After growing up poor in Texas, Vera Lomax used every gold-digging trick in the book to land a rich husband. Now living in the lap of luxury in San Francisco, her only job is to fawn over her much-older husband, so it's been easy for her to balance a life of shopping and affairs with younger men with a major secret: the sixteen-year bribery of one of her husband's mistresses to keep her pregnancy under wraps. Vera figures that a little hush money every month will ensure her husband's fortune is hers alone. . .
Unfortunately for Vera, Sarah Cooper is the child Kenneth Lomax always wanted. When the father she never knew shows up at her mother's funeral to claim her, it's a fairy tale journey from the ghetto to a mansion on a hill. But Sarah's life is not as carefree as her father wants it to be . . .because Sarah knows from the start that her step-mother is as two-faced as they come. And after losing all the family she's ever known, she wants a life that's richer than what Vera's got planned for her.
Neither woman can be sure who will win Kenneth's heart and fortune. But as Vera and Sarah scheme to get what they want, everyone they know will be choosing sides, taking chances, and gambling it all to come out on top. . .
Book Talk Stop Q&A
A lot of things inspired me to write FAMILY OF LIES: family issues, betrayal, and deceit are just a few. But the one that inspired me the most was the destructive love of money some people have and the consequences.
The biggest challenge was coming up with an appropriate ending--one that would please most readers. I had several different scenarios but the ending I chose to use not only made me laugh it made me shake my head and say to myself: "What goes around comes around..."
Readers will love to hate Vera, the gold digging, backstabbing wife of elderly, very rich Kenneth. She is the epitome of deceit and greed. The only things she's concerned about are Kenneth's money, her cosmetically enhanced looks, and her numerous young lovers--in that order.
I would definitely like to expand Sarah Cooper's story. She's the only "heroine" in this novel even though she made a lot of foolish choices. She grew up poor in a rough San Francisco neighborhood and she associated with a lot of gangsters, even after her rich father moved her into his mansion. However, she was still basically a good person. Despite her actions, many of my readers rooted for her and wanted her to come out on top.
I would love to write a book in the paranormal genre. I spent the first few years of my life in rural Alabama where the paranormal was (and still is ) a big subject. I've already shared some true ghost stories with some of my friends and they all agree that I have enough material and the talent to produce a major "scary" story.
About Mary Monroe
Her first novel, THE UPPER ROOM, was published by St. Martin’s Press in 1985. GOD DON’T PLAY, her seventh novel, made The New York Times Bestsellers list! Her latest release, FAMILY OF LIES, is her seventeenth book. She gets ideas for her books from current events, but most of her material is autobiographical.