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. ‘The Villa’ is also published by Quercus in the US.

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Rosanna makes notes outside the Teatro Civico (Alghero) for
Little Theatre by the Sea
Rosanna’s books are inspired by a range of different cultures and landscapes and feature an intense undercurrent of mystery and romance. She enjoys exploring strong themes and personal and family relationships and although her writing is contemporary, she also likes to weave in some voices from the past. She is represented by Laura Longrigg at the MBA Literary Agency.

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.

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Rosanna-in-Marrakech
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Rosanna’s Ten Writing Tips

  • Read – a lot.
  • Daydream – as much as possible.
  • Don’t be in a hurry. Take time to read, think, plot, plan. Let the idea for your story compost. Create a space for 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 what you know but what you want to explore.
  • Write (every day if possible) as spontaneously as you can. Do it. Make it a high priority.
  • Develop tough bark (that’s the tree kind not the kind you use for yelling at people). In other words – 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: Where? When? Who? What? and Why?
  • Never give up.
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