1. Butler was a surprise to me as I was writing. He showed up and plowed right into a club party. As I wrote him, he just kept getting bigger and larger than life. I like him a lot. For all his blustering and carelessness, he has a wise and sensitive soul. His wife’s way of dying I got straight from Spurgeon’s book. I really like that he and Grace had never actually hooked up in the past and get their chance now, even though it doesn’t turn out so well. I definitely think Butler deserves his own happily ever after. Hmm...
2. Initially I didn’t set to show much of Grace and her first husband’s life together, but as I kept writing I felt the urge to live that relationship a bit. I didn’t plan those scenes and yet they came together very easily. What drove too what how I really hate it when a widow/widower character in a book begins a new relationship, a second big love, and remarks that the second lover is sooo much better than the first, that everything about the second is awesome and suddenly the first spouse is deemed lesser in comparison. I feel cheated and belittled as a reader by that. I don’t need that sort of ploy to root for the new couple. In LOCK & KEY I wanted to experience a more honest and real approach to a second chance at love story. No relationship is perfect, each one has its highs and lows and is treasured for a variety of reasons.
3. The notion of family is dealt with a lot in this story. The members of the One-Eyed Jacks Club are a tribe of misfits who are bonded with each other around their commitment to a brotherhood free of society’s rules and riding their bikes. Grace and Ruby on the other hand come from a traditional all-American home, but there is rot at the core of that glossy exterior. Eventually, it breaks and falls apart. The two sisters manage to maintain their bond of love, respect, and support even though they are vastly different personalities. Miller and his older brother Wreck are only half-brothers and a there’s a generation between them. Miller is also part Native American...there are all these differences, yet their bond and commitment to each other keeps them close. All of them end up making great sacrifices to support that bond, that love, to protect each other.
About the Author:
I'm Cat Porter. I daydream all the time, 'what if' way too much, and am an incurable romantic. And I don't want to be cured of any of those. Ever. I've always loved to read, and always needed to write. I like to explore what bonds a man and a woman together- the very small things and the sort of epic, the glory and the mess. Oh yeah, plenty of crazy mess. Don't you think?
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