… my very dear friend, highly successful Author Carole Remy is in the process of launching her fifth Amazon Kindle novel, OPHELIE... Carole’s usual genre is Fun, Sexy, Erotic Romance… this offering is somewhat different, and there’s a good deal of thought-provoking backdrop to the writing of the novel (see below)… Carole was concerned (correctly in my view) that the book may needlessly startle some readers in a negative manner, and wanted to pre-share something about it… with her permission, I’m delighted to carry verbatim the body of an email message she has composed… over to Carole Remy:
I haven’t sent this type of message before, and probably won’t again, but I felt this was important enough to email you about. I’m somewhat nervous about my latest novel, Ophélie, and would appreciate your help getting out the right message about it.
Ophélie is a novel that goes inside the mind of a person self-destructing. It’s told in the present tense and first person, and from page to page, we aren’t sure if she’ll live or if the narrative will be picked up by someone else. Writing the novel, I wasn’t sure myself.
I don’t know how to promote the novel. Suicide is not a casual subject. Obviously I want people to read Ophélie’s story or I wouldn’t have published it. But the usual Tweeting and Facebooking feels a little off. Any help, any advice, will be greatly appreciated. Thoughtful reviews when they arrive is the most likely solid approach to letting people know about the novel without pushing it on anyone.
Thank you so much, everyone! Warm hugs all around,
Here’s why I wrote Ophélie.
In my last year of teaching high school in Canada, a student committed suicide. He had been in my journalism classroom only a few hours earlier. His death was a complete shock, and countless counselors spoke with everyone. My journalism students, a small, tight-knit, cooperative group who worked endless hours together producing the school newspaper, were especially affected. Despite everyone’s best efforts, the school went into a tailspin, with three more suicides and over 20 known attempts that same year.Ophélie
grew from those beginnings. I wasn’t trying to figure out what happened; the irrationality of suicide defies explanation. I only knew that I needed to get inside, to see suicide from the inside looking out. As a writer of erotica, it made sense that Ophélie’s
disintegration would be sexual, like Ophelia’s in Hamlet
. Writing the manuscript, I didn’t know myself from page to page whether Ophélie
would survive.Because of the intensity of the experience of writing and, I’ve been told, reading Ophélie,
I don’t want readers coming to it accidentally. For that reason the price is a bit higher, to prevent the unsuspecting purchase of a bargain novel. For the same reason, at present I do not plan to use the Kindle Free Days for Ophélie.
The Pinterest page for Ophélie
is dedicated to mental health resources.
I hope you will choose to read Ophélie, and I hope you will come to love the woman Ophélie, as I do.