Infertility as the basis for a Thriller
When conjuring up a storyline, I always try to ´write what I know.´ Not only am I lazy, and therefore reluctant to do heaps of research, I also feel that the more personal I can make a storyline, the better. This is especially true when writing from a first person point of view, as I am able to easily become the character I am portraying.
My debut novel Trust Me was loosely based on my experiences as a telemarketer. I felt that because I understand how strangers interact over the phone, as well as the call centre set up, I was able to create a believable narrative.
When bouncing around ideas for my second novel, I knew pretty early on that I wanted to use infertility as the basis for the story. Infertility is something my husband and I have struggled with for many years. We have undergone several rounds of IVF treatment as well as a miscarriage. I don’t think it is something a person can fully understand unless they have experienced it. Although heart-breaking, I knew the subject would make the basis for an excellent psychological thriller, especially once I injected other secondary issues such as depression, jealousy and a touch of psychosis! The twist came to me during the planning process and I knew I was on to something. I also knew that because I was living through infertility I would do the subject justice.
As the early reviews for A Mother´s Sacrifice came flooding in, I was eager to see how the subject had been received. Fortunately readers fully empathised with my main character Louisa, and understood that although I was writing fiction, and indeed a thriller with numerous twists and turns, the heart of the story was always a mother´s love for her desperately wanted child.
Choosing to talk about my own journey hasn’t been easy. However, I believe attitudes need to change and women (and indeed men) should feel that they are able to talk about such issues. As a writer I do have somewhat of a platform and therefore I feel it is my duty to bring issues such as infertility, depression, anxiety etc. into the open.
Finally, if you are dealing with infertility of any kind, don’t hesitate to get in touch. You´re not alone and you don’t have to suffer in silence.
Gemma Metcalfe is a Manchester born author who now lives in sunny Tenerife with her husband Danny and two crazy rescue dogs Dora and Diego. By day, Gemma can be found working as a Primary school teacher, but as the sun sets, she ditches the glitter and glue and becomes a writer of psychological thrillers. An established drama queen, she admits to having a rather warped imagination, and loves writing original plots with shocking twists. The plot for her debut novel ´Trust Me,´ is loosely based on her experiences as a call centre operative, where she was never quite sure who would answer the phone..
Blurb: God ensured she crossed my path. And that is why I chose her. The day Louisa and James bring their newborn son home from the hospital marks a new beginning for all of them. To hold their child in their arms, makes all the stress and trauma of fertility treatment worth it. Little Cory is theirs and theirs alone. Or so they think… After her mother’s suicide when she was a child, Louisa’s life took an even darker turn. But meeting James changed everything. She can trust him to protect her, and to never leave her. Even if deep down, she worries that she has never told him the full truth about her past, or the truth about their baby. But someone knows all her secrets – and that person is watching and waiting, with a twisted game that will try to take everything Louisa holds dear.