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, Israel and the Czech Republic. All Rosanna’s titles are also being published by Quercus in the US.
Rosanna has worked as a creative writing tutor for over 30 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 has also mentored and appraised 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 husband in West Dorset and her favourite writing place is anywhere with a sea view.
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.
The Forever Garden is finally out in paperback this coming Thursday 31st August. Hurrah! You can buy it in many different supermarkets, in WHS, or order it from your local bookshop. I am happy to say it has 4.5 * on Amazon and I’d like to thank everyone for all their support so far.
Zoom event with Rutland Libraries 2.30 p.m. More details to follow.
Paperback publication day for ‘The Orange Grove’. YAY.
I will be talking with Laura James about lots of writing topics including the writing of ‘The Orange Grove’ at Sturminster Newton Festival. This is a free event, but you can book your tickets here:
Zoom event with Kim known as @KimTheBookworm (Twitter tag) to celebrate the paperback publication of ‘The Orange Grove’. More details to follow…
Lovely article published by Fiona Govan in The Olive Press about the writing of The Orange Grove; see here: https://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2021/04/18/orange-blossom-flamenco-and-a-passion-for-ceramics-how-one-british-author-fell-in-love-with-sevilla/
At home: I will be celebrating the publication of the hardback version of my new book The Orange Grove set in sunny Seville…
The spring events are kicking off with a visit to Portishead Library in North Somerset . Tickets are free, the event starts at 7 p.m. and I will be chatting about The Lemon Tree Hotel, my new book From Venice with Love and other writerly things… https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/author-rosanna-ley-at-portishead-library-tickets-91114819879
I shall be visiting Portishead Library who won a recent competition of ‘best display’ of Rosanna Ley Books in the summer featuring The Lemon Tree Hotel. Congratulations to Portishead and I’m looking forward to meeting you all. Tickets and info here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rosanna-ley-visits-portishead-library-tickets-77495052789
I will be hosting a 3 course Italian Supper at Blandford Forum Literary Festival on Thursday 21st November at Rebekah’s 7.30 – 10.00 p.m. Come long to hear more about my writing process, research, inspiration and lots more – plus delicious Italian food… £25 tickets available from: http://www.blandfordliteraryfestival.com or from the Blandford Tourist Office (Mon – Sat 10am – 3pm).