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
There are more reviews on Amazon A Justifiable Madness
It is exactly a week ago that A Justifiable Madness was officially published. I now realise how ill equipped I was for dealing with the social media requirements of an author. Debut novel. Lots of support from my Publishers Bloodhound Books. Heaps of tweets and posts, retweets and likes later and yet I remained mystified.
Undeterred, I set about learning. YouTube to the rescue. How on earth do I get a post from my website to Facebook and Twitter? Please don’t laugh. I’m a fifty something who has been self-taught on computers and only stepped into Facebook and Twitter because I had to.
I started my quest at 0900hrs and this post is being born at 1415hrs. It may not make it, but I’m hopeful. Verdict: Must do better.
I am now on day three of the book launch Blog Blitz. I never even knew what one was until I joined Bloodhound Books. I say ‘joined’ but what I actually mean is – was invited to be a part of.
Since Thursday at the crack of dawn, I have spent hours in front of the computer wrestling with Facebook and Twitter, desperate not to offend anyone and making sure I have said ‘thank you’ to all the amazing reviewers and bloggers out there in social media book land.
The response has been astounding and although I’m smiling like an idiot I also feel humbled by the unexpected level of praise received.
When I wrote the story of A Justifiable Madness, I never imagined the amount of work that Bloodhound Books would put into marketing their authors and the novels we write. My biggest thanks go to them and to my fellow authors who encourage each other. Great team.
Please see the link above for a really lovely review I received today.
My nerves are still jangling , but my confidence has improved.
From the review by Bookstormer – Alexina Golding 21 September 2017
A B Morgan has written one of the best opening scenes to a book I have ever read. It drew me in and kept my curious mind needing to read on.
Mark was such a conundrum to work out, but a genuinely likeable character.
An extremely interesting insight in to the possibilities of power being in the wrong hands.
Having worked a short stint in one of my previous careers in a Hospital I found the descriptive nature of writing transporting me back there.
I found Emma and Monica’s working relationship and friendship brought so much personality and credibility to the story.
With such a powerful storyline and being filled with dread for Mark, A.B.Morgan peppered it with humour making this a fantastic read, especially if like me you love “people watching” and trying to work out the human mind.
An extremely well crafted debut novel, with a storyline that I found original and powerful. With atinge of what if and sadness, I thoroughly enjoyed this read for various reasons and impressed with the style of A B Morgan’s debut novel
The official launch is tomorrow, 21st September 2017, The paperback was released on 10th September, but Amazon jumped the gun on the ebook version and for a week or so the kindle book was also available.
I’ve had three good Amazon reviews so far and can breathe a little. The response was really positive.
A local book launch has been arranged for 11th October in the village pub, The Cock, in Pavenham, with a fellow author John Lewes, and I hope that will be an enjoyable social event for friends and villagers alike.
A Justifiable Madness is now being advertised on Amazon, earlier than I thought!
Friends, family and neighbours are boosting sales with their supportive orders and now I wait with trepidation for the first review …
A big thank you to the London Writers Eclective ( see link above) who have invited me to one of their monthly events to launch A Justifiable Madness.
So, on 10th November I will be off to the bright lights of Waterstones in Tottenham Court Rd, London, to read from my book and to meet lots of other writers. How exciting!
I have to thank my brother Simon -who seems to know an awful lot of people- for introducing me to his friend Lindsay who helps to organise these events.
I haven’t lost the local touch and will be organising something for friends and neighbours in Pavenham and in Burnham on Crouch…as promised.
Due for publication on 21st September
A Justifiable Madness
what’s it all about?
Can you really tell the difference between madness and sanity?
Mark Randall goes to great lengths to get himself admitted to an acute psychiatric ward and despite being mute, he easily persuades professionals that he is psychotic, but who is he and why is he so keen to spend time in a psychiatric hospital?
When Mark is admitted onto Pargiter Ward, silent, wrapped in a blanked to cover his nudity, staff soon become suspicious about his motives.
Dealing with this as well as meeting the patients on the ward, Mark’s troubles really begin once he is Sectioned under the Mental Health Act. Decisions about his future then lie with Consultant Psychiatrist, Dr Giles Sharman and Mark’s life is about to go from bad to worse.
Drugged, abused and in danger, Mark looks for a way out of this nightmare…