№334 ❛Political Pursuits❜

I spent a good amount of my adult life in campaign politics in one role or another, and I saw a lot of relationships of every difference shape and size start and end (some didn’t!) in that time. Because of this, I’ve always been interested in how politics – personal and otherwise – affect our relationships and how we interact with others. How does one’s politics affect their feelings towards others?

These days, it’s easy (in real life) to label one Party or the other as a zealot, but some of my closest friends are on the opposite end of the spectrum from me, and we still like and respect each other. I see all facets of human interaction within the various ideologies, and I love the idea of a character learning there’s more to someone than their labels.

And thus my plot for Nanowrimo 2019 was born. What happens if the labels you always wore with pride change shape? What happens when your political (and maybe even familial) loyalties are tested by romance? What happens if your mortal enemy is just too danged hot to ignore anymore?! I’m planning to find out next month, when I tear through 50,000 words of ‘Political Pursuits’.

Christian and Jamila grew up together in the best private schools. Chris’s father is the Governor of Texas and a staunch conservative. Mila’s mother is a Senator from Boston who’s a diehard liberal Democrat. As children, Chris and Mila lived out their family’s diametric differences against each other.

Now, Mila and Chris are grown and their parents are the Democratic & Republican nominee for President; thrown into the public spotlight, they keep running into each other on the campaign trail. Is it possible their history of discord could lead to more?

The suspension of disbelief on this Contemporary Romance is going to be high-level, but I think it sounds like a fun romp in the lives of high-flying, stubborn, gorgeous 20-somethings (and yes, in my mind they absolutely look like Zac Efron and Zendaya, because I can). What do you think? Are you a fan of the genre? Do you love enemies-to-lovers stories with happy endings as much as I do? I’m still working out the kinks and details as we barrel into November, so any suggestions or brainstorming sessions are most welcome!

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