I live in the south west of England with my husband and two children.
A Drama and Philosophy graduate, in my first career I was an actor, then a copywriter. Now, to my surprise, I find myself the author of a controversial 'factional' novel.
I thought long and hard about whether or not to pursue writing the book as part of the art project I initially conceived with 'Tom'. But the fact that my ex-boyfriend and I couldn't bring ourselves to delete our texts means I am uniquely positioned to offer 'real time' documentation of a love affair and the complex and conflicting emotions it elicits. In short, I concluded that I had something new to offer, so I picked up the texts and ran with them.
Charlotte is not me, but it would be absurd to deny that I was the starting point for her persona. Ditto Tom and his real life doppelgänger.
Let's be honest. Countless people have contemplated adultery or have resumed a relationship with a former lover. This book is for the millions who cannot speak out for the other kind of love that dares not speak its name.
And one final, extremely potent point. In this day and age, in liberal countries, do most of us still hold that men and women should love and remain faithful to only one person in a lifetime? Is it not possible to sustain close, loving and, yes, sexual polyamorous relationships with two or even more people simultaneously, and ask for acceptance and understanding rather than intolerance and metaphorical stone-throwing?
Surely integrity is key. I would like to think so.