‘Now if I carry out this oath, and break it not, may I gain for ever reputation among all men for my life and for my art; but if I break it and forswear myself, may the opposite befall me.’
~ from the Hippocratic Oath (translated by WHS Jones)
Psychiatrists, Drs Whittle and Grosvenor, have dedicated their lives to helping their patients, but their approach, and the complications it reveals, lead them into relationships that harm not only themselves.
As their lives entangle, both men find that doing no harm is not as cut-and-dried as they perceived.
Can the patients in their care really trust them? Or are more sinister motives at work?
Haha! I like to write in my local coffee shop first thing in the morning. Or in a sunny patch of my garden, again, first thing in the morning. I actually write from about 9pm, sitting up in bed, once my little boy is asleep and my to-do list is down to one page of A4! It’s a case of grabbing any opportunity these days, unless I’m on a writers’ retreat! The last few years I’ve been lucky enough to stay in a stunning house on Exmoor for a week – it’s bliss!
My ritual. That’s kind of a big question, because I have OCD! One of the reasons I like to write away from home, is that it frees me from a lot of my compulsions. But wherever I am, I need it to be quiet – or just the white noise of a café – and I need to be warm, and have a …
3. Is there a drink of something to nibble on while you write?
4. What is/are your favourite book(s)?
My favourite book of all time is It’s so brilliant that I get scared every time I re-read it, and have to carry a clove of garlic around with me – that’s the mark of a powerful novel!
5. Do you consider writing a different genre or do you already do that?
I’d like to write a fantasy novel about a world I created in my early teens. I also enjoy writing poetry. But I have to get The Glasshouse Series out of my head and notebooks before I do anything else!
6. Do you sometimes base your characters on people you know?
Some of my characters are based on aspects of people I’ve met; sometimes I mash elements of people together
7. Do you take a (digital) notebook everywhere in order to write down ideas that pop up? .
I do take a notebook and several hundred pens everywhere I go! Even if I’m just popping down to the shop. You never know what you might see or hear, or what might pop into your head.
I’ll give anything a go, but I prefer dark, twisted novels over rom coms.
9. If you had the chance to co-write a book. Whom would it be with?
If I could co-write with anyone, it would probably be Clare Mackintosh. Or my old friend from school, Roland Hulme – he writes frenetic epic action romances, so it would be fun to mix all that with the darkness!
10. If you should travel to a foreign country to do research, which one would you chose and why?
SO many places! But I’ve always wanted to drive across America and write my On the Road, and Dom from Glasshouse will end up in California at some point, so I’d like to be on the next plane to San Francisco!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
Thank you, Morwenna Blackwood and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
When Morwenna Blackwood was six years old, she got told off for filling a school exercise book with an endless story when she should have been listening to the teacher/eating her tea/colouring with her friends. The story was about a frog. It never did end; and Morwenna never looked back.
Born and raised in Devon, Morwenna suffered from severe OCD and depression, and spent her childhood and teens in libraries. She travelled about for a decade before returning to Devon. She now has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Exeter, and lives with her husband, son and three cats in a cottage that Bilbo Baggins would be proud of. Her debut psychological thriller, The (D)Evolution of Us, is published by #darkstroke, and has become an Amazon best-seller. When she is not writing, Morwenna works for an animal rescue charity, or can be found down by the sea.
She often thinks about that frog.
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