AUTHOR, JUDITH BARROW:
I have an MA in Creative Writing, a B.A. (Hons.) in Literature, and a Diploma in Drama and Script Writing. I’ve had short stories, poems, plays, reviews and articles published throughout the British Isles, notably in several Honno anthologies. I am also a Creative Writing tutor and run workshops on all genres.
When I’m not writing I research for my writing. Or hide away with a book (I’m on Rosie Amber’s Review Team, #RBRT). And, with the Pembrokeshire coastline so close, walking along the paths and sitting watching the sea, the birds, the seals is too tempting, so you’ll often find me wandering about (while devising plots and characters, of course!) Other times (especially at the moment) I’m busy organising the letting of our holiday apartment Saddleworth House.
Living in the Shadows
Living in the Shadows is the final book of the trilogy, and sequel to the Changing Patterns and Pattern of Shadows. It’s 1969 and Mary Schormann is living quietly in Wales with her ex-POW husband, Peter, and her teenage twins, Richard and Victoria. Her niece, Linda Booth, is a nurse – following in Mary’s footsteps – and works in the maternity ward of her local hospital in Lancashire. At the end of a long night shift, a bullying new father visits the maternity ward and brings back Linda’s darkest nightmares, her terror of being locked in. Who is this man, and why does he scare her so? There are secrets dating back to the war that still haunt the family, and finding out what lies at their root might be the only way Linda can escape their murderous consequences.
Why I decided to set Living in the Shadows in the Sixties.
I wanted to set Living in the Shadows in the late sixties because it’s an era that appeals to me and also because I wanted to tell the story of the next generation of characters; of how they are living with the consequences of the actions of their parents.
The “Swinging Sixties” is a fascinating time to tap into; it’s been called the most crucial decade of the 20th Century in British social history; an era of change, of innovation, of revolution. And it suits the inevitability of corollaries brought about by the choices made by Mary Howarth and Peter Schormann and the rest of the Howarth family.
I enjoyed the juxtaposition of the families and their history and the wider historical defining moments in society; from the space race and the protests against politics and war to the radical fashions and emergence and idolatry of models such as Twiggy and Mary Quant. Not to mention the arrival and adulation of the Beatles and The Rolling Stones. If you weren’t a Mod you were a Rocker – or you weren’t part of the scene.
And it is Victoria, Mary and Peter Schormann’s daughter, who, living in the quiet Welsh village of Llamroth, rebels and is drawn towards the Hippie scene, a world where young people reject the customs, traditions and lifestyles of society in order to develop their own.
Pattern of Shadows
Mary is a nursing sister at a Lancashire prison camp for the housing and treatment of German POWs. Life at work is difficult but fulfilling; life at home a constant round of arguments. The only light on her horizon is a friendship with one of the German doctors. Then Frank – a guard at the camp – turns up at the house one night and won’t leave until she agrees to walk out with him. Now, not only Mary’s happiness but her very life is threatened by the most dangerous of wartime secrets…
In May 1950, Britain is struggling with the hardships of rationing and the aftermath of the Second World War. Although the war is over but Mary still has to keep her relationship with Peter, a German ex-POW, secret. Her sister Ellen and best friend Jean expect Mary to fix their troubles too. When tragedy strikes, Mary hopes it will unite her siblings, but it is only when a child disappears that the whole family pulls together to save one of their own from a common enemy.
Links to the trilogy:
Pattern of Shadows: http://amzn.to/1OpM6TI
Changing Patterns: http://amzn.to/1PPmzki
Living in the Shadows: http://amzn.to/1PWBLiV
Pattern of Shadows: http://amzn.to/1QyPHN6
Changing Patterns: http://amzn.to/1JOTMxc
Living in the Shadows: http://amzn.to/1PGK108
Pattern of Shadows: http://bit.ly/1Xe67Nq
Changing Patterns: http://bit.ly/1QR3Hlk
Living in the Shadows: http://bit.ly/1VN2JrF
Pattern of Shadows: http://amzn.to/1UYJRWt
Changing Patterns: http://amzn.to/1O09wZb
Living in the Shadows: http://amzn.to/1QnrGG5