In the last year, I’ve attended nearly half a dozen writer’s conferences. After a hiatus of nearly five years, it’s been interesting to hear how other writers think about their process. Several of the keynote speakers have talked about recurrent themes. Motherhood, death, and the power of love are favorites.
The Secret Widow is the eighth novel I’ve written and published, and until those speeches hit it home, I’d never thought about my own themes. In my mind each book starts with characters. Then something happens. I take dictation, nothing more.
But with today’s release of The Secret Widow I’ve begun to realize that there’s at least one theme I like to write about: secrets. This time it’s even right in the title.
Nari Yoon, the heroine of this novel has a big secret. I can’t tell you what it is, because that would be a spoiler, but it’s the kind that changes everyone close to her, not the least of whom is the hero, Lucas Tucker. He has it bad for her but is knocked for a loop when he finds out the very thing she’s kept under wrap for years.
Unsurprisingly, my other women’s fiction titles have secrets as well. Hannah Morrison Keesling in The Good Enough Husband has a big one and she plays her cards close to the vest, keeping quiet until the worst possible moment of revelation.
Daisy Fletcher’s secret in Don’t Judge Me isn’t as earth shaking as the others, but it’s the kind she can’t share with the world. It makes her every interaction fraught with the worry of revelation and judgment.
I could go on, but you get the idea. Apparently I love a secret. It’s the ticking time bomb of fiction that ticks, ticks, ticks in the background until the denouement blows everything wide open.
As a reader and a writer it’s my favorite kind of story. Let’s just hope the readers stick around for Nari’s big reveal.
Today’s the publication day for The Secret Widow.
Here’s the deal:
Whoever said that time heals all wounds . . . lied.
A decade after the death of her husband, Nari Yoon still mourns. On the ten-year anniversary of the worst day of her life, co-worker Lucas Tucker tries to save her from self destruction in a tropical paradise. But Nari doesn’t want salvation, she wants to keep her past buried.
Nari wants to forget, but Lucas wants to remember . . .
Tall and blond, Lucas always stood out in the short, brunette adoptive family. Driven by his search for truth, he flies two thousand miles to the Hawaiian island where he was born, determined to find his birth parents.
The truth may be more than he is ready for . . . .
When Lucas forces Nari to confront her past, she tries to forgive herself. But once Lucas discovers the truth about Nari, can he move past judgment to love?
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Sylvie Fox is the author of In Plain Sight, Qualified Immunity and The Good Enough Husband. She’s also the author of Unlikely, Impasse, and Shaken from the first two books in the sexy, contemporary L.A. Nights series. Don’t Judge Me, and The Secret Widow from the Judgment series. When she’s not battling traffic on the freeways of Los Angeles, she’s eating her way through Budapest.