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Thursday, March 19, 2009

Thursday Spotlight: Lyrical Press

Behind "The Reluctant Dom"
Tymber Dalton

Sometimes a book comes to a writer in a flash and practically writes itself. Those books, for me at least, are quite rare. Some books are easier to write than others, but they usually all require a modicum of thinking on my part regarding where the story should head in terms of plot.

Not "The Reluctant Dom."

This is one of those rare books that wrote itself. The story came to me in a flash around Thanksgiving. It was the first Thanksgiving after my grandmother's death, and a preview of what my first Christmas without her would look like. Not to mention the start of her health decline started nearly a year prior, around the first of December, when she'd had her first heart attack.

She died the day before Mother's Day--which fell on my birthday. She also died a week before what would have been my grandparents' 66th wedding anniversary.

We knew we were on borrowed time, in the most literal sense of the phrase. She refused a triple bypass and was willing to take every day from that point forward as a gift. From then on it was a long waiting game. Every time the phone rang and it was my mom, I wondered, is this the call?

So when Kaden, Leah, and Seth appeared in my imagination at this emotional time of year for me, it wasn't difficult to step into Seth's shoes as he watched and documented his best friend's decline. My brain's attempt to process my own grief gave birth to those three people.

When the story came to me, I wrote it from start to finish, another rarity for me. Usually I write scenes as they come to me and fill in later. "The Reluctant Dom" was written from start to finish, in order, with my fingers struggling to keep up with the story playing out in my imagination.

I did a lot of crying as I wrote the book. A good kind of cathartic release I know I needed. But I enjoyed that, as in life, there were good moments, laugh out loud vignettes to keep a person smiling even in the darkest days.

And isn't that what life is really about? Light and dark, a good mix of laughter and tears, putting one foot in front of the other every morning when we wake up.

It wasn't, however, a "message" book. Not truly. It's a story of love and loss, friendship and grief, the extent people will go to take care of those they love in the best way they can. You will (hopefully) laugh, you'll (probably) cry, and there are a few scenes you'll probably be grabbing a fan and ice cold drink over. I hope you enjoy it.

Tymber Dalton is a bestselling author of such books as "The Reluctant Dom" and "Love Slave for Two." She lives in southwest Florida with her husband, son, and a household of neurotic, misfit animals. You can also find her writing as Lesli Richardson.

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