Author Guest Post
Hi Tara. Thanks for joining us today and congratulations on the success of your story The Seven Steps to Closure.
Thank you. It’s great to be here.
You have three really good friends in Elaine, Dinah and Natalie. Is there ever any jealousy?
No, there’s not. Surprising isn’t it? But I think we each bring something unique to the friendship. It makes it impossible to be jealous because we all need those unique attributes to feel complete as a group. For instance Elaine is the organizer and she’s always the one that asks the difficult questions that the rest of us are too scared to ask. Dinah is always there for you no matter what, no questions asked. And Nat, well she’s so nurturing and giving, she’s our little mother.
What about you. What do you bring to the circle?
Hmmm …. good question. Sadly I suspect that I’m the clumsy one that provides the comedy relief.
When did you realize your marriage to Jake was over?
Gee – if I had to pinpoint the exact moment that I knew with crystal, clear clarity that my marriage was over, it would have to have been when I came home and found my cousin Tash’s G-string in my lingerie draw. I mean I didn’t know it was hers at the time. I just knew it wasn’t mine.
So you’re not a G-string wearer?
No not at all. Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to be the sort of woman who comfortably wears G-strings and stilettos all day long, but unfortunately I’m not. I get chaffing – on my feet I mean.
What’s your idea of a perfect day?
A perfect day for me is one I get to spend with the people that I love. Of course combine the sun and the beach with that and I’m as happy as a pig in mud, or not in mud – I always get confused. Do pigs like mud or not?
I don’t think they mind a bit of mud. Speaking of animals you seem to have had a lot of bad luck with your pets. How is Bad Bunny going?
I’m pleased to say that BB is alive and kicking, and still humping everything he can get his furry paws on. I’ve started killing pot plants instead. It’s much less distressing, and they’re not so difficult to dispose of.
Why do you think you found it so hard to find closure on your marriage?
Hmmm. Well I think it was a combination of a few things. Firstly I was pretty young and naïve when I met Jake, and I traded in my identity to be Mrs Wellington. I think that made it harder for me to move on because not knowing who I was, made it impossible for me to know want I wanted. Secondly I think it was just that I wasn’t ready to give him up. I still loved him, or I loved who I thought he was. I had to get to a point where I was ready to give up the dream of being with him again before I could find closure.
I noticed that you delineated between loving him and who you thought he was. What did you mean by that?
I was still in love with the Jake I fell in love with at the very beginning. That person had never really existed. He was just one facet of Jake’s whole personality and unfortunately the manipulative, selfish part of Jake far outweighed the kind, loving part.
That can’t have been very pleasant.
It was difficult because I think you judge someone by your own standards. It took me a long time to be able to see him for what he really was. And until then I couldn’t help but keep on loving him.
And The Seven Steps to Closure helped you see that?
The Seven Steps to Closure allowed me to rediscover who I was. And once I knew that, it was very easy to see Jake for whom he really is.
So what’s next for you?
Well Matt and I have a lot of travelling planned, and I want to spend more time with my nieces and my godchildren, so I think the next few years are going to be pretty full on.
Thanks so much for joining us, and good luck in the future.
Thanks it was a pleasure.
About The Author
When not doing either of those things I like spending time with my husband and two little dogs, fishing and camping, motorbike riding, traveling, drinking wine on my deck and eating chocolate. Last year I ran my first half marathon and took up paddle boarding.
I have lived in a myriad of places: Melbourne, Perth, England, Rockhampton, Roxby Downs, Sydney, Cairns and am now situated on the New South Wales Central Coast.
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Publisher: Lush Publications
Publication Date: May 12, 2012
Format: Paperback - 412 pages / Kindle - 514 KB
Genre: Contemporary Romance / Chick Lit / Women's Fiction
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Tara Babcock awakes the morning after her 30th birthday with a hangover that could kill an elephant - and the knowledge she is still no closer to achieving closure on her marriage breakup. Things go from bad to worse when she discovers that, not only is her ex-husband engaged to her cousin - Tash, the woman he left her for - but that Jake is also running for Lord Major of Sydney.
Desperate to leave the destructive relationship behind and with nothing to lose, she decides- with encouragement from her three best friends - to follow the dubious advice from a magazine article, Closure in Seven Easy Steps. The Seven Steps to Closure follows Tara on her sometimes disastrous- always hilarious - path to achieve the seemingly impossible.
A credible and amazingly touching debut novel from Donna Joy Usher, this is a solid, light-hearted and honest read with plenty of laughs.
My Book Review:
Have you ever struggled to find closure when a relationship has ended? Have you tried everything to get the ex out of your heart and mind, but to no avail you still want him? Welcome to Tara Babcock's world!
Thirty year old Aussie Tara Babcock has had a terrible year since her six year marriage to Jake ended when he left her for her cousin Tash! And to make things worse, Tara finds out that Jake and Tash are engaged, and the divorce papers haven't been signed yet! Also, Jake has tossed his hat in the political ring and is running for Lord Mayor of Sydney, now Tara has to endure seeing Jake's face on every billboard, newspaper and bus around town! Tara has tried everything to get over Jake: therapists, palm readers, self-help guides ... even a drunken binge on her thirtieth birthday ... but she still fantasizes about Jake!
With the encouragement of her three best friends: Dinah, Natalie and Elaine, Tara is going to follow the dubious advice in an article in Cosmo magazine to find the closure she so desperately needs. Can Tara follow the advice as stated in Closure in Seven Easy Steps to mend her broken heart and get her life back on track?
The Seven Steps to Closure is a sassy humorous story that will definitely tickle your funny bone! Author Donna Joy Usher weaves an entertaining tale written in the first person narrative with Tara Babcock, who takes the reader along on her crazy adventure to find the long overdue closure from her broken marriage. I loved the witty humor that the author weaves into this story, there are so many laugh-out-loud moments interspersed within Tara's journey of self-discovery, that you can't help but really enjoy yourself as you turn the pages.
I absolutely loved the quirky cast of characters in this story. Tara is one hot mess of a woman, but you can't help but feel for her, you just want to hug her one minute then smack her the next. With a wonderful set of best friends in Dinah, Natalie and Elaine, each different in personality and equally fabulous, these wonderful ladies have Tara's best interest in mind and are there to help her move on with her life. I found myself snickering at Tara's Mom's well-meaning intention when she brings Tara shelter pets like Cocky, the foul-mouthed Cockatiel and Princess the psycho cat. The pets' crazy antics are hysterical, I was laughing so hard I had tears streaming down my face. The bird's foul-mouthed antics reminded me of my pet parrot I had years ago, he could cuss like a sailor, that sucker provided hours of entertainment. I would be remiss if I didn't mention Matt, Tara's travelling companion, I loved, loved, loved that man!
I loved following Tara's journey of self-discovery through The Seven Steps to Closure. Here's a quick lowdown on the steps to peak your interest: Step 1: Get A New Hairdo. Step 2: Get A New Wardrobe. Step 3: Get A New Hobby. Step 4: Have Meaningless Sex. Step 5: Travel to an Exotic Destination. Step 6: Have Meaningful Sex. Step 7: Obtain Closure. As you follow along with each step Tara takes, there are so many quirky and endearing scenes that just draw you in, you find yourself enjoying the antics and adventures that await Tara and her entourage. I really enjoyed Tara's choice of India as her exotic destination. The author provides a richly detailed description of the country, you feel like you are transported there with Tara and Matt.
The Seven Steps to Closure is a story that is humorous, sassy, romantic and heartwarming. It is a story that is so much more than just a woman trying to find closure from a relationship that has ended, it is also the story of a woman who embarks on a journey of self-discovery and learns to love again. This is a delightful story that any fan of Chick Lit will surely enjoy!
RATING: 4 STARS ****