Hi dear friends,
Another personal post today from the fantastic romance author Kate Stewart! Maybe you already know her or you recall my review of Hartebreak Warfare (this book made it on my Bests of 2018 list) she co-wrote with Heather M Orgeron? Anyway Kate writes stories that grip you by the guts and never let you go before the end!
I am so honored that today she chose to share with us her own personal love story with the man who is now her husband!
Let’s read her words now!
My favorite love story, although it’s a bit cliche to say, is my own. I’ve been married for twelve years, and it’s been impossibly hard but worth it. When I set out to write my love story with my husband, I’d meant to write it on a more personal level and use more of our truth, but in the end, it ended up being mostly fictional. But every part of writing it felt real to me. When Nick and I met, I knew he was a character, and though he told me he had ADHD, I waved it off as though it wasn’t an issue. The man swept me off my feet. In fact, when he called me up for our first date, it went like this.
Nick-“What are you doing?”
Me-“Watching the Thanksgiving parade.”
Nick-“You need me in your life.”
And I did. I just didn’t realize how much. We’re only eleven months apart in age, so we had a lot in common. It was an easy courting. In fact, we got engaged eight months after we started dating. I went on a trip to Vegas with my sister, and he hated the separation so much, he called her asking for her to get my ring size while I was there. When I got home, he proposed.
It wasn’t until I was planning the wedding and we moved in together that I started to notice his symptoms and quirks. And those ended up causing issues between us. I didn’t understand the depth of his disorder in the way I should have. I was uneducated and felt in over my head. So after several years of marriage, when I finally felt I had a little grasp on what Nick goes through, I decided to write our story. It was my hope to relate to anyone else who’d fallen in love and was in a relationship with someone who suffered from the disorder.
We’re about to celebrate our fourteenth Valentine’s day as a couple, and I’m so proud of that. Though Loving the White Liar is mostly fictional, Hilary’s struggle and the troubles she faces as a partner were 100% Nick and I. It’s been a struggle, and will always be, but the fact that we’re still kicking makes me proud of us and how far we’ve come as a couple.
Here’s a quote from the book that still rings true daily for us.
“You never know how much strength you have until you are forced to push through the impossible. You never know how dirty things can get until you’ve been in the trenches. And you can never imagine how much you can truly love someone until you’ve experienced those hurts together and shared the shovel together in digging your way out of the dark. ”
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Kate is a lover of all things ’80s and ’90s, especially John Hughes films and rap. She dabbles a little in photography, can knit a simple stitch scarf for necessity, and on occasion, does very well at whiskey.
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