Local Author Janet Smith
Prior to moving to Devon three and a half years ago, Janet Smith trained and then worked as a psychodynamic psychotherapist in the NHS for twenty - seven years. The role included treating clients individually and in group settings and also tutoring and supervising trainee psychotherapists undertaking their MA at Derby University.
Janet says: ‘Since retiring in 2015, I have completed: Tony Plumb and the Moles of Ellodian. My role as a psychotherapist was incredibly worthwhile, interesting and engaging, however, I always wanted to write. One year, I decided to use my annual leave to take a residential creative writing course at Oxford University Summer School. This terrific experience explored plot, characterisation and internal monologue (very interesting for a psychotherapist!) and inspired me to write about a teenager; Tony Plumb, who struggles with relationships and mental health. In creating the plot, I wondered about some of the ways we, as human beings, hide secrets from ourselves. This led to the subtitle: If Your Mind Housed a Spy, What Secrets Would it Spill? And from there, Tony Plumb and the Moles of Ellodian began to take shape. It’s light and funny and yet addresses some pretty dark elements.’
The story, although aimed at 9-12 year-olds, is fable-like and allegorical in part; a case of humble incidents highlighting bigger truths, so this book may interest adults too. More can be discovered on the website, which includes a free story; the prequel to the book, at www.ellodian.com
Here’s what the book’s about.
Harbouring troubling memories from a time in care, Tony Plumb struggles to keep his mind on track. Prone to episodes in ‘Madsville’ and bombarded by thought chariots carrying unwanted baggage from the past, he’s smuggled to Ellodian by the rule dodging social worker, Ms Bendy Leggett.
At this spooky, curious, underground facility, Tony’s history intertwines with the present and the task of answering three crucial life-changing questions cannot be avoided.
With help from good friends and therapy, Tony challenges authority, rights wrongs and makes enemies, until he finally comes to understand the nature of his conundrums, the meaning of the word family and the darkest secret of all:
What really happened at the waterfall?
Copies of Tony Plumb and the Moles of Ellodian are available to buy from Amazon and Troubador Publishing for £7.99. The book is listed under juvenile fiction and will be available from 28th November 2018. If you would like to receive a signed copy, directly from the author, please go to the website and click on the mailboat!