had too many dinners interrupted by annoying phone calls and had to watch too many ridiculous campaign commercials. They deserve a little ribbing.
A Political Affair is due out on October 18. In the meantime, you can check out my novella, A Very Important Guest, currently on Amazon. Set in Hawaii, with a junior congressman and young woman who is fighting to get by, it’s a sweet romance for those who like chick-lit or contemporary adult.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all of my political romance with a twist.
About the Author:Even before she graduated from law school, Mary knew she wasn’t cut out to be a real lawyer. Drawn to politics, she’s spent her career as an organizer, lobbyist, and nonprofit executive. Nothing piques her interest more than a good political scandal or romance, and when she stumbled upon writing, she put the two together. A born Midwesterner, naturalized Texan, and transient resident of Washington, D.C., Mary now lives in Northern California with her two daughters and real lawyer husband.
No one expected Stephen McEvoy to fill his father’s U.S. Senate seat at such a young age, least of all him. The scion of a revered political dynasty, he’s appointed to the Senate after his father’s untimely death. Now he’s in a tough election battle against an archconservative. When clever Anne Norwood interns in his office, he dismisses her as another pretty face—until her independent streak catches his attention. She soon finds him far more interesting than his Senator McEvoy persona. They’re both too smart to fall for one another, yet they do. Their relationship becomes a political gamble in a tight election, and all the while, his opposition lies in wait for him to make a mistake. As Stephen’s past catches up with him, he and Anne must fight for their future. Their lives mean more than politics, and campaigns—like love—are either won or lost.