Tuesday, October 30, 2018

My latest novel and a different look at sexual assault

My fifth novel, 6 Guys, 1 Girl, 1 Night, has just come out. The title reveals the precipitating event: a group of fraternity brothers meet a girl at a tavern, take her to an apartment, and each have sex with her. However, they have her consent and they don't think any more about it. Then, 27 years later, the child born of that night comes looking for his dad and justice for his mother, whom he has never met.

This isn't a date rape story. It's a story about another kind of sexual assault, for she gets pregnant that night. None of the men thought about birth control. They figured that was her problem. And of course it turned out that it was. And decades later it becomes their problem. Jason is angry and wants to hold these men accountable for his life.

The novel is based in part on a true story. A man who was in my life for a while told me that he and his frat brothers had been the 6 guys in 1 night. To his credit, he was ashamed of the experience and didn't try to justify it at all. That story has stayed in my memory and although I could have made that night the center of the story, it isn't. My interest was in exploring the men's reactions all that time later and what that might say about men in our culture. Who will and who won't take responsibility?

6 Guys, 1 Girl, 1 Night is available from amazon and kindle (https://amzn.to/2xIjYWL) and smashwords (http://bit.ly/2Djp3Lm). If you read, let me know what you think.


Mollie Hunt, Cat Writer said...

Bought it, and am very interested to read. The fact that the woman consented was what made my choice. I was around in the 70's, and it was a very different time. To judge what happened then by today's standards gets us in all sorts of trouble. However, the son will see things much differently than his young mom did 27 years ago. What a project!

Jill Kelly said...

Thanks, Mollie. Let me know what you think. Best, Jill