My Daily #Meltdown: Insta-love Happens!

Welcome to My Daily Meltdown, where I discuss some of the details and decisions that went into writing Melt, counting down to my Nov. 6 launch!

Today I will address the insta-love.

I never heard of that term before some of the reviews of Melt.

Much has been said about the fact that Joey and Dorothy fall for each other at once. Here is my response: Have you met any teenagers? Have you been a teenager?

Maybe not all teenagers fall in “insta-love” – but certainly many do. I did – over and over (of course, it was unrequited – sob.) Although I did meet a boy outside a deli in Brooklyn, and we held hands all day, went down to my aunt’s barge, sat on her couch & kissed, and then we cuddled until evening. But I didn’t live near there, and this was before cell phones and e-mails. Alas, I never saw him again.

Thinking about him now, though, I feel that rush of attraction just as I did that day. Where is he???

We can argue about what is love, lust, infatuation and chemical reaction: but instant attraction is a real thing.

And anyway, the point of my story is not how they fall in love – but if their love can survive. Who wants to spend pages and pages before getting to the point?

Truthfully, this was how they told their story to me. I just wrote it down. I never thought about prolonging their courtship, because I never contrived it in the first place.

And, the “real” Joey had an attraction to the “real” Dorothy in much the same way. She was a “good girl” who ignored all his “bad boy” warning signs, too.

If you’d like to explore a long courtship – I invite you to read The Girl Next Door. Sam and Jess were best friends since toddlerhood, and they don’t realize they’re in love until they’re seventeen – and he is diagnosed with cancer.

Once again, I didn’t think about it. I dreamed the whole thing. What can I tell you?

I just saw the movie Gone Girl (and previously read the book.) Guess what? There was insta-love in that, too( maybe you didn’t realize it, because the story is told out of sequence.) It happens. It may not last, and it may not really be love – but insta-love happens – even to “adults.”

Does love even exist? If so, can it endure?

Up to you, the reader, to decide.

Bye for now.


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