by Jerrica Knight-Catania
Jerrica and her husband, Eric, met on move-in day at Manhattan School of Music more than 12 years ago. They were in the same tiny class, had the same major, and all the same friends, but for some reason it didn’t occur to them that they were meant to be together until almost 4 years later. They’ve been inseparable ever since and have collaborated on more projects than they can count. As they embark on their 30s, they are elated to welcome a new baby into their lives, as well as a new business venture…and who knows what else!
The Happiest Couple on the Block
Fast forward two years and we were still talking about what to do with all this “happy couple” knowledge we had. We had been watching and listening as friends and family members complained about their relationships over the years. We aren’t the type to usually give unsolicited advice, but certainly when we were alone, we shared our thoughts and opinions about why and how these people were so unhappy. And after two years, we had a good amount of notes on a wide array of topics pertaining to marriage and relationships.
Finally, we put our noses to the grindstone and set to work. Our plan was to have the book written and available for purchase online as an e-book by October 9. But once we got into it, there was no stopping us. Two weeks from the initial planning meeting, the book was done (under the pseudonyms Aaron and Jessica Walters), the site was up and we embarked on our marketing blitz.
So, you might be wondering what kinds of things we talk about in the book. I will say, I think it’s quite different from most advice you’ll find on the bookshelves. We aren’t trained marriage counselors, and we don’t use any “therapy lingo”, we simply have observed and learned from our own relationship what it takes to keep the love alive.
We received a note from one of our readers the other day stating, “I like your frank talk and sometimes outright scolding!!... You two seem to have a handle on some real issues that other books would not even mention.” We talk a lot about taking responsibility rather than always casting the blame on your partner, even if the partner’s behavior is truly undesirable. And we address how working on yourself is the first step in affecting change in your relationship. We might be a little in your face, and people might not agree with everything we say, but we do believe in what we teach…and we practice it, too, which is why we consider ourselves THE HAPPIEST COUPLE ON THE BLOCK.
The book is available at our site, http://www.thehappiestcouple.com/, for immediate download. And we also update the blog quite frequently with tips and anecdotes.
BIO: Jerrica Knight-Catania’s A GENTLEMAN NEVER TELLS will be released next year from Second Wind Publishing. It is the first of her Wetherby Brides series. Visit her at http://www.jerricasplace.com/, and visit the happy couple at http://www.thehappiestcouple.com/.