(Keywords: Target audience A FAMILY AFFAIR, women and romance, women and intimacy, lesbian romance books )
When starting a new book, every author ponders: Who is my target audience? Who am I writing for? What audience do I want to attract?
Three days after a tragic event I witnessed - such things are not supposed to happen to good Christians - I had a profound dream, a whole book laid out on a subject not at all to my liking. Homosexuality.
After a month of trying to avoid and escape the Spirit of Jesus, I "laid out a fleece". A way of testing the heart and mind of God. The fleece was left dry on a dewy night, and wet on a dry night.
And so: A Family Affair ...
Target audience A FAMILY AFFAIR
Whilst A Family Affair is really in the genre of lesbian romance books this book isn't primarily for lesbians. They have made up their minds on such matters and whilst I know that lesbians will enjoy A FAMILY AFFAIR, and are already reading it, they are not really my target audience.
Nor is it for hard-line Christians who have also made up their minds: Lesbianism is an abomination in the eyes of God. Read no further...
I know that A Family Affair will be enjoyed by women who belong to the " women and intimacy " genre of readers, women who love a romantic and intimate yarn, but in all truth I didn't write A Family Affair with them in mind either.
The target audience A FAMILY AFFAIR is for folk like me. This book is my search for meaning. What is homosexuality all about? Is it utterly repugnant to Almighty God? Is there a place in the kingdom of heaven for homosexuals?
And for many, can homosexuals bring up children who will grow up to be normal, whatever that is, adults, happy and balanced? What chance do June and Trek, Carlo and Storm have of being happy and fulfilled adults?
And what of Klein-Jan, abducted by his father aged only two? Will he ever discover his roots?
There's a simplistic teaching, utterly false, that all you have to do is give your life to Jesus and everything will be hunky dory. Just fine. Really? Ouma Jansen, a deeply committed Christian, went suddenly blind when she was only twenty-five. Worse, her evil son kidnaps her only grandson, Janet's first-born, Klein-Jan from her very home... a lifetime of guilt and remorse ensues.
I won't pretend A FAMILY AFFAIR will answer all these profound and important questions for many of you fellow seekers, but I do hope that it will add to the debate. No answers, but perhaps some of the right questions. My mind isn't made up, perhaps yours isn't either.
Perhaps you are a woman looking for a book on women and romance ... then A FAMILY AFFAIR will certainly be a new flavour of the day for you. You WILL love it, hate it, be challenged, laugh and cry with Janet and Santie and that woman of women, blind Ouma Jansen.
The first title of A FAMILY AFFAIR was "Rape" until a good friend said she would NEVER buy a book with that title. Perhaps so.
A FAMILY AFFAIR is about violence against women, with a twist: Can a woman rape a man? Janet is desperate for another child after Klein-Jan is abducted by his father. Peter Scott would make the perfect father for her children. Only... he has no interest in a one night stand. He's totally uncooperative: he wants Janet for a life-long soul mate. Enter the date-rape drug...
Santie on the other hand has a wonderful childhood until her mother suddenly and tragically dies of meningitis. Where else could a hot-blooded man, Klok Veentra, so easily find an outlet for his sexual passion, than ... his twelve year old daughter?
Ultimately, Santie totally, mysteriously buries her childhood, deep in her pysche; it only comes to light some forty years later after a very strange dream...
Backcover Book I: The Bostonians.
A Family Affair is the heart-warming trilogy about family with a difference. It has two Moms, but no Dad.
Janet has a happy childhood; it’s at her Diocesan School for Girls where she first tastes the forbidden fruit. But Santie’s mother dies and the child is sexually abused by her father. Whilst at the Police College a gate slams shut, wiping all memory of her abused childhood from Santie’s mind, but leaving her sexually very conflicted.
After studying law, Janet and Santie’s friendship blossoms whilst doing their articles, but Janet is raped by their boss at a beach party. Deciding to keep the child, Klein-Jan is the honey in the sandwich that sweetens and cements their relationship; until the toddler is kidnapped by his father.
Darkness ensues. Eventually, in desperation, their gynaecologist suggests that they have another child. But how do two women conceive a baby?
Book II: Peter’s Children
Enter Peter Thomas… is it possible for a man to be hoodwinked into siring four children and be none the wiser?
Book III: The Return
Concealed in Holland from Interpol by his father, Klein-Jan, now aged twenty, undertakes a journey to discover his roots.
Set in South Africa, A Family Affair is both a lighthearted and easy read, but also takes an inside look at serious issues; women in love, rape, abortion, AIDS and the profound love of a grandmother. It was from her home that KJ was kidnapped.
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