Starting Out by JE Rowney / #Interview #BlogTour @rararesources @Jerowneywriter


Lessons of a Student Midwife book 2

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?




Did or do you like to read comic books/grapic novels? Which ones?

Back in the 1980s I used to have a subscription to Scream! comic. It was a collection of horror stories and creepy/spooky thrillers. One of my favourite strips was The Thirteenth Floor, about a sentient computer that looks after the tenants in an apartment block – sometimes with harsh consequences for anyone that looks like they might be threatening harm. I got a copy of the Thirteenth Floor anthology at Christmas and I have re-read the whole series.

Whom did you inherit your love for books/reading from?

My family were all big on reading, and my love of reading was always encouraged. From my mum buying me those comic books to my gran taking me to the secondhand market to fill my bookshelves with every type of story.

When you need a murder victim or someone you can diagnose with a serious disease or someone who is involved in a fatal accident do you sometimes picture someone nasty you have met in real life and think ‘got you’ LOL?

No, never! I’m aware of that catchphrase “be nice to me, or I’ll put you in a book and kill you” but my mind doesn’t work like that. I have done the opposite though, as one of the lecturers that I mention in the Lessons of a Student Midwife series is named after one of the actual midwifery lecturers that taught me. She was so inspirational, but sadly passed away a few years ago.

How do you come up with the names for your characters?

Sometimes there is meaning to the names, like Anna Macbeth in my novel Charcoal, which draws on themes from the Shakespeare play. Sometimes the names just come to me, as Violet and Zoe’s did.

Do write other things beside books (and shoppinglists 😉 )?

I’m currently writing my PhD thesis, so I am writing lots of notes! I also really enjoy bullet journaling, so I write in my journal most days. I have a two-weekly newsletter that I love writing too – you can sign up and get a free book if you visit my website at

If your movie or series would be made from your books, would you be happy with the ‘based on’ version or would you rather like they showed it exactly the way you created it?

I would hope that people would read the book as well as watching the film version. I don’t mind handing over some of the creative decisions though. I always try to read the book first if I want to watch something that has been adapted into a television programme or movie.

Who would you like/have liked to interview?

I’d like to have a chat with Kazuo Ishiguro because I love his books. He seems to pack so much human emotion into everything he writes.

Do you have certain people you contact while doing research to pick their brains? What are they specialized in?

I tend to use the internet and social media to connect with experts when I need to. Research is one of the most interesting parts of writing.

Is there someone you sometimes discuss a dilemma with?

I have a supervisor for my PhD, so I know that I can talk to him or to one of my supervisory team with any writing issues. It’s great having a support network to draw on, as writing can be a lonesome business.

What is more important to you : a rating in stars with no comments or a reviewer who explains what the comments they give are based on (without spoilers of course)

I like receiving feedback so that I can keep improving my writing, but I also appreciate anyone who takes the time to leave a star rating. It’s most important to me that my books are getting out there and people are enjoying them.

Thank you, J.E.Rowney and Rachel’s Random Resources


About the author 

J.E.Rowney spent several years in the cold Yorkshire hills, which brings the flavour of the moorland countryside into her work. She now lives in Dorset, and the sun and sea are slowly creeping in as influences.

“Charcoal”, her first novel, was published in 2012 to wide critical acclaim, and was a bestselling novel across the whole of Amazon within days of release.

Ms Rowney has recently been awarded the Dinesh Allirajah Writing Prize 2020.

Her third novel, “Ghosted”, was released in January 2020 and quickly also became a bestseller.

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.”


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