Saturday, 29 April 2017

STOP PRESS! The story behind the headlines

PAUL NEWMAN: Oh those eyes! PAUL NEWMAN: Oh those eyes! Wikimedia

IT’S not often I’m left speechless, but that’s precisely what happened during a recent appointment with my gynaecologist in London.

As soon as all the medical stuff was over, his next words were: “That novel of yours could have been about me!”

As I said, I was speechless, having no idea he even knew about my first novel, The De Clerambault Code, let alone had read it or the others. (Every single one, as it turned out.)

Anyway, just like the main character in it, he described how, over a period of several months, he too had been obsessively stalked by a patient who sent him aggressive emails ending up in blackmail.

Eventually, he referred himself to the General Medical Council - and was subsequently totally cleared by the medical tribunal.

Phew, what a personal story, which hit the national headlines!

Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to mention that I’d also been stalked - in Los Angeles - an experience that resulted in the obsessive delusional relationship depicted in my novel.

Nor that studying law there, specialising in criminal law, led to my growing interest in writing these psychological crime thrillers featuring investigative journalist Alice Myers (as you know, all profits to Costa del Sol Cudeca cancer charity), including the latest in the series scheduled for publication this summer.

No time either to mention the colourful years I spent in LA. Apart from bit parts in movies (the English accent was wot dun it!) and, again through contacts, meeting famous actors - Paul Newman (those eyes!), Harrison Ford and others - there were also some dodgy moments.

Like the morning when I rushed into Law School and a Tax Law Professor was shot dead right in front of me!

This shortly after J D (Juris Doctor) Finals; I never did find out if he’d pissed off some former client or just a student with failing grades…

Which reminds me, once one of my readers, a student, graciously offered to proofread my manuscript and pinpoint any errors in punctuation, spelling and style.

Of course i spel perffecttly and theres never no punktuation, erors! so her job was like, :- easy! Hapy Easta!

Nora Johnson’s psychological / suspense crime thrillers ‘No Way Back,’ ‘Landscape of Lie,’ ‘Retribution,’ ‘Soul Stealer,’,‘The De Clerambault Code’ (www.norajohnson.net) available from Amazon in paperback/eBook (€0.99; £0.99) and iBookstore.

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