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I really wanted to give Carrie Daniels, my Deception leading lady, a nice, girl-next-door quality, and judging by the comments I'm receiving from reviewers, it looks like I've hit my mark.
A freelance photographer and former child model, Carrie's entire world is about to come crumbling down. Three years earlier her mother suffered a debilitating stroke, and Carrie went from riches-to-rags once her mother's insurance ran out. Her financial calamity, however, is only the beginning of her problems. Doug, her significant other for the past ten years, is about to dump her. Once that happens, Carrie will be left homeless and vulnerable, making it all too easy for Louise, her former mentor, to seize the opportunity to exploit Carrie for her own selfish gains.
As the story unfolds, Carrie experiences both sides of infidelity. She's shocked and devastated when Doug admits he's been unfaithful to her. She'll later be deceived by Scott, a married man who presents himself to her, and her best friend, as a man who's single and available. Carrie leaves the relationship once she realizes things aren't adding up, but by then it will be too late as Scott's wife, Maggie, seeks revenge. Yet despite her troubles, Carrie remains resilient as she tries to make the best of what she can. She's the kind of character you can root for--sweet on the outside, but strong on the inside.
Carrie is a mostly fictitious character, in that I didn't model her after anyone in particular, although I may have put a little of myself into her. Photography has always been one of my life's passions, and, in my younger days, I too dreamed of being a model.