WHAT MANY MEN

DESIRE

  • Why Did I Write This Book?

    Probably the thing I get asked about this book most often is, “Why did you write it?” The answer is not at all straightforward.

    Some years ago, I stumbled upon a handful of xeroxed pages, bearing the title, “Bad Women (and Men).” They turned out to comprise a chapter from the memoir of a Mr C. W. R. Winter, who was Chief Electrician for the Queen Mary from when it first sailed, back in 1936.

    Under this intriguing title, Mr Winter tells us about a cadre of classy, beautifully turned out women, who were on board to take advantage of a concentrated pool of wealth--the men in First Class on this, the world's most celebrated ship. They were often the ship's most beautiful and elegant women; they were engaged in the world's oldest profession.

    The existence of such women in this venue shocked me—I was completely taken aback upon learning that such shenanigans went on amongst these highbrow folks and in this rarified atmosphere. Yes, beneath those fine gowns and gems and pearls lurked hearts whose sole interest was sexual commerce, and lustful men were there who were eager to do business with them. This simply did not fit my image of life aboard a grand liner.

    Once I recovered from my shock, I realized this was a story worth telling and I set out to do that. Before long, I had invented a young woman to be my surrogate. I put her in the position of an eager but naïve voyager having these facts thrown in her face--thus Audrey Simmons came into existence.

    In the title, "Bad Women (And Men)", "And Men" is not a reference to the customers of these women. Here, Mr Winter refers to yet another instance of "commerce;" a handful of men who made their living at sea--as gamblers. Like the Bad Women, they mined the rich ore in First Class, taking full advantage of the need of many of these plutocrats to feel they were top dog. White Star/Cunard made efforts to warn their customers about the gamblers, posting signs in the lounges. Mostly the gamblers played poker and, true, some of them were cheaters. But the best of them were just very good players, wallowing in a sea of wealthy dilettantes.

    Interestingly, the liner companies posted no warnings about prostitutes.

    1 Comment

    • 1. Aug 8 2014 11:14PM by Barbara King

      OMG the attention to detail of each character and scene was amazing. It was definitely a page turner. Some nights I was up until 2am trying to get to the next chapter. Being bi-racial myself I could identify with many of the feelings. But the truthis is the story is about a young woman who took risks to follow her dreams.

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