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Secret Paperback – February 5, 2013
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Q&A with L. Marie Adeline
Q. What made you decide to write erotic fiction?
A. Quite truthfully, a week before I started writing S.E.C.R.E.T., I hadn't thought of writing erotic fiction. In fact, I'd never thought of writing erotic fiction. Writing sex is difficult for a lot of novelists, including me. Sex is so subjective, after all. And the few times I'd tried left me feeling queasy and vulnerable. But E.L. James did something rather remarkable. She showed writers that there was an incredible appetite for erotica, and I felt it was time to write a book people wanted to read as opposed to writing a book I wanted to write and hoped that others would read. Luckily, I found writing S.E.C.R.E.T. creatively satisfying; I couldn't have completed it otherwise.
Q. How did the Fifty Shades series influence your writing?
A. Fifty Shades was like a Zamboni that smoothed over the pocked ice so I could skate behind it rather safely. I owe her a debt of gratitude. And she also did something extraordinary, which was to commit to a love story amidst all the panting and sweating. That definitely influenced my approach as well. But the book that had the biggest influence on me was Caitlin Moran's How to Be a Woman. Her chapter about sex in pop culture was utterly brilliant and so true--especially how it can often be so devoid of human desire. I made sure that desire underpinned every single one of my sex scenes.
Q. Where did you get the idea for the concept of S.E.C.R.E.T.?
A. It's one of those things that came to me in an instant. I know it sounds insane, but it's true. I was talking to my editor about the Fifty Shades phenomenon, and she said that if I could come up with a concept and write it, she'd take a look at it. If it was good, she said, there was a chance they'd publish it, as the appetite for new erotic titles was so strong. How could I resist the challenge? I was, at the time, trying to finish a collaboration on a financial guide, which was vexing the hell out of me. Then Cassie showed up. So in a way, this book was born on a dare.
Q. Is the secret society within the novel based on a real group? Do you think this might inspire a few people to start one?
A. Again, this is something my editor and I darkly joked about--that people might be inspired to start their own S.E.C.R.E.T. societies. I don't know what to say about that except that the "S" stands for Safe. I've always been a fan of the step-by-step approach to fixing, changing or recovering from anything. I know people who've been helped by groups that consist of people who've gone through what they're going through, whether it's quitting smoking, over-eating, grieving, or drinking too much. When creating S.E.C.R.E.T., I imagined a group that could help a woman like Cassie, who is sexually deadened, come alive to herself again. So many women of a certain age feel that way, and I started from the point of change that Cassie arrives at and went from there.
Q. Why did you choose to write this novel under a pseudonym? How did you choose the pseudonym?
A. My original intention was to stay anonymous, not out of any notion of shame, but to let the reader develop a relationship with the book rather than the writer. Because with a book like this, which I hope people find immersive, the less the reader is thinking about the writer, the better. But then it grew and grew and became harder and harder to maintain the secret. Also, I'm a very private person. I had decided to write under a pseudonym to give myself permission to write about sex without thinking about the ramifications, or what my poor old (Catholic) dad would think. My previous novels are nothing like S.E.C.R.E.T. I hoped a pseudonym would help delineate the differences between the kinds of things I write--which include literary fiction, business books and now erotica. Adeline is actually my maternal grandmother's maiden name. She was born in 1899 and was quite prudish about sex. When I asked my sister if it would be mean or weird to use her name on an erotic novel, she said, "No. It'd be funny." So that's what I did.
Q. We'd all like to be introduced to the true-life Jesse. Are any of these men based on people you have known?
A. I've dated a couple of Jesses--guys covered in tattoos who push their fingers through their dirty hair, and can rock a tank top (even though that's just not a great look for most men, to be honest). Jesse is quite literally based on the character Jesse from the TV show Breaking Bad. (I hope the creators don't mind a little fan fiction from me.) I adore Jesse on that show. My friends and I talk about him, think about him, worry about him, hope he turns out okay. But wow, he'd be a crappy boyfriend. The rest of the men in S.E.C.R.E.T. are mostly of a type that I think most women will find attractive (sexually at least)--six-pack abs, wavy, thick hair, tanned, tall, and so on. I hope I'm right.
Q. What can we expect next in the series?
A. More sex of course, but what I'm looking forward to exploring is the inner workings of S.E.C.R.E.T. and what Cassie's role will be in the group. We'll see how all those fabulous men are recruited, and, of course, how Cassie's relationship with Will (and Tracina) evolves. There'll be some twists and turns, and there will be another woman going through the Steps, someone Cassie helps to guide. It will be sexy, empowering--and fun!
About the Author
L. MARIE ADELINE is a pseudonym for the bestselling author Lisa Gabriele. She writes and produces for television and radio, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, Salon, and Glamour. Visit her at www.secretnovels.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
The downfall is that it didn't seem like enough really happened. A whole year goes by in the story, but I felt like her SECRET encounters were the only thing she had in her life - and the whole point of the group is for the opposite to happen. The encounters were fun and quite exciting - and they did teach her valuable lessons about opening herself up to new possibilities. I just wish more "real" life had happened in between them for her to explore as well.
I will admit that I was hoping for just a smidge of romance to pop out of the story somewhere - even if it wasn't a prevalent topic. But I was sorely disappointed. There really isn't a happy ending for Cassie and her personal life. She does complete the program, but I'm not sure how much better her life really is now. There is a sequel and since it's already on my shelf I'll give it a go to see if the series turns into anything better.
I purchased the book used through here labeled "very good condition". My definition of 'very good' does not include rolled and separating cover or stained pages - but that is the condition the book I purchased came in. I am sad because this was supposed to be a Christmas gift. I already have the final books in the trilogy and this was supposed to complete the set.
I was also a fan of this book simply for highlighting the following messages:
**Women can be sexually attractive and beautiful at any age. It is in the way you present yourself and has everything to do with confidence. I loved that the older women in this story were often described as beautiful.
**I loved the part where the mentor explained to the heroine that the type of men who are willing to come in and help a woman fulfill a fantasy and walk away are not usually the type of men that you can count on for much else. They really are useful only for the fantasy and not for anything more meaningful. I know a lot of young gals that need to pay attention to that... especially if they are into the one night stand guys. They get their hearts broken and don't know why... well, this is why... they are only useful for the fantasy!
**Sisterhood is important... :) let me say it again... SISTERHOOD IS IMPORTANT!!
**You are in charge of your own desires and making them happen. If you always say no then you are closing doors instead of opening them. Now that doesn't mean you should say yes to everything... you still need to be safe and smart. And, shaking your ta-tas in New Orleans isn't something you should say yes too... just sayin'.
As a whole the story is somewhat predictable but the heroine is a woman that many of us can relate to in one way or another in regards to challenging our insecurities. I did not like the ending at all but then I saw that there will be a sequel so clearly the author was making an attempt to create a cliffhanger to entice you to read the next book. It only annoyed me. I might pick up the next book but think maybe I've gained all that there is to gain from this story.