Boarding: Discovering the Character by DD Syms
After writing a few short stories, the need to write a novel and delve into the character of Jessie Carter tugged at me. She is the heroine in my short story Layover and I kept asking, "what did she do prior to Layover?"
I originally intended for Boarding to be about 25,000 to 30,000 words but the story kept developing and took me on some fun twists and turns to become novel length.
Contemporary fiction with a strong focus on relationships appeals strongly to me. The fashion industry kept getting me interested the more I poked around, researched fashion designers online, and chatted with a designer in person.
She had worked with Tommy Hilfiger and talked about 12-hour to 14-hour days. I wouldn't have had any idea designers put in days that long.
Jessie Carter gets the surprise of her life with a chance to design a dress in a day for world famous model Veve Rouselette.
Jessie undergoes a change in the story. In the beginning, she's longing for romance with her boyfriend Raymond and becomes frustrated when he doesn't let her know if he's going to join her during her visit in New York City.
She's sexually frustrated with him and his plans for her career.
Later, she seduces Raymond and takes charge of her sexuality as a way of defending her career choice.
Jessie is cared for by the bisexual assistant to the model's manager and she begins falling for him.
Boarding is for 21 years and up and while the heat level is high, I believe readers will find common ground with Jessie and the friends who guide her to a new adventure as though she were boarding the flight of her life.
DD Symms worked in radio news and wrote marketing material for nonprofit organizations much of his career before dusting off the fiction he studied in college. Boarding is his first novel and fourth published story – all with Breathless Press.
He lives with his family in Southern California where he spends as much time as possible outside.
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