The Family Care
I wasn’t always like this. I was different and kind. A good sister. I didn’t have bitten nails or scabs on my arms. And I was naive and stupid and someone else. Someone with no secrets worth keeping. I’ve chosen to be this.
Life used to be simple. Cameron was her brother. Milton knew who she was and she wanted nothing more than to travel and become a film director. Then she discovers the family secret.
She’s not Milton Jones and Cameron isn’t her brother.
The truth doesn’t set you free, especially when the family motto is don’t say anything—ever. Don’t rock the boat. Don’t be anything other than okay, all right, fine. But it isn’t as easy as it used to be. Soon her secrets are multiplying out of control. And she’s unravelling.
She always could rely on Cameron. Her prince. Her best friend. But he’s pulling away and things between them are getting messy. Will he abandon her too?
The Family Care is a heartbreaking story of forbidden love that explores complex issues of self-esteem, identity, and the darker side of family life.
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Even as a child A.M. Vivian was drawn to the tragic and darker side of human nature. The Spanish inquisition, historical diseases, and Jack the Ripper were early topics of interest. As she’s aged she’s become fascinated by dying civilisations, gothic motifs, the Old Testament, and Jungian psychology. Intrigued by fellow loners and misfits, she likes to explore why we do what we do, how and why we lie to ourselves, and whether there’s such a thing as truth. All with a touch of operatic drama.
In her spare time she can found soaking up the wails of a guitar at the front row of gigs or stumbling through dark city streets singing to herself and pretending she owns the night.
A.M. Vivian writes a blog called Publish or Die Trying where she showcases short stories and poetry, discusses mental health, and provides her musings on writing.
She also works as a beta reader at Walter’s Writing Emporium providing feedback on other writers’ manuscripts.
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Work In Progress
Where to start? There is a first draft of Ammi’s story marinating, a rewrite of a companion novel for The Family Care that’s being allowed to heal before I take the editing tools to it again, and an eclectic collection of short stories & poems that needs sorting into a pleasing order.
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Work in Progress
The Family Care is now with my editor.
I can’t wait to have this novel out in the world. I’ve been working on it for over 20 years in one way or another.
Time to get on with writing the sequel. Wish me luck.