When I sat down to write #A Justifiable Madness it was not with the intention of sending a political message or jumping on a sensationalist band waggon of a hot topic. I wrote about what I know. Having been a Registered Mental Health Nurse for twenty years it was impossible not to.
I wanted to focus on power and control. Why? Well, because ‘patient choice’ is a phrase that has been rammed down our throats for years, but the reality for many is that the choice is in the hands of others. Sometimes for good reason. In writing a book where suspense and psychological thrills are key components, there was also a drive to ask the question ‘have there been improvements in treatment and in patient care for those with serious mental health conditions?’
What I didn’t want to do was to use the story as a way of belittling patients, ex-patients, or service users. I wanted to tell a story that included their perspective without doing a disservice to them or to mental health professionals.
A fiction book is a form of entertainment, of escapism and expression, but it can also help to raise awareness, inform and ask difficult questions.
Judging by the reviews and contacts from readers so far, I did alright …
‘What is really creepy about this book is that whilst it is something that should never happen in modern society, it is equally something that could happen.’ from Life of Cri.me
‘I enjoyed the clever plot and it definitely made me think about the whole subject of psychiatry from diagnosis through to the treatment. A Justifiable Madness is part thriller, drama and suspense all rolled into one making a fantastic combination.’ From a review by Rea Reads
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