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Step Families


I’ve been plotting the final book of the Alexis Davenport series and an obvious plot line flashed through my mind. With Alex’s father many years gone and her mother working full time and getting back on her feet, it makes sense that she might have a suitor or two. Perhaps a gentleman coming to the clothing store, Downtown Boy, a little more often than most men would, buying a pair of socks and chatting it up with Alex’s mom.

Not only is this idea logical, but it also adds an element of tension to the story that would make for some great reading.

But here’s the thing…I don’t really “know” how a step family works. Authors are told to write what they know but in this case I am out of my element. My folks are still happily married. I know I can imagine all of the feelings and actions that would go along with the issue of someone coming into a broken family, for both Alex and her mom. I wrote a pretty believable scene in Shattered Destiny (book two of a scifi series with Booktrope Publishing) and I’ve never been adopted. But I can imagine what it would feel like to find out that I was adopted and what my parents might say.

But for this part of the Alexis Davenport book, I wanted to get some feedback from the fans and give them a chance to help me do some research. Are you a part of a step family? What age did it occur? How did you feel initially? Many years later? I’d love to hear from you!

Stay tuned for an exciting contest involving the final book of the Alexis Davenport series!

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4 Comments on “Step Families”

  1. A.M. Donovan February 8, 2013 at 8:29 am #

    Some of the biggest problems I had with my Mother dating and re-marrying was that she always chose her current guy over her children and she would run off for a weekend with the current flame. Feeding into the feelings of abandonment. Brother’s biggest problem was that meant she wasn’t going to get back together with Dad. Another really bad one for me, was after multiple marriages, boyfriends, one of her husbands said he would adopt me, then changed his mind. If you need some more of the Dark Side of this whole thing, contact me.

    • shayfabbro February 8, 2013 at 9:08 am #

      Thanks for being so open and honest πŸ™‚ I might have to contact you via email!

      • A.M. Donovan February 8, 2013 at 11:54 am #

        Happy to help. Yes, you were one of the REALLY LUCKY ones.

        • shayfabbro February 8, 2013 at 11:57 am #

          I thank God for that every day πŸ™‚

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