© 2013 Clive Eaton
I grew up a military brat. My dad was in the Air Force and we moved all over the USA and Europe. I have worked as a model, sales girl, chip girl, assembly worker, house cleaner, aerospace tech writer, and graphic designer. I now live in Southern California, with my youngest son, who’s going to college, and our many cats. I won’t say how many or you will be identifying me as the crazy cat lady. Okay, so I am a bit crazy and I am The Cat Lady! Just not the kind you see hauled away on TV. I have three adult children. Two have left the nest and are serving in the military. My daughter is in the Air Force and my eldest son is in the Navy. I enjoy the beach and nature and am an avid reader. A few of my favourites are Ken Follett, Robyn Carr, Debbie Macomber, Tom Clancy, and Nora Roberts.
Portrait of Our Marriage
Memoirs of Love, Family, the Internet, and Obsession
Overcoming the strict influence of a domineering father, Nicky looks for adventure in her life. Finally on her own she hopes to overcome any insecurities and fears she’s held on to because of her sheltered life. She meets and falls in love with the man of her dreams. He completes her in ways she never dreamed of. Emotionally and sexually, she had never known such love or freedom before.
Now learning to overcome her fears, Nicky must learn to find herself, to value her own beliefs and to fight for what she holds dear.
Life, love, passion, sex, marriage, family, all her dreams come true but over the years it becomes obvious that her husbands once casual interest in porn has become an obsession that has not only changed him, but their intimate life and marriage as well.
What should she do? What would you endure for love? Powerful, sexy, fun, thought provoking, and blatantly realistic. Portrait of Our Marriage is not a fairy tale romance but an intense psychological romance that takes you behind closed doors into the private and forbidden world of a couple dealing with porn addiction.
This story will touch your heart and shock you. It is the journey of a marriage in the techno age. The struggle of their love versus addiction and how the choices they made ultimately changes and destroys parts of who each of them were.
What do you do to relax when you are not writing?
I enjoy gardening, cooking, the beach, visiting friends, playing with the cats, and reading.
What, or who, inspired you to become a writer?
I’ve always written in some way, sharing poems, short stories, and songs. But I think my main inspiration would be from reading in general. So many authors with great stories to share and so many books to read. The wonderful power of a good storyteller; taking the reader out of their world and into the world of the authors book. I love that. From reading we are entertained, we learn, we feel, experience, and grow; I’ve always admired that ability. Life, nature, and everything around us, mixed with imagination, how could anyone not be inspired?
What or who inspired you to write your current novel?
My book, Portrait of Our Marriage Memoirs of Love, Family, the Internet, and Obsession, is my only book out now. I use the pen name Martha Emms, in honor of my mom and aunt, who both suffered from brain tumors. My original inspiration for my story came to me in a dream after watching an episode of The Oprah Show that dealt with men being addicted to porn. In the dream I saw Nicky, the main character, viewing pictures on a digital picture display device as she was reminded of events throughout her life. The book title is descriptive of the story. Nicky, remembers events through pictures and ultimately she must face the changes in her life and marriage. I kept having dreams and different events would play out in them. It was just like watching a movie. I knew there must be a reason, some meaning, and I knew I had to write about it.
Tell us three interesting facts about your book which are not covered in the synopsis.
1) Brett arranges for a beautiful and memorable wedding by the beautiful Havasu Falls.
2) Nicky and Brett are an active couple who enjoy skiing, camping, and Las Vegas.
3) Nicky joins a women's group in search of answers about her husbands porn addiction.
What research did you need to do for this book?
I researched on line and read everything I could find about porn addiction. I also received information from eight women about how their husband’s addiction to porn affected them and their marriage.
Are any elements/characters of your book based on real life experiences or people you’ve met/known?
No. Although, I have input from eight women, it was on blind faith they shared their very personal stories with me. I do not know who they are.
Tell us a little about your current work-in-progress.
I am working on three different projects now. A sequel to Portrait of Our Marriage, a family story about pets, and a book of shorts.
What process did you adopt from inception through to the finished book?
It was a long process, LOL. Years. First I needed to understand both sides on the issue of porn and its use. The good, the bad, and the shockingly ugly. Then I needed to find people who had the personal experience of living with someone addicted to porn. I needed to understand and be able to convey the very private feelings regarding what can happen. Then I needed to write it. Originally, since I dreamed it like a movie and my son was an actor, I wrote it as a script. But I soon found, just because you’ve read many scripts does not mean you can write them. I found I could tell the story and share the emotion behind the story better as a book. I wrote often but not every day and since part of my start was from the dreams I had, I did not always write in order.
What do you need (or not need) around you whilst writing?
My laptop, and background noise. I know it sounds strange but I write more emotionally late at night or early morning and more aggressive points during the day.
What prompted you to self-publish your current book?
I had heard about how often people are rejected and even if a publisher picks you up that it might take years for your book to actually come out. Even though, I hired an editor, I also wanted the final say on what was getting cut and what would stay. Since my book is a very adult theme I did not want them cutting what I felt were important parts of the story.
What were the three biggest challenges you faced when writing your book?
1) Finding women with personal information about porn addiction who would share their private details.
2) Keeping it a story and not a lecture. Trying to give different sides of the issue and to describe how a man feels.
3) Staying true to the story, being very real, and not following the normal romance novel route with the fairy tale ending.
Every author seems to suffer with writer’s block at some point. How do you overcome it?
I sleep or daydream on it. I am an avid dreamer. If I go over the story, the problem, what I am conflicted about before I nod off or doze into a daydream I usually can find resolution.
What single piece of advice would you give to any aspiring writer?
Hire a proof reader and an editor. Never give up on your dream and stay true to your story. Get to know the many wonderful indie writers, there is much to learn and most are a great supportive group.
What genre does your book fall into?
Adult fiction with sexual content.
How did you get interested in this specific genre?
The genre is what my story just happened to fall into. It was my first attempt at writing this genre and at writing sexual content, BLUSH J
You as a reader
Which three authors have inspired you the most, and why?
1) Herman Wouk, the Caine Mutiny. His description of characters and emotions was so real, it was the first book that I read, that I remember not wanting to put down.
2) Michael Shaara, The Killer Angels. His writing in this book seemed so real that I felt like I was there.
3) Robyn Carr. I love all her books. They are the books romance and dreams are made of. She writes in such a down to earth way about places, townspeople, and lovers, we would all like to move into her stories.
What was your favourite book as a child?
I had so many. Stories like The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett, and Moby Dick were but a few.
What is the best book you’ve read in the last 12 months?
The Search by Nora Roberts.
What was the last book you recommended to a friend, and why did you think it was worthy of recommendation?
Well, my book of course, LOL. That sounds too egotistical, but I believe in my book and the story for both entertainment, and awareness! Oops, and of course, their opinion.
Kindle (or other e-reader) or paperback, and why?
I like e-readers for fun reading but for learning, studying, or research I still prefer hard copy.
Hollywood is calling
I’m going to skip this. I don’t want to fill any possible readers minds with images. I would rather them read the book and let their imagination fill in who they think should be cast.
Drink – Iced or hot tea
Meal – Pork tenderloin (organic), Kartoffel Klose (German potato dumplings) with mushrooms and gravy, and either asparagus or broccoli (organic) as a veggie!
Holiday destination – Mammoth Mountain or Sedona
TV programme – Sorry, I can’t just name one. Criminal Minds, Big Bang Theory, Psych, NCIS, Castle
Film –I enjoy so many, but one of my favourites is an old one, Back to the Future. Remember the dad in the movie? He got a second chance. When he let go of his fears and insecurities his dreams came true and his book was published. A lesson not just for writers but for everyone. MIRACLES start to happen when you give as much energy to your dreams as you do to your fears.
Method of travel – Car or airplane
Sport – Skiing, football
How can people connect with you?
Facebook: My book page
Facebook: My author page
Where can readers find your book?
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