Today I have D. W. Carver joining us with a Guest Post.
I am DW Carver, English, married with three adult sons and two grandsons. I live in East London. Once upon a time I was a mental health community counsellor. This began with me working as a hospital visitor and developed into a career with a national UK charity, specializing in anxiety disorders and OCD. Many of our clients were ‘the walking wounded’ – people who were more or less functioning in the world but at great personal and family cost.
In the UK it is statistically more likely that one will get a job interview if a lengthy work break is described as a prison sentence rather than mental illness so a need for anonymity among our clients and their extreme caution was understandable; but our self-help groups were usually happy places with a good deal of laughter. People who were used to seeing their ‘problem’ as shameful found they had an appreciate audience for mishaps and simply accepting the proof of their own eyes – that they were among ordinary, and sometimes financially successful men and women who simply had a life difficulty, often worked wonders. I recall one evening when a client was describing his cleanliness problem as it applied to his mobile (cell) phone and the increasing difficulty he was having with his provider explaining why so many of his units suffered ‘drowning’. They were more or less OK with the idea that he working outside in wet conditions but were confused about the soap suds found in the phones. And the night this man discussed his compulsion to ‘bath’ his laptop drew more appreciative laughter than I had seen in a long time – technically this situation was a severe problem reduced to a joke he could handle and probably did more therapeutically than this client had found in any clinical situation.
My years of working in this way have probably given me a tolerance for the dark side that could alarm a few readers. I have noticed the odd comment in reviews and of course what is ‘gritty’ to some is ‘gratuitous’ to others and always will be. As an example, the book ‘Desperation’ that I want to mention here contains a little discipline and S&M as Kate the lead character has a paraphilia about being spanked and caned. It is simply part of her character and not the main story focus so anyone expecting steamy page after steamy page or a standard BDSM romp is going to be disappointed. Kate has to reinvent herself after a brutal childhood with her unbalanced and now dead mother. The woman has left a letter to be posted by a friend after her death which taunts a famous man with the fact that Kate has physical information that will end his TV career and possibly put him behind bars if it becomes public. He has gang connections and Kate is soon running for her life.
I hope some readers of this blog will take the time to read ‘Desperation’ and my other books. I would love to hear from you: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you so much for joining us 🙂
About the Book
Author: D. W. Carver
Age Group: Adult
Genre: Bi-Romance, Thriller
Publication Date: July 15, 2013 by FrontPorch
Buy Links: Amazon UK | Amazon US
Kate thought that once her mother died, the pain she had caused would end. Then she discovered that a letter had been sent to a prominent television presenter on her mother’s orders taunting him with the fact that Kate now held photographs which would ruin him and probably lead to his arrest. Suddenly Kate is running for her life. She seeks help from Rob, a much older man whom she has only known for a very short time. While at his London apartment, she rescues a teenage girl, Vickie, from a street pimp and over the following days finds a bond growing between them that feels like a lot more than friendship; but with both their lives now in danger there is no time for thoughts of anything but escape and survival.
You can find D. W. Carver at: Website