Into a World of Darkness

Susan Fuss
Susan Fuss Author Interview

I Am The Sand follows the harrowing story of a young woman held in captivity and her daring escape. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling story?

The inspiration for the story came about after reading so much about the entitlement and the ‘humiliated rage’ of men in our patriarchal societies, sometimes resulting in familicide, and the abuse of children in the Catholic Church as exposed through the commissions of Inquiry around the world recently. I imagined Chloe being held by a man who had experienced dreadful abuse in his own childhood and this ran parallel with the abuse and trauma he was visiting upon Chloe at the same time. It’s an interesting juxtaposition.

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

Chloe’s character grew organically from the time that I envisaged a 16-year-old girl held captive in the cellar of the ‘monster’. And her background is so normal in contrast to that of her abductor. She goes to school, she sees her friends, she has a boyfriend and a very stable family background yet she is suddenly and violently plucked out of that and thrust into a world of darkness. She now begins to show her resilience and her strength of character which is quite amazing. She develops an ingenious plot to escape from a man she knows is unhinged and is about to kill her.

What were some themes that were important for you to focus on in this book?

The very strong themes around which this book is written are the effects of PTSD, childhood trauma and abuse. We are starting to have very meaningful conversations in society about these widespread and long-lasting effects which have been described as the number one health threat in Western society, because not only are the effects psychological, but they are also physical.

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

The next book is a sequel to this because of the type of ending I AM THE SAND has – I want to follow a couple of the characters through into another narrative. I am not sure when it will be ready – but I hope before too long!

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Sixteen-year-old Chloe has just one job to do …
She must escape from her unhinged captor.
She is certain of two things. The first is that she has reached her use-by-date. His ‘virgin’ has become a liability. The Monster will make good his threat. He will kill her. Soon. And secondly, her plan is exceedingly dangerous.
Can Chloe find courage enough to tame the unspeakable terror in which she is drowning, in order to flee The Monster and his brutality?

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