The Courage to Write

Thomas Duffy Author Interview

Thomas Duffy Author Interview

Social Work is an emotional story following two people overcoming obstacles and trying to find happiness. What was the inspiration behind Marc and Lauren’s bond?

I actually had a bond with a few different mental health professionals who just happened to be female over the course of my life. One who was a big help to me shaped the character of Lauren. The bond you see in the book is based on reality in many respects though certain elements of the bond were fictionalized for dramatic effect. I am thankful to have worked with great, caring, professionals who were efficient in terms of helping me get my own life back on track after some hard times.

This is an evocative story that is high in social commentary. What was your moral goal when writing this novel and do you feel you’ve achieved it?

The loss of my friend to suicide helped me to put together the courage to write this book. I wanted people to see the world through the eyes of someone down on their luck who has mental issues. I wanted people to care about a character they wouldn’t normally like instantly in real life. I certainly feel I achieved the goals I set out to fulfill with this story. I think this is my best work so far.

What character did you enjoy writing for? Was there one that was more challenging to write for?

I enjoyed writing the two central characters, Marc and Lauren, equally. Lauren was a little more challenging to write as I had to delve deep into the life of someone who helps people for a living. I’ve asked professionals to read the book and tell me if they think I was on point. I’m still waiting for their feedback. The reviews have been great. I got newspaper coverage in my hometown of Queens, NY from a local paper and a spot on an Internet TV show. I feel I did something right so far.

What story are you currently writing and when will it be available?

I am working on the sequel to my first book, “Stockboy” titled “Stockboy Nation” and it will be available in 2020 when the marketing campaign ends for “Social Work” and I scrape together more money to invest in the latest novel. I hope people will love it. “Stockboy” deserved to have more dialogue and this time I deliver in that particular regard.

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Social Work is Thomas Duffy’s seventh book. It is a moving story about a young man named Marc who meets a social worker named Lauren after his attempt at suicide. This story is an exploration of the bond between Marc and Lauren and the problems they face in trying to overcome the obstacles both of them experience trying to achieve their own personal happiness. It is set in New York City.

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Posted on January 4, 2020, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. This sounds like a very inspirational story, especially to those out there suffering from mental illness. I have to say that I have had some down times but nothing is scarier than thinking you don’t have control of yourself. Thanks so much for sharing!

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