Westward Ho! author was inspired to write novel after finding a collection of silk postcards sent from the Western Front.

A former headhunter from Westward Ho! has been inspired to write her first novel.

Susan Hughes, 55, penned A Kiss From France after finding ornate silk postcards, sent from the Western Front during World War One, among her late grandmother’s possessions.

The fictional story is inspired by her research into how the cards were sent to soldiers by munitionettes, who sent them with ammunition shells heading for France.

And now her two children are growing up, she said the timing was right to start writing.

“There’s an inscription in the cards from someone called Jack, and I wasn’t aware of anyone from my grandmother’s side with that name,” she said.

“I did English at university and have always been a big reader so I think it’s always been in there, but life gets in the way sometimes.

“I’ve always had a thing about World War One, so when I found the cards they piqued my interest.

“When I started writing, it seemed to flow and I really enjoyed doing it.”

Despite being 100 years old, the cards have been well preserved by years of being wrapped in tissue paper.

“I think I’ve got the bug now as I’m already half way through my second book,” she said. “It’s very fulfilling.”

Susan’s book went on sale last month, and is available from Walter Henry’s Bookshop in Bideford or online from Amazon.