Welcome to Writer-In-Progress Wednesday with Rose English!
Rose is a dreamer, preferring a simple & quiet life. Often spending time alone, although never lonely, being ever surrounded by great characters when lost in a good book. She loves theatre and the arts, adoring live performances on stage. Rose has very eclectic tastes.
Working as a school librarian, and sharing her love of books with the children was the best job she ever had. However, life moves on and another chapter was only a page turn away.
Now working in an entirely different library, in Hereford’s Wye Valley NHS Trust Hospital, Rose spends her day cleaning and issuing ‘Medical Equipment’.
You can find Rose’s links in the giveaway below!
Who, What, When, Where, Why, and Future
1. When did you know you wanted to be a writer?
Writing has been a hobby for a very long time, since my childhood. I generally wrote poetry or short stories.
2. How long have you been writing professionally?
I am so very new to writing professionally, one of my short stories won the DigiWriting Holiday competition and I was published for the first time Christmas 2014.
3. What genre of books do you write and why?
I am currently writing my first full length novel as an historical/fiction/fantasy book. My tastes are eclectic, so I write whatever inspires me. I love ghost stories with a little romance thrown in.
4. Who do you write about?
I like to write about someone who has lost the love of their lives, their soulmates, and their close family.
5. Describe your writing area as it as right now? OR What’s within five feet of you right at this very second?
When I answered these questions for the first time, it was during my lunch-break in work, Hereford Hospital in the UK. Now as I type up the answers I am seated at my pc at a very untidy workstation. Research books papers, old letters – to be honest a right old mess.
6. What’s next?
To edit my first full length novel ‘The Coldest Winter’ Book 1 of ‘The Magic of Grandfather Time Series’ and look at publishing it winter 2015.
7. Do you work from an idea of a story or a character?
I work from an idea for a whole story. I am currently working on my 1st full length novel inspired by research I did for longcase clocks.
8. When do you like to write, are you an early bird or night owl?
I write when the mood takes me currently writing this at 5am in the morning. Then again sometimes I sit in bed with a note book and handwrite if I am inspired.
9. Do you listen to music when writing and if so who are you listening to now?
No absolutely not. I cannot concentrate on my writing if I am listening to music. For me it has to be one or the other. I love music and have to listen to the lyrics.
10. Did anything inspire your latest work-in-progress or about-to-be-published work?
Yes, the research I did about the longcase clock and how it became known as the ‘Grandfather’ clock inspired my stories. Henry Clay Works wrote the song ‘My Grandfather’s Clock’ in 1876 (check out YouTube some fab versions there I love this one by Tom Roush.
Also a book I picked up from the library ‘English Country Grandfather Clocks’ had a beautiful little quote within its pages: “A Grandfather Clock has a personality of its own. Bears the name of its maker and this tells its origin. It has a face and a voice. More than a piece of furniture; it is a member of the family”
11. Who are the authors that have inspired you over the years and what is it about their writing that spoke to you?
I read across all genre so find inspiration in lots of places but my main inspiration is Linda Gillard particularly the book ‘Star Gazing’ it is so descriptive. I love the imagery Linda sets and the point of view she puts forward for the central character Marianne, blind from birth she has had to overcome such hard times and tragedy. She is an amazingly strong central female character, a theme that runs through Linda’s fabulous books.
12. What are your favourite books and who are your favourite authors in your genre?
As previously mentioned I read across all genres. I just tried to put together a list of my top favourites but I was running out of paper so I’ll just include a little picture
I couldn’t show all my favs but these are ones I love and will re-read. I also love the works of Susan Hill, Jasper Fford particularly the Eyre Affair and his central character Thursday Next Literary Detective. I love some works of Shakespeare, Dickens and of course Lewis Carroll. I have a vast collection of works by Anne McCaffrey (SciFi) and Anne Rice the Queen of Vampire literature.
13. What book is beside your bed at the moment?
My bedroom has a massive ‘Leaning tower of Paperbacks’ love Jenny Colgan but currently reading ‘The Dark Quartet’ Lynne Reid Banks story of the Bronte’s.
14. If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be?
Thursday Next – Jasper Ffordes literary detective from ‘The Eyre Affair’ she gets to dip in and out of books and meet the characters
15. If you had six months with no obligations or financial constraints, what would you do with the time?
I would research and write my historical fictions, I would travel around and get my facts right visit inspirational places
16. Controversial one … paperback or eBook?
Paperback every time I love the feel and smell of the pages.
17. If you could give one piece of advice to any aspiring authors out there, what would it be?
Write because you want to and because it makes you happy. I currently feel a little pressured as I am trying to complete my first novel so I do not waste the wonderful prize I was blessed to be awarded. The rushing seems to have taken some of the enjoyment away for me.
The rainbow had vanished, swept away behind a great sweeping of grey clouds. The air was still fresh and fragrant from the afternoon April shower, when for a time the sun had peeked through cotton candy clouds. Dorothea magically produced a tiny retractable umbrella, from her coat pocket, just as the first drop of rain fell. Albert always marvelled at her ability to be prepared for any event, she was his beautiful and intelligent petite little Dotty. The rain started gently, in spits and spats but the heavy laden clouds were being whipped up into a frenzy. As little Dotty opened the brolly a sudden gust of wind shot through, and flipped it inside out.
The couple began to laugh as they struggled together to right the umbrella, whilst standing in the middle of a sodden, damp country lane. The rain was now pouring; it fell heavily, quickly soaking them through to the bone. They didn’t hear the car approaching, what with the wind, whipping round them and both wrangling with the now useless item, still clenched between them.
Then it was too late.
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