Spatch Logan is the pseudonym of a clinical psychologist working in the south east of England. He has a clinical role within the NHS and currently holds an academic post at a university. Starting out in the wild and heady world of forensics, his further tours of duty include eating disorders, older adult community mental health, and general adult mental health.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing when I was in my teens, but a lot of the stuff was derivative and heavily based on what I was reading at the time. There was a lot of dystopian fiction, action, and out and out rip offs of better stories. However, the discipline and method of writing really came about when I was doing my PhD (early 20s). I have written quite a bit of scientific writing before I even thought about coming to fiction.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Irrelevant Experience is a diary based novel about a first rung of the career ladder job in psychology. It heavily draws from my own recollection from that period of time after finishing university and starting your first job, and my discussions with others. I was never an Assistant myself (although I subsequently have had several I have worked with), but I think everyone goes through that horrible period of uncertainty where you go from the protection of the education system out into the big wide world.
I wanted to create something that resonates with people who are on the psychology scene, but also be accessible for anyone who may never even have heard of the profession.
The path to becoming a clinical psychologist isn't easy. Good grades, work experience, and getting a spot on the fiendishly competitive doctoral course, make it hard to break into. Friendships, rivalries, and climbing the career ladder come with the territory after graduation. Embarrassing parents, Facebook addictions and a quarter-life crisis are entirely optional.