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Today I’m on the ‘A Proclivity to Prurience’ blogtour, organised by Damppebbles Blog Tour.
To promote this book I have a guest post, but b
About the Author :
Having worked in a variety of industries, Cheryl has met many interesting people and, with a profound interest in what makes them tick, she has spent a lifetime of asking ‘What would I do in that situation?’ and ‘What if things happened this way?’, creating a multitude of plots and twists that she had always dismissed until one storyline nagged her constantly and she decided to alleviate herself of the burden, committing her ideas to virtual paper. Assuming she would run out of steam five chapters or so in, she amazed herself by writing two novels within a year and A Proclivity To Prurience was born. It was difficult to write, given the themes, but Cheryl felt it was a story that would resonate in the current climate. Writing between a part-time job and raising two young children was a task in itself, but, every spare minute was spent doing so or thinking about doing so and her characters took on a life of their own.
Cheryl loves character-driven tales with a psychological edge and aims to produce that kind of work herself, and she’s not afraid to tackle issues that some may find difficult… other than horror – she can’t read or write horror as she scares far too easily!
Aside from writing and her family, Cheryl’s greatest passion is music and she can easily lose herself in a favourite album or song, rather like she does within a book she’s writing or reading, and a musician’s ability to move you on any level is pure genius.
Joe’s controversial approach to life is fuelled by his fixation on Abbie, and a beautiful wedding offers the perfect opportunity for him to seduce her – everyone loves a wedding, don’t they? The only hurdle is Eddie – Abbie’s son and Joe’s best friend – but inebriated and forcing an end to the evening, he inadvertently assists Joe’s quest and a suitably indulgent night beckons. But what should have been a culmination of Joe’s eleven-year obsession descends into chaos and devastation, wrenching Joe from all he’s known for the majority of his life. Accustomed to getting what he wants, it’s not until he really gets what he wants that his world unravels and his control slips away. Be careful what you wish for, be careful who you wish for, for obsession comes with a price… but is it a price worth paying?
Explicit – strictly 18+
Published in ebook and paperback formats on 24th May 2019 by Little Bee Publishing.
Guest Post :
Hurdles I’ve Faced
When I decided to write A Proclivity To Prurience (the first in the Obsession Trilogy), all I had was an idea about a relationship between a young man – Joe, 23 – and an older woman – Abbie, 40/41. I figured, quite quickly, that Joe’s interest would not be in Abbie’s art collection (Abbie doesn’t have an art collection, but you get my point), so I knew I would have to include some sex scenes, and because Joe was a troubled man with a difficult history, I felt those scenes would need to reflect his attitude, and that meant they would be coarse and explicit. I balanced that with the use of lengthy, poetic sentences and paragraphs, but despite that, when A Proclivity To Prurience was first published, it was classed as Erotica. I disagreed because I saw the sex scenes as a contrivance to better understand the characters, not as the whole story, and the language as a mirror to those same characters, but I was overruled. That said, I have no issue with Erotica, but many people do, and it made it very difficult to get my book noticed. Whilst historically, a lot of Erotica has been badly written, things have changed, but still people are scared by the notion of books containing sex… why, then, was the Fifty Shades series so hugely popular? Was it the romance that lured women to read the books? Maybe, but I didn’t hear anybody complain about the sex scenes; in fact, when the films were released there were complaints that there wasn’t enough sex, given the content of the novels, and yet sex continues to be a contentious subject; a very natural and necessary part of life has been tainted by… what? No matter what Christian Grey did for womankind, many novels still skirt around the subject – films don’t, nor do television programmes, so why do books? Is it merely the language? Visuals don’t need to use those tricky words that describe those tricky acts – is that what authors are afraid of? Is that what readers are afraid of? Is that why my writing has been called ‘filth’, ‘smutty’ and ‘porn’? It’s OK, my therapist has given me a fabric doll and some pins… I’ve been called various names for daring to write about sex, and my novel has been dismissed by reviewers and bloggers because of its content, yet when readers have contacted me, it has never been about the sex scenes, but rather about the twists in the story that have, thankfully, moved or shocked them; these open-minded individuals are rare, and I love them dearly. The other oddity – one I could never have anticipated – is that many people ask me, once they learn the premise, if my book is about me and my life; my responses have ranged from, ‘What the…?’, to, ‘Yes, but my husband doesn’t know so please keep it to yourself’. But had I written about mass murder or a plot to bring down the government, would I be asked the same question? I think not.
Whilst sex may be fitting for the relationship between my two main characters, the relationship itself is rather non-conformist; we’re familiar with the image of a mature male with a younger partner, but not so much with the opposite, and being a fan of the unconventional, I wanted Joe to be the instigator of that association, though with much provocation. Nothing about Joe is conventional, nor Abbie, and I’d go so far as to say the same applied for the entire story, and that has its own issues as many readers long for a traditional love story, a happily-ever-after. Is A Proclivity To Prurience a love story? Well, that is most certainly up for debate, but, like Joe, it doesn’t fit neatly into a box; it crosses many genres, and that causes consternation too, but I wanted to create discussion; I wanted readers to see a different perspective and deliberate the characters and their deeds, but despite the inclusivity we strive for in society, the huge progress we’ve made, yet again I find a need for the ‘norm’ precludes readers from diversifying slightly. Add sex into the mix and suddenly my book becomes scarier than a horror novel!
So, what hurdles have I faced? Sex (did I make that clear?) – and people’s aversion to the subject matter – and the conventional. I don’t understand either, but should someone wish to enlighten me, I’m all ears. The world would be far happier if we just relaxed a little and saw sex in a more positive light and welcomed everything that defied convention, and so would this author: discuss…
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