Love, Secrets, and Absolution: An emotional and gripping psychological, family drama
Paperback ISBN: 978-19998294-0-7E-book ISBN:
Publisher: Globeflower Books / The Globeflower Agency (www.globeflower.co.uk)
Publication day: Wednesday, 1 November 2017
Its a pleasure to be hosting K L Loveley for the second time on the blog. The first time was for the debut novel ‘Alice‘ and now for the second book Love, Secrets, and Absolution. I have a guest post to share but first here is some information about the book. Do read to the end of the post, as there is a fabulous giveaway with the chance to win a signed copy of Love, Secrets, and Absolution and a book (tote) bag.
| About the book |
People in the village gossip about Grace’s son, Alfie.
He’s a lonely boy full of secrets, lies, and obsessive thoughts.
How far can a mother’s love go? Will she ultimately sacrifice her life for his?
Set in Nottinghamshire, this family drama follows the lives of Grace and Alfie as he transforms from a naïve, young boy into a teenager spiralling out of control.
Love, Secrets, and Absolution is a coming of age story with a difference.
Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties; will anybody find absolution?
How I researched my novel
By K.L Loveley
It is a writer’s responsibility to not only write a novel that will be of interest to the reader, but also to offer validity to the subject area.
Research is an important aspect of this validity and can take many forms. In essence I have been researching my latest novel Love, Secrets, and Absolution for many years as a result of my work in the NHS. The protagonist Alfie, is a young boy who sees the world differently to his peers. Later in life he is diagnosed with Asperger’s. As a former NHS practice nurse, I met many children and young people diagnosed as being on the Autistic spectrum. Furthermore, I have had in depth conversations with their parents and carers.
In addition to this, I have read a number of books and journals related to the subject of Asperger’s Syndrome. Quite by chance I have a close friend who is grandmother to two grandsons who are autistic, she has been a great source of accurate information based on her own observations. There have been a number of television dramas and documentaries that cover different aspects of the autistic spectrum disorder and related topics, all of which have been helpful in terms of creating the character of Alfie, including:
- A Word – a TV Drama, based on the novel Yellow Peppers written by Karen Margalit.
- The Rain Man – written by Barry Morrow and Ronald Bass.
My novel, Love, Secrets, and Absolution takes place in Nottinghamshire, England and spans the 1970s, 1980s, and 1990s. A significant time-period within the novel is set against the miners’ strike. Therefore, I read on-line articles and accessed archived information from my local library. In addition, I have watched documentaries and films that portray this period of time.
I was in my thirties and living in a mining area before, during and after the miners’ strike. I witnessed events first hand and observed the destruction of a social structure that had evolved around the mining communities. Equally I was exposed to the bitter disputes between families. Sometimes brother against brother. It was all very upsetting and a time of great unrest in my community. For me this was observational research of a reliable nature.
With respect to developing the characters within my novel, I found the following books very helpful.
• Friend like Henry, by Nuala Gardner.
• Sensory Strategies, by Laurie Corrinna.
• House Rules, by Picoult Jodi.
• Autism. A view from the other side, by Marisa Piedade.
| About the author |
K.L Loveley is a former nurse, who has seen, heard, and dealt with a wide range of medical, social and family dramas. She has used her nursing experience, along with her excellent people watching skills to create fascinating characters and intriguing scenarios within her books. She writes contemporary fiction, psychological dramas and poetry.
Her debut novel ‘Alice’ was published in February 2017, and the story tackles alcoholism head-on, and presents the reader with an empathetic account of a spiralling addiction and the resulting pattern of hopelessness that many fall into.
K.L Loveley’s second novel ‘Love, Secrets, and Absolution: An emotional and gripping psychological, family drama’ is a coming of age story with a difference. Deceit, betrayal, love, and addiction, this story is about a family falling apart in the midst of teenage angst and torn loyalties.
If you enjoy reading authors like Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain, you will enjoy K.L Loveley!
K.L Loveley lives in Nottinghamshire, England and loves socialising with friends and family. She is an avid reader and enjoys a variety of genres including psychological, thrillers and historical fiction. Her favourite authors include John le Carré, K.L Slater, Marian Keyes and Philippa Gregory.
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