Post-natal depression serves as inspiration behind Downham woman’s novel

Jane Rowe with her daughter Lucy Rowe (6), who is having her first novel (vampires) published on Amazon ANL-161205-081137009
Jane Rowe with her daughter Lucy Rowe (6), who is having her first novel (vampires) published on Amazon ANL-161205-081137009

A Downham woman’s own battle against post-natal depression has been the inspiration behind her very first novel.

Jane Rowe will see her debut book, the ‘Desolation of Silence’ – featuring “the timeless allure of vampires” – published on Amazon’s online Kindle store next month.

It will be a proud moment for the charity shop volunteer who has been writing the novel for three years.

She said: “What inspired me to write my book was my own struggle with post-natal depression, the troubles surrounding this, finally coming to terms with growing in strength, and finding myself, when I thought I was lost.

“I wrote it every night for three years, mainly two hours before I went to bed.”

Ms Rowe, 45, of Short Close, had always liked the idea of trying to get her book published but it was her partner Martin Hodgson’s belief in the story that persuaded her to go for it. Her brother Adrian Horrocks suggested she try Amazon Kindle publishing.

Ms Rowe, who has a six-year-old daughter Lucy and volunteers at the West Norfolk Deaf shop in Downham, described the novel as a “tantalising, decadent story of female empowerment, that spans decades”.

It follows one woman’s journey as she explores the new dimensions of becoming a vampire.

“Clara, the main character, is engulfed by the unearthly glamour of her new found immortality, until she trys to fight her dreadfully wondrous thirst for blood and becomes the ultimate master of restraint,” said Ms Rowe.

The book will be available to pre-order from June 9, and available to download from June 22.