Wednesday 4 September 2013

Guest Post: Kathryn Player


Like a lot of people, I always wanted to write a book but I didn’t always know what I should write about. However, the relentless questioning about babies, and when was I going to have them, soon gave me my inspiration.

After you get married, everyone pops the question: when are you going to have children?

Every acquaintance starts poking their nose into your fertility levels, your family genetics, even your menstrual cycle. Okay, I'm exaggerating, but this pressure was exactly what drove me to write my book, 'Moody not Broody'.

When a woman gets married everyone expects her to have children, when children could be the furthest thing from her mind. I wanted to ridicule this issue with amusing and entertaining characters. Emma’s viewpoint comes from how I felt after I got married, in 2007.After I got married, I became frustrated by people’s questions and interference and I wanted everyone to see how it can make a young woman feel trapped.

My book is about Emma who has just got married and who’s looking forward to some time of domestic bliss with her new husband, Mike. Then, she is reminded of how she promised him children 6 months into their relationship and, worse still, Mike has never forgotten it. Plus, everyone else has decided that it’s time Emma had children. Emma tries to tell Mike how she feels but he believes she will change her mind and the book is about how they struggle to understand each other’s perspective. In an attempt to get herself out of this stalemate with her husband, Emma focuses on her teaching career and wants to help children with Special Educational Needs.

I must confess that the scenes in the book are loosely based on my own teaching experiences which I thoroughly enjoyed writing about, particularly as I have temporarily left teaching to raise my nine month old twin daughters, Charlotte and Emily. My main objective with this book was to entertain my reader, and I sincerely hope that it does.

You can find out more about Kathryn and her book on Twitter, Facebook or her website.

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