Hi! Thank you, Writerspace, for giving me the chance to say a few words about my new book from Entangled Publishing, IT’S RAINING MEN. It’s the story of a doctor who, after a night of too much tequila, texts a bunch of men in her address book, asking them to marry her…and she’s shocked to discover a few of them are on board.
I wrote the original draft of this book way back in the halcyon days of 2018. My, we were so innocent then! The premise came to me in an undeveloped flash: I’d write a story about a woman approaching forty, who decides to cash in on one of her (multiple) backup husband agreements.
I knew I wanted her to be a strong, independent, professionally successful woman, and…that was it. I had a very tough time rationalizing why a woman who possessed all those characteristics would feel the need to latch on to a dude. She’d been fine all this time, so why…now?
Enter the pandemic.
In March 2020, we all found ourselves confined to one space—with our spouses and kids, our roommates, the guy we just met a few months ago, our parents, our dogs, or…no one.
While many people weathered their solo situation with aplomb, I could imagine a scenario where—please, no—someone might find herself back in a long-term quarantine situation and feel the need to couple up quick. Or she might preemptively avoid the shutdown shuffle by trying to find a mate now, while restaurants and bars are still open.
In IT’S RAINING MEN, Annie’s best friend and long-term roommate has to leave town for a few months to take care of an ailing parent. Annie suddenly finds herself alone in her big, old house. She has other friends and her mom in her life, but they’re busy with their own families, friends, and responsibilities. She has work and TV and that’s it. She learns to dread the isolation.
So when her best friend comes home after three months and announces that she’s getting married and moving out to the country, Annie panics. She fears loneliness, and she knows she can’t count on her other friends to be there for her at a moment’s notice. She needs a person who is all hers, and she his. She needs a mature, single man, who’s in the same position she is, someone who’s ready to escape the dating rat race and dive headfirst into pure, unadulterated commitment.
Of course, it’s not that easy, and Annie starts to question what she wants and who she wants to do it with, but her decision to settle down is born out of the fear of what happens if she finds herself alone again.
We’re all older and wiser now, so I’m wondering: What was something you learned about yourself during the pandemic? What would you do differently—please, again, no—if you’re forced into lockdown once more?
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