Fiction and autobiography were what made me realise midwifery was what I wanted to do.
But, much as I love Call the Midwife, I wanted to read a modern NHS novel. Something that showed the hang-on-for-dear-life pressure of being a student midwife in the contemporary UK. I couldn't find it, so I started writing. An hour a day, almost every morning, usually around 5am in a state of high caffeination, for four years.
I knew I couldn’t write a polite fiction.
Chloe the student midwife is a strong eighteen-year-old but she’s also been bereaved recently and she’s angry when she sees poor care. When women are pressured to make choices, she feels it intensely, and tries to stop it happening.
Also, her Dad needs looking after, her sister’s taking God knows what and her older boyfriend is not sure he likes midwifery.
Her Mum was a midwife so Chloe grew up hearing what it’s like to practice in the NHS.
But as the year progresses and Chloe finds out a friend is pregnant, she realises not every midwife mentor approves of her passionate personality.
She might not make it to qualification.
And then life hands her the biggest decision she’s ever had to make.
This novel features stuff we need to talk about, like inner city care, bullying in the NHS, drug addiction and abortion. And, naturally, awe-inspiring birth.
It’s not going to be for everyone. Probably should have written about sparkly vampires? (I’ve read Twilight and enjoyed it by the way 😀 We can get into the feminist rant – but the plot was tight and that’s hard to do.)
I have this image of a young woman, maybe waiting for a train, with long hair and a satchel. 'New Walk' is burning a hole in her bag and she cannot wait to get settled in a seat and get reading again.
That kind of person could be me or my sister or many of my friends.
I just want a few people to love it. That’s my goal.
Do you think that's you?
Comment and you might be one of the people to get a preview copy!
(In fact, if you have a blog or something similar and you would consider reviewing New Walk, leave a comment and I’ll see about a review copy).
Otherwise New Walk is out 18th October 2018 and you can pre-order here.
It'll be like sending future-you a present in the post!
Pre-orders also mean we’re far more likely to get the attention of the media as they show the public is interested.
If New Walk gets a good readership, it will be because people like you supported it. You've got the power!
With real humility, THANKYOU, everyone who’s followed MidwifeDiaries for the last four years as I’ve written this book. You know how long it’s taken and how grateful I am to get it published. (Pinter and Martin you're amazing!)
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P.S. I’ve had the goal of getting fiction published before the age of 30 since I was a young teenager. This novel will be published 18/10/18. Two days before I turn 30. Made it by a duck’s whisker!