The Mountain in my Shoe is my second novel and will be published on Kindle 15th July and in paperback in September, by Orenda Books.
It turns out I accidentally wrote a psychological thriller with this one. I never write with a genre in mind, I just sit down and set off, so it was quite a surprise. This book – much like my first – was inspired by something I experienced; my time spent volunteering with children in the care system. I learned that most of these vulnerable kids have what is called a lifebook, in which all their foster careers, adoptive parents, and social workers record their childhood, so that when they reach adulthood they have their history. It occurred to me what an incredible way this might be to tell a story. And so a lifebook forms one of the narratives in the novel.
And here’s the blurb for you….
A missing boy. A missing book. A missing husband. A woman who must find them all to find herself …
On the night Bernadette finally has the courage to tell her domineering husband that she’s leaving, he doesn’t come home. Neither does Conor, the little boy she’s befriended for the past five years. Also missing is his lifebook, the only thing that holds the answers. With the help of Conor’s foster mum, Bernadette must face her own past, her husband’s secrets and a future she never dared imagine in order to find them all.