New book ‘Birth Road’ draws inspiration from author NS’ grandmother


Nova Scotian author Michelle Wamboldt’s debut novel — titled “Birth Road” — has just been released, and it’s inspired by a personal place.

While writing comes easily for Womboldt, who has a background in government communications and journalism, “Birth Road” is her first time writing a major piece of historical fiction.

The novel, inspired by her own grandmother, follows a woman’s journey through her life until the birth of her child.

“The main character, Helen, in the book, she walks the road to birth, and on that road she walks to the hospital,” Wamboldt explains. “She has memories that bring her back to remembering the key moments in her life that brought her to this moment.”

The story also takes place locally – in Truro, N.S.

“In my mind, I can imagine the character moving down the road, walking the road of birth, and having memories as they go,” Wamboldt says. “But I know not everyone is from Truro, so I thought it would be a good idea to have a map in the book.”

Wamboldt hopes readers take in one of the novel’s key messages – love and forgiveness.

“A lot of people tend to judge before they know all the facts, and this book is really about learning how to forgive people, move on, and accept,” she says.

“Birth Road” is available online and in bookstores.

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