I have an obscene amount of shoes. I don’t wear most of them, but they sure do decorate my closet prettily. My shoe obsession is inherited from my mother, whose own shoe collection makes mine look like a dinghy to a luxury yacht. My father instilled his own virtues in me – most especially his belief that when it comes to money, women buy and men pay. My sister is my polar opposite. Where she makes a mess, I clean up. Where she shops at thrift stores, I shop at Nordstrom. Where she takes public transportation, I take cabs.
On the surface, these may seem like silly little personality traits with no more effect on life than a mosquito bite – the red, super-itchy, annoying kind of bite that fades, forgotten within days.
Yet, these traits make up our personalities, our very souls, and influence our relationships in ways that can change the course of our lives.
My quirks translate to this: I spend more than I make on shoes, and would choose a pair of patent leather red Mary Janes over dinner. The man I marry will never raise an eyebrow when I come home with a Coach purse and his credit card. And my husband’s evil twin will be my sister’s perfect match.
Family’s influence on our personal lives is a theme in my novels. In my debut novel, A Date for Love, their parents’ marriages heavily shape the hero and heroine, Jordan and Abby. Abby’s looking for the kind of devoted, everlasting love her parents shared, while her best friend (and secret crush) Jordan is as serial in his dating as his mother is in marriage.
In my recent release, The Baby Interview, the hero, Cole, learned from his parents that money can buy anything, even a family. Everything he believes tailspins when he meets the one woman he can’t buy – Lucy.
And just as in life, the happily ever after doesn’t only end with the hero and heroine proclaiming their love, it also ends with confronting – and accepting – the family that made you who you are.
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