Authors tell you what inspired their work

Shelia M. Goss, Author of "My Invisible Husband"

So when are you getting married? Subconsciously the idea for my book My Invisible Husband developed from hearing the question one too many times. It tells the tale of one woman's desperate attempt to stop this age-old question posed to all women at some point in their lives.

Being over 30, single and having no kids, people automatically assume the book is about my life. Those things are the few similarities I have with the 34 year old fictional character Nicolette (Nikki) Montana. My Invisible Husband is fiction and strictly a figment of my vivid imagination. Women who have had well meaning family members and friends invade their personal life can probably relate to Nikki and her plight.

One reader asked me if I ever felt pressure from my family. The answer was No. I don't feel any pressure. The questions and comments can get annoying but there's no pressure. Why? Because I'm the one who has to live with the consequences of my actions. How far would you go to please your family and friends? To stop all the nagging, Nikki fakes a wedding. I chose to have the character fake a Las Vegas wedding to give the issue a comical spin. Many times we put burdens on people unknowingly. In the case of Nikki she was tired of folks in her business.

Some would say that Nikki's world is unrealistic. The fiction world that was created around Nikki Montana pales in comparison to the real life drama of Jennifer Wilbanks --the "runaway bride" that made the news last year and who recently made the news again when she filed a suit against her ex for $500,000.00. Jennifer Wilbanks proves that someone's fiction is another person's reality.

Some people handle situations better than others. Family and friends may mean well, but it can be annoying, depressing and frustrating for singles when their loved ones hound them about their marital status.

I admit Nikki took it to the extreme, but surprisingly I've encountered other women who have done some things that they may or may not be too proud of for the sake of appearances. Some women have sent themselves flowers, pretended to be on the phone with a man, and even pretended to have a boyfriend just to shut folks up or pique their curiosity.

Imagine my surprise that the fiction world that I created was someone's actual reality. The email read: "My best friend did the fake wedding thing in Vegas! The guy decided he didn't want to marry her after she'd told her entire family, friends and co-workers." After I received the email, I was intrigued. I wanted to get into the mind of the woman who went through with it. Nikki did it because she was insecure and did it for the sake of appearances. As the novel suggests, lying is not the answer and to hear about this true-life saga vouches for that.

The woman who faked the wedding unfortunately is dealing with a lot emotionally from the real life charades. When I asked her for an interview, she was afraid that her identity would be given away and would be too embarrassed if people found out the truth. The best friend however did agree to talk to me about it in more details. The things she told me left me in awe. Another instance when reality brings more drama than fiction. All of my books are "stories with a twist." My goal is to take real life situations, make them entertaining, but also make you think.

To learn more about this Shelia M. Goss, please visit her website.

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Monday January 29th 2007, 10:32 AM
Comment by: anna S. (South Africa)Top 10 Commenter
You don't "peak" someone's curiosity, you "pique" it.
...Just sayin'.
Other than that this story sounds interesting!
Monday January 29th 2007, 11:27 AM
Comment by: anna S. (South Africa)Top 10 Commenter
Oops, thanks for the catch! Glad you enjoyed the piece. Best, Harris/ VT Editor

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