Felicia Jefferson and Morris Bryson have been best friends since childhood. Morris has always appreciated Felicia for standing by his side through his bouts with a lifelong disease. At age 16, they made a pact that if neither of them were married by the time she turned 35, they would marry one another. As fate would have it, at 36, his chronic illness worsens and he attempts to cash-in on his agreement with Felicia, wanting to experience marriage before he dies. As much as Felicia desires to grant her sick friend’s request, marrying Morris means breaking up with her boyfriend of two years and sacrificing her plans to marry for love. Is a lifetime of friendship strong enough to survive an unexpected proposal, sympathy marriage, and a life-threatening disease?
Wife Next Door is the third novella in the Wife-to-Be Series, which explores relationship issues for engaged couples. I was inspired to write this series because my Wife 101 Series does not address engagement, but only marriage and single living. I was inspired to write Wife Next Door because I wanted to write a small town story, as well as consider the idea of best friends becoming lovers. Going from having a close friendship to entering into a romantic relationship is a sticky situation for many people because it has the ability to ruin the friendship if the relationship doesn't work out. This novella also discusses chronic health problems, which adds another complex issue to engagement and married life.
I'm definitely a plot driven writer most of the time. I usually come up with interesting scenarios and create characters as pawns to help me implement my storyline. I write with an agenda. I am always trying to teach the reader something or demonstrate a point. I want my readers to walk away inspired or at least reflecting on the issues brought up during the storyline, so I rarely get overly caught up in what a character wants, especially if it opposes the plot.
With the Wife-to-Be Series as a whole, I would like readers to walk away entertained, but also more aware of the various barriers than can negatively impact engagement and the first years of marriage. With the novella Wife Next Door, I would love for readers to reassess their friendships and determine to avoid missing out on someone who loves them because he or she might not be their ideal mate. Many times we overlook the best person for us because we put them in the friend zone and pour our energy into those who aren't ready for a serious relationship. Wife Next Door is a bit extreme in its method of pulling two friends into a marriage, but it also demonstrates true love and the sacrifices made when love is present.
I love documentaries. I think it is a symptom of my inner nerd and inquisitiveness, but I love to learn about random things such as how things work or usual facts. I am constantly looking to learn something new or understand something uncommon to me. I often find myself on various websites like The Weather Channel, watching a bunch of documentaries about the weather, wild animals, or travel locations. My tendency to get sidetracked by information helps to feed my creativity, sometimes sparking a new idea or becoming a factor in one of my stories.
About A'ndrea J. Wilson
In addition to writing, A’ndrea is a college professor and the president of Divine Garden Press, an independent publishing company based in Georgia. For more information, please visit her at www.andreawilsononline.com.