"A gritty, no holds barred story, dark and at times upsetting in its ‘realness’ but brilliantly written [...] The book then pulses with a frantic story of lies, betrayal, murder and ends fabulously with what I think will make every reader do as I did and give a big smile and shout ‘yes’.....after you have recovered from the shock!" - Mark, Goodreads
Release Date: March 17th, 2019
Kate Sanders has suffered many years of physical and mental abuse at the hands of her abusive husband Alan, and convinces herself that she is only holding the family together for the sake of her eight-year-old daughter. If it wasn’t for her best friend Jill Reynolds, she would have taken the suicide option a long time ago.
As she desperately seeks a way to escape, she is contacted by a solicitor. Kate’s old aunt has died and she has been left a small fortune.
For the first time, she sees the light at the end of the tunnel. She dreams of a fresh start, a new home, a new life. What Kate doesn’t know is that Jill and Alan have their own secrets, and are both desperate to get their hands on her money.
Kate soon finds herself falling for the charms of Jonathon Jacobs in what she believes to be fate finally intervening and offering her a second chance, unaware that each move he makes has been directed, orchestrated and well-rehearsed as he begs her to leave her husband Alan.
But is it all too late, as she finds herself in the frame for murder?
Writing A Fool’s Circle has been a challenging emotional rollercoaster. I think it’s been one of the hardest things I have ever done. I wrote and performed A Fool’s Circle as a play at my local drama class. It went really well, and I was proud of it as I watched it come to life.
It wasn’t until a few years later, when I found the script in the back of a draw and looked through the pages, that it brought back all that excitement back. I decided at that point I wanted to write it as a short film. But this wasn’t to be, as after I started it, I began adding more characters. It got so long and without realizing it, I had turned it into a full-length feature film script. So, I decided to make a film trailer. Being broke, I had to call in loads of favours from friends of mine, who were happy to get involved.
Unfortunately, whilst the film was being edited, my mother unexpectedly passed away. I was a single mother and myself and my then nine-year-old daughter were left devastated. Soon after this, I was told that my father wasn’t my biological father, which was a massive shock. He disowned myself and my daughter, leaving us alone, grieving and confused. To this day, I still don’t have any idea who I really am. I was lost.
It was my mother’s dream to write a book. So, I decided that instead of making a feature film, I was going to turn it into a book. But where would I start? I wrote scripts, not books!
Having a friend of mine who is an author gave me so much encouragement, and taught me so much. Turning a script into a book wasn’t an easy task, believe me. But I was determined to do it. For myself and most of all, for my mother. I’m so pleased I got to finish it and I’m so proud of how it has turned out. A Fool’s Circle is a hard read due to the mental abuse and domestic violence issues in this book. I cried a lot of tears whilst writing it. But if it helps one person who that can see their own relationship in this to do something about it, then my work here is done.
About the author:
Suzanne Seddon was born in 1968 in Islington, London. After leaving school she had many interesting jobs, from swimming teacher to air hostess, and was able to travel the globe. Now a single mum to her teenage daughter Poppy-willow, Suzanne spends her days writing and has written several articles for magazines and newspapers.
Growing up, Suzanne witnessed mental and physical abuse within her own family which strongly influenced her when she wrote her first play, A Fool’s Circle, when she attended the famous Anna Scher Theatre. Suzanne, however, was not content to leave it there and decided to go ahead and transform her play into a novel.
Not one to shy away from exciting challenges, she also wrote, acted, directed, cast and produced a trailer for the book around her hometown in Islington with the support of local businesses, who recognised the drive and importance of Suzanne and her work.
Suzanne is a passionate writer and she is determined to be heard so that the issue of domestic abuse is raised amongst the public's consciousness, empowering others to speak out. She wants those who suffer at the hands of another to have their voices heard, loud and clear.
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