“I always really laughed at the people who said, ‘Oh, I'm going to use maternity leave to find my new and different second career, or do up the house or have some giant project on the go,’” grins Harriet Walker, when I ask what possessed her to put pen to paper on her first novel while on maternity leave with her daughter Freda, now three.


“I was always the person saying, ‘Oh yeah, right.’ And I never really intended to write a book. But I gave myself six months of doing absolutely nothing – no work, no stress about exercise or anything – then I found my brain was just really kind of free and empty and roaming. I kept coming back to themes and scenarios, then eventually I thought, ‘Let's sit down and try and write something.’”


Ready to join The Flock?

When you join The Flock, you pay it forward. Every paid subscription generates a second for a woman on reduced income, ensuring we remain advertising-free and accessible to all.

Want to support us? Subscribe below for just £4.99 a month and get your first 14 days free. Can’t afford that right now? We'll be reopening our waitlist for paid forward memberships soon, so watch this space.

Got a gift card to redeem? Click here.

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Share this
Back to category