A Scarborough student is celebrating the publication of her first novel after ten years in the writing.
Wendy McPhee, 40, says her novel has always taken second place after raising her two daughters and studying for her degree in social care practice at the University of Hull’s Scarborough Campus.
But her dream is now reality with the novel, entitled ‘Is there something I should know?,’ now for sale on Amazon both in paperback and on Kindle.
Wendy also had to juggle her writing with her job as a parent support adviser at Briercliff Children’s Centre,
She said: “Now my own children are now grown-up so it seemed a good time to finally give the book some attention.
“Although not specifically set in Scarborough, anyone who knows the town and reads the book could be forgiven for thinking they recognise some of the venues.”
The novel tells the story of the lovable and disorganized Izzy, whose bet with friends on February 29th results in her proposal to her long-term boyfriend. The problems start when he accepts!
Meanwhile, Izzy’s best friend Julie is a court reporter who falls head over heels for the accused.
Wendy is now thinking about her sequel. She said: “I am delighted that I can now see my book in print. It is very satisfying to be able to hold it or put in on a bookshelf next to the authors that I admire.
“I have done lots of different jobs over the years from working as a civil servant to working with children and families. I always wanted to get a degree and I have loved being a mature student. It’s surprising how quickly the time has passed.”