JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Lurea McFadden, author of FeMALE TRAITS Parts 1 and 2
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The story of sexy, smart and very married Grace Trufant and her playa lifestyle. She is married to Edwin Trufant, a successful, loving husband. Somehow she requires more attention than this foine upstanding man can offer.
Constantly on the prowl, Grace plays hard. In fact, she is a playa in her own right. Her relationship with present lover Brian Lawson is the one that could put her out of her game and in the office of a divorce lawyer. Add to that the protective nature of Edwin’s best friend Sonya James, and the battle is on. Grace forgets that “game recognizes game” when she runs into Sonia. The two have never seen eye to eye, and Sonia can smell a rat when it’s in front of her.
Grace struggles to stay in her marriage and play outside of it simultaneously. Things get sticky when Brian changes direction and wants more from their relationship. When her infidelities are brought to light Edwin is the one who suffers most. Having never felt Grace deserved the affections of Edwin, Sonia ends up in his arms as the rebound woman. This is the tale of Grace’s extra-marital affair, love and support of good friends, and lessons learned along the way.
And then there is PT II…
Grace Trufant is back again. Estranged from her husband because of her infidelities, she is losing her husband Edwin to his best friend Sonia. Grace Trufant learns she is pregnant and not sure of the paternity of the child. The threat of single motherhood is not a situation she will entertain. Grace plots and schemes to keep ties with her former lover Brian and her estranged husband intact until the arrival of her baby.
Once again she is back to her old tricks, but fate plays a greater part in the plan. Her husband now plans on marrying his childhood friend who has always been at odds with Grace. Tragedy, death and unexpected meetings also throw salt in the game as Grace maneuvers to take advantage of all situations.
Grace is not the only woman with FeMALE TRAITS in this one. Felicia Hubert, wife of successful accountant Stacey Hubert, has plans of her own. Along with the promises of sexual pleasures she offers her current lover, she sweetens the pot with the promise of part of her husband’s holdings. Thinking the grass is greener on the other side as she goes through a mid-life crisis proves to be too much for her to bear as she also learn what is important in her life.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the idea and inspiration to write FeMALE TRAITS Pt. I and II?
Lurea McFadden: Talking with friends always seems to leave inspiration and room for creation when it comes to my writing. The â€˜what ifs’ in the world coupled with good conversations cause my mind to wonder and my fingers to begin to write out the scenarios from those conversations. What I say after a good laugh and chat with friends takes over the mind, and a book begins.
JP: What sets FeMALE TRAITS Pt. I and II apart from other novels where the main character is a female with infidelity issues?
LM: I think Grace Trufant is real to so many people. I don’t really take her too far over the edge and remove her character from being believable. She is someone people relate to. Yes, I tend to tell some of the secrets to creeping and cheating but, point of fact, we already know the signs and secrets and most of the time don’t want to face them. FeMALE TRAITS makes you feel what the characters are feeling, and this makes you relate to the story and the book as well.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that lead to FeMALE TRAITS Pt. I and II getting out to the public?
LM: Plain and simple, I go anywhere and do anything to keep my titles out there in the public eye. My friends joke that I have been sighted everywhere from Miami to Texas.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? What did you learn in doing the first book and lead you to do something different for the second book?
LM: My writing process is simple. I have fun. Yes, if it entertains me then it is worthy of remaining on the page. Once a story begins I enjoy allowing it to grow seemingly on its own. I learned how to develop and to lead the reader a bit more from the first novel. At least, I think I did but only the readers can say if I am getting it right. So far, so good!!!!!
JP: What’s next for Lurea C. McFadden?
LM: Perhaps, you will see Part III of FeMALE TRAITS for the holidays! I have already complete two different novels and plan to release them next year if things go as planned.
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