Find out more about the inspiration, charcters and author behind the book.
What was your inspiration for this story?
I wanted to write a story that would keep me engrossed in it and would be interesting enough to write as well as read. I originally had the idea for writing a lot of smaller stories which contributed to one big one. I’ve also always loved murder mystery books/ tv shows, as well as psychology so all of that came together for Corrupted.
What did you enjoy most about writing Corrupted?
I think it’s got to be writing the development of Lucy and Robertson’s relationship. We all want a person in our lives who will be fighting in our corner, but also someone keeps surprising/challenging us. It makes it safe, but exciting. I love those moments where they are just sparring with each other in an exchange of sharp wits.
Why is Lucy so defensive all the time?
Lucy has been worn down by the world. All of the experiences she has been through have turned into this cynical harder version of who she used to be and I think a lot of us can relate to that. It’s like how much do we allow ourselves to be affected by our past, the people around us? Do we not let them in at all? Or do we allow them to change us subconsciously for the worst? It’s a question that I keep reflecting on for myself as I get older.
What was your biggest struggle writing this book? And how did you overcome it?
My biggest struggle was actually finding the time and motivation to write it. I wrote bits here and there for five years. It was so strange, because I absolutely knew it was a story I wanted to tell, but there was something holding me back. When lockdown happened I finally got the chance to commit, especially with the gyms getting closed.
Without spoilers, what was the hardest moment in your novel to write?
The hardest chapter to write without a doubt was the sexual abuse scene, particularly because it’s told in first person and because of the age of the person at the time. I’ve never experienced that, but I know people who have so I wanted to make sure I told in a way that would not invalidate their experiences. I wrote it toward the beginning of the first draft, but it still haunts me.
Who is your favourite character?
I love both the main characters, but if I would have to choose it would have to be Robertson. There is a lot more to his character than meets the eye and you can’t help but think there is something just bubbling below the surface. He’s so desperate to help Lucy; there must be a reason why.
Do the Doctor and Lucy have feelings for each other?
If you’ve read the whole book, you’ll probably realise that it’s a fair assumption to make. There is definitely something there that goes beyond the traditional doctor and patient relationship. However, crossing any lines would be very dangerous and as I am sure you will be aware, Robertson is usually very professional.
Is there going to be a second book?
Well I think the words right at the end ‘To be Continued…’ would probably give that away ha ha. The second book ‘Afflicted’ is now available to buy on Amazon with the third being released later this year. I’ve recently made it clear that this series is a trilogy so there will be three books all in all.