It always fascinates me where ideas for my stories can come from. They can come from virtually anywhere. The genesis for The Deception actually occurred back in 2006, when I was blog surfing one night and I happened upon a psychic’s blog. She worked on one of those on-line psychic websites, and her post was about the questions she was most often asked by her callers. One of the questions was, “When will he leave his wife for me?”
Needless to say, her post had a lot of comments, and I seem to recall participating in the discussion as well. It was quite a debate about adultery and morality, and many of the comments were to the effect of the other woman always knowing that he’s married, and she’s lying if she says she didn’t know.
Well, it’s not necessarily so. I’ve met plenty of women who’ve gotten involved with married men, and not all of them knew he was married. I also once knew a man who discovered the woman he was dating was married too. None were proud of the experience. It’s the kind of thing that can leave a person doubting themselves and no longer able to trust others.
I wrote The Deception as a story of what can happen when a good, honest woman meets a man who has not only presented himself to her as single and available, he was introduced to her by her closest friend, who also believed he was single and available. The story may be fiction, but it’s inspired by circumstances that, sadly, happen all too often in the real world.
The point I’m making with this story is that we must be careful about judging others when we don’t have all the facts. Another is that this can, potentially, happen to anyone, from any walk of life, regardless of their personal morality, because people can and do lie. Hence my title, The Deception.