Publisher: Damnation Books
Publication Date: September 2013
Order Links: Damnation Books
Synopsis: Michael Porter's violent dreams were a danger to anyone around him when he woke fighting. He thought the local mental hospital would cure him. He didn't know that the worst nightmare was being in there.
Interview: Q. Please tell us about the inspiration for your current release.
‘Nightmares and Other Therapy’ came out of stories I was told about mental hospitals in the sixties and the general attitude to mental disorders among the population at that time. I was a community mental health counselor for many years and have to say that in some respects attitudes haven’t changed much. This book tries to show that people helping each other is still the best way to live.
Q. How did writing this book affect you?
I tried to put myself in Michael’s position – suddenly finding himself having to live by new rules where his beliefs and needs weren’t very important and his word wasn’t good for much. It was quite harrowing.
Q. What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Getting started. I always have three or four scenarios going round in my head – different characters for different books – and sometimes it takes a real effort to concentrate on one group and pitch them into the fray.
Q. Do you plan any subsequent books?
There is another stand-alone book in this series: ‘Teamwork’ that contains one character from ‘Nightmares’. That will be published in a few months. Depending on how they are received, I might write a third, bringing the characters from both earlier books together.
Q. What are you currently reading?
I’m in a bit of a lull at the moment but the book I am reading now and then is ‘Below Zero’ by C.J. Box.
Q. Please tell us your latest news (book-related or not!).
Not much really. My middle son has decided to go back to university to get his masters in Library studies and my younger son is taking a year out of higher education to concentrate on trying to develop his portfolio on stop action photography animation. I am looking at the first chapters of three new stories that are demanding attention and trying to ignore them.
Q. Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Back in the days when I was a counselor, I also wrote self-help books for my employer. Field testing these with our clients was a great way to find out what actually worked rather than what was supposed to work. So I would be happy to hear from readers via my website or email about their experiences with my books; basically if they got as much fun from reading as I did from writing.