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A Suffolk woman says she was inspired by feeding her baby at 4am to write her own book.

Francesca Catlow, from Elmswell, near Bury St Edmunds, released her debut novel last month after starting it during the first lockdown.

The book, which is the first of three, is set in a post-pandemic world and was encouraged by her husband and family.

Francesca Catlow, performer turned author, recently published her first novel last month. Picture: Francesca Catlow.
Francesca Catlow, performer turned author, recently published her first novel last month. Picture: Francesca Catlow.

Speaking about The Little Blue Door, she said: "I had just finished reading a book, and I did the thing that always do and said to my husband 'I could do that, I could write a book.'

"I just started writing. Most of the book was written at 4am while feeding my baby."

After starting her career in performing arts, this is the first book that Francesca has seen published.

She said: "I have written a couple of scripts before, my background is actually performance. Before the lockdown I was a singer, dancer and dance teacher.

"This is quite a side step, but I seem to be doing all right at it and I really enjoyed writing it."

The novel was published by Bristol-based company SilverWood Books and is available to order from Waterstones and Amazon, as well as all good bookshops.

You can hear more Francesca here.

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