CONDITIONED will be released October 16th. Time to introduce more of the characters.
Charles was my central character in CONDITIONS who deliberately was seen exclusively through the eyes of others. I tried to challenge the readers by writing him likeable but at times irritating.
A passionate gardener he drove some people mad with his flamboyant, excitable and at times obsessive ways. Yet many people recognised the thoughtful and gentle sides to him, too. Intelligent in some ways and helpless in others, likeable, but not always easy to handle, he is a challenge for some. He has been a difficult child from day one, talkative, attention seeking and flamboyant. Until, only in his teens, he gets diagnosed with a mental condition.
Now all of this has changed. New medication has altered the way he behaves, which turns out to be a new challenge for his surroundings.
In CONDITIONED I finally give him a voice but not until late into the book, after we once again see how he is perceived by others.
Another quote from a thoughtful review of Conditions:
“Even in 2014, mental illness is still highly misunderstood and heavily stigmatized. Often, there seems to be two main reactions to those suffering mental illness—either withdraw in fear and disgust, or challenge the notion that sufferers of psychiatric disorders are legitimately ill, and rather blame them for their problems. At the basis of these misconceptions is ignorance, shrouded in fear.”
I hope Charles can give food for thought and challenge our views on and our awareness of mental health.
When Charles and Tony’s mother dies the estranged brothers must struggle to pick up the pieces, particularly so given that one of them is mentally challenged and the other bitter about his place within the family. The conflict is drawn out over materialistic issues, but there are other underlying problems which go to the heart of what it means to be part of a family which, in one way or another. has cast one aside. Prejudice, misconceptions and the human condition in all forms feature in this contemporary drama revolving around a group of people who attend the subsequent funeral at the British South Coast. Meet flamboyant gardener Charles, loner Simon, selfless psychic Elaine, narcissistic body-builder Edgar, Martha and her version of unconditional love and many others as they try to deal with the event and its aftermath.
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CONDITIONED dives back into the world of gardener Charles, his friends and the state of his mental health – one year on. We meet loner Simon and his battle with the outside world, co-dependent Martha and her abusive husband Clive, neurotic poet Catherine on the verge of getting married, Tony, who finds his strange brother Charles a challenge, psychic Elaine looking for a new direction in life and quirky widow Sarah Roseberg who has a go at sorting out all of their problems.
CONDITIONS aimed to sensitise readers and make them think about tolerance and acceptance.
CONDITIONED wants readers to look beyond their attitude towards Conditions and examine what we all do and what we can do to overcome our challenges. The sequel is another snapshot of this circle of friends. Some will have improved their lives, others will not.
Conditioned (Conditions Series 2) is available for preorder via these links to your local Amazon store: