From the Author
Broken Hearts Damaged Goods
came about when a female friend of mine suddenly found herself single after having been in a long term committed relationship. As she began to look for a love to fill the void left by a former lover, she somehow started hanging out with guys who were looking for relations and not a relationship. The parts about Liselle getting peed on during the night by the drunk guy she is in bed with were based on true events.
With Broken Hearts Damaged Goods
, I wanted to write a book about a woman that didn't see her own beauty and self-worth because she saw herself as damaged goods. Over the years, I have had several female friends who made love to men when they were really wanting to be loved by a man.
Of all of the books I have written, I think this is somehow the oddest one because of how it has taken on a life of its own. I wrote it as a guy thinking he was making your typical romantic comedy. I have been surprised at the number of women who have written me and couldn't believe I was really a guy that understood what it was like to be a woman. I have also been shocked by the response of women to the Jack character, especially since I based his actions largely on what I would have done in those situations. I have to say it is weird for me as an author to replace a character like Christian Grey as an avid reader's occupation or to have a fan start a blog based on this book.
About the Author
Jack Gunthridge is single, despite the efforts of his family, friends, and coworkers who think he should be in a relationship because he is one of the few decent guys out there. Jack can cook and clean, is good with children, has a job, and writes romance novels. He's not really into sports, but he enjoys shopping or spending the afternoon on the sofa with a woman as they watch chick flicks like The Notebook
Jack also has a high functioning form of autism known as Asperger's Syndrome. Before you become alarmed by this, you should know that people throughout history are believed to have had this as well, including Thomas Jefferson, Mark Twain, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, and Jane Austen. In fact, Mr. Darcy would be an example of a typical man with Asperger's. And considering that he helped to inspire characters like Edward Cullen and Christian Grey, Jack doesn't consider his slight hint of autism as a negative trait. Instead of getting interested in sports, hunting, and fighting, Jack became interested in the study of women and understanding them.
When some of his male friends made fun of him for taking ballroom dancing lessons, he responded, "I'm going to be holding a girl close to me. And what are you going to be doing?" Jack may not be the most macho of me, but he doesn't judge a man by the same standards of other men. For Jack, a real man treats a woman properly, thinks of her first in everything he does, and
takes care of his children. The difference between a man and a little boy is that the boy thinks highly of himself for the number of women he can sleep with while a man finds happiness by how deeply he loves a woman. For a man, her happiness always comes first.