What is The Shed?
All writers need a “word-splashed hut”. My shed might be more mud splashed – but turns out it’s a brilliant place to pen a novel.
In 2019, I began work on The Shed, a women’s literary fiction novel that asks: what happens when you don’t fall in love with your baby at first sight? It’s a story in four plots, digging into the lives of four people on an allotment – their growing pains and passions, grief and gratitude and how their lives intertwine.
It follows main character Kate as she battles with post-natal depression and PTSD after the birth of her son. As she finds solace and sanctuary within this gated community, her overgrown vegetable patch takes shape and her love for life and her son begins to grow.
The book was written almost entirely in my allotment shed.
Shortlisted for a mentor scheme
In February 2020, I was one of only
seven people in the East Midlands to be shortlisted for the Writing East Midlands (WEM) Mentoring Scheme.
Looking for a literary agent
I would love someone to fall in love with my book, the way I did with gardening…
A 2nd novel on the go!
My next novel is about a community pub…and the people that try to save it
Why I wrote The Shed…
The idea for my women’s literary fiction novel evolved from my own personal battle with postnatal depression and PTSD following the birth of my son – and my journey to recovery through gardening and grow-your-own. I was intrigued by the fact that the allotment is often a place people go to seek refuge.
For many women, post-natal depression and PTSD can feel shameful, and something to be hidden. For more than a decade, I have tried to get this mental illness, and its effects into the spotlight: to let other mums know they’re not alone and that recovery is possible.
Love my novel idea?
I’d love to get a foot (or a welly) in the door of the publishing world – and I’m currently sending out submissions to agents. If you’re an agent and like the sound of my novel, please message or email me and I will send you an extract of The Shed manuscript for your consideration.