A warm welcome to author Audra North joining us today to talk about her release “Midlife Crisis”. Audra talks about writing older characters and there is a giveaway to participate in!
Welcome Audra 🙂
I wrote Midlife Crisis in response to an initial desire to write a love story about older characters. I enjoy writing and reading about twenty- and thirty-somethings, but as I move further away from that demographic myself, characters in their forties, fifties, and beyond are more appealing than before.
Cam McGhee, one of the main characters in Midlife Crisis, is fifty-four at the start of the story. He’s lived a full life already, but he has never had the chance to live fully. When he meets Dave Montoya, also in his fifties, both men have decades of wisdom behind them. To some degree, that life experience makes their attraction to one another even more intense. They know enough about themselves to know what they do and don’t want, so their bond is based on a self-knowledge that younger characters often don’t have, or must work to get over the course of a love story.
When Cam and Dave do fall in love and get their happy ending, it’s a quiet sort of drama. The loud, angry angst has been tempered by time, but that doesn’t mean their relationship is less meaningful. If anything, they’re starting from a stronger point—a more solid base with regard to themselves as individuals, coming together to form a pair.
In the end, though, it’s all about love. Whether first loves in the teen years or a second, third, or multi-chance love in later life, romance is meaningful at any age. Midlife Crisis captures one love story at a particular point in time—a dot that marks the beginning of a new happiness along the trajectory of life.
About Midlife Crisis
Cam McGhee grew up like any other small-town Texas farm boy: he played football, went to church every Sunday, and married his high school sweetheart. But thirty-five years after he said “I do,” Cam finds himself nursing a beer in a gay bar, thinking about what might have been.
Dave Montoya is confident, self-assured, and cautiously single. But when he meets shy, uncertain, and clearly-still-not-out Cam in a coffee shop in Austin, his reservations about getting seriously involved again disappear. Cam is everything he’s looking for in a partner . . . almost, anyway.
No matter how much Dave wants him, and how good they are together, Cam can’t bring himself to openly embrace the life he was meant to live. After all, when his secret finally gets out, he faces the very real possibility of losing everything that kept him going for the first fifty years of his life, just like he’s feared for so long. But with a little faith—and a lot of love—his dream of living fully, truly, as himself might finally be within reach.
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About Audra North
Audra North is a contemporary romance author of more than twenty romances, including the Stanton Family series, the Hard Driving series, and the Pushing the Boundaries series. She is the owner and publisher of Pink Kayak Press, which focuses on the publication of diverse romance works. Winter Rain, a Pink Kayak Press anthology, won a gold medal in the 2015 Independent Publisher Awards.
Audra enjoys speaking to writing groups and at industry conferences. She is also an avid jogger and loves running marathons. She has three children and lives with her family outside of Boston.
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To celebrate the release of Midlife Crisis, one lucky winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 2, 2017. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!