L. Marie Adeline
Feb. 5th, 2013
In S.E.C.R.E.T there are…
No Judgments. No limits. No shame.
Cassie Robichaud’s life is filled with regret and loneliness after the death of her husband. She waits tables at the rundown Café Rose in New Orleans, and every night she heads home to her cat and a solitary one-bedroom apartment. But when she discovers a notebook left behind by a mysterious woman at the café, Cassie’s world is forever changed. The notebook’s stunningly explicit confessions shock and fascinate Cassie, and eventually lead her to S.E.C.R.E.T, an underground society dedicated to helping women realize their wildest, most intimate sexual fantasies. Cassie soon immerses herself in an electrifying journey through a series of ten rapturous fantasies with gorgeous men who awaken and satisfy her like never before. As she is set free from her inhibitions, she discovers a new confidence that transforms her, giving her the courage to live passionately. Equal parts enticing, liberating and emotionally powerful, S.E.C.R.E.T is a world where erotic fantasy becomes reality.
Time for a little Q & A!!
Q. Cassie is such a well-crafted, multidimensional character. Do you see any of yourself in her?
A. Well, besides having been a waitress for several years, not really. I’m not shy or diminutive in some of the ways that Cassie is–at least at the beginning of the book. And while I might be a bit of a loner, I’m not lonely like Cassie. We share the same sense of humor, I think, and hair color, but I’d have been all over Will from the get-go. “Back off, Tracina,” would have been a very easy thing for me to say!
Q. We’d all like to be introduced to the true-life Jesse. Are any of these men based on people you have known?
A. I’ve dated a couple of Jesses–guys covered in tattoos who push their fingers through their dirty hair, and can rock a tank top (even though that’s just not a great look for most men, to be honest). Jesse is quite literally based on the character Jess from the TV show Breaking Bad. (I hope the creators don’t mind a little fan fiction from me.) I adore Jesse on that show. My friends and I talk about him, think about him, worry about him, hope he turns out okay. But wow, he’d be a crappy boyfriend. The rest of the men in S.E.C.R.E.T. are mostly of a type that I think most women will find attractive (sexually at least)–six-pack abs, wavy, thick hair, tanned, tall, and so on. I hope I’m right.
Q. What do you find sexy in men?
A. Ah, well, my own tastes are perhaps a little different from the average woman’s. If I could have included Louis C.K. in one of the fantasies, I would have, but my editor wasn’t having it. Seems funny, chubby, pale redheads aren’t’ the average woman’s sexual fantasy, surprisingly. If pressed, though, the top of my list is Prince Harry. I have a thing for gingers. And funny guys.