IN THE EVENT OF LOVE
She Loved a Seal more than Her Career
Charlotte Ginster is good at her job. She is the manager of a large venue in Germany. When KJ, a world-famous hiphop artist performs on the premises, Charlotte works closely with his Chief of Security, Jake Powers. He is a professional, efficient former US Navy Seal and when she meets him in person, her world turns upside down.
At first, their budding relationship seems to be all either one ever wanted. Not even the distance between Germany and the USA seems to present a challenge. But when Charlotte moves, her past catches up with her and she has to end the relationship. Meanwhile, Jake is forced to take on a job in an Arab emirate.
In the face of adversity, Jake still wants the woman back he fell in love with. When he finds out what is haunting Charlotte, he tries everything in his power to win her back.
However, sometimes the greatest challenge lies within…
The Book's Creation
It all began with a chat I had with a friend in which she mentioned another friend of hers who is an event planner for trade exhibitions. I thought that was a great idea and changed it to venue manager. And thus, the character of Charlotte was born. She is a brilliant manager, keeps her cool and has everything under control. A real career woman with a great salary.
When she meets Jake in person, the chief of security of a hiphop artist performing at her venue, she decides to leave her home and job and start all over again, because it was time anyway. So she might as well move across the pond to L.A. where Jake lives and works. Jake is really into her, too, but that would be too easy, of course, and not lend much depth to the characters.
Everyone has a hidden shadow side they battle with, and so the façade of the all-powerful career woman crumples and things from the past she’d hitherto kept suppressed start to show up and sabotage her happy relationship with Jake. It was important to me to show that not everything that looks pretty and shiny on the surface is all perfect underneath.
We often get blinded by the shiny gloss that hides what lies beneath the surface; good and bad. And we also need to learn throughout life that when we merely suppress traumas or negative patterns and memories of any kind, we end up hurting and sabotaging ourselves and the relationships around us because we hold back a part of ourselves.
And therefore, Charlotte is not the only one who falters, but when the relationship fails because of her demons catching up with her, Jake’s shadow emerges. Hurt and pride cause him to do some really unwise things and to reject any help when it is offered. A perfect example of self-victimisation and false pride that can destroy a life.
But then, there are always some angels in the form of loved ones. At the time of writing this, I had a personal experience, not any crisis, but I had a bad cold and needed some help and my mum, my aunt, as well as a couple of friends were there for me and supported me for which I was very grateful. When you have three children, you know “the show must go on,” and so I could rest and have everything taken care of for the couple of days I needed to recuperate.
Despite the fact that it wasn’t a major life experience, it drove home to me how blessed I was to have such a support system of loving souls and that yes, sometimes they would tell me things I didn’t like to hear when they thought it was in my own best interest. And sometimes, people help you out of love, even when you say you don’t need any help. Years ago, I used to be like that. Just like Jake, I’d retreat into my cave, do perhaps something stupid and get through it all on my own.
I’ve learned over time that it is a strength when you can ask for help without shame when you need it. Everyone needs some help sometime and no one is an exception in this. So in my novel, Jake has to witness his family and Charlotte disregarding his rejection and help the person they love. And in turn, Charlotte experiences some healing, too. Love is the highest power, indeed.