Elisia Green – Writer

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The Psychology of ‘Coldhearted’

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My new novel Coldhearted is out on Kindle from May 9th priced £1.33 and will be available as a paperback from July 20th.

I love writing, it’s a passion and something I don’t think I could live without, so when I finish something I’m so proud of myself for doing so and incredibly happy that I’ve created something I hope others will enjoy reading.

Coldhearted is my second novel, the first being The Tapestry Queens which was published in 2005. This novel was an experiment in writing styles and even though I was happy to sell a few copies I actually managed to sell over 150 locally. It’s not much in the scheme of things but considering I hadn’t made a fuss about it I think I did quite well. It is still available on kindle and via the printing company lulu.

When I write I like to look at relationships between family members and friends; what makes us act the way we do to certain situations? Why do we react that way. The Tapestry Queens showed this off alongside my knowledge of psychology, more especially human behaviour. In the story are four women battling with varying degrees of mental illness caused by post traumatic stress. Lucy’s parents are killed in an accident, Janet’s son murder’s her best friend and Joss finds her father after he has committed suicide. Louise brings them although together and tries to unpick the tapestry of persona they have woven for themselves and in doing so is able to pick at her own.

With this in mind I tackled Coldhearted, a lighter version of human behaviour when it comes to who we are in a relationship and what we expect our lovers and friends to be for us.

Kate is a normal woman, engaged to Tom and living in a nice house. They both have good jobs but as we all do, Kate wants more. She’s not greedy, she simply wants a better job, she wants a more fulfilling romance and she wants children. Like so many of us, women that is, she doesn’t voice this to Tom but expects him to know, and when he continues as he always has Kate leaves him. She begins by leaving him in her head; she cancels the wedding and everything to do with it, to her this will lessen the blow when she finally leaves, and in some respects makes her feel less guilty. Of course in novels it never can turn out that way!

Kate’s own way of dealing with such a change is to become more radical; how many of us have changed something about ourselves when something bad has happened like a break-up? We might change our hair, go out with friends more, go on holiday, redecorate the house or buy a new car. Kate does more or less all of those things but she decides to become a whole new person: Katya Coldheart, as to be a new person is not that radical and we all do it, although for some of us the new persona is short-lived, for others it’s life changing.

The inspiration for the story came form two sources, first of all my friend Andrea McCormack – who incidentally writes self-help books – found an add in a lonely hearts column by a gentleman advertising honeymoon tickets to the West Indies as the wedding was no longer going ahead. My first thought was I could write a mystery but it was my second friend Kelly who gave me the idea of Coldhearted. Kelly was one of those people, who after a trauma, changed her persona for a little while. I was intrigued as to why, and if it helped her to get over her trauma and settled back into her usual daily routine.

The novel is a romance, a departure away from my usual ‘disturbed’ heroines, but I think Kate/Katya needed to be less dangerous and much more lighthearted. She isn’t a psycho as many of us are not, she is simply unsure of her direction once she leaves the comfort of what she had settled into.

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