Many thanks for hosting me on your blog today, Brynn J I’m Suki Fleet and my new release Wild Summer came out last Thursday. The overall theme is about finding love you think you’ve lost for good.
It’s a stand alone spin off to my first novel This is Not a Love Story, and if you’ve read that you’ll recognize a few of the characters from that story (Romeo and Julian feature a little J)
This is Not a Love Story is quite dark and angsty (the subject matter of teen homelessness is something I feel very passionately about). Wild Summer is a much lighter story by comparison, although it does touch upon the topic of domestic abuse.
Summer’s character doesn’t see a way out of his situation—he’s been in foster care and he doesn’t want his sister to go through the same experiences so he vows to do everything in his power to enable her to stay at home. But his mum is on the verge of losing their home. Ren is a club owner who takes advantage of Summer’s vulnerability and the fact he is only 17 and promises to keep a roof over their heads. But what he’s really doing is manipulating the situation and Summer.
Sadly this sort of manipulation is all too common.
Ren’s abuse of Summer is more mental than physical. It takes years before Summer even realizes that’s what it is though. Thankfully he does have someone to turn to in the end (Crash).
Recently my eldest had several sex ed. talks at school where the focus was on relationships and domestic abuse. I’m glad they have talks like this as we had nothing like it at school. But sadly the only type of relationships referred to were straight relationships, and the abuse focused on was boyfriend against girlfriend. This needs to change. If you are in an abusive relationship you are afraid to speak up as it is. Gay teens in school and out need to know there is support and where they can turn if this happens to them.
At fifteen, Christopher falls in love with a boy whose life he saves. But things go wrong and four years later, he wishes he’d acted differently. His conscience begins to haunt him and he knows he must find Summer again. At seventeen, Summer pushes away the boy who saved him. Four years later, he is stuck in an abusive, damaging relationship. When he sees Christopher again, it’s a sign he can’t go on living like he is, but he can’t begin to see a way out. For either boy to stand a chance at happiness, they must find each other and obliterate the wrongs of their shared past.
Suki Fleet currently lives in the heart of England. Her childhood was quite unconventional and she spent some time living on a boat and travelling at sea with her family. Since she was very small she has always dreamed of writing for a living, but though she has written original fiction online for years and encouraged many new writers to keep going and follow their author dreams, it is only recently she got the courage to make her own dream a reality and actually send something off to a publisher.
By day she runs her own business selling fabric (her second love) and juggling family commitments, by night she weaves the stories that the characters in her head dictate. These stories often start with pain or longing but always end with love.