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We are so very lucky to have authors in this world. Books are an essential need. We find or lose ourselves within the pages. But while we are reading their books. We would also love to know the person, the genuine person behind their writing.
So without further ado, Let me introduce you to ROSIE TRAVERS and let’s get to know her together. I am honoured to have you here on Reading Through The Pain. And Thank you very much for being interviewed.
Please tell my readers a little about yourself?
Hi Ami-May and thank you for inviting me onto your blog.
I currently live on the south coast of England on the edge of the New Forest with my husband Neil and cat Ed. We’ve only recently moved here having spent the best part of the last ten years living abroad – most recently in the Netherlands and before that California. When we moved to the US in 2009, I began a blog about my life as an ex-pat; I was depressed and socially isolated and writing about our somewhat surreal new life was cathartic. I’ve always been an avid reader and used to scribble stories as a teenager. I had plenty of time on my hands and once I re-discovered the joys of writing through my weekly blog; I branched out and turned my hand to fiction.
What is the best thing about being a writer/author?
Having a legitimate channel for my vivid imagination and natural nosiness! Being able to make up stories and share them with readers is the icing on the cake.
How much of the book is planned out before you write it/them?
I’m a complete pantser—I don’t spend a lot of time plotting and start writing as soon as the initial idea and main character come into my head. If I feel an idea has ‘legs’ I draw up out a bullet point outline, usually no more than one side of A4, but it’s always very fluid and subject to change. My novels are contemporary and set locally to where I live, so I can keep research to a minimum, however, I do like to include elements of local history/culture. If research is required, I carry it out as the story develops.
What do you think is most important when writing a book? The characters, plot, setting, etc?
My stories are very much character led. I enjoy exploring relationships, questioning what motivates people and why they tick. The plot, and subsequent twists, develop out of the characters.
What is your latest book about?
Your Secret’s Safe With Me is the story of a romantic novelist Pearl and her PA daughter Becca, who move to a sleepy south coast village and discover anything but calm waters. Pearl has just announced her intention to marry for the third time to a man she has only just met. Becca is determined to stop her mother from making another disastrous mistake, but ends up moving with Pearl and her brother Freddy to the coast where an encounter with an old flame alerts her to some illicit goings-on amongst the local community, placing the entire family in danger. As secrets start to emerge, the bonds that tie Pearl, Becca and Freddy together begin to unravel.
What inspired it?
The initial idea was sparked by a competition at my local writers’ group to write the first 300 words of a women’s fiction novel. I set up the initial scene with Pearl announcing her engagement. I won a prize and decided to continue with the story. At the time I was living close to the river Hamble in Hampshire, which is a bit of a sailing mecca (although I don’t sail and never have). I was very envious of some of the large sleek yachts gliding past me on my regular riverside walks and moored up in the local marina, so I started to speculate who or what might be onboard, which brought a whole new layer of intrigue into Pearl and Becca’s story.
Why did you pick the genre or genres that you write in?
I write the type of books I want to read. I like creating feisty independent heroines and multi-layered plots. Defining the genre has always been hard because my books cover so many different themes – romance, intrigue, family dynamics, but also contain a lot of humour. I’ve tried to write in a more serious style, but it’s not in my nature. The humour creeps in naturally.
How did you go about getting a publishing deal? Or how did you become self-published?
I followed the traditional route of submitting to agents and publishers to start with. The two books I’ve had published so far were both accepted by Crooked Cat Books, although I have since self-published The Theatre of Dreams, and it’s definitely an option for the future.
Would you be enthralled in making your books into a movie or TV series?
Absolutely! My debut novel, The Theatre of Dreams, has all the elements to make a wonderful extravagant Baz Luhrman style musical – two actresses from two different generations united in their desire to save a historic seaside pavilion but each with a very different motive. There’s dance, drama, romance, tragedy, while I think Your Secret’s Safe With Me would make a wonderful mini-series.
Any new books or plans for the future?
I’m currently planning a series of contemporary humorous mysteries set on the Isle of Wight involving an ex-professional golfer turned amateur sleuth, her grandmother, and a scuba diver. The first novel is complete and currently searching for a home, while I work on the second. I’m also working on a ghost story. An idea came to me which just had to be written down – but it’s very early days.
What writing advice would you have given yourself when you started?
Be patient and probably write something more commercial!
What writing advice would you give to an aspiring writer or a new author to the block?
Join a writing group – not just because writing can be socially isolating but because only other writers understand the pain, and pleasure, you are going through on your writing journey.
What has been your favourite book so far this year?
The Strawberry Thief by Joanne Harris – a chance re-visit to the characters and location in Chocolat which is one of my all-time favourite books. It was like meeting up with old friends.
What genre do you read?
Basically, I just want to read a good story. I like a novel with layers and depth, and although I’m happy relaxing with a light-hearted romance/rom-com, there has something else going on. I like books I can immerse myself in—the sort of books that make you want to turn the last few pages very slowly because you just don’t want the story to end.
What is on your To be read list?
Top of the list is The Switch by Beth O’Leary, closely followed by The Foundling by Stacey Halls. Flat Share and The Familiars were two of my favourite books from last year.
Thank you to Rosie Travers for this exceptional interview and for your fantastic books.