I have been fortunate to be able to be at all but a few of the author events and to this day am still astonished that people want to come talk to Aleatha and me. I have sat at her table and have gotten to know quite a few of the readers.
It comes as no surprise that I get asked if I am any of the characters in her books. Before I answer question, I should say that one of the most interesting questions came from Aleatha’s mother. After reading an early draft of Consequences, she asked, “Is this book (Consequences) autobiographical?”
Mind you this is a woman who has known me for over 50 years.
Aleatha’s answer was golden, “Yes, Jeff is a 6’4” dark haired, dark eyed, billionaire who kidnapped me. We have just been keeping it a secret”.
Now as for am I any of the characters, there are little pieces of me in all of them. Just not the parts you would think. I am in the slices of life in the character and the stories, things they say and do. I'm the man who enjoys coffee black, appreciates punctuality (though Aleatha has never been as good at it as Claire became. Perhaps I never expressed my displeasure as Tony did) and likes candles. (Make your own assumptions)
Sad to say, it actually took me a while to read Aleatha’s books. In my defense I went back to school and finished my degree while working full-time. I first started reading them just before RT last year. I have since read all of her books, even ones not yet out. Even though I hadn't read, I knew the stories well from going to all of the book signings. After all, I sat for a few years listening to many women profess their love for Tony. Though I had a smile on my face and encouraged each one, in my head, I sat there and thought to myself "what is wrong with these people, Tony is an a-hole and a horrible person."
Then after reading the Consequences series, I found myself rooting for Tony and Claire. How does Aleatha do that? I finally knew, that after all these years of marriage, I'd been Aleatha'd!
Yes some of her ideas are a little dark, OK, a lot dark. Insidious, which by the way is my favorite of her books, may have made me sleep with one eye open for a while. It wasn't only the book, it was the timing. We'd just taken out new life insurance policies and she put a good friend on retainer to clear her computer if anything happened to me. Hmm...I had to wonder, at least a little bit, was she secretly wanting me to suffer a horrible death?
I'm super proud of all she's done and that we get to share this time in our life with so many new friends.
I'm Mr.Jeff and I've been Aleatha'd!
New York Times and USA Today best selling author
BOOK BUY LINKS:
Consequences, Truth, Convicted, Revealed, and Beyond the Consequences, as well as the reading companions: Behind His Eyes Consequences and Behind His Eyes Truth (All currently available)
INFIDELITY SERIES (It isn't what you think)
Betrayal, Cunning, Deception (coming May 3, 2016), Entrapment (TBA) , Fidelity (TBA)
THE LIGHT SERIES:
Into the Light (coming June 14, 2016) and Away From the Dark (TBA)
*Amazon exclusive through Thomas and Mercer, an Amazon Publisher
TALES FROM THE DARK SIDE:
Insidious, Duplicity (TBA)