The Exit 4A book is finished and is now in its first round of edits with my publisher. It’s an exciting time!
Exit 4A is a thinly fictionalized account of my 26-year (off-and-on) affair with a rich narcissist. I say “thinly fictionalized” because I know B., his ex-wife, his nutty children, and the Celtic witch he threw me over for will all recognize themselves in those pages. Names and places have been changed to protect the guilty (to be sure), but mostly to appease my literary lawyers. I am indebted to a fine cadre of First Amendment lawyers as well as attorneys for my publisher who watched and read every page like hawks and enabled me to tell my sordid tale of love, lust, and betrayal without fear of legal retaliation by B. (or the others).
I relied heavily on email exchanges between B. and me dating way back to 1996, as well as numerous journals I kept during the times we were together. They say truth is stranger than fiction, so I lifted whole emails from the past and sprinkled them throughout the book. And my lawyers blessed it.
I’m no Hemingway, but I think it’s an intriguing and honest work. I’m proud of it even as I am not so proud of the quarter-century it took me to realize I was being duped by B.. He never loved me. And I may not have loved him. Funny the things you realize when your life is under a microscope.
Anyway, the book is off my desk and is in my editors’ hands. I’m looking forward to a relaxing holiday and a much-needed vacation, far away from cold and snowy Chicago. Happy holiday season to all of you!
A former mistress (26 years, on-and-off) describes the good, the bad, and the ugly of her long-term affair. Conclusion: Affairs aren't necessarily destructive if kept in the correct perspective. Our experience enhanced BOTH our marriages.
That is, until his marriage ended and we began to love each other. When the affair morphed into a relationship, well, that's when it stopped being fun for me. We have now irrevocably split.
Lately I've been writing about the man who took his place in the "off" years of that 26-year-long affair. He was a dynamic sexual partner but we, too, now have irrevocably split.
These are our stories.