Bankruptcy: A Love Story
1. What really inspired you to write your book, to force you from taking an idea or experience and conveying it into a book?
I had a burning desire to tell the story that became Bankruptcy: A Love Story. But the book I began was very different than the book I finished. I started writing about my marriage and as I wrote events began to unravel, in real life. I had no idea that my husband was being investigated or that he would eventually go to prison. So I kept writing. I knew I had an extraordinary story on my hands, yet I struggled with the structure of the book and my fear of revealing such intimate details. I wished to show how complex life becomes when a spouse commits a crime. I wanted to describe the depth of feeling and how love doesn’t simply halt. I had a war going on within me—whether to hate someone who had harmed our family or whether to love and offer compassion and forgiveness to my betrayer, the man I loved and with whom I had shared a life. But the real story is about confronting and managing a catastrophe—something unexpected that changes your life. I never knew myself as a determined person until I was forced to survive financially and emotionally. As a writer, I wished to convey all of this.
2. What is it about and whom do you believe us your targeted reader?
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