Love vs Honour – the contemporary setting problem

When I wrote Love vs Honour ten years ago, I intended it to be a contemporary story. However, as I prepared the manuscript for publication, I became increasingly aware of elements that dated it to mid 2000s. These included references to pop groups and current events that could easily have been updated, but there were other, more serious elements that couldn’t.

For example, Sabina’s father Ahmed has a background that goes back prior to the 1979 Iranian revolution. His age and the age of his daughter would not work if the setting became 2015 rather than 2005.

In addition, other plot events pertaining to how the protagonists communicate would not be believable in a contemporary setting given the social media revolution that has since taken place, regardless of the strictness of parental control exhibited in the novel.

On a more esoteric note, as I re-read the text I realised the attitudes of the characters reflected the concerns inherent during the Bush-era war on terror. These concerns have shifted in a number of subtle yet significant ways in 2015.

So I made the decision to make what was once a contemporary drama a period piece. I don’t believe this will make the story any less powerful but obviously that will ultimately be for readers to decide.

Love vs Honour can be pre-ordered from Amazon on Kindle (see link below).

Here is the blurb from the back of the book:

Two Religions. Two Deceptions. One Love.

When Johnny meets and falls in love with Sabina, their bond proves stronger than a teenage holiday fling.

Fearing the disapproval of their strict Christian and Islamic families, they undertake an elaborate deception to continue seeing one another. Johnny pretends to convert to Islam whilst Sabina pretends to covert to Christianity to appease their parents. 

But how long can this deception last before it unravels?

Love vs Honour is released on the 31st May on Kindle.

Print copies will be available from the 7th of June.

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