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”.
Author Bio – 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.
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Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog today as part of the Starting Out blog tour.
Starting Out is a standalone novel, but it also follows on from my book series The Lessons of a Student Midwife. Life Lessons, Love Lessons and Lessons Learned, the three books in that series, follow Violet through her midwifery training from first year to her final days as a student. She’s a determined young woman, pursuing her dream, but crippling anxiety and her lack of confidence threaten to stop her from making that dream a reality.
If you enjoy medical dramas or love watching One Born Every Minute or Call the Midwife, this is an unmissable book.
You’ll also love it if you enjoy reading about strong female friendships, as Violet’s best friend Zoe is always there for her to give support and encouragement. It’s a real heart-warming story of determination and friendship.
Starting Out sees Violet at the beginning of her career as a qualified midwife, making the transition from student to fully qualified, registered midwife.
I am often asked whether the books are based on my own experiences. I did train as a midwife, and I spent three years at university going through some of the same things that Violet does. However, the books are fictional, no matter how grounded in reality they are. I haven’t included any real patients or midwives that I met along my own journey – even though there are some that will always stay in my heart and mind.
Although it’s a while since I hung up my gloves, my midwifery days will always be a special part of my life. Writing about Violet and her story is stirring happy memories, and I hope that readers will continue to follow Violet’s progress.
There’s something indescribably special about being with women and their families during pregnancy and birth, and it’s definitely something that readers can connect with. I like to write in a fly-on-the-wall way so that you can look in on what it is really like to be a midwife, and to experience what Violet is feeling. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a midwife, or if you are interested in the process, this is the book for you.
I do plan on writing more books which will follow the stories of Violet and her best friend Zoe, as readers have left such positive reviews about their story so far. I have to admit that I love these young women, and I can’t wait to find out more about what happens to them too!
For now though, please check out Starting Out, and join Violet as she begins her life as a qualified midwife. There’s friendship, laughter and tears, and there’s always cake!