The Global Corruption that Inspired As Long As She Lives

This short TED talk by Charmian Gooch is about the very issues that inspired and make up the geopolitical background of As Long As She Lives. It will probably sound as though I based Henri on the specific son of a specific president that she mentions (even though my fake country name sounds similar – I got Equatorial Kundu from Aaron Sorkin!) but I didn’t – as she said, selfish, entitled, greedy, evil men like this are so common as to be almost clichΓ©.

Charmian Gooch sounds hopeful that a global groundswell of disapproval is beginning to have some impact on this kind of corruption, and I hope that’s true. In the mean time, I’m going to take pleasure in writing about the attempts of one unassuming, good-hearted, perhaps even naive woman’s attempts to use the megalomania of just one of these evil men to stop his corruption in a more direct – if extremely dangerous – way. Never underestimate a teacher with students to avenge πŸ˜‰


5 comments on “The Global Corruption that Inspired As Long As She Lives”
  1. Great post! I love knowing about the backstory inspiration behind a story. Looking forward to the finished book. πŸ™‚


    1. Thanks Kim, I’m looking forward to finishing it! πŸ™‚


  2. says:

    I admire your dedication to your work and research. Your capacity for compassion and your finely tuned sense of justice adds texture and learning to what could very easily have been “just another story”.
    When readers absorb the content of “As Long as She Lives”, they’ll unwitting learn things they may not have been aware of before. You have an uncanny knack for teaching in the guise of storytelling – it’s a beautiful skill you’ve honed to perfection, and adds a dimension to your novel that makes it unique.
    Everytime I read another chapter, I’m reminded how privileged I am to know you as a friend. (Otherwise I’d probably be envious, jealous, green about the gills….)
    Don’t ever stop what you’re doing! And your lover was right – it was time to share your work with the world!


    1. Gosh, Toni, thank you so much. Your support has been invaluable to me – you’ve been there since the first proper draft, with coffee and an endless patience (and slight ghoulishness) for answering my questions while deciding what kind of injuries Caitlyn and Henri (who had different names, then) should have. I hope I can make something of this not-quite-romantic-enough-romantic-suspense, beyond Wattpad and Fictionpress, if only to be able to put you into my acknowledgements πŸ™‚ I miss having you as a neighbour, I hope we can have a good visit, soon (though I do worry about the post-visit hangover because I suspect we won’t sleep until our jaws can no longer move from nattering!)


      1. says:

        A tram ride to excellent coffee and cake!
        I can’t wait!


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