ABOUT ROSANNA LEY
Rosanna has written numerous articles and short stories for magazines, and her novels have been published in the UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Lithuania, Denmark, Bulgaria, Turkey and the Czech Republic. All Rosanna’s titles are also being published by Quercus in the US.
Rosanna has also worked as a creative writing tutor for over 20 years. She has led courses for colleges and universities in England, and runs her own writing retreats and holidays in the UK and in stunning locations in Europe. She has worked with community groups in therapeutic settings and completed an MA in creative writing for personal development in order to support this. She also mentors and appraises the work of new writers.
Travelling and cliff walking are two of Rosanna’s favourite things to do. She also likes tennis, swimming, reading, eating very dark chocolate and drinking Italian coffee (preferably in Italy...) She lives with her artist husband in West Dorset and her favourite writing place is anywhere with a sea view.See Rosanna's Writing tips.
The fragrance of burning incense at the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon crept into Return to Mandalay
This stucco mermaid motif seen on a building in Umbria was the original inspiration for the ‘mermaid’s villa’ in The Villa...
Drinking mint tea in Marrakech while on The Saffron Trail
Goats on the beach on Belle-Ile – inspiration for a scene in Her Mother's Secret
Quirky house on the beach in Fuerteventura used in Bay of Secrets
Discovering Cuba for Last Dance in Havana – where the memory of Che Guevara lives on
Rosanna makes notes outside the Teatro Civico (Alghero) for Little Theatre by the Sea
At the sanctuary di-Reggio as featured in The Lemon Tree-Hotel
Rosanna’s Ten Writing Tips
- Read – a lot.
- Daydream – a lot.
- Take time to research, think, plot, plan. Let the idea for your story compost. Create a space for it. Become immersed in the world of it.
- Get to know your characters before you start writing. Think about them. Imagine them in certain scenarios. Listen out for their voice.
- Write not just what you know but also what you want to explore.
- Write (every day if possible). Do it. Make it a high priority in your life and then it will be.
- Listen to criticism but don’t let it hurt you.
- Edit ruthlessly. Less is more. Show don’t tell. (Which are both clichés but also avoid clichés)
- Answer the important questions in every scene: Where? When? Who? What? and Why?
- Never give up.
Friday 26th July 2019: I will be at Harefield Library with Erica James - come along for tea & cake. Contact: Lara Marshall for more details: firstname.lastname@example.org
Saturday 15th June 2019: I will be at Sturminster Newton Literary Festival - details tbc - see https://sturminster-newton.org.uk/june-15th-2019-and-a-literary-festival-for-sturminster/
Thursday 13th June 2019: The Lemon Tree Hotel comes out in paperback!
Thursday 9th May 2019: I will be speaking at Bournemouth Literary Lunch. Exciting...
Due to a cancellation there is now a place available on the Writing Holiday taking place in Andalusia July 9-16th 2019 - see events page for more details or contact me if you think this place could be yours...
I've been doing some writing workshops in West Dorset at the kind invitation of Dorset Writers Network. The next one is on Saturday April 27th 2019 10-1 in Blandford Forum. More details to come or contact Dorset Writers Network for more information http://www.dorsetwritersnetwork.co.uk/
Breaking news... My new book The Lemon Tree Hotel set in the glorious Cinque Terre region on the Italian Riviera comes out in hardback in March 2019. Exciting! More details to follow...
Summer Adventure event at Hillingdon Libraries on Wednesday 9th May 7.30 pm - 9 pm. at Winston Churchill Theatre, Pinn Way, HA4 7QL Ruislip with me and Jo Thomas. There will be pink gin, books and plenty of fun as we plan our next holidays..... This is a freee event! Book at your local library, call 01895 558184 or email email@example.com
I will be talking to Darren Northeast at Westbourne BookBinge on Saturday 28th April at 2 p.m. We will be discussing my books, landscpae, the writing process and lots more. For tickets go to: https://www.tickettailor.com/events/westbournebookbinge
I am thrilled to have been asked to be the special guest at Bridport Book Festival on Saturday 7th April. For more details please see: https://tinyurl.com/yc5taxyu
I will be leading an additional session on the subject of 'Sense of Place' at the Chapel in the Garden, Bridport on February 3rd 2018 10 a.m. -12. Further details can be found here: https://tinyurl.com/y95yxmp9
I will be workshopping 'a sense of place' at Waterstones, Dorchester on Sunday 5th November 1.30 - 3.30. I'm really looking forward to this event. For tickets please book here: https://tinyurl.com/y95yxmp9
Having completed most of the work on my new book, I am happy to share the title and setting with you... the title is 'Her Mother's Secret' and the setting is Belle-Ile- En-Mer just off the coast of Brittany, France. It's a gorgeous little island and the story is a bit of a mystery centred around two mothers and two daughters. I loved writing it... It will be published in Spring 2018 - date to be confirmed.
I am delighted to tell you that Little Theatre by the Sea is currently available for just 99p on Kindle! Got to be a bargain!! http://amzn.to/2sGiyca
I am thrilled to be doing an afternoon tea event with Hillingdon Libraries on Tuesday 4th July with the lovely Isabelle Broom author of Then, Now, Always. See: http://bit.ly/2qnAcmn for details - and apparently it's not afternoon tea, it's a glass of bubbly instead - sounds good to me...
I'm coming to Waterstones, Dorchester on Thursday 29th June at 7 pm to chat with Liz Fenwick author of The Returning Tide. This is a free event and signed books will also be available!
I will be at Waterstones, Yeovil at 7pm Monday 26th June for a talk and discussion. The event costs £3 but this is redeemable against the price of a copy of Little Theatre by the Sea!
I will be signing copies of Little Theatre by the Sea at Bridport Waterstones on Saturday June 10th 10-12 a.m. Do come along to say hello!
Look out for copies of Little Theatre on London underground on June 1st...
Drum roll......... Little Theatre by the Sea is out in paperback on June 1st!
Thrilled that Bay of Secrets has been picked for I heart Romance promotion. This is also a bargain alert as the book is now available to buy for just 99p!!! http://amzn.to/2ljpWJY
March 15th 2017 at 1.45p.m. I will be on a panel at the London Book Fair with C L Taylor and Jonathan Telfer, editor of Writing Magazine. Will you be there??
2017 finds me deep in the waters of my WIP (working title 'Daughters of Belle Ile'). Hoping to finish the first draft by the end of March!