STROUD midwife Mandy Robotham is swapping a life of birthing babies for the joy of the written word.
For the past three years, Mandy, who has been a Stroud community midwife for over 20 years, has been devoting all her free time to writing a series of novels.
The first, A Woman of War, which tells the story of a woman taken from Nazi concentration camps and assigned to be a midwife for one of Hitler’s inner circle, was published in 2018 by a division of HarperCollins.
It became a best seller, selling over 250,000 copies.
Mandy’s second novel, The Secret Messenger, has just been released and, with a third in the pipeline, she has decided the time is right to become a fulltime author.
She is set to work her final shift at Stroud Maternity Hospital in just two weeks’ time.
“After more than 20 years as a midwife, I’ll miss the people and the births, but it’s never too late for a new chapter,” she said.
So, following a farewell tea party with her midwifery colleagues, Mandy is all set to embark on her new life.
“It will change how I write. I’ll have to be more disciplined now it’s my job and not just a hobby.”
As well as knuckling down to getting words on pages, Mandy likes to research the locations in her novels, so some nice little trips are on the cards.
Most recently she travelled to Venice to look at locations for The Secret Messenger.