I’m happy to report that I’ve received amazing feedback for my novel, Complicated…by Design, from a group that I didn’t expect – MEN.

When a male friend called me and said, “I asked myself in a meeting today, what would James do?” I laughed. I didn’t realize he was serious. He was. He had found himself in a business situation, contemplating whether the frustrations he was facing were his issues or the client’s. “I realized I had a choice,” he said, “and I decided my happiness was worth more than the money.”

Considering he’s not only a friend, but an architect who understands the challenges of dealing with the Botoxed elite, I didn’t think much about it. Of course, that’s because I was too busy envisioning James McAvoy playing the movie role of James Carlisle while I was starting the screenplay. Look at that face, he’s perfect for the part!


Out of the other comments I’ve received, this one stands out. A writer thanked me for reminding him, through my character, James, how important it is to leave the past in the past. He wrote – Even though we believe the walls we create from past hurts protect us, they do nothing more than confine us. James was right. There is nothing we can do to change the past. We can’t go back. We need to learn from it and move on.


Although the concepts of self-introspection I used are nothing new, my quest to infuse both entertainment and an understanding of the human condition in my version of Eat Pray Love meets Trainwreck was tailored for women. That said, I’m extremely proud that Complicated…by Design has caused men to consider how they react to challenging events in their lives.


Ultimately though, whether you’re male or female, I hope those who read Complicated…by Design realize that beyond the chaos of everyday ways, life is an inward journey. The magic happens when we stop worrying about what others think, step out of our comfort zones and take leaps of faith. Somedays, they’re baby steps. Others, we feel the wind when we leave the cliff.  Thank you to the men who’ve stopped to think, What would James do?


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