From Goodreads: "Love love love this edgy, dark, intelligent tale of 4 ladies (who also happen to be Moms) weekend getaway that turned out to be more than what they had bargained for. This is a well written novel disguised as genre fiction. The imagery is so vivid that I can totally picture this as a movie [...] This is not a novel for the faint of heart. Get it, enjoy it with a glass of wine and an appetite for destruction."
Four girlfriends on a weekend trip to New Orleans attract the attention of flesh-eating Scavengers. The women must rely on their wits, a cocky Irish movie star, and a dodgy deal with vampires to survive the night during this wild adventure through the Big Easy.
Age is Not an Issue
When I wrote The Getaway Girls: A New Orleans Tale of Monsters, Mayhem and Moms, I had just returned from a trip to that magical city. A "girl's" trip.
I use the term loosely, because I left "girlhood" a couple decades ago, and the last time I was carded for liquor was in Target, which should tell you everything. Once you hit that stage in life where you're buying wine at the same place you're picking up a gallon of milk and chicken nuggets, you might as well slap a soccer mom sticker on the old minivan and call it a day.
But I digress. The point is, I met up with old friends, and while we left college years ago, within five minutes we were acting as if we'd never left. We laughed and drank and ate and got into trouble, and I remembered what it was like to feel young and fabulous.
When I got home, I wanted to capture that feeling, so I started writing. Obviously, I had to set my story in New Orleans, and if you're going to write about NOLA, well, vampires aren't much of a stretch. I wanted to write something different, though, than other paranormal books I'd read and enjoyed. And while my choice of villains (scavengers) was new, what I really wanted most of all? Characters my own age. Grown women who were ballsy and lusty and not shy of adventure.
I can enjoy all kinds of books, and the heroines don't have to be like me, in order for me to appreciate them. But I've read enough books to recognize that usually, if the heroine is over 35, she might be plucky and resourceful, but she's not tossing back drinks in a bar. She's not trading dirty fantasies with girlfriends, and she's sure as hell not being stalked by flesh-eating monsters.
But why not?
That trip with my girlfriends reminded me that hitting your 30s and 40s doesn't automatically relegate you to "just a mom" status. And while I thoroughly enjoyed the Twilight series, I have to be honest. Many times while reading, I thought wow, youth truly is wasted on the young. As a girl, I'd have probably agreed with Bella's decisions. As a woman, I thought -- girl, ditch the dead guy and ride off with the hot werewolf, you only live once!
Younger heroines are often more demure and less confident, which is understandable. We've all been there. But with this book, I wanted my heroines to be brassy and loud, more confident in their sexuality and willing to try anything to get the job done, regardless of how crude or dangerous.
That's not to say younger female characters can't be all those things - they can. But sometimes, it takes a real woman to survive a wild night in New Orleans.
Deirdre H. Gage is a Texas writer who has claimed half a dozen other places as home, including Kentucky and Chicago - but her heart belongs to the Big Easy. She has been published in the Darker Times Anthology Volume Three, Cosmopolitan Magazine and Appalachian Heritage literary journal. The Getaway Girls: A New Orleans Tale of Monsters, Mayhem and Moms is her first novel, and book one in The Getaway Girls series.
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