Monday, 29 August 2011

On Unrequited Love - guest post by Kenneth Rosenberg + Giveaway

Today I have the pleasure of welcoming back to the blog Kenneth Rosenberg, who is here to celebrate the recent release of his latest novel Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues. As a romance writer, it might seem natural that the thought of unrequited love inspired some of Kenneth's stories, and he is here today to tell you about the background of that and share with you his personal story. 

Please give a warm welcome to Kenneth Rosenberg!

On Unrequited Love
by Kenneth Rosenberg

It wasn’t intentional that my first two novels both revolve around the theme of unrequited love. I just wrote what came naturally to me, and somehow that’s what came out. It was only later that I recognized the pattern.

No Cure for the Broken HeartedNo Cure for the Broken Hearted, my first novel, has to do with young love gone awry through circumstance. The two main characters, Katherine and Nick, fall in love in their teens before they are separated for twelve long years, the heartache left to simmer but never really fade.

My second book, Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues, looks at heartache from a different perspective. This time around there were reasons for the couple, Warren and Ophelia, to split. As is sometimes the case, those reasons become less apparent over time. Thinking back, one tends to remember the good times and forget about the bad.

Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown BluesIt is only now after finishing my second book that I find myself contemplating the personal importance of this theme in my own life. Why did I choose to write about it, twice? I think that everyone has some doubts and regrets on some level regarding relationships from their past, and I’m definitely no exception. There are always questions in the back of one’s mind about how things might have turned out if only they’d said something else, or done something else. We have to move past these to get along in the world, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t still there, lingering.

In this day and age, those questions are closer than ever before. In previous generations, it was simply harder to stay in touch with people. Today, with e-mail and Facebook, all of your past loves are really only a few clicks away.

When I was in high school, there was one girl in particular that I had a huge crush on. After months of trying to get up the nerve, I finally called her up and asked her on a date at the end of my junior year. She wanted to go, she said, but she had family commitments. The next day I left town for the summer. Sadly I never tried again. More than ten years later I got an e-mail from the girl. “I’m happily married now, with two young boys,” she wrote, “but I just wanted to tell you that I’ve never stopped wondering ‘what if.’ I think that everyone has a ‘what if’ person in their life, and I wanted to let you know that you were mine.”

I was floored. I wrote back and we exchanged a few more e-mails to fill in some of the blanks in our lives and explained what we had been thinking all those years before. And then we wished each other well and that was it. I feel grateful that she reached out to me in this way. It was cathartic somehow, to put some of these ghosts to rest; to let her know I’d cared, and to hear the same in return.

Obviously this experience goes a long way toward explaining why this theme of unrequited love appeared in my first two books. To me it is personal, yet at the same time universal. This is one of the strongest emotions there is, full of longing and poignancy, and tinged with the faintest of hope. Sometimes it can lead to great beauty, and sometimes only pain, but in the end there is perhaps no other emotion that better describes what it is to be human.


Kenneth Rosenberg is a California writer whose work has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Surfer Magazine and other publications. Kenneth attended UCLA where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature.

When he is not writing, he spends his time surfing, snowboarding and traveling the world on a shoestring. No Cure for the Broken Hearted is his first novel, while Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues just got released this month.

You can find Kenneth at his website, http://www.kennethrosenberg.com/

Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues by Kenneth Rosenberg

Warren August is down and out in Hollywood, flat broke and living on the streets. When he stumbles onto a movie set in search of food, he sets in motion a chain of events that could finally turn his life around. He might even have a chance to win back his Ophelia. Sweet, sweet Ophelia, who broke his heart three years before. But can he hold it together long enough to redeem himself? And will she ever take him back?


GIVEAWAY RULES:

Kenneth generously offered an ebook copy of his latest novel Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues to a lucky commentator.

Sweet Ophelia and the Tinseltown Blues

To be entered all you have to do:

1) tell us about one of your unrequited love stories
2) leave your e-mail address or a way for me to contact you if you win.

That's it, good luck!

Giveaway is open worldwide and ends 6 September 2011.


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