The Only Antidote

Sarudzai Mubvakure
Sarudzai Mubvakure Author Interview

The Mirror Without Reflection follows Sofia as she struggles to escape an abusive relationship while losing her reflection. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

I have a particular interest in motivational speakers and inspirational content. In particular I was interested in self value and the impact it has on interpersonal relationships.

In my study of the interpersonal relationships of the individual with the narcissistic personality disorder I found the dynamic of one individual gaining power through the devaluation of another. Thus the abused would lose themselves and their ‘new’ identity could only be painfully defined by their abuser. The other devastating dynamic to these relationships was that the abuser and the abused were drawn to eachother like a magnet. The only antidote being that the abused was to find themselves and to love the person they found. This was the fuel I used to craft Sofia’s story. I wanted to see her gain that inner strength that would ultimately lead to her freedom.

Sofia is an interesting and well developed character. What were some driving ideals behind her character development?

I wanted to develop a character who was strong internally but with flaws that allowed the inexplicable disrespect of ones own boundaries. I wanted to show how childhood wounds have a major impact on ones overall development to adulthood and the ability to navigate relationships. I wanted to show how an independent, accomplished individual can make some of the most astounding misjudgments in life.

What were some themes you wanted to capture in the relationships that Sofia has with men?

Mainly an expert ability to ignore red flags because of an internal signal that tells her that she can’t manage on her own. This is a protective strategy that helps her to avoid rejection.

A desire to please in order to gain accceptance.

The opinion of these men is the one that matters the most.

What is the next novel that you are working on and when will it be available?

At present I have taken a very short break from writing. I will resume to begin the sequel to The Mirror Without Reflection. Could Uche return to destroy Sofia’ happiness?

The are two other novels I have started outlines for and will be able to share on these in the future.

I am also working on some genealogy research for my family which will be documented shortly.

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Sofia Blackwell is a passionate horticulturist who loves a plant until it flourishes. This love has spread from the thyme on her window sill to her mother’s secret patch of cannabis at the bottom of the garden. So much love but unfortunately her world has not treated her in quite the same way. People have conspired to crush her spirit until when she looks in the mirror she sees no one there.

Uche, the Nigerian hustler says that he never married Sofia for British papers and yet it’s a wonder as to why he tried to break her. But he is just one of the many players in the game of spinning Sofia in a spider’s web of lies.

But then there’s Michael. He bumps into her twice but she doesn’t see him. He falls for her but he doesn’t know where to find her. Then to his astonishment the next client that shows up in his therapy practice is her. She’s looking for help. As he listens to her painful past he struggles to not cross the threshold to loving her and as the truth in her life unfolds will their struggles rob them of stepping into a love where their lives will bloom.

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Posted on August 23, 2020, in Interviews and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Sounds interesting, I’ll have to check it out.


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