*We meet a new couple in “The Perfect Marriage” by Kimberla Lawson Roby.
The book is due out January 8 and once again, it’s a sizzling love story that unravels at the seams once character flaws are revealed and personal foundations begin to crumble.
Still, it is the lure of the perfect romance that is so captivating in Roby’s serial novels that include: Secret Obsession, It’s A Thin Line, Here and Now and the bestselling series about the wayward minister, Rev. Curtis Black. The Perfect Marriage will be no less seedy or intriguing. Kimberla Lawson Roby hones in on the most overwhelming themes of The Perfect Marriage in a three-part EURweb Exclusive.
EURweb: In most addiction recovery programs, participants are discouraged from getting romantically involved, yet many do it anyway. Some couples survive and support each other in sobriety, while others become co-dependent and continue the cycle of addiction. In your new book, Denise and Derrek Shaw are living the dream life as the perfect American couple, but addiction creeps in and threatens to destroy them individually, and as a family. What is the nature of their addiction? How and why did they hide it for so long?
Kimberla Lawson Roby: Denise begins using a prescribed pain killer way too often, and Derrek does the same with cocaine. In the beginning, neither of them knows what the other is doing, partly because of how full their work schedules are, so it becomes pretty easy to keep their addictions a secret. Neither of them wants the other to know because using drugs is totally outside of their character—at least that’s what they each choose to believe, anyway.
EURweb: Denial plays a major role in avoiding issues of abuse of any kind and it is always there in a troubled marriage. How does this figure into Denise and Derrek’s relationship?
Kimberla Lawson Roby: Denial plays a major role because once Derrek realizes that they both have a problem, he basically has to drag Denise to a Narcotics Anonymous meeting completely against her will. She is mortified at the idea of having to attend meetings for a problem she swears she doesn’t have and believes she can stop using drugs anytime she feels like it. This, of course, couldn’t be further from the truth.
EURweb: Your success has been built on real characters that have fallen from grace. Do you think that in general, people are ‘addicted’ to the idea of a perfect life and marriage?
Kimberla Lawson Roby: Not all people feel this great need to have a perfect life or marriage, but I do think many folks find themselves doing all they can, sometimes at all costs, trying to keep up with others. Some people focus a quite a bit on status and material possessions, and their desire to impress or compare themselves to others. In reality, though, there is no perfect anything. Perfection on anyone’s part just doesn’t exist.
Explore more deception and hidden secrets in “The Perfect Marriage” by Kimberla Lawson Roby. Click here to read a sample chapter or order the book. www.kimberlalawsonboby.com.
EURweb will continue our conversation with Kimberla Lawson Roby in Part Two of our Exclusive Interview in an upcoming edition.