Monday, February 3, 2014

Interview with Author Rachel Roberts: "The Medea Complex"

Happy Monday, Book Babes!

Thank you January for ending gracefully. It was such a slow month! I'm certainly ready for a bit of fuller schedule. Now that February is here, it's on!

To kick things off AuggieTalk would like to welcome back Rachel Roberts, Author of "The Medea Complex".  She answered a few questions we had for her about herself as a writer and her work.

The giveaway is still going strong! It'll END on Valentines Day, people. So get it together and sign up!  There will be 6 winners. 5 ebook copies of "The Medea Complex" and 1 signed physical copy are all up for grabs! 

Next Friday we'll have a review of this intriguing work and the winners will be announced.

Enjoy, my loves!


Title:  The Medea Complex
Author:  Rachel Roberts
Genre: Adult Fiction
Publication: June 18, 2013
Pages:   246


Based On A True Story
Anne wakes up in a strange bed, having been kidnapped from her home. Slowly, she realizes she is in a lunatic asylum.

1885. Anne Stanbury - Committed to a lunatic asylum, having been deemed insane and therefore unfit to stand trial for the crime of which she is indicted. But is all as it seems?

Edgar Stanbury - the grieving husband and father who is torn between helping his confined wife recover her sanity, and seeking revenge on the woman who ruined his life.

Dr George Savage - the well respected psychiatrist, and chief medical officer of Bethlem Royal Hospital. Ultimately, he holds Anne's future wholly in his hands.

The Medea Complex tells the story of a misunderstood woman suffering from insanity in an era when mental illnesses' were all too often misdiagnosed and mistreated. A deep and riveting psychological thriller set within an historical context, packed full of twists and turns, The Medea Complex explores the nature of the human psyche: what possesses us, drives us, and how love, passion, and hope for the future can drive us to insanity.
This trailer is going in the running for most compelling I've ever seen.


1.You were inspired by some of your own experiences to write "The Medea Complex". Do  you see some of yourself in the main character you created?

I absolutely do. Both in her craziness, and also in her strength and utter devotion to her child.

2. Lunatic Asylums were filled with sane women back in the day. Do you think you'd be in one, and for what reason?
Yes! What a great question. I think I would be in one for being so stubborn - and very independent. Women were very much the 'angels of the house', and I most certainly am not. I would be put into an insane asylum as soon as I told my husband to make his own dinner!

3. Do you still believe that women are controlled today by being labeled by media as "Crazy" or "Unstable"? How can we fight this?
I do. Take for example the Miriram Carey incident - the woman who rammed the White House gates recently. She was quite clearly suffering from postnatal depressions uglier and bigger sister - postnatal psychosis. I think the true madness doesn't lie in what she did, but the way she was simply shot without any questions, and lets not forget - she had a BABY in the back of the car. This really upset me, as I could so easily see her as me, or anyone else who has had a child and suffered. It alters your brain chemistry, and that is a fact. The problem is nobody truly understands why, and as it is something that only affects women, it is another thing for men to use and call us 'crazy'. Its another version of, "Are you on your period?" Infuriating. I think the only way to fight this is awareness. keeping your eye on your friends, sister - anyone who has recently had a baby. help them, watch them. Don't dismiss her feelings as being 'sad', or 'neurotic', or blame the sleepless nights. Really, I think more than anything, the men of the world need to be made aware of this. My postnatal depression was dismissed as natural - but mine went beyond that. feeling as if you cannot cope, is not natural.

4. What are some of your favorite books that feature unfair Asylum imprisonment?
Oh! I loved The Woman In White, by Wilkie Collins.

5. Are you writing another book?
Yes. I am writing the sequel to The Medea complex, which should be released late summer 2014.


British born and raised, Rachel Florence Roberts is a registered nurse, fiancée and mother of one based in Malta, EU. The Medea Complex was written shortly after the birth of her son, and took almost two years to complete. She suffered with postnatal depression in a country that did not understand her, and was henceforth the inspiration behind the novel. The Medea Complex will make anyone who has ever thought, lived, laughed, and loved, question the importance of those and everything around them.


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