I’m delighted to welcome author Susan Willis today. Susan is interviewing David from her latest psychologica thriller, His Wife’s Secret. Let’s take a look at the cover and blurb first.
When David meets old school-friend, Erin again he falls head over heels in love. He leaves his wife and their sixteen-year-old daughter to marry Erin. But, in a small village people have long memories and they move south for a fresh beginning. Erin’s behaviour starts to change in a very strange way and David wonders if she is punishing him for something he’s done?
It sounds intriguing, doesn’t it? Now here’s the interview with David.
The following year after my traumatic experience I was asked a few questions by the mental health team. I had groaned inside not wanting to relive any of the trauma and flashbacks but took a deep breath and put pen to paper.
Q1. Tell us a bit about yourself:
I’m just an ordinary type of guy from the North of England. I am not one of these hero’s you read about in romance stories. I don’t ride a white horse and don’t possess a charger to rescue women in distress. Of course, if I did see a woman in trouble, I would try to help just like any man would do, right?
Q2. How did you meet your wife, Erin?
Our old cat went under the wheels of a car one day. I rushed him into Gateshead to the vet’s surgery. And that is when I had first met Erin. She had been the receptionist behind the desk and I’d vaguely remembered her from primary school with her bright red hair. While Erin had inputted our cat’s details into the computer, I had desperately tried to remember her name. Erin had thrown her head back and laughed at my puzzled expression and explained that she had gone to the same school, but they’d moved to Australia when she was seven.
Q3. Had you already left your first wife, Beth?
No, I had not, but from the moment I’d met Erin, I couldn’t stay away from her. After three months, and I don’t want to use the word, affair, because we were so much more than that, I buckled under the guilt and confessed my feelings to Beth.
Q4. Did you know about Erin’s troubled childhood when you met?
No, to this question, too. She told me briefly that her mother and baby brother had been killed in a car crash in Australia. She would never talk much about her childhood and of course later when I found out that her mother had waded into a river carrying her brother until they drowned, I had felt sick to my stomach. Not so much about the incident, but more the fact that I realised Erin had been lying to me from the very first day we had met.
Q5. Did you not realise that Erin was suffering from poor mental health once you had moved down to London?
I knew something was wrong because she was noticeably quiet and distant in the first few days. But I figured it was taking her a while to settle into the new rented house and that she could be homesick. Although, this didn’t make sense because it had been Erin who’d wanted to move more than I did. She had badgered and pushed me into applying for the managers role in Bexley Heath.
Q6. Did you feel homesick when you had moved?
Absolutely, I missed our little village on a daily basis, but I threw myself into my new job and instantly made new friends at work. One lady, called Josie, became a good friend and was an amazing support to me when Erin’s weird behaviour got out of hand. I’d felt completely out of my depth dealing with my wife’s aggressive outbursts. And another colleague called, Jacob, who actually saved my life.
Q7. Were there any trips home doing this time?
Yes, just the one to my daughter’s wedding. It hadn’t been an easy weekend because Erin wasn’t invited to the wedding and stayed in Bexley. My daughter had never liked Erin and refused to invite her no matter how much Beth and I had pleaded with her.
Q8. Did Erin welcome you back with open arms?
Strangely, she was okay at first, or so I thought until I discovered her secret and then all hell broke loose…
And here’s a couple of lovely reviews:
For me, this book was brilliantly written and kept me hooked from the opening page!! It’s an utterly compelling read, and I can’t recommend it enough. It just has to get ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ from me !! HEAD IN A BOOK (Oriana)
The characters were deep, with complicated pasts and it made this story shine even more. I love when it’s realistic and this was no doubt well written. Authentic characters make plots believable and Susan Willis knows how to do this. JESSICA BELMONT.
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Susan is a published author of five novels and six novellas. She lives in Co-Durham surrounded by a big family and dear friends. She works as a food technologist developing new recipes and weaving the different aspects of her job into stories.
Her last two novels have been psychological suspense. Readers who left reviews on amazon love her books because they are realistic with everyday people in situations that can happen.
Susan is now writing Cosy Crime Short Reads. She is incorporating up-to-date issues: poor mental health in a kidnap scene, the perils of social media, and an intruder on Skype. Next year Susan is hoping to publish these stories into a collection.
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