For the next few weeks, I will be busy completing the research and first draft of my new novel Rabbit Girl.
I have been investigating specialised mental hospitals for young people in and around East Anglia, where the story is set and I've got some super ideas for locations.
As the story is based very loosely on Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland, I have discovered plenty of useful material, inspiring quotes and ideas from the original book as well as from my visit to Alice's Adventures Underground this spring.
Here's a small insight:-
Would you abandon your best friend to save your sanity?
"You're absolutely bonkers - as mad as a hatter - all the best people are..."
Lissie has long had more than her fair share of problems. For one, her only friend Is a six-foot white rabbit called Lewis.
Add to that a childhood traumatised by schizophrenia, confusion over her sexuality, and Lissie generates enough material to keep a team of psychiatrists busy for years.
If she is to recover, Lissie must be prepared to give up the only friend she has ever known.
However, getting rid of Lewis is no easy matter...
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