In honor of this week’s round two of our presidential debates, I thought I’d write about them. American political debates show the worst and best of our politics. Mud flies striking each candidate in the face, and sometimes a zinger which was meant for the other side ends up being friendly fire. Occasionally, the debate is substantive so we can actually learn a thing or two. And sometimes we get insight into the candidates’ character.
The scene that I always like to see at every debate is at the end, when the families come on stage. It’s a testament to the fact that no one is going to be able to climb the political ladder alone. Families give a candidate emotional support, strategic advice, and always a nice photo-op.
This is why in writing A Political Affair I wanted to turn the tables on the cliché story of a typical politician and intern scandal. That’s the common, sad tale, where the young, female intern is pilloried, while the politician dumps her and begs for forgiveness with his family awkwardly at his side.
Shouldn’t there be another story to tell? What if the politician was single and likable, despite a few self-defeating flaws? What if the intern was respectable and from a good family? And what if the politician’s own family was so emotionally close and so politically shrewd that they would do anything to defend each other and defend their family’s legacy? Could he be reelected? But more importantly, should he be reelected?
I hope I’ve drawn a story that plays that out, while poking fun at the political world. After all, making fun of politicians is always good time, and frankly, they deserve it. For the last year, we’ve all had too many dinners interrupted by annoying phone calls and had to watch too many ridiculous campaign commercials. They deserve a little ribbing.
A Political Affair is due out on October 18. In the meantime, you can check out my novella, A Very Important Guest, currently on Amazon. Set in Hawaii, with a junior congressman and young woman who is fighting to get by, it’s a sweet romance for those who like chick-lit or contemporary adult.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts on all of my political romance with a twist.