It give me great pleasure to welcome Roy L. Pickering, author of Matters of Convenience, to Linda’s Book Bag today. We were discussing the concept of chance and choice and Roy has kindly agreed to write a guest post on that very topic as it is explored in Matters of Convenience.
Matters of Convenience is available for purchase in e-book and paperback here.
Matters of Convenience
Marshall yearns for Audrey but she sees a future with James. When her personal and professional plans veer off course, their relationships are shuffled.
Can it work out with Marshall after he provides support at a critical juncture?
Or is it doomed to fail when paths cross with James, secrets are revealed, and commitments are put to the test?
Matters of Convenience examines the repercussions of unpredictable timing and rash solutions, asking if happiness results from choice, fate or serendipity.
A Guest Post by Roy L. Pickering
Pondering alternative translations of personal outcomes guided me in the writing of Matters of Convenience. My novel is a layering of love stories, each of them with an embedded flaw. Rather than creating characters who are meant to be together and concocting obstacles to keep them apart until the final chapter, I present intertwining forks in their roads. James and Audrey look perfect together “on paper”, but can perfection be indefinitely maintained? Marshall believes Audrey is the woman who is meant for him, but how far is he willing to go, how much bruising can a man’s ego take? Can a rebound love truly replace its predecessor? Is outwaiting someone’s inconvenient love of another worth the toll that it takes? Or does the steadfast patience required by the waiting game add sweetness to the eventual reward?
My goal was not to write the same story for every person, but rather, to tell one from which each reader will find different takeaways. My favorite works of literature are those that cause people to pick one side or another based on the humanity they brought with them into the experience. Question. Do you wince at the cruelty of Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree? Or do you see the satisfaction of sacrifice, recognize the willing embrace of what seems like abuse from the outside because only interior needs matter? Your answer will be revealing, not that there is a right or wrong conclusion to reach. Happiness may be a drug but so too is misery, both of which can be equally addicting. Happiness seems the better way to go. But what if you believe the only way to the pinnacle of joy is through the eye of the storm of misery? Whether you take the easy road or the hard one, neither is paved with guarantees.
Even if you subscribe to fate/destiny/karma, you understand that there are choices to make on the way to where you’re meant to be. Among the incentives we base decisions on are selfishness, cowardice, familiarity, what is least challenging, or what is most useful to us. In storybook romances, love conquers all and that’s all there is to it. That’s why they were invented. They are immune to the harsh dictates of reality. I leave the writing of such fables to others. Yet I am very much a believer in the imperativeness of love, whether resulting naturally from selection or preordained. It’s why I read, why I write, why I live and how I live.
About Roy L. Pickering
Roy Pickering was born on the idyllic island of St. Thomas and currently resides in New Jersey with his wife and daughter.
Roy is currently working on a series of children’s books being illustrated by his wife. Googling Roy’s name will bring up his web site which features a diverse sampling of his prose along with his blog, A Line A Day. His sports editorial writing can be found numerous places online as well.