Jennifer Worth - April 2009

 Jennifer Worth
 

 

Jennifer Worth has written a beautiful, touching, and occasionally disturbing memoir about working as a midwife in post-war London.  Ms Worth trained in nursing at the Royal Berkshire Hospital before moving to London to train in midwifery.  Her work was in the East End area of London, an uncongenial neighborhood filled with poverty and difficulties.  Jenny starts off with the usual compliment of prejudice and opinion, but working with the women of the East End constantly challenges and teaches her.

 
 
Sara:

You've written a beautiful biography; would you also like to write a novel? 

 

Jennifer: 

Thank you. One thing at a time. THE MIDWIFE is the first in a trilogy. Shadows of the Workhouse  and  Farewell to the East End (published in the UK) are still to come to the US. At this time, I have no plans to write a novel.  

 

Sara:

What is your literary guilty pleasure? 

 

Jennifer:

I have none 

 

Sara:

Are there any authors you feel have strongly influenced or inspired you? 

 

Jennifer:

19th Century novelists: Dickens, Jane Austen, The Brontes, Flaubert, Tolstoy. I also think a lot of my writing is influenced by my childhood readings of the Bible and classroom teachings.  

 

Sara:

What is the most difficult part of the writing process for you? 

 

Jennifer:

Getting started. 

 

 

Sara:

How long did it take before you thought of yourself as an “AUTHOR”? 

 

Jennifer:

 I still don't. I still can't think of myself as an author.  

 

 

Sara:

Do you have pets?  If so, did they help with the writing? 

 

Jennifer:

No 

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