I’m happily married with two kids. But the characters I create have very different situations than I do. And their ex-girlfriends, ex-husbands and ex-wives, do a number on my heroes and heroines.
In A Heart of Little Faith, Gideon, the hero, has been hurt by an ex-girlfriend who has convinced him that as a result of his accident, he’s not worth it. While his accident has left him in a wheelchair, it’s the psychological damage she caused that creates most of his problems and influences how he behaves with the story’s heroine, Lily.
The heroine of Skin Deep, Valerie, escaped an abusive marriage. Her husband actually died before the story began, but his abuse causes her to distrust men, especially when they drink.
Nathaniel is the hero of The Seduction of Esther. His ex-wife had a very public affair with the president of his former synagogue. As a result of her public indiscretion, he is gun-shy when it comes to any kind of public attention. Thus, he fights his attraction to the choir director of his new synagogue.