Rose English kindly agreed to an interview and this was supposed to be published some weeks ago, so for the delay – I’m very sorry Rose! Everyone should go out and buy her books to make up for it…or because they are great books! Rose is an author who weaves romance and magic into her stories and they are well worth a read. Check out my review of The Magic of Grandfather Time.
- From your stories, I would guess that you have a bit of a love for grandfather clocks! Is that true? If so, do you own one?
I love grandfather clocks, unfortunately I do not own one they simply fascinate me. I love the elaborate intricate carvings on the really old ones. I particularly love the fact that the longcase (the original name for the clock) wraps protectively around the golden pendulum heart. (I use this in my story.
In a book I used for research Richard C.R. Barder 1983 sums up the majestic clock perfectly
‘A grandfather clock has a face and a voice. As its name suggests, it is more than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family’
- What are you working on at the moment? Are you planning to write a full-length novel or do you prefer short stories?
I love short stories I am currently working on ‘No Words Exchanged’ a short story for the UK Indie Literary Festival Anthology. I am also working on my Rainbows & Roses – Poetry & Prose book which will be a print book that will feature my 2nd Prize winner ‘One Breath’ a short story of love and loss. Plus I entered a short story competition with ‘Last Orders Jack’ which is to be a full length ‘Magic of Grandfather Time’ novel.
- What do you have in store for The Magic of Grandfather Time series?
I have 4 stories in mind for the series and will extend the first and call it ‘The Coldest Winter’. I have a spring book ‘The Daisy Chain Crown’, a summer book ‘Blown in on a Summer Breeze’ and the autumn book will be ‘Last Orders Jack’
- How do you approach writing something new? Do you like to start out with a plan?
I am not very good with plans, although what I have found helps me is taking part in the National Novel Writing Month or NaNoWriMo for short. I tend to be more focused when taking part. Some ideas have been kicking around for years but the beautiful covers by JC Clarke are inspiration themselves.
- How difficult do you think it is to get character and setting across in short stories? Do you think short stories are harder to write than longer pieces?
I think both are equally challenging, I’m a very descriptive writer I love setting the scene but tend to sometimes over do things in a short story. I often end up cutting huge sections out. Then again not many people want a book to drag on and on in its descriptions. Everyone has their own likes and dislikes.
- What books or authors have influenced or inspired you?
I am a big fan of reading and love most genres, but what I love most are stories that are descriptive. I love being able to read a story and being so captivated by it that the aromas lift off the page or you are drawn deep inside the cover. Two books stand out above the rest and they are
- Who are some of your favourite indie authors?
I have been very fortunate to meet some of the most amazing Indie Authors via social media
- Sherri A Wingler is the first Indie Author I became friends with after reading her 1st book in ‘The Immortal Sorrows Series’ she is a wonderful mentor (check out my reviews of Sherri A Wingler’s books here and here, and my interview with her here).
- I met Dawn Singh and Chris Turnbull at a book signing and we became friends, I am helping them with setting up the UK Indie Literary Festival (Lots of wonderful authors involved)
- Deb McEwan is a multi-talented Indie Author and fast becoming a great mentor too writing for adults and children
- My new best friend and talented author is Maria Gibbs we help each other out, and seem to be on the same wavelength. We became published around a similar time. Maria has far more ideas flowing from her creative mind than I (33 story ideas last I heard). Follow @gibbsdream on twitter or check out her wonderful blog (check out my review of Maria’s book here, and my interview with her here).
- What’s the best thing about being a writer?
To be honest I don’t really know – I love all the research I carry out when I get an idea in my head. The only thing about this is that I over research. I am a reader first; writing for me is more of a hobby. It is truly wonderful though to have a properly printed book in your hand with your author name on the front.
- What do you get up to in your spare time?
Not that I have a great deal of spare time, but any chance I get I read. I read from the carpark to my workplace (about 10 minutes), I read in my break-times, I read with my breakfast and before I go to sleep. There is nothing better than being tucked up snuggly and warm with a good book.
I do like nature too and have been known to wander around my local woods hugging trees. Smelling the flowers and listening to the breeze rustle through the leaves.
- If you could go for lunch with one fictional character, one author, and one other person, who would you pick and why?
Wow so many to choose but if I must select one of each this is who I would pick
- My fictional character is Marianne Fraser from ‘Stargazer’ by Linda Gillard because she is the strong heroine of the story not only is she blind from birth but she is fiercely independent. Music fills her world and she is a great lover of opera she says it “pours a vision of a wider world into her ears” (taken from chapter 1) she also tells us in the same chapter “music goes directly to her heart; it pierces her soul and stirs her with nameless emotions, countless ideas and aural pictures”. Simply beautiful.
- My author would be Lewis Carroll (Charles Lutwidge Dodgson Anglican Cleric) not only was he a truly unique Children’s author but also one of the greatest photographers of his time. Plus a superb mathematician. All in all a very interesting man. (Maria Gibbs & I just recently went to the British Library in London to see the Alice Exhibition some of the first manuscripts that the author penned AWESOME).
- My final person would be Marie Curie famous scientist, first woman to win the Nobel Prize for her pioneering research on radioactivity. Sadly her research also caused her demise.
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