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Today I’m very pleased to join in the blog tour for Starting Out by JE Rowney and am sharing with you how the author answered my interview questions, together with more information about her and her book. Read on to find out more for yourself:
Where did you get the inspiration for the book/series?
When I was younger I wanted to be a writer, but I thought I should have a “proper job” first. I ended up training as a midwife, and I worked in the NHS for several years. There aren’t enough books about midwives, so when it came to writing a series I wanted to write about something important to me, and interesting to readers. Thus the Lessons of a Student Midwife series came to be! Starting Out can be read as a standalone novel, and you don’t need to have read the series to enjoy it, but it features the same characters as the series.
What is your writing process?
I’m very much a “pantser”. I have the big picture overview of the novel in mind when I begin, I know some of the major plot points, and I know the ending. I like to flesh out the characters and put my trust in them to get the story to where it needs to be. I love writing like this because it means that I can also come across some surprises along the way.
Do you write using pen and paper or on a computer?
About ninety percent of my writing is done on my computer, but I do write notes and some scenes on paper. I find it easier to let my thoughts flow on computer now, but when I have notes to make I can visualise things better on paper.
Who is your favourite character out of your stories and why?
My favourite is definitely Violet, the main character from Starting Out and from the Lessons of a Student Midwife Series. I don’t think I would be able to keep writing about her if I didn’t like her so much. She always wants to do her best for everyone, and yet she lacks confidence in herself and her abilities. She’s such a genuine, humble person. I’d love to have her as a friend.
If you were a character in your story, which would you like to be?
I’d like to be one of the helpful, supportive mentors who has been there for Violet. They are always there for her in the background, like a safety net. I enjoyed that role when I was an actual midwife, and I would like to be there for Violet too!
How and why did you choose the names for your main characters?
Violet and Zoe’s names really did just come to me as I started writing. Sometimes I have used names that have meaning – such as Anna Macbeth in my novel Charcoal, which draws on some of the themes and motifs from the Shakespeare play – but Violet and Zoe pretty much named themselves!
Thank you so much for answering my questions – I suspect my writing process would be very similar to yours, though the end results wouldn’t be as great! Thank you for answering my questions and allowing me to share your responses.
Read on to discover more about Starting Out and its author!
Violet thought midwifery training was tough, but now she has to step out onto the ward as a newly qualified midwife. She’s standing on the edge of her new life, but taking the leap is harder than she ever expected.
Living on her own for the first time, while best friend Zoe starts to build a future with soon-to-be-husband Luke, everything is changing for Violet.
Can Violet adapt and adjust, or will anxiety get the better of her?
“Starting Out” – the new book from the world of “Lessons of a Student Midwife”.
J.E. Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, but now lives on the south coast of England. She spent ten years working as a midwife before turning in her gloves to become an author.
She is an award winning poet, and also enjoys writing short stories. In May 2020 she was the winner of the Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction.
“Charcoal”, her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel on Amazon within days of release.
She spends lots of time writing in coffee shops, so if you see her, say hello.
Ms. Rowney says: “I always dreamed of being a writer, until I realised that I was. Then I started to write.”
You can find out more about JE Rowney on her website at jerowney.com, or follow @jerowneywriter on social media.