BAD LIES, released last week, tells the story of a thirty year-old woman who is a late-blooming professional golf wanna-be. She’s also a recovering gambling addict, having learned the trade from her father. Instead of playing sedate games like slots, video poker, the lottery, and bingo, most enjoyed by women, her ‘proclivities’ are more like a man’s, thanks to her dad. Her highs are poker, black jack and sports betting. Aggressive games.
Point is, Sophie is a competitor. Research shows, even today, women shy away from competition. My Sophie is an anomaly...um...like me.
Most recent testing of competitive natures of men and women find that men relish head-to-head gaming; women prefer to compete against themselves. http://www.nytimes.com/2006/03/09/business/the-difference-between-men-and-women-revisited-its-about.html
In fact, women in the United States have fallen behind other Western democracies, by winning less than 25 percent of the nation’s 7,383 legislative seats. Women in Sweden hold 40 percent; in other European countries, more than 30 percent. The common reason: “women doubt they are qualified to run for office (60 percent) than men (40 percent).” http://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/25/opinion/why-so-few-women-in-state-politics.html?_r=0
Now, I happen to be one of the women, like Sophie in BAD LIES, who plays a better game of golf if I’m competing against a player with a higher index than mine. I didn’t run for a legislative office, but I did become the first female high school principal in a very conservative school district.
Truth is, I like to compete against myself, but I always up my game when I compete with others. How about you?
While you’re thinking, here’s BAD LIES http://a.co/0DuYNPn:
Italy’s haunted caves spell danger for an American golfer and a NATO geologist
Sophie Maxwell is a late-blooming, unorthodox golfer, and mother of a precocious thirteen year-old. Determined to put divorce, bankruptcy, and a penchant for gambling in her past, Sophie goes to Italy for a qualifying golf tournament.
Jack Walker turned his back on a pro golfing career to become a geologist. As a favor to his ailing father he’ll caddy for Sophie; off hours, he’ll find caves on the Mediterranean coast, suitable for NATO listening posts for terrorist activity.
Someone is determined to stop Jack’s underground hunt and ruin Sophie’s chances to win her tournament.
On a Rome golf course and in the Amalfi coast’s haunted caves, all the odds are stacked against Sophie and Jack. In their gamble of a lifetime, who wins?
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