If you’ve not read my debut novel The Gym Show, please do; if you have read it, you already know that the plot involves some subjects that are, well, let’s just say they’re not wholly suitable for all audiences.
However, the events described in the plot are realistic, (focus on the ‘ic’) as are many of the characters.
As someone who wakes up every day hoping she’s not offended, angered, or hurt anyone with anything she’s said or done, I can tell you that releasing this book to the public, especially the public living in the fictitious town of Mercyville (yes, Mercyville is based upon a real place), has been nothing less than nerve-wracking. Add that to the general nervousness surrounding readers’ overall expectations, and it’s a wonder I’ve not drunk myself into a stupor every night.
Rest assured, though. I haven’t.
Once enough folks have read the book, I would like to start a discussion group—yes, a discussion group. I’d like your thoughts on the book’s characters and which, if any, you would like to see more of. Some of you may be thinking, “Um, Kelly, these are pretend people, honey. No one really cares what happens to pretend people.” Well, would you say the same thing if Margaret Mitchell had asked you if you wanted Scarlett and Rhett to stay married and have more kids? What if you could ask Harper Lee if she could get Atticus to marry Miss Maudie because Scout needs a mother, or get Boo Radley to run for mayor? Or imagine if you could suggest to E.L. James that Christian Grey stop beating the hell out of his wife?
See where I’m going with this?
The Gym Show has been the most fun I’ve had in years—twisted characters notwithstanding. If you haven’t read it, you’re missing some good stuff. After all, if I’m confident enough to put myself in a class with Margaret Mitchell and Harper Lee, I must be doing something right.
E.L. James? Well, that’s an altogether different story…