Clinical psychologist Dr Emma-Jane Glass falls for her captor when the roles of client and therapist are reversed in a psychologically layered story of revenge and grief. Is it a case of Stockholm Syndrome, or something else?
When Dr Emma-Jane Glass’ interview on local radio is deemed to be sympathetic towards a mother’s actions to kill herself and young child, Drew Rogers hatches a plan to teach the psychologist a thing or two about being left behind as a spouse. Abducted and held captive in an empty property, Dr Glass swaps places in the psychologist’s chair.
Drew puts the motivation of his wife’s actions down to his extra-marital affairs, but then the sordid truth behind his family’s disappearance is revealed.
Hard-hitting and emotional, Dr Glass is the first novel in the Glass Minds Series from the author of Rachel’s Garden, The Entrepreneur, Willow Weeps and Rosie Shadow.
- To begin with why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself – where were you born? Raised? Schooled?
I am the youngest of three children, with two sisters. When we were growing up we typically fell in and out, until we realized how lucky we are to have each other.
I was born and went to school in rural Cheshire and went to the University of Essex then the University of Loughborough. My first job as an English teacher was at a girls’ boarding and day school in Staffordshire.
I met my husband Nigel when I was in my late twenties. We have one daughter, and we are very settled in Shropshire. It’s an unspoilt county of natural beauty.
- What did you want to be when you were eighteen and why?
I wanted to be a vet because I love animals, but I was hopeless at science. I remember talking to the careers advisor at school about being a journalist, but I didn’t really have a clue what I wanted to do. I was writing stories by then, but only for me to read. It took many years to get the confidence to submit to publications and publishers.
- Please tell us about your latest novel!
Dr Emma-Jane Glass is a qualified clinical psychologist with her own practice in Shrewsbury. She has an article published about maternal filicide (a mother murders their child or children) in an academic journal and is subsequently interviewed on local radio about her sympathetic standpoint. The publicity generates unwanted attention from a deranged patient who abducts her. She thinks she falls her him and begins to question her original standpoint and her own mind.
- What do you hope people take away with them after reading your work?
I hope they will have enjoyed the story and been gripped from beginning to end. If I can go further and make them think, and look at something in a different way … even better.
- What advice do you give aspiring writers?
Read, read and read some more. Read fiction in your chosen genre, fiction in other genres, poetry, short stories and non-fiction. Read books about how to write a novel. Don’t give up!
Thank you, Louise Worthington and Rachel’s Random Resources
About the author
Louise is the author of the psychological thrillers Rachel’s Garden, Willow Weeps, the Entrepreneur, and the horror novel, Rosie Shadow, book one in the Black Tongue Series.
Born in Cheshire, England, Louise studied literature at the University of Essex. As a teenager she read until the small hours, enjoying the darker worlds conjured by Stephen King and Daphne du Maurier.
When Louise isn’t reading or writing, you’ll most likely find her outside enjoying the Shropshire countryside with her husband or messing about with her daughter, and furry and feathered friends.