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States of mind

‘I believe there is a valuable therapeutic benefit to be gained from writing and this is something that I have always used as a way of coping with life’s often unpredictable challenges,’ writes subscriber Mal Foster.

‘Whilst writing my second novel Fly Back and Purify I experienced one of the most beautiful periods of my life, quickly followed by perhaps my darkest-ever spell. Seeing the light of day is something we all take for granted so it’s quite ironic and unnerving that I have inadvertently chosen the backdrop of mental-health for both of my novels so far.

‘My first novel The Asylum Soul is set in 1929 and tells the story of a young man who was incarcerated because he had a simple speech defect which these days would be easily treated through elocution therapy. Fly Back and Purify is set some years later in 1994 and tells the tale of young local journalist Jack Compton.

‘Jack is now back at work at the fictitiousWoking Tribunefollowing a psychological meltdown brought on by his marriage spilt from the wayward Kazkia. He’s then seduced by the newspaper’s editor, Nancy Salem, who is described as a scruffy, man-eating, chain-smoking eccentric.

‘Eventually Jack gets his big break after an unusual incident occurs at a local railway station and he’s sent to investigate. What happens next is a Pandora’s Box of implosion that will either make or break him. An event so strange that even those around him cannot explain or comprehend. But with Jack…is it all just a state of mind?

‘Some of the key characters in the new book are the descendants of those in The Asylum Soul, which connects the two titles.

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