Imperfect Truth by Ava Harrison
I’m a blogger. He’s a writer.
He was my weakness.
I was his muse.
Once upon a time my marriage was built on love…
Until it wasn’t.
Where had we gone wrong?
I had given up hope…
But then he messaged me,
And his words intoxicated me.
Made me believe in love again.
Made me believe in truth.
My imperfect truth…
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Author Bio: Ava Harrison is a New Yorker, born and bred.
When she’s not journaling her life, you can find her window shopping, cooking dinner for her family, or curled up on her couch reading a book.
Connect With Ava
Twitter – @avaharrison333
Pinterest – https://www.pinterest.com/avaharrison333/
I was drawn in to Imperfect Truth from the very first pages. It’s really easy to fall into this novel and to sympathize with the main character, Ava Harrison.
Sometimes I find myself picking a fight with him just so he will talk to me. All I want is a little attention from him. Good or bad.
Her marriage made me sad. At first, I blamed Alexandre – but as the novel progresses, you see that both are to blame for the disconnect in their marriage.
I’m usually not one to read books that center around infidelity (this is my second one this month though, so maybe I can’t say that anymore?), but there’s something about the way that Ava Harrison writes a broken, hurting woman that a lot of us can relate to – even if we aren’t experiencing the same things that Ava’s character experiences throughout the novel.
In Ava’s quest to find and receive the attention she’s been missing, she “meets” writer Ryder online. I don’t want to give too much away, because this is one serious trip that you need to experience for yourself, first hand. Personally, for me, red flags went up everywhere, but Ava’s character was blind to it all. She was like a starving dog, so hungry for that attention that she was blind to all the warning signs.
Ava’s character frustrated me and made my heart ache. When someone is experiencing as much turmoil and pain as Ava’s character does, you can’t help but want to reach into the book and shake some sense into her, or at least hug her and make her feel better. A lot of things led up to Ava’s fall.
The second half of this novel was probably my favorite. I loved how Ava finally realized that she needed help, and that wasn’t a bad thing. I love how the truth came out, the conflict, and I loved how Alexandre acted in the second half of the novel. It was redeeming and beautiful. I loved that this book shows a side of human nature often ignored; forgiveness.
In the end, I gave this novel 4.5 stars and I will say that it’s definitely a read to pick up this summer. You’ll see why!
Questions for Ava Harrison:
1) Imperfect Truth is about an unhappily married woman who begins an emotional [and physical] affair with someone she met online. She’s a book blogger, he’s a writer. What inspired you to write this novel? Did you draw from true life experience?
My husband actually inspired the concept. We were discussing the indie book industry and he asked me if any bloggers and authors ever had online affairs…a light bulb went off and I decided I had to write that story. I then pulled from real-life experiences in my own marriage and the story was born. Ava’s journey of self-discovery is based on my own journey to own my imperfections and learn to love myself.
2) I’m deeply curious about your pen name – Ava Harrison. It’s the same name as the character in the novel. Did you choose your pen name after you’d written the book, and the character, or is there a story behind it that you could share with us?
I choose my name and the characters name before I wrote the book. The name Ava and Harrison are both names that are significant to me. Most people don’t realize at first that the main character is my pen name. The reason I did this was this story was written to be “Ava’s” Memoir. The story is a full circle. The beginning is the end… the end is the beginning.
3) What’s your writing process like?
So basically I write notes and quotes in my iPhone as I feel the scene play out. Eventually I will sit down and turn those notes into a story. When I finally sat down to write Imperfect Truth I had 30,000 words of notes.
4) Do you have any odd writing rituals? (Example: I like to eat dill pickle chips when I write).
I really don’t other then half my book is written at the oddest times. For some reason the best quotes and sentences hit me while on a spin bike. So often you will see me typing away on my phone while I work out.
5) Do you have any future writing projects planned? If so, could you tell us about them?
I’m currently writing an epilogue to Ava and Alex’s story. After I finish I would like to write a spinoff standalone for another character in the book.
6) Who inspires you the most?
My mother inspires me the most. She is amazing. She is completely selfless and has dedicated her whole life to helping others.
7) Do you have a “day job”, or is writing your full-time gig?
Writing is not a full time gig for me. I dabble in a lot of projects.
8) What other hobbies do you have?
My hobbies are shopping, reading and writing.
9) How has writing (and being published) changed your life?
It really hasn’t changed my life. Only a few people in my family know I wrote a book, most of my peers and friends from home don’t even know.
10) What do you love most about writing?
I love the cathartic release I receive from putting my words on paper. When I wrote Imperfect Truth I purged my soul of everything I was feeling. The subject matter with Ryder might have been fictitious but everything I felt i.e. isolated, desolate…I really felt those feelings. Writing Imperfect Truth helped me realize I needed to change my life and find someone to talk about my problems.
11) If you could travel anywhere in the world right now for free, where would you go and who would you want to bring with you?
I would love to go to the South of France with my husband.
Tea or coffee? Coffee
Beaches or mountains? Beaches
Rap or country? Top 40 hits
eReader or paperback? eReader
Early riser or night owl? Both, I don’t sleep a lot.
Cat or dog? Dog
Camping or glamping? Glamping
Charlie Hunnam or Jamie Dornan? Jamie
Beard or clean shaven? Clean or scruff.
Tattoos or ink-free? …on my men, I’m not picky 😉