How does an all-consuming passion hold up against a lifetime of expectation? Good question, huh? Since I’ll be writing a prequel and a sequel to HIDE AND SECRET, I won’t go into too much detail that will be written directly into the new stories, but I did think it was an interesting concept to discuss today.
Going back to what we talked about yesterday, the perception of readers of this story. Is Quinn really a bastard because he’s got two women in his life? The one he feels pressured and obligated to marry for the sake of his family and the lifetime of assumptions that have been made on his behalf, and the one he wants more than any other. He diverted to buy a gift for his mother, and he met the love of his life in the process. What followed was an affair that he doesn’t want to end, but he also hasn’t been honest with his family and has allowed himself to be carried along on their life-plan for him, to the point that he is now engaged and on the verge of losing the woman he does love.
I see him as a man who’s trying hard to make everyone happy, to honour his obligations, and avoid hurting anyone. Ultimately, he’s hurting himself as much as or more than the women involved with him. So, when he’s forced to make his choice, what should he do? In my world, he goes with love. I’m not applauding cheating men, I’m not justifying their behaviour, and yes, I have been accused of both of those things recently. I am saying that life doesn’t always go according to plan, and destiny will take us all where we’re meant to be, and to who it is we’re meant to love. It’s a fact of life that people fall in love with the wrong one from time to time, but it’s always a fact of life that at the end of the day, we all want the passion and love that makes life worthwhile to us. So, Quinn makes his choice, and he goes with his heart. I’m just telling a love story. Are we wrong, Quinn and me??