A Fool's Circle by Suzanne Seddon
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About the Book
A Fool's Circle
by Suzanne Seddon
Genre: Crime Fiction
Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.
As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.
For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.
Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.
But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder?
Kate followed her into her room, reached out her arm and pulled the covers back as Sophie bounced into her cosy, warm bed. Kate covered her up tight and kissed her on both cheeks.
As she cuddled her, she heard Sophie’s voice. ‘Wow, Mummy, that was a big hug.’
She loved her daughter. Out of all the misery and pain there had never been something so pure and innocent in her life. How she wished Alan still worked away and had never come back home for good. She yearned for it to be just her and Sophie again.
‘I love you, Mummy. I wish you were happy and Daddy was nicer to you. It’s not fair.’
Kate’s heart ached as the words left Sophie’s lips. She tried to hide her emotions.
‘I love you too, my angel.’ She felt the Catholic guilt that had been pushed upon her as a child, not from her own mother, a legal secretary she never saw, who sent out subpoenas or summonses to poor unsuspecting bastards, but from her dear Aunt Beth.
‘Don’t you worry about me Sophie, or Daddy, okay?’
She could hear Aunt Beth’s voice as clear as day in her head. She had warned Kate to be careful and not to inflict any long term damage on to her child but she had chosen to ignore her advice. Her words had come back to haunt her.
About The Author
Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public's consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.
Q & A With the Author
How long have you been writing?
I would say I have been writing about seven years now. Although I enjoy writing film scripts, I have really enjoyed writing this book. The transition from script to book, has been amazing. My good friend, Author Ken Scott, gave me so much advice. In fact, I’m sure I drove him bloody mad at times! (Sorry Ken)
What inspired this book or series?
I grew up in a very dysfunctional family and witnessed a lot of domestic violence. I wanted to highlight this and make people aware. But try and do it differently by combing it with my love of thrillers. Even though this book is fiction, there are parts of it that I have taken from my own experiences. Although I’m not going to say what parts. I just hope it gets the message across and shows the reader that domestic violence and mental abuse is very real and very raw.
Who is your favorite character in your book and why?
I love all my characters. But I do love Jill Reynolds. She is flirty and daring and basically acts like butter wouldn’t melt. But she is definitely a back street whore! I based her character on someone I knew a long time ago. But I won’t say who she is. I think most of us have come across a Jill in our lifetime.
Who is your least favorite character in your book and why?
I love all my characters. But if you mean the nastiest, then I think that would have to be Alan. This is one man I could literally see locked up forever. He was defienelty born evil and has a warped mind.
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