On Love Triangles in Books

When I wrote the first draft of The Corner Office, I was warned that love triangles don't work. Readers don't like "cheating" as well as discovering that a heroine ended up with a different man she was with in the first chapters of the story. I agree. As a reader I don't like to feel betrayed when I get emotionally invested in certain romantic relationship.

But bear with me. I never meant for the The Corner Office to be about love triangles.

 

The novel is about making mistakes: in your love life, in your career, in choosing the wrong man. It's about falling into a trap that you've built for yourself, in eloping into something you believed to be true. Life is not perfect, love even less so. Sometimes things we don't understand are the ones that turn the course of our lives. Sometimes the best things are right under our nose, and every day we pass by those and never pay a second of attention.

 

In The Corner Office, the main character Tara gets involved with a man, her subordinate she just hired. He is not like anyone else she'd met in a long while, certainly different from her ex, and he is intent on pursuing her. He is wrong for her, as she quickly discovers, but this mistake is what becomes the turning point in her life. This is really what the book is about: the mistakes that we make, and where it takes us when we're brave enough to try to resolve them.

 

In our lives, we'd never move forward if we didn't make any mistakes. Our mistakes is what makes us human, what allows us to grow. Some mistakes are more damaging than others, and some can be prevented, but without mistakes . . . well, there'd be no plot for The Corner Office.