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DD Symms is stopping on over to share his book Boarding.
My Choice for an Opening in the Novel Boarding
Fashion designer Jessie Carter stews in the tension as a man reviews her fashion portfolio and has the power to reject her and send her away in continued obscurity or connect her with his client, a renowned model.
I want the opening pages of a novel to draw me in and I usually want to experience that pull through the eyes of a character that intrigues me with a rapport that builds every few paragraphs.
I can't answer for readers on whether or not I did that with Jessie Carter in Boarding. I chose an office high rise in Manhattan for the opening and I envisioned the tension she could experience waiting for this model's manager to approve or not approve her designs:
All she wanted was for him to say yes or no—to accept or reject her fashion concepts. Jessie fantasized about gripping his collar and running her nose against his tan face and chiseled jaw. She would whisper how much she admired his wide shoulders and sturdy neck and if he would say something then he could do anything to her he damn well pleased.
That way she could retreat back to the hotel to take a nap, a warm bath, and enjoy the remainder of her Tuesday afternoon.
Ugh. Using sex just to get something was repulsive and only added to the stress. She crossed one denim-clad leg over the other to keep from sliding along the vinyl upholstery and into a heap on the floor.
The last chapter of Boarding includes this character and we see him with Jessie in a completely different light. I don't want to give things away but the ending is more of Happy For Now (HFN) versus Happy Ever After (HEA). Yet it's poignant and a few of the characters in the story exchange their thoughts and sentiments in a way that was satisfying to me as the author.
Boarding gave me a chance to write about the fashion industry and sexual awakenings from a woman's point-of-view. Even though my own experience as a man is almost nil with fashion, I nevertheless found a universal element in Jessie that her desire was to pursue her goals and dreams with the support of others.
My tagline for Boarding is, "True Friends are Life's Greatest Pleasures."
That idea made the story satisfying for me.
Forced to choose between the love of her life and the chance of a lifetime, Jessie Carter discovers true friends are life's greatest pleasure.
Jessie Carter is in New York City when she gets the chance of a lifetime to design a dress in one day for the model she reveres, VeveRouselette.
Jessie's entrepreneur boyfriend, Raymond, fears losing her to a pursuit of fruitless dreams and wants her to settle for a position in his high tech firm.
She finds herself attracted to the bisexual lover and assistant to the model's manager, Callan Delongpre, who encourages her talents. With sensual tastes and raw sexuality he shows Jessie a world she only fantasized about.
In a race against the clock, Jessie must conquer her boyfriend's challenges and a gossip columnist's mission to destroy Veve's reputation.
DD Symms has four books published with Breathless Press. Travel is woven through the lives of his characters, representing the changes we all experience.
He lives in southern California and hikes in the mountains with his wife, wishes his dog would stop sleeping on his side of the bed, and would like to take more walks along the beaches north of Malibu.
He is adamant that one begins writing and then discovers inspiration and a place where the story will develop and thrive no matter what the personal circumstances.