My current work in progress is in its very early stages. Its title will be ‘The External Candidate.’ It is about Sam, a woman who has left her abusive husband and taken her teenage daughter to live with her mother. She applies for a teaching post in a small village school and is astonished when she is appointed.
However, village life does not turn out to be as peaceful as she has imagined, and she finds herself and her daughter in grave danger.
I am enjoying writing this novel, as it allows me to explore the issue of the form of domestic violence known as coercive control. I am using flashbacks as a means of demonstrating how the abuser gained control over Sam.
I am also using blog posts written by Sam. She finds she can adopt a more confident persona when she is writing as The Urban Teacher, and this is also an interesting idea.