Recently I had the opportunity of asking Susi Fox a few questions in the lead up to her latest release Mine. Many thanks to Susi for taking time out to answer my questions. MINE by Susi Fox is published by Penguin Random House Australia and is available now, RRP $32.99. A big thank you to the Penguin team for sending me a review copy and you can find a link to my review at the end of the interview.
1. Thanks for taking the time to answer a few questions. Would you be able to tell my readers a bit about what inspired the plot for Mine?
SF- I was inspired by a nightmare where I held a baby in my arms and showed it to the faceless people around me, insisting ‘this is not my baby.’ None of the people believed me; they all stepped away. I awoke in horror and sensed this was a powerful story that I needed to tell. The story grew from there, as well as from my experience as the mother of premature babies, sitting in a special care nursery day after day.
2. Your medical knowledge from being a GP must have been an extremely solid foundation for the medical aspects of this novel, did you do any further research into post-natal depression or psychosis to add to your character development?
SF- Having seen numerous women with postnatal mental illness over the course of my medical career, I felt relatively well-equipped to write about these areas. I did additional research as required, and had a psychiatrist, a paediatrician and a special care nurse read the book to ensure the accuracy of my information, and fortunately they were all satisfied with my depictions.
3. The ending is a bit of a shock for readers, did you plan the ending to be that way from the start or did it evolve as you were writing?
SF- Initially the manuscript finished at the three-quarter mark. It was only with multiple drafts that I came to the realisation that there was much more to the story that I was allowing to take place. I truly prefer the longer version, despite its morally ambiguous and unsettling ending. One of my hopes is that readers may question their own judgements of others, and of themselves, as a result of reading the book.
4. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, do you have any other works in the pipeline?
SF- I certainly do! I’m working on a medical thriller, and am loving the process of bringing my medical knowledge into a new and exciting fictional world.
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Head over here for my review and as always, happy reading x