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Today I’m very pleased to be able to share the responses given by Morwenna Blackwood, author of Glasshouse, to my questions. Read on to discover her replies and to find out mover about both her and her this book.
Morwenna Blackwood’s blog tour answers for Splashes into Books.
The inspiration for The Glasshouse Series originated in my own experience of mental illness – it’s expanded exponentially!
My writing process begins when a line of dialogue, or a short scene pops into my head – usually when I’m doing something mundane, like ironing. Daydreaming seems to be my default state! I jot it down on my hand, then I sketch out a basic plot and start writing, in a notebook, then on my laptop. The plot inevitably morphs as I write and get to know my characters better. Once I have a draft, I rest it for a week, then re-write it. I read it out loud , and edit it about seven times before I send it to my editor. Then I go through his edit and make changes as necessary, read it all through again a couple of times, and then approach a publisher.
I used to write my novels out long-hand in notebooks, but that’s just not practical anymore. Now I enjoy writing on the laptop. It’s quick, it’s easier to work with, and I like the noise, especially when I get into a good flow!
My favourite character in Glasshouse is Erazmus – Dr Whittle. His name hit me out of the blue, and I immediately loved it. I’d like to know why he became a psychiatrist, and about the dichotomy in him … he might well pop up in another novel sometime!
Haha! Glasshouse is pretty dark, and I can’t go into detail or I’ll spoil the story for its readers. I’ll just say I empathise most with Lizzie.
The names of my characters? Erazmus just popped into my head and was perfect, as I’ve already said. His surname, Whittle, is perfect, too – I imagine him whittling his patients into shape, with all that that implies! Lizzie needed a soft sounding name, made from something traditional and formal. Dom – ha! I am the ecstatic owner of a pair of drumsticks used by Dom from Muse – that is the only reason! Julia needed an arguably ‘posh’ name – she is never Julie or Ju, or similar, even to her best friend. Sasha is charismatic, on the edge … it just suits him!
Thanks so much for having me on your blog!
You’re very welcome, thank you for answering my questions, I enjoyed reading your responses!
‘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?
Delve into the dark world of psychiatric institutions where doctors and residents play a dangerous game where no one is infallible!
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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