Fallen

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Violetta Dorée wrings every drop of pleasure from her life, and Manhattan’s social elite are happy to help, pampering their darling with endless luxuries. And why not? She deserves a little fun before she dies.

But there are pleasures money can’t buy. When Adrian Thompson with his box-store khakis and overly concerned eyes insists that Vi’s missing out, her curiosity is piqued. What else can she do but indulge it?

Fans of Moulin Rouge! and Me Before You will love this contemporary retelling of Verdi’s La Traviata.


This project took hold of me on July 13th, 2014 and proclaimed its need to be written. It is primarily an experiment and has brought with it a long list of firsts. Not only is it a retelling, but it also demanded to be written in first-person present—a narrative mode I rarely like and absolutely never thought I would be writing myself.  Only goes to show, we really have no idea where life or writing will take us.

Because it's in such a difficult mode, it took quite a bit longer to finish than my other stories. The first full draft was only completed (two and a half years later!) on January 29, 2017. It took another 20 months before the story was ready for readers.