About 'On the Verge'
Polly is a successful business woman but a series of events push her to the point of being; on the verge of a nervous breakdown. Taking her doctor's advice, Polly leaves her life in the UK behind to spend a five month sabbatical on the small Greek island of Aspros.
The question is, will the sabbatical enable Polly to regain her equilibrium? Or, will it push her further to the edge? Or, could the outcome be totally unforseen?
The only way to find out is to read Polly's story and follow her life as it unfolds through the pages of 'On the Verge'.
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After completing Timotheus Pserimos Puss, I wanted to move further into fiction. I had a number of ideas as a storyline for a novel; all stored randomly in my head. The question was how to present these?
I am a diarist, posting twice weekly on my website Overstrand Life www.overstrandlife.co.uk. Over the past five years Overstrand Life has built a regular visitor base and follows a trend in popularity of diaries in various formats. ‘A Year in Provence’ by Peter Mayle and ‘Bridget Jones’s Diary’ by Helen Fielding are good examples. Both these books are best sellers that were subsequently made into films. I don’t have any aspirations to emulate these two authors’ successes, but they did have an element of influence when it came to deciding the format for ‘On the Verge’ would be founded on diaries.
Based on the ideas in my head, the main location was destined to be Greece and rather than choose a specific area I settled on a fictitious island which I named Aspros. The characters for the book came easy, some we met during our trips and others, particularly those in the UK, I created. Our knowledge of Greece and our experiences during our visits; feature extensively in the book and I have also drawn on those which I have collected from personal conversations, emails, letters etc.
There are a plethora of romantic, comedy-drama, life in Greece based books on the market. On the Verge is different; Polly’s recollection of her life, through her diaries, contains several messages. At least one of these messages will, I am sure, be pertinent to the reader.
'As I read the decriptions, memories came flooding back, previous relationships, the Athenians having three conversations - and some quite loud! - me working in the restaurants in Crete, my alone times walking over mountains, sitting in the sea, floating face down watching the seaweed waft. There were moments when I laughed out loud and even came close to tears and I loved the journey in your book right to the very end.' Tony Brown
'I loved your story line and how it unfolded. More please!' Megan Joyce
'Apart from the poignant story of Polly trying to rebuild her life, I specially enjoyed the atmosphere of the island - the countryside, the people and the food that Janet manages to convey so warmly.' Carol Needham
'From the moment the plane made that scary landing - yes, I've been there! And the white knuckle taxi drive - I've been there too, I was in Greece. I could feel the heat on the dusty track and smell the oregano. I've been in Despina's shop, too.
Thank you for writing such an evocative book.' Sandy Brown
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