I Am The Man Who Is Going To Marry Kyra Davis

This is what you call a hijacking.
I have taken over this blog for today.  Kyra can use the break. Trust me. She has been tucked away, fingers flying over her keyboard, pounding out her next book (which is one of the most riveting reads I have had in years, by the way) – meeting deadlines the way James Bond diffuses nuclear weapons at the end of his movies.
And today is her birthday – and so this is my gift to her.
Who am I?
I am the man who is going to marry Kyra Davis. 
You have read about me in this blog before – although my name was never used (Rod Lurie, by the way).  I am the guy who had the on again-off-again-on again-off again -on again-off again- on again- off again- and then finally on again whirlwind with her.
You have also heard about some of the other men who she dated during the “off again” times – but, I am the one, in the end, who now wakes up with her and will do so for the rest of my life.
I am a filmmaker. She’s a novelist.  And that’s a big advantage. 
We are both creative people and we both need creative people in our lives.  Our relationship has been filled with great romance, that is for sure – but few things make us feel closer than when we are both writing at the same time, when we advise one another, when we get excited by the perfect sentences and perfect scenes we see in one another’s work.
Kyra tells me that she knew she could fall in love with me when she saw one of my films.
And I knew that I could fall for Kyra when I first read one of her novels.
On our first date (not really a date – it was our first meeting off of Match.com which is more like a job interview) she brought me one of her Sophie Katz books Vows, Vendettas and a Little Black Dress.  Now, this is not the kind of book I normally would be reading. But that night I nonetheless began it .
 I was in love. But it wasn’t with Kyra. Not yet.  I fell in love with Sophie Katz.  She made me laugh, Sophie did, and she turned me on and she was beautiful, or at least so I imagined.
Do you have any idea how difficult it is to create a character that other people can fall in love with? Do you know how much talent that takes?
Without even having kissed her I decided that I wanted Kyra in my life.  Her talent moved me that much.
Kyra  is a gorgeous woman.  So that helped.  I admit it. I am a man, after all. But I have dated and directed some of the most beautiful women in the world. So, that certainly wasn’t everything.
Here I had found a person who has the beauty of, say, a young Elizabeth Taylor – elegant and sexy- but also an ability to write like some of my favorite authors – Philip Roth, Larry McMurtry, Nora Ephron .  I had become impossibly infatuated with Kyra’s talent.
Talent is sexy.
Talent is an aphrodisiac.
Talent attracts talent
Last January Kyra and I broke up.  I put that on myself.  There were many issues swirling in my life that made me think I didn’t have the wherewithal to be there for her son – who is remarkable and brilliant and a delight (I have two kids myself).
I pretty much knew I had made a mistake the minute I left her at her apartment  having told her that she was the love of my life.
 “For your sake I hope that isn’t true.” That’s what she said to me.
A little while later I went to Atlanta to shoot a pilot for CBS.   I wasn’t dating and didn’t want to date – Kyra was too tough an act to follow.
It was in Atlanta that I found out that JUST ONE NIGHT had done so well that it had made the New York Times best seller list. It was a categorical triumph. The reviews from readers were gushingly heartfelt. 
I had been with her as she wrote the first two of the JUST ONE NIGHT trilogy. They could have been a standard issue erotica, but instead it became a great study of human behavior- with characters organically and beautifully evolving and arcing (and there aregreat great sex scenes). I have had some critical success myself, but I am nowhere near the writer she is. To see the pages flow from her, to see her mind racing (literally see it racing. I can tell when she is thinking creatively by her eye movement), was exhilarating and inspiring.
You have to understand how demanding her deadlines were.  If you comprehended how much time pressure she was under (and is under) and then considered the quality of the writing, you’d have to come to the conclusion that Kyra Davis is a kind of genius.  
You also have to understand that for all her success, Kyra, like most authors, was struggling.  The truth is that every book she wrote was a triumph of sort, but they were  also a Sisyphusian exercise.  She lived in a tiny apartment, drove a clunker (sorry, babe, truth is truth) , and put almost every dime she made into her son’s private school.
And now, success.
Here  I was in Atlanta and not with Kyra.
 I wasn’t there to celebrate her triumph.  I wasn’t there to celebrate something that I felt very invested in. I wasn’t there to celebrate her talent – the very talent I had so fallen in love with. 
At this point, Kyra was dating another man. So, I couldn’t even call her, really.  (I sent her an email of congratulations).
It was difficult not to talk to her.  You can’t imagine how proud I was.  Not being able to express that pride sort of diminished me. It hurt.  And, you know,  what I most wanted  to tell her was “I told you so”.  I always knew that talent like this eventually brings great rewards – especially when it is compounded by perseverance.
I needed her back. It was selfish, but I did. I needed her beauty back. I needed her kindness back. I needed her talent back in my life.
A few weeks after I got back from Atlanta.  The relationship she was in ebbed out. She wasn’t ready to come back to me. Not right away.  She had to know that this time it was for real.
Well, she is living with me now.
So is her son.
She has a ring.
We have a wedding date.
And I am writing scripts at the same time she is writing her next book for all of you.
Her talent is all around me.
It’s for real.

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14 Comments

  1. cAnDiE

    August 22, 2013

    Awesome post Rob! Great to see how much Kyra is respected and loved! 🙂

  2. Vera Brasher

    August 22, 2013

    So happy for you both! Although I don’t know Kyra personally, it is obvious that she is a very special person. Real, down to earth and caring. It is such a blessing that she found someone who truly understands and loves her. Many years of happiness to you both.

  3. Shirl

    August 22, 2013

    Rod, I don’t know you but I think what you wrote is the most beautiful “love note” that I have ever read. I have seen you in Kyra’s pictures and if your words hadn’t expressed your love for her here, it was already obvious by the look on your face when you look at her. Frankly, I don’t really know Kyra either, I am just a fan, but an avid fan who has followed Kyra from the very first Sophie novel and have (and will continue to) read every book that she has written and will write. And this makes me feel like I do know her and that her happiness is as important to me as any of my friends and Rod, you have made her happy , that is obvious in her face when she looks at you too. So, thank you, it looks like Kyra got her “happy ending” after all.

  4. Alison B

    August 22, 2013

    Congrats Rod! Kyra is an amazing person inside and out. You are a very fortunate man to have her and her son in your life. Although make no mistakes that if you mess anything up she has tons and tons of fans that will hurt….um…oops! Just kidding though! Mazel Tov! Best wishes for your future together!!!

  5. LoobieFan

    August 22, 2013

    thank you rob loobie for this sensual very heart-felt massage to kyra’s blog.

  6. LaVonne

    August 22, 2013

    LOVE that! Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  7. Anonymous

    August 22, 2013

    Awesome Blog and 2 awesome people!! :-). Happy Birthday Kyra…

  8. Erin B.

    August 22, 2013

    What kind and honest words. I too am just an avid fan of Kyra Davis’ work, but it’s wonderful to hear and see how much positivity is in her life. She is certainly the kind of person who has a most valuable asset – tenacity. To be able to pick yourself up and try, try again is tough, but worth it when you find professional and/or personal success. I wish you both nothing but happiness. Cheers!

  9. Anonymous

    August 22, 2013

    “…when we advice one another…”

    Should be advise.

  10. Sheila Curran

    August 23, 2013

    What a lovely tribute. The thrill of being creative together, nothing can quite surpass it. When Kyra was part of the GCC back in the day, I loved her stuff and clearly, she’s kept on writing. Raising kids, having love in your life, and continuing to spin out great fables, ah, such is nirvana.

  11. Nicole c.

    August 23, 2013

    Well, WOW! It’s wonderful to hear the author gets her happy ending also! Congratulations to you both.

  12. azusmom

    August 23, 2013

    Mazel-tov! I wish you guys every happiness, forever! (And yes, you’re a lucky guy. :))

  13. Leslie

    August 23, 2013

    So, it was Rod Lurie after all. That’s so sweet. He makes wonderful movies and you two will be wonderful together. I offered once to exchange my husband for whoever the mystery man was and now I am ready to do it even more.

  14. Jennifer the Chaos Queen

    August 24, 2013

    Awww, this is so sweet! Congratulations and good luck to you both!

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