Tuesday, February 5th, 2013
Steamy new novel alert: Indiscretion by Charles Dubow, left, comes out today. It’s the story of a golden couple with a very complex and complicated love life. Publisher’s Weekly calls Indiscretion an “elegant debut.” The author, an editor from BusinessWeek (and former sheepherder!) is also a dad of two who vacations in the Hamptons where his book is set. Indiscretion is on my nightstand, and I’m totally intrigued. Charles was so kind to answer my questions below:
KK: Tell me about the book!
CD: It’s the story of Maddy and Harry, a happily-married couple, and what happens when a beautiful young woman inserts herself in their lives. The books revolves around moral choices and the consequences that follow when we fail to do the right thing.
KK: Tell me about the steamy parts!
CD: HarperCollins has described the book as a mash-up of The Great Gatsby and Fifty Shades of Grey. I suppose that’s because much of the action takes place among attractive people living on Long Island and because there’s a fair bit of sex in the novel. I didn’t set out to write a consciously erotic book but wanted to include certain scenes because they were important to the plot and character development.
KK: Do your kids know what your book is about? Is that ever a wee bit awkward?
CD: As I am finding out, that’s a tricky thing when you’re a parent. My daughter, who is a precocious 11-year-old, is desperate to read the book but, to her disappointment, I have had to tell her that she is too young. But that hasn’t dampened her enthusiasm. She has a copy of the dust jacket pinned to her bulletin board in her room and is quite unreserved in telling all her friends that Daddy has a book coming out. After the team at William Morrow, she’s my second-best publicist! My 14-year-old son, on the other hand, only cares about sports. I am sure he would have been far more impressed if I had made the starting lineup of the New York Knicks, which, given my age and utter lack of talent, is a physical impossibility.
KK: I always ask this question because I struggle with it myself. How do you manage fatherhood, work and writing?
CD: My wife and kids were a tremendous help during the writing of the book, specifically in how they gave me space to work. I had long had the idea of the plot rattling around in my head but it was only about four years ago that I actually committed myself to it. Because I had a family and a job the only time I could work on it was between 5 a.m. and 7 a.m., as well as weekends and holidays. My family was very understanding, especially during the holidays, because I would always devote my mornings to writing. And even though there was no guarantee I would ever get published, they humored me. Now that I work from home, where I have commandeered the dining room, they try not to bother me when I am working. Except, of course, they do because I am Daddy first and a writer second. I wouldn’t want it any other way.