Although I’ve always had a love affair with writing, fiction had never been my forte. Poetry, essays, articles, resume’s, even product descriptions and taglines were my literary drug of choice–but never fiction. Partly because I never had a story to tell and partly because it terrifies me.
But as it is with most cases, heartbreak and sorrow has been a catalyst for not just one story, but two. Seeing as I can hardly understand the undertaking of writing fiction, I jotted down the meaty parts of one story and decided to concentrate on the other.
So why the other book first and what is it about?
Oh my dearest readers, this other book was inspired by a real person.
A very dear person who filled my life with flutters and giggles and dreamy hazes. A person that, through life’s bitter circumstances, can no longer be part of my life. That whole pink whirlwind would make a perfect girls night tale to swoon over with wine and chocolate-dipped strawberries, but I’ve decided to keep those memories hidden in my heart and instead pour the sentiments into the book–which at the moment feels like this Charles Trenet song, this Cure song and this Something’s Gotta Give movie scene.
But ironically, and much like Somethings’s Gotta Give, my book is more of a romantic comedy. What’s more, it’s also being written right smack dab in the middle of the romance blues. Which is sort of like life-imitating-art-imitating-art-imitating-life, or something along that line…
So now the synopsis of Crush:
Laura is an early 30-something-year-old woman who is anticipating that this day will be one of the most fantastic pivotal moments of her life. As a wine import specialist that has successfully managed and grown many wine accounts, she is confident that she will finally get the promotion she’s sought after for so long. What’s more, her fiance will be graduating from medical school later that day, which means all the closer to getting married–that is as soon as they save up for the wedding as she had used her savings to pay for his medical school.
Just before leaving for the graduation, she finds out that she was passed up for the promotion yet again. At the graduation, the day gets even worse as she catches a glimpse of her fiance and another graduate in passions embrace.
Her promotion, her fiance, and her savings…gone in one day.
Feeling betrayed, angry, frustrated, bitter and utterly heartbroken, her friend and collegue offers Laura an opportunity to get away..to Chile to revive a once thriving winery whose owner has mysteriously disappeared. Understandibly hesistant, Laura’s mother reveals something about her past–something that gives Laura just an inkling of hope that this apparent failure might actually be the beginning of something great.
And now back to reality. Come late November, I will be traveling to Chile. Partly for immersion and inspiration for this book, and partly for my own adventure–hoping that from this bittersweet loss something great might happen too.