Victoria L. Trenton
September 7, 2013
Live life out loud.Chrissie Laursen doesn't date models. Having barely survived her battle with alcoholism and just out of a ten-year marriage that lasted nine years too long, she's laser focused on her thriving Miami Beach business: promoting erotic photographers in local galleries. She has no time for the ego driven pretty boys that proliferate in that business. For so long she's wondered if life and love would ever truly touch her that she decides to go it alone. Then she sees the glacial blue eyes and rugged, animal intensity of Nick Jessup, and her resolve begins to fracture.Irresistibly drawn to him, she begins a relationship with Nick and soon becomes obsessed with his dominant, controlling personality. Even his dangerous past doesn't scare her. But before their charged sexual energy culminates in passion, the peril of Nick's past explodes into the present and he is sentenced to thirty-five years in prison for a horrific crime. Faced with the reality that her life can either return to the empty normalcy she's always known or continue through the terrifying and exhilarating doorway that Nick's arrival has opened...she makes a decision to do something that will never allow her to go back to the fragile life she's just rebuilt.A wild, erotic, and powerful journey of self-discovery, The Outmate shimmers with the intensity of what it means to be human-and the clarity that comes with finding your truth before it's too late.
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You know that one of my reading guilty pleasures are stories that are unconventional with gray area characters and plots that blurs the lines. THE OUTMATE by Victoria L. Trenton is next on my list. Read on and you'll understand why.
Hi Victoria! Thanks for stopping by to talk briefly about your book. It's been mentioned that The Outmate is semi autobiographical, how much of the book is non-fiction/based on your own life?
Quite a bit of The Outmate is based on my life. I am the woman of an inmate. We’ve been a couple now for almost four years while he’s been inside, and he won’t be home for another ten. The first chapter of the book is almost verbatim how we met. In the first half of the book, I cover a lot of the feelings and experiences a prison wife has while we wait for our men. It’s a difficult, lonely, frustrating life, and we prison wives require a huge amount of strength and patience to see our men through it. In Chrissie’s, the narrator’s case, her patience gives out and she decides to throw everything away in order to be with Nick, who is the love of her life, and a dangerous convicted felon. After that, both of their lives take a very dark, sinister, and twisted direction that is purely fiction. The violent eroticism between them only deepens the treacherous connection. The characters are still based on my Beloved and I, but the events from that point forward are fictional.
That is intense and just the kind of story I take pleasure in. Were you ever a little apprehensive baring your own thoughts and experiences through a story?
Not really, no. I’m an open book about my personal life and I have no problems baring my soul about things of this nature. I was more worried about protecting others. Plus, writing The Outmate was highly cathartic for me. It let me express all of my secret darkness in a safe way. I always liken it to Stephen King. On paper he’s one of the most frightening men I’ve ever come across. His imagination is extremely black. In person, I hear he’s quite a charming, sweet person. We all have darkness within us, and it’s healthy to express it safely. That’s what The Outmate was for me. It was a way to live vicariously with my Beloved through the page, even while he’s incarcerated 700 miles away, and let out my inner demons.
I can only imagine how hard that must be. At what point did you draw the line that you shared enough and you just fill some spots with fictional stuff?
Never. Even though mid way through the book, the events become purely fiction, the feelings and characters are not. Mind you, Chrissie and Nick are my Beloved and I on steroids with absolutely no moral compass. But they are still us. They are the quintessential “what if there were no consequences” couple. They are two very intertwined and co-dependent people, wrapped in an intensely erotic, sadomasochistic relationship. It’s ever down the rabbit hole head first with these two. Would my Beloved and I go to the lengths this dangerous duo does? No. Well. Maybe.
On steroids, perfect people to indulge on if I can call it that. Did the people in your life mind that some of the characters are based on them and what were their reactions to their fictional counterparts, did they approve or not?
Almost all of the characters in my novel The Outmate are drawn from real life. But again there is an important difference- this is a fictional novel. So I pulled the personality qualities I needed from each of these people and then pumped them up another 150% to create their literary counterparts. Writers write best what they know, so who better to be my cast than my friends and loved ones? I warned all of them that I took this way over the top so they were aware before the book was released. For instance, my Beloved’s counterpart, Nick, does very closely match his real life inspiration. So does Chrissie’s best friend, Ivy. (She is also my editor) But yes, there is a line in the sand as to how far these likenesses go. So no, the people in my life whom I drew these portraits from did not mind. Not that I’m aware of. And if they do, well… remember that old saying… “Careful, or you’ll end up in my novel.”
Very Taylor Swift LOL. Lastly, is The Outmate more dramatic, gripping and captivating than the real events it’s based on?
That depends. When you read a fictional book, you are prepared and even desensitized to the fact that what you read is fiction. The horror and the drama of it doesn’t touch you quite as much as if it were real. Reality, when you see or hear it, has a much more painful touch. So were the real life events of my life with my Beloved dramatic, gripping, and captivating? Yes. We are on a hard road together and we’ve paid our dues. We will pay still more before we can finally relax and be at peace together, and have a nice quite retirement somewhere on a sailboat. But have we done the horrific things that Nick and Chrissie do in my novel? No. Not unless we can buy an island somewhere, set ourselves up as dictators, and get some nuclear weapons. I will tell you though… the sexual chemistry is far steamier in real life. I’ll leave you on that note.
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