The Terrible Relationship That Inspired My Novel

For a long time, I was too embarrassed to admit it

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By Carola Lovering

People always ask me if the sociopathic womanizer in my novel is based on a real guy I dated.

It’s not surprising; I’d fully expected the question before the book came out last summer. Of the various stressors surrounding the…

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