Can you find love online? For forty-something divorcee and writer Susie Hamilton, the answer is to join an internet dating agency.
A Romantic Comedy About Internet Dating
Perfect Sex is a racy and rambunctious tale of dating and romance when you're over forty.
With her hyped-up profile Susie attracts a horde of admirers and begins an exhausting dating schedule. The result is plenty of material for her book, but her love life is a series of mishaps and disasters.
Will Susie find her Mr Perfect or will she have to make do with Mr-As-Good-As-It-Gets?
If you’ve ever dabbled in internet dating, you’ll love this romantic comedy about the pitfalls and challenges of being a middle-aged woman looking for love.
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Interview With Robin Storey
Is Perfect Sex based on your own experiences?
Believe it or not, I'm asked this question a lot. And the short answer is ‘partly.’
All the events and characters are fictional, but they are inspired by my own, and others’ experiences of internet dating in the early 2000s.
This was a time when it was still regarded with suspicion and derision by a lot of people.
Nowadays internet dating has become an accepted way of meeting potential partners, but back then it was considered the prerogative of the deviant and desperate. Or the extremely brave. (Of course I was in the latter category).
You can read more about my experiences in internet dating in my blog post The Bald Facts About Internet Dating.
Is there such a thing as Perfect Sex?
Well, it is a work of fiction! In the book, perfect sex is really a metaphor for a relationship that is perfect on all planes – sexual, emotional, mental and spiritual.
If you have a wonderful sexual relationship, it usually means you’re in synch in all the other parts of your life as well.
You might argue that there is no such thing as the perfect relationship, but perfection is in the eye of the beholder.
And while a relationship might not be perfect in the abstract sense, if it’s perfect for the two people in it, that’s all that matters.
Is the protagonist Susie Hamilton based on you?
Parts of her are. I was a divorced forty-something freelance writer with teenage children when I wrote it, but that’s about where the comparison ends.
I would not have had the courage, not to mention the time and energy, to date so many men. That’s the beauty of being an author – you can make your characters do the things you wouldn’t have the nerve to do yourself.
And I think many divorced middle-aged women can relate to the issues that Susie grapples with such as:
1. The parts of your body that suddenly declare their independence and want to go their own way (usually south).
2. Dealing with your own sexual needs as well as the burgeoning sexuality of your teenage children and;
3. Navigating the stormy waters of dating and romance when the whole scene has changed completely since you were last single.
Will you be writing more romantic comedy books or novellas?
In the near future, no.
I’ve gone over to the dark side. I’m writing crime/suspense/noir.
But I never say never – life has a habit of throwing completely unexpected opportunities in your path.