Post by MomSmack Entertainment Writer Laura Crawford
Amongst the slew of books I read this summer, The Scarlet Letter Society, by Mary T. McCarthy, was one of my favorites.
In this story we meet three women, Maggie, Eva, and Lisa, who all have troubled marriages. Whether their infidelities be physical or emotional, they bond together in friendship and through their club named ‘The Scarlet Letter Society’ in refusal to let themselves or society shame them for their situations in life. Each one has their own reasons for why they are in their current situation, and with it their own burdens to carry, but at least they can count on each other to never be judged or turned away from.
One of the things I enjoyed about this book was that it had a ‘happy ending’. Maggie, Eva, and Lisa were still alive at the end of this story, which is pretty novel if you’ve ever read any other books where the lead characters are female and who are cheating on their husbands. Through friendship and some life changing events, each woman is able to get to the root of what’s brought them to where they are in life and able to make peace and move forward.
Each of the characters are complex, fun, and vibrant which brings out a very witty and upbeat dialog full of bra-unsnapping and pant-dezipping sexcapades.
Which brings me to my next like. The sex scenes were spot on, not too porny, too cheesy, or just plain unnatural. It also goes to show that women in their 30’s and 40’s can have just as much fun and enjoyment with sex as any lady in her 20’s, as you’ll see when you hit the very first page and Maggie is introducing the girls to throat numbing spray. You know, for blow jobs.
I had the unique opportunity, and pleasure, of interviewing Mary T. McCarthy, the author of The Scarlet Letter Society. After reading this book, she’s every bit of fun to chat with as I imagined her to be, and it was a joy to be able to do this interview with her:
Q: I have always believed that in every fiction book there is a piece of the author hidden away in the characters. Which of the three main characters would you say you’ve poured the most of yourself into?
Mary: I agree with you that there are pieces of every author in their characters. We lend them parts of ourselves. In The Scarlet Letter Society I’d say each of the three main women has a characteristic or two that’s not far from me. I guess I identify most with Maggie, least with Lisa, and Eva is somewhere in-between. Wes is my favorite.
Q:You did a great job of writing the steamy scenes, with details that weren’t awkward or porny. Did you find this as a challenge or something that felt natural to write about?
Mary: It is a challenge! I know I love to read steamy scenes so I had to walk a very thin line between too romance-y and too porny (lol) as I didn’t want to be either; I wanted it to be hot. Actually writing the scenes felt natural, thank goodness, since I’m in the middle of writing the sequel: The Scarlet Letter Scandal… and there is definitely more sex in it. Someone told me the sex in the first my first book was “too vanilla” and I was kind of like “challenge accepted.”
Q: Pop Rocks!! Was this something you added to your book after your own personal research?
Mary: I actually have a good friend who is quite adventurous and she was willing to share and “lend” me stories about her experiences with the popping candy. Watermelon Pop Rocks have been a favorite candy of mine since I was a kid. The fact that “Taste the Explosion!” is on the front of every packet makes the whole thing even more perfect.
Q: The Scarlet Letter Society has been getting GREAT reviews. Do you plan on following up with a second book? Or do you have another book you’re working on? And if so, is there any little juicy morsel you can give fans about what’s coming next?
Mary: I’m thrilled about the reviews. I love it when someone tells me they shared the book with a friend. The Scarlet Letter Scandal will be out in 2015 and we revisit our three main characters as word gets out about The Scarlet Letter Society and they interact with three new women in the vinyl-sided subdivision neighborhood where a secret swingers club is going on. I’m having fun writing the book, especially the existence of a villain, which the first novel didn’t really have.
One thing I can’t help but do sometimes when I read a book is try and place which actors I think would be a good fit for the main characters. It was something I did while reading this book, and to be quite honest I think this book would make a great movie.
So if I were to cast it, for the main characters I choose:
Maggie is a very bold and boisterous woman with a hard outer shell, but has a very soft and vulnerable core. I think Helen Hunt can fill the roll perfectly.
Eva is business all the way! Or is she? My pick is Carrie-Anne Moss.
Sweet, kind, and maybe a tad innocent, I see Emma Watson being a great fit for Lisa. (ok, I can’t help it. I adore Emma Watson!)
If you haven’t read the book you can find a copy here >> The Scarlet Letter Society on Amazon.com
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Laura Crawford is a freelance writer, hunter of food trucks, hashtag abuser, and coffee addict who believes that a proper Bloody Mary makes the perfect stand-alone brunch. She loves burying her toes in the warm sand, and nose in a book, though as a momma of 3 that tends to be a special treat.