What Inspired Me to Write The Return

December 8, 2009


Whilst on assignment in Iraq, English TV presenter and journalist Robert Tremayne is captured by the Islamic Jihad and held hostage. His soul mate, Marielle, can barely come to terms with her loss but tries to move on with her life.

Two years later Robert is discovered alive. Marielle is overjoyed, but her life has changed beyond all recognition, and the man she loved is now very different. His time in Iraq has left him cold, emotionless and detached. There’s much to tell, and each wants desperately to return to the way things once were.

With the past always there to come between them, will they be able to recapture their lost love? Will they ever be happy again?
A note to the reader: The reason why I wrote the Return.

Being English, I vividly remember watching the news when journalist John McCarthy was released from captivity in 1991, after 5 years as a hostage in Lebanon. His girlfriend Jill Morrell was there to greet him, and it looked as though their emotional turmoil would soon be over. They could continue their lives together. Sadly John McCarthy and Jill Morrell split up unable to resume their relationship. The Return is based on the idea of this true heartbreaking event. I wondered how two people who loved each other so dearly, would get on after such a long period of separation.

May I ask you all a question. Imagine how you would cope, if you had been held captive in a foreign country in a small cell for two years? Imagine how you would cope emotionally and psychologically. Imagine how you would cope with The Return to normal life.

The Return focuses on the emotion and distress that both Marielle and Robert must have experienced upon being reunited after two years apart. Robert returns from Iraq a changed man. Cold and emotionless he seems unable to fit back in with normal society. All the good things he has relied on have now gone forever. How can he come to terms with his new life outside of captivity? Will Robert Tremayne and Merielle Stevens in The Return be able to find their love once more? Will the emotional scars finally heal.

I Hope you enjoy reading my book.

You can learn more about Jan and her books by going to her website.


  • Laurie Ryan December 26, 2009 at 12:19 am

    What a powerful concept. And, having just finished your novel, I now know you manage to keep tension high throughout the story. I thoroughly enjoyed your novel, Jan.

  • Jan Bowles December 26, 2009 at 1:39 am

    Thank you Laurie.

    I enjoyed writing it too.