Jealousy In Writing – with Author Lauren Greene

First of all, let me say thank you to Tami for inviting me to guest blog today. And a little apology to Tami, because I was severely delinquent in sending her this post. You see, I had a lot of trouble figuring out what to write, and besides that I’m a writer and therefore I’m inherently a procrastinator.

Merriam Webster defines “jealousy”

: an unhappy or angry feeling of wanting to have what someone else has

: an unhappy or angry feeling caused by the belief that someone you love (such as your husband or wife) likes or is liked by someone else

When Tami asked me to write on jealousy, I was ecstatic. She asked me way back in March or April, because she’s a planner (of which I’m jealous). I thought I would write about a character or do a short story. But none came. This morning, July 10th, I woke up and thought I’d write about sibling rivalry which is a form of jealousy. I have the most experience in my own life with this, because I’m a baby sister, and I have three kids, so I’ve experienced sibling jealousy. Then I thought I’d write about my jealousy of other people’s hair. I don’t have hair (due to alopecia areata), and while it’s nice sometimes, when I see long, flowing hair, jealousy runs through my blood stream until I want to rip it from someone’s head and implant it on mine. Okay—not really. I mean, they do make some great wigs and all. I hemmed and hawed to some writer friends that I don’t normally write about jealousy and felt at a loss, and then I remembered Gideon.

Who is Gideon? Gideon is a character in my not-yet-edited work-in-progress who is jealous of anyone who is close to his girlfriend, Lana. At seventeen years old, he is already a sociopath struggling with normal teenage issues, as well as issues of conscience. In Little Birdhouses his jealousy leads to one bad decision after another until he has committed a crime he can’t undo. Gideon, in essence, is destroyed by his jealousy and destroys someone else’s life because of it.

When I wrote Little Birdhouses, I didn’t strive to make Gideon a jealous guy. I wanted him to be a sociopath. I wanted Lana to be so enthralled with him that she doesn’t even notice his flaws. (This is also called limerence, and boy do I have experience in that department!) And fell for Gideon is what Lana did. She fell for his Southern charm, his cocky smile, his boyish good lucks and she missed his jealous signs despite warnings from people she was close to. He separated her from her friends, slowly but surely, pulling her closer to him as she alienated her family and her other friends. She fell for him without realizing the tether holding her to him and pulling her further away from her loved ones.

And this is the way with jealousy, isn’t it? It makes one blind to reality. The jealous person is blind to their beholder’s desires, personal goals, and wishes and often acts only as a result of their jealousy. The object of the jealousy is objectified and becomes more of a dream than a goal. The object has to be obtained at all costs, despite the repercussions. People are killed in jealous rages all the time, and the line is, “I loved her so much that I couldn’t stand the thought of her with someone else.” Jealousy is an insecurity that rips a hole and pulls the trust and security out of a relationship, vein by vein.

In the end of Little Birdhouses, Gideon doesn’t get over his jealousy. He is wracked with mental illness and the jealous-streak remains engrained in who he is as a character. Jealousy destroys Gideon, but it also picks apart at Lana’s world and shows this teenager that love isn’t always comfortable and warm. Lana realizes at the end that Gideon may not even have loved her, that he was driven by mental illness and a blinding jealousy that almost leaves her dead.

Jealousy doesn’t have to destroy. It can be overcome with diligent work in a relationship. Communication is the key to get a relationship on track again, and trust. Because after all, jealousy indicates a lack of trust on the part of one or both of the partners in the relationship.

To hear more about Little Birdhouses, and the characters check out my blog below. I’ll be releasing excerpts of the book, teasers, and eventually a cover, as I prepare it for publication!

Links

Blog: www.laurengreenewrites.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/laurengreenewrites.com

Twitter: www.twitter.com/laurenegreene

The Devil Within Cover

 

The Greene Pen (Newsletter Signup): http://eepurl.com/bo4ILP — sign up before Lauren Greene Author PicJuly 31st, and you will be automatically entered into a drawing for a signed copy of my new book, The Devil Within.

 

No Turning Back Now – Happy Release Day, Lauren Greene!

I found another new release. Okay, I didn’t exactly find it. *eye roll* Lauren is a friend of mine, and the book is super cool, and have you seen this cover??

 

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Yeah, exactly. One of those I-should-judge-a-book-by-it’s-cover moments. Still, I’m sure you want to know what it’s about. Here’s the blurb:

Kaia Hart seems to have it all: a career as a successful architect, two perfect children, and a handsome husband, Patrick, but she’s haunted by an accident in her past.  On a business call, one day, she’s surprised to find Asher, her once-love, has moved to town and will be working with her.  In “No Turning Back,” Kaia faces nightmares from her past and big decisions about her future, as the two worlds collide.  Will Kaia give up everything for Asher, or will she find comfort in the arms of Patrick?

Holy intriguing, Batman! Let’s have a look at what reviewers say about this one:

“This is an ordinary yet strikingly powerful tale about the choices we make and the doors we close by making them – about never being able to have that other choice again…. A smart and thought provoking read.” — Amazon review

“Lauren Greene takes us into the life of Kaia Hart, a young mother with two children who has married for the wrong reasons. Then Asher Kendrick walks back into her life and with him she relives all she could have had but is he the one she really wants? The ending is unexpected…” — Amazon review

“I love the way the Author Lauren Greene drags the reader into the book immediately with drama and a great opening paragraph. From that moment the excitement and intrigue never slows down.” — Goodreads review

Love triangle, tough choices, and a strong heroine caught in the middle. What’s not to love? No Turning Back released today! Congratulations, Lauren. As for you, here are the buy links:

Add it to your Goodreads reading list:  No Turning Back

Amazon US

Amazon UK 

Kobo   

Barnes and Noble: Coming Soon

Let’s learn a little about the woman who wrote this book:

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Lauren Greene was born in California, but raised in Alabama. After moving away and swearing she would never go back, she moved back to Alabama with her husband and three children. Lauren currently works in the banking field.  Lauren has been writing since she was seven years old, and she’s an avid reader.  No Turning Back is her first published work. Besides writing novels, Lauren also loves to write works of flash fiction.  You can find more of Lauren’s writing on her blog and on Wattpad.

 

How to keep up with Lauren:

Website: http://www.lululandadventures.blogspot.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/laurengreenewrites

Goodreads: http://bit.ly/1CKGGue

Twitter: https://twitter.com/laurenegreene

Google+: http://bit.ly/1DgXK9i

Wattpad: http://www.wattpad.com/user/LaurenGreene4

I’ll let you go now, so you can get to reading. Enjoy!

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