Valerie, a 40-ish Head Teller at a bank, has met Franco, 16 years younger and studying for a doctorate in archaeology. He is stunned yet eager to begin a relationship with this attractive “cougar”, and they become lovers. Their lives begin to unravel when Valerie’s female bisexual boss makes advances (and threats) toward Valerie and Franco is accused of the theft of an Incan artifact from a museum where he has been working part-time. Frustrated, under surveillance by the FBI, and seeing no way out of their dilemma, they decide to steal money from Valerie’s bank and flee the country. They go to Peru to start a new life, but they find there the same type of corruption and threats. How can they escape their nightmares and make their dreams come true?
How did you decide to create a trailer and what was your experience?
We created a trailer because we wanted to stay on the cutting edge of indie book advertising. I truly enjoy the process from writing the script to editing the video. The making of the three videos for three different books taught us a great deal about shooting videos every time we made one. I enjoyed it, but ultimately, they haven’t proven beneficial. We’ve received so few views and seem to have generated no sales through the video. Honestly, I would counsel authors not to spend the time and money to shoot a video.
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
My background has a teeny influence on Valerie’s Retreat. Valerie meets a man sixteen years her junior at a local church dance. My wife and I have the same age difference and met at the same kind of place. That got me thinking about Valerie’s Retreat, but I had to write it after REALITY TV made the older women in these relationships look so petty and sex-starved. I had to set the record straight and show an older woman to whom who other women her age could relate.
The jokes Valerie must endure, such as, “Do you have to cut his meat for him?” are actual barbs my wife received during our dating process. Like Valerie, I also worked in a bank. Unlike Valerie, I never considered robbing the bank where I worked.
I live in Nashville, Tennessee with my wife and daughter. We like to go boating as a family, and I jog to stay fit. My daughter has Down syndrome and competes in Special Olympics powerlifting, bowling, and basketball. I’m an assistant basketball coach and helper “coach” for powerlifting. My arms are so tiny they make Barney Fife look strong.