Novel About the Dangers of Infidelity Raises Firestorm of Controversy
Online PR News – 14-November-2013 – New Orleans, LA – The novel 'Diary of a Cheating Spouse: A Cautionary Tale', is causing major controversy online. From online forums, to chat rooms, this highly-charged suspense novel is creating discussion.
"I wanted to write something that would make people think," says the book's author Chad Matthew Valiant. "At its core 'Diary of a Cheating Spouse: A Cautionary Tale' is a cautionary tale about the consequences of infidelity. The message behind the book is to be careful what you wish for, because the grass isn't always greener on the other side."
The book follows Claire Anderson, a bored & lonely housewife who begins to struggle with thoughts of temptation.
"This character becomes unfulfilled in her marriage," Chad continues. "Though it may sound like it, it is not a steamy soap opera. It's a character study about a downward spiral of self-destructive behavior, and the consequences of our actions. I think many people can relate to the feeling of being involved in a relationship with someone who isn't right for you. Or perhaps at one point there was love and passion, but that has fizzled, and you find yourself in a rut. An unhappy, passionless marriage."
Chad explains that though his main character engages in self-destructive behavior, the novel does not advocate infidelity.
"I wanted to show this character's struggle. I wanted to show her internal conflict as she struggles with thoughts of infidelity. I think temptation is something that happens to a lot of people. Even those people who remain faithful throughout their marriage will most likely come across someone else they find attractive. Being tempted isn't a crime. It's how you deal with that temptation that separates the cheaters from those who remain faithful."
Much of the controversy surrounding the book revolves around the central character's actions, and the book's ending.
"I didn't want to create a tawdry soap opera where all ends well," he continues. "I wanted to follow a character whose actions become progressively worse as she has an internal struggle. Ultimately, her actions come full circle, and she is left to deal with the aftermath of her behavior. Thus, the book offers a cautionary tale. Be careful what you wish for, and be grateful for what you have. The grass isn't always greener on the other side."
'Diary of a Cheating Spouse: A Cautionary Tale' is now available at online retailers across the country.