Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Blog Tour 'The Frog Theory' by Fiona Mordaunt

Today I’m excited to be a part of the Blog Tour of ‘The Frog Theory’ by Fiona Mordaunt. This is a romantic novella that will be published today. Check out my review of this book and read the interview I had with Fiona Mordaunt.

About the Book:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33947100-the-frog-theoryTragedy and comedy in perfect proportion.

Kim and Flow are the best of friends, living on a council estate, making money selling drugs. 

Just around the corner in a smarter part of Fulham is Clea, a well-heeled young woman coping with a violent home life at the hands of her twisted step-father.
The Principal runs a famous college for problem teens. Fostering guilty secrets which distance her from her own children, she resists the advances of a man she sees on the train every day. 

When Kim and Clea meet by chance, Kim is smitten but worried about her. Using the anecdote of the frog theory - that it will jump straight out of boiling water and live, but stay in and die if heated slowly from cold - he wakes her up to the dangerous situation she’s in at home.  

Serendipity and a cake-fuelled food fight that goes viral will bring Kim, Clea, Flow and The Principal together in weird and wonderful ways in this frenetic, laugh-out-loud story about love, conscience and lion-hearted nerve.

The Facts:

Publication Date:
February 14th, 2017
Romantic Fiction
eBook, Paperback
Available at:

My Review:

When I was asked to read and review ‘The Frog Theory’ I found myself being intrigued by the book description. I mean tragedy, comedy and something called a frog theory? I definitely wanted to know what this book was all about. And soon I signed up for the blog tour and started reading.

Where to start? ‘The Frog Theory’ was definitely a book unlike any other books I’ve read. Kim and Flow are best friends and life their lives selling drugs, having sex and just hanging out. Clea on the outside looks like just another rich girl, but she is having a hard time with a abusive stepfather and no friends. When the three of them meet at a party, they don’t expect life to change much. But soon all their lives will change.

This book really was a little strange. The chapters are short. And the book is written through the eyes of four different people. The book begins with a short summary about who the main characters are. And honestly I didn’t expect to really enjoy this read after the first chapter. But I kept on reading and somehow I found myself enjoying the story of Kim, Flow and Clea. 

The writing, with the short chapters was definitely a little unusual but in the end I really enjoyed ‘The Frog Theory’. I loved how these three young people made a better life for themselves, and how they found friendship with each other. Their where definitely some funny moments in this book and it made me smile. 

The book was much shorter than I expected, and I would have enjoyed a little more depth and a longer storyline. But this book was definitely a nice read.

My Rating:

Interview With Fiona Mordaunt:

When did you start writing?

When I was at primary school we were given the topic ‘I am a door knob’ to write about as part of English comprehension. I thought how boring, so I made up a story of how it fell off the door into someone’s bag and travelled to different places.

I got lots of glorious, sticky gold stars and it was read out to assembly. I was embarrassed but it felt good. It is the first of many stories I remember writing.

What do you find the hardest about writing your own book?

The time lines and continuity. As it gets longer it’s really hard to keep up with how old everyone is and where they all are in comparison to each other logistically. I stuck post-it notes all over a large wall to try and keep up.

How did you get the idea of writing The Frog Theory?

We used to have assemblies at primary school and they would often tell us a parable or fable. The Frog Theory - that you put a frog in boiling water, it jumps out and lives but you put it in cold water and heat it up slowly -  it stays in and dies, came from those days.

The message was to make decisions consciously, that they mattered even if they were small because they led you to places.

I wanted Kim to approach certain cross roads, for the story to be a script-like tale, slightly fantastical, demonstrating the Frog Theory and how they all escape its watery demise!

I keep inspiring stories, quotes, fables, parables, poems; they help me to feel optimistic.

In The Frog Theory, the main character is involved with domestic abuse. Is this a subject that you think has to get more attention?

I love this question for its ambiguity in relation to my book. Does it refer to Kim or Clea? They both experienced domestic abuse. 

Kim got knocked out by one of his mother’s clients when he smashed his head on a bicycle pedal leaning against the wall in the hallway when he was seven. Clea was taunted by her step father mentally and physically.

Flow had a girlfriend who also tortured him mentally and physically on more than one occasion.

They all triumphed.

I saw a lot of violence when I was growing up and what struck me was that the obvious place to create a fair playing-field, was school. In turn the school environment could bestow the gift of choices. 

What if teachers were really well paid and the most important people in our society?

What if they were trained, also, to understand a certain amount of psychology?

What if each child/teenager could trust their teacher and go to them with anything to get help, inspiration and guidance?

What I experienced, personally, at secondary school, were underpaid teachers, over worked, not respected enough who just about hung on until they couldn’t stand anymore. Constant turnover. Particularly with French. Which was a shame, because I liked French!

I don’t think, personally, that telling someone they are a victim is the most empowering point of view. I would prefer to hear just look at you, you’re brilliant! Let’s check out your options. 

That was the gift the solicitor gave to Clea. He could have spent that afternoon commiserating with her about her father or he could have washed his hands of the whole thing and let her walk out of his office alone. Instead he empowered her! Filled her with confidence and drive. What a hero.

   “Two men looked out from prison bars, one saw the mud, the other saw stars.” Dale Carnegie.

Which character in the Frog Theory is your favourite?

I love them all but I relate the most to Flow. He hates to lead, preferring to fit in with what everybody else wants and finds it hard to assert himself.

He is naive, impulsive, funny, creative and not brilliant academically, also prone to being just slightly jealous at times! 

When he sees Jackie’s true desire to deceive in order to feed her ego, he finds his personal boundary, learns his lesson and completely shuts the emotional door. 

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones?

Mostly I’ve had positive feedback. A couple of people have struggled with the coincidences but I am not upset by that - people enjoy different things and it is intended to be slightly fantastical.

An excerpt did get sent to an eighty year old man by mistake some time ago and his feedback was certainly very colourful!

I am dyslexic and I thought I had checked the excerpt properly. However, he pointed out several spelling and punctuation errors. I sent the whole manuscript to a copy editor after that and paid to have it professionally corrected before showing any of it to anyone else, ever again! I figured I can’t control what people think of the story but I can make sure it is at least grammatically correct. 

It was the copy editor I found online who said the story was ‘absolutely superb!’ and it deserved to be published. So, it led somewhere unexpected.

About the Author:

After attending school for model-making, Mordaunt started Image Casting in 1998, specialising in customised body castings. Over the course of 13 years, she worked on such films as Atonement and The Wildest Dream, as well as for personal clients like Lionel Richie. In 2012, she relocated to Botswana with her husband and daughter where she currently resides.

For more information about Fiona Mordaunt please visit her website. Or visit her on Twitter.

I received this book from Authoright in exchange for my honest review.


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