WRITING ABOUT THE TOUGH STUFF IN LIES LIKE LOVE
WARNING: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT
Having written about almost every horrendous thing that can happen to a child because of parental abuse or neglect in BLACK HEART BLUE, I was a bit worried about how I'd move on from the evil of Rebecca and Hephzi's parents and look at new ground in LIES LIKE LOVE. So in discussions with my publishers at Penguin, we eventually agreed on some of the things I'd explore in LIES LIKE LOVE: adolescent mental health and the factitious disorder, Munchausen's By Proxy. Obviously both of these subjects needed serious thought and research, and before I wrote Audrey's story, that's what I undertook to do.