In “A Fractured Understanding“, Little Keira Brett had a best friend. The trouble is that no-one but Keira could see or hear her. Everyone thought that Keira’s imaginary friend would disappear once she started school, but she didn’t. She didn’t disappear when Keira started secondary school either – or when she reached her teens. Her parents found very different ways to deal with it – or not deal with it to be more precise. And then suddenly, just before Keira’s 16th birthday, her friend did, at last, disappear… but she wasn’t the only one.
What genre is this novel?
It’s a sort of psychological thriller.
Tell us more.
The story is told in the first person by Caroline. She is the wife of Rolande and mother to Blake and Keira. Keira has an imaginary friend, the consequences of which alter the course of the lives of the whole family. Caroline is eventually admitted to a mental health hospital where she begins to write her story in a journal.
Who will this novel appeal to?
I think it will appeal to readers who like a page turner and who also like a mystery. Anyone who appreciates rhythm and flow in a narrative should like the style I think. It seems to have attracted a wide variety of readers some of whom have said they loved it despite not usually reading first person fiction.
We hear that this is the first book you’ve written. Great start.
I’ve written lots of academic work before but never attempted fiction. I suppose I just wanted to see whether I had any talent in that area. The response to it so far has been beyond my wildest dreams. I’ve been humbled and overwhelmed by the kind things people have said.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I am retired and living in the South of France where I moved from the UK. An ex-theatrical agent, I have a great love of film and theatre and spend much of my time now promoting indie film makers, writers and musicians.
Do you have a website where you promote your work?
I do have a website but it is dedicated to the promotion of others rather than myself. http://www.indiepodium.com/index.html
Are you on social media?
For me? I’m not really sure. Everyone is screaming at me to write another book or perhaps a sequel. I think I may take a little time out to think about it.
How easily do new storylines come to you? If we give you four random words – Man, Woman, Airport, Darkness – can you give us a brief storyline?
At the customs desk in Heathrow Airport, Gemma Mason’s stomach was churning. Although newly qualified, her natural instincts were screaming at her that something was very wrong. The middle-aged passenger facing her looked mundane enough but the coldness in his eyes told a wholly different story. She turned to her colleague but he was deep in conversation. With as much composure as she could muster, she asked the passenger to open his briefcase. He looked so deeply into her eyes that she felt every link in her spine freeze. He put the briefcase on the counter and opened it. Darkness …