Love, death, enlightenment… and the perfect flapjack

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A new book from Sheffield author, Judith Watkins, follows a chaotic mum-of-three as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery.

VIBE caught up with the scribe, who is also a reiki practitioner, to find out all about the first book in a new trilogy.


Hi Judith. How are things with you?
Like most people, I’ve had my quarantine highs and lows but I’ve tried to use this time for my ‘three Rs’ – writing, reiki and raiding the biscuit tin.

Can you tell us about your new book?
With pleasure. Stones in my Bra is about love, death, enlightenment and the perfect flapjack. It’s a humorous, Yorkshire take on ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and follows the fortunes of a chaotic mum-of-three as she embarks on a journey of self-discovery. She cherishes her chakras, clears her clutter and communes with angels. But will this be enough to save her marriage and heal the scars of her past? And why is her bra full of stones? You’ll just have to read the book to find out…

When did you start writing it?
It took over two years and many tins of biscuits to reach its present incarnation.

Who’s it published by? Where can we buy it?
It’s indie published and you can buy it on for £7.99 paperback or £1.99 kindle version.

It’s the first book in a trilogy. What prompted you to write a series of books?
Having written the first book, I realised the narrator’s story wasn’t yet finished and so The Traffic Jam of Life trilogy was conceived to mirror the kind of experiences I’ve had on my own journey.

Do you have more ideas for future books?
I’ve just finished the draft of my second novel Spoons on my Feet and the third book, Messages from where?! is already in note form.

You have a reiki healing practice at Nether Edge, how’s that going?
Obviously, because of the current restrictions, Reiki at the Edge isn’t offering face-to-face sessions but I’ve been giving distance reiki and am about to offer online oracle card readings. You can find out more on the Reiki at the Edge Facebook page.

Does spirituality come across in your book?
Yes, I approach the subject in a light-hearted way and my hope is that it will encourage readers to ‘suspend their disbelief’ and just be open to alternative ways of looking at life. Stones in my Bra, takes you on a road trip through the conventional landscape of religion, meditation and yoga to the more exotic backdrops of hypnotherapy, crystals and gong baths.

Where is the novel set?
It's based in Sheffield, so local readers will recognise many of the locations. But it also has flashbacks to the narrator’s experiences in Cold War Moscow, backpacking in India and tour-guiding in Europe.

Your blog, Musings on the Mundane, is witty and very relatable. How did that start?
I’ve always found humour in the little things in life and used to post up my thoughts on Facebook until friends suggested I start my own blog, which you can visit here.

Will it continue beyond the pandemic?
My current musings in the Sheffield Telegraph, The Corona Chronicles, are all about life in these strange times. But I’ll always find something funny to write about, be it the chaos of choosing a family film, the nightmare of ordering a curry or the epic failure of speaking a foreign language.

What have you missed the most over the last few months?
Far-flung family and a haircut.

Any more plans for the future?
I’m on a mission to spread love, light and laughter to the world. But in the meantime, I’ll settle down with the Nearly-Beloved, Grunting Teen, and a box-set of Friends.

Buy a copy of Judith’s book, Stones in my Bra, here.

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