AUTHOR Shirley Thompson has teamed-up with an American writer to pen her tenth novel.
Shirley, from Monkspath, said that Unlocking the Gates is a story that also spans two continents.
The main character stumbles on a letter, after her mother’s death, which contains a shocking family secret.
It was co-written by Caroline Bourner, from the United States, over an 18 month period.
“It’s about a woman who finds out something shocking about her past,” said 62-year-old Shirley.
“The letter she finds from her mother is a confession and it explains so much about her life.
“I think it will strike a chord with people because it’s a very moving story at times.”
Shirley, a former primary school teacher, made a couple of trips across the Atlantic to discuss the plot. And there were also scores of phone conversations between the two women over a year-and-a-half.
In the past, Shirley has written best-selling biographies for the likes of Pat Roach and nightclub boss Eddie Fewtrell.
“I’ve got very used to collaborating with someone on a book, I’ve done is so many times before,” she said.
Now she’s turned her attention back to biographies, with a look at the life of kick-boxing champion Cash Gill.
* Unlocking the Gates will be launched at Solihull Waterstone’s on June 25, starting at noon.