Deceit has a certain allure when your life doesn’t match up to the ideal of what it means to be a modern man.

Tom’s lost his job and now he’s been labelled ‘spermless’. He doesn’t exactly feel like a modern man, although his double life helps. Yet when his secret identity threatens to unravel, he starts to lose the plot and comes perilously close to the edge.

All the while Adam has his own duplicity, albeit for very different reasons, reasons which will blow the family’s future out of the water.

If they can’t be honest with themselves, and everyone else, then things are going to get a whole lot more complicated.

This book tackles hard issues such as male depression, dysfunctional families and degenerative diseases in an honest, life-affirming and often humorous way. It focuses particularly on the challenges of being male in today’s world and explores how our silence on these big issues can help push men to the brink.

 

 

Q&A

-When and where do you prefer to write?

I write anywhere and anytime. I have a full-time job so have to write on scraps of paper and jot down a few paragraphs whenever they come to me.

– Is there a drink of some food that keeps you company while you write?

Coffee and chocolate. My novel is based on a café over the road from my office. I’m well known there. My tipple of choice is a large weak extra hot latte. Yes, I’m fussy!

– What is your favourite book?

Me before you by Jo Jo Moyes, I like books I can relate to about plots that might happen to me.

– Do you consider writing a different genre in the future?

I don’t think so, I write from what I know. I spend so much time with flawed humans, I could write a hundred different but authentic characters. The truth is often stranger than fiction.

– Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?

I take aspects of people I know and put them in different combinations to form one character.

– Do you take a notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up?

I generally type notes in to my phone.

– Which genre do you not like at all?

Science fiction and fantasy. I like to read about things that could happen.

– If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?

Jo Jo Moyes

– If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?

Thailand. I like sea, sand and sun.

Thank you, Jo Johnson and Rachel’s Random Resources

 

About the author

I’m very excited that my debut novel ‘Surviving Me’ is due to be published on the 14 November. The novel is about male minds and what pushes a regular man to the edge. The novel combines all the themes I can write about with authenticity.

I qualified as a clinical psychologist in 1992 and initially worked with people with learning disabilities before moving into the field of neurology in 1996. I worked in the NHS until 2008 when i left to write and explore new projects.

I now work as an independent clinical psychologist in West Sussex.

Jo speaks and writes for several national neurology charities including Headway and the MS Trust. Client and family related publications include, “Talking to your kids about MS”, “My mum makes the best cakes” and “Shrinking the Smirch”. 

In the last few years Jo has been offering psychological intervention using the acceptance and commitment therapeutic model (ACT) which is the most up to date version of CBT. She is now using THE ACT model in a range of organisations such as the police to help employees protect their minds in order to avoid symptoms of stress and work related burnout.

 

Author Links

https://en-gb.facebook.com/shrinkingthesmirch/

 

 

Book Links

https://www.goodreads.com/en/book/show/48660416-surviving-me

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Surviving-Me-Jo-Johnson/dp/1789650615

https://www.amazon.com/Surviving-Me-Jo-Johnson/dp/1789650615