Monday, April 22, 2013

It’s Not Like The Good Wife….

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I absolutely love The Good Wife. It’s my favorite TV show, and one of the things that the writers of the show are so good at is bringing in both contemporary events and capturing the exciting moments of how large law firms work. The show has an authentic voice which I appreciate. Alicia Florrick is a wonderful lead character, and her life as a “big law” associate and then as a partner at the firm is thrilling and dramatic.

Having said all of that, the day to day life of being a lawyer in a big law firm is really not like what is portrayed in The Good Wife. My friends often ask me after an episode: Would that ever really happen? Has that happened to you? Does it actually work like that? Most often my answer to them is no. While there are elements of real life, it is a bit dramatized as it should be. If The Good Wife was true to life, then no one would want to watch it—I know I wouldn’t! But I never miss an episode because the show provides me something I don’t get in real life.

That same type of thought process went into writing my debut romance suspense Legally Undercover. I wanted to have an authentic flavor for a big law firm, but without getting bogged down in the often mundane life of a lawyer. In Legally Undercover, Alex Popov is a lawyer at a large law firm on the partnership track. When Alex is presented with a top secret assignment for a client, she is forced to make difficult decisions that implicate her career and eventually her safety. That danger and excitement is what makes Legally Undercover a romantic suspense. But it’s also what makes it fiction.
How true to life do you like your romantic suspense? Where do you like the line drawn between accuracy and making for an enjoyable read?

Attorney Alex Popov’s dream of partnership is put to the test when she’s pulled into a top-secret investigation involving arms dealers and one of her clients, Rodrigues Capital. The only good part about her association with the secretive organization is her client contact, Pedro Martín. She’s drawn to him, but he’s hiding something. 

When Jacob shows up as a new attorney at Alex’s firm, it’s clear Pedro isn’t the only one with secrets. As Alex tries to determine Jacob’s true identity, she’s drawn closer to Pedro and deeper into the mystery of Rodrigues Capital and its shadowy networks.

Everyone has an agenda. In a world of lies, where no one is what they seem, Alex puts everything — even her dreams of partnership — on the line for love.

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About the Author
Rachel Kall writes romantic suspense. She enjoys writing spicy and suspenseful stories to keep readers guessing. She’s a lawyer by day and passionate about writing. Her favorite genres are romantic suspense and contemporary romance, but she’s always open to an amazing story in any genre. Rachel is a member of Romance Writers of America, KOD, and Georgia Romance Writers. She loves animals and is active in animal rescue. She enjoys adding loveable pets to her stories. She lives in Georgia with her husband and five furkids—two dogs and three cats.

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  1. Thanks so much for having me today!

  2. I also love The Good Wife. When it started there were real life issues with politicians and it rang so true. I am sure if what they show was real life like no one would get any work done...would

    1. LS--I love all the political story lines too. It really is an amazing show.

  3. I like romantic suspense stories that I beieve could possibly happen. If it seems like an impossible situation then I usually don't enjoy it as much.
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  4. reading Rachel's book right now and loving it!

  5. I like realism to the extent that whatever is happening is believable-- drug cartels, arms dealers, evil serial killers? Yes please. Alien invasion à la Independence Day? No way. Beyond that, the author is free to take liberties... I'm a molecular biologist, our everyday reality consists of transferring really small volumes of clear liquids from one tube to another and waiting around for reactions to happen, not doing all the cool CSI stuff or racing against the clock to identify some deadly weaponized biological agent. If any author or TV show portrayed the reality of laboratory scientists, we'd all be asleep in 5 minutes :)

    1. Chris--Wow, molecular biology sounds intriguing. I'm not really into alien invasion either lol. But I love that there is a lot of variety out there in books to appeal to a wide variety of tastes.

  6. I hear you, Rachel. I have to be grateful my day to day life as a doctor is not nearly as exciting as the day to day life of my characters. Not a serial killer in sight...that I know of :-)

    I'm really excited to read LEGALLY UNDERCOVER. Congratulations on your debut!

    1. Thanks, Carey. I'm ready for your next book!

  7. The Good Wife rings true with what the current politicians' infidelities. I have noticed that they always apologize to their wives. Some still stayed together and some ended up divorce. For most, their political careers are over.

    A life of a lawyer is pretty much mundane with litigation than trials. Only a few cases would end up in trials. That's probably why we love reading and watching court cases (like Perry Mason or Matlock).


    1. You are right! It's very mundane. Thanks for visiting:)

  8. Wonderful post. Look forward to reading Legally Undercover.


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