Thursday, December 3, 2015

Novel Fantasizes About Hotel Cuba

I received the following pitch about a new book that was too alluring to turn away from:

“Open relationships are not as shocking a concept today as they were 50 years ago, they’re still regarded with overwhelming skepticism but the more people speak about it the less unusual the concept sounds. Author Brian White’s new novel Hotel Cuba explores how the desire for realizing sexual fantasies in today’s world is widely accepted and being practiced by men and women alike, for the obvious reason that sexual fantasies are part of being human.

“White writes about the risks and rewards of realizing sexual fantasies within the context of a committed relationship.  “How far is each individual in a marriage willing to go to please their partner when their sexual desires differ,” asks White.  In Hotel Cuba, Don and Carrie Nightengale navigate psychological and physical obstacles in their own relationship as Don opens a resort in Cuba that provides sexual fantasies for couples as each partner approaches their 40th birthday.   Like a train wreck, we watch helplessly as Don and Carrie embark on a threesome and watch as their life implodes through the pages with that one act. It breaks your heart to watch the devolving of what was a successful, loving marriage with two children into the hell it becomes.

As a result, I interviewed the author, Brian White:

1.      Brian, what’s your new book, Hotel Cuba, about? Hotel Cuba is a cautionary tale for married men and women alike who think living out all of their sexual fantasies comes without consequences. The protagonist, Don Nightengale and his wife Carrie both learn a hard lesson as they take a journey to expand their sexual appetites.  As they embark on their first threesome, life as they knew it, (a successful, loving marriage with two children) begins to implode like a train wreck.  Don fuels the fire by then opening a resort in Cuba that caters to couples turning 40 and looking to for the answer to the mid life crisis through sexual fantasy.  In the ashes of his marriage does Don realize that he should have been careful for what he wished for.

2.      Where did the idea for the cover come from? It’s very provocative, with a bare-backed woman putting his big cigar towards her plump lips. The image came from a PR company that found it in a cigar ad. 

3.      After college you toured Europe with a punk rock band.  How did you road life experiences influence your writings? Spending three months in a van my choices were play a gameboy all day or start a journal. The journal turned into a first book called Zero Tolerance. That was my practice book, then years later and lots more practice. Hotel Cuba was born.

4.      You are now an insurance consultant but you used to be a restaurateur in Manhattan. Is writing about several fantasy as exciting as living it out?  Writing is always going to be far more exciting then the real thing. 

5.      Your book raises questions about redefining marriage.  Is it considered cheating if a partner informs their spouse about their acting out several fantasies? No it is definitely not cheating. Cheating implies hiding, this is full disclosure. Only each couples themselves can define how they want their marriage to me. No broad definition.

6.      Does marriage have to mean monogamy? No. Monogamy is a learned behavior practiced over thousands of generations. Our DNA is not monogamous.

7.      Brian, you’re married and live in Westchester, just like me. Shall we plan a wife swap – or is that best left for another book? Best left for next Novel.  Hotel Cuba 2 "Carrie's Revenge"  

8.      Hotel Cuba’s back cover reads:  “Imagine, an island off limits for so many years, a forbidden fruit Americans have been deprived of tasting.  Then, the gates open.  Imagine that island guaranteeing erotic fantasies with no consequences.”  When can we sign up? Soon. Each month the barriers get lowered to Cuba. Hotel Cuba needs to become a movie, then I can fund the Hotel. Self-Fulfilling Prophecy at its best!

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