My first novel, BABY X, is a psychological thriller about motherhood, technology and medical ethics.

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“Alex Mansfield, the doctor leading a groundbreaking project to grow a human foetus in an artificial uterus, has gone on the run and taken the newborn baby with her. While the child’s parents wait anxiously for news, and the world’s media clamour for answers, Alex’s colleagues are shocked by her actions. Has Alex stolen the baby, or is there another motive behind her disappearance?

Baby X weaves science and medical ethics into an intimate thriller; asking questions without offering easy answers.”

Novelist Emily Organ (author of The Outsider and The Runaway Girl) calls it:

An extremely thought-provoking tale about science and motherhood… A sophisticated debut which raises more questions than it answers.

Ana Salote (author of Oy Yew) says:

Rebecca Ann Smith weaves an intricate plot exploring every shade of the maternal instinct: its psychology, physicality and messiness, alongside the ethics of big pharma and the commodification of birth. Baby X is a feminist Brave New World for the twenty-first century. An intelligent, stylish and compelling read.

Shreya Sen Handley (author, illustrator, journalist and former television producer) says:

This is a thriller with a difference. What might have been a cold, clinical story about science, medicine and ethics, is also a tale of families, parenthood, fear and the deepest love, which moves along with pace and intelligence, delivering surprises, insights and fuzzy, warm moments too.

More reviews.

You can download the first chapter of Baby X as a PDF or read it as a blog post here.

Baby X is available to buy in paperback from Mother’s Milk Books. Buying the book directly from the publisher helps keep small presses afloat.

You can also buy the paperback or the ebook on Amazon.  If you like it, please leave a review!

Discounts are also available for book groups. Contact me for more information.

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Baby X launch gallery.



You can find out more about my journey to finding a publisher for Baby X in Get Your Book Published, a free ebook from Authors Publish Magazine. The book features 10 authors’ individual paths to publication. It’s full of tips and useful resources and is available to download here.

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One of my stories is published in THE FORGOTTEN AND THE FANTASTICAL 2, a collection of fairy-tales for modern audiences, also published by Mother’s Milk Books.


Buy this book direct from the publisher here.

Alternatively buy it via Amazon here.


SEAL SKIN, a magical adventure story for children 10+, will be published by Mother’s Milk Books in late 2017/early 2018.


I’m currently working on HE, SHE, ITa dystopian novel for teenagers.


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