Saturday, 26 November 2011

Hello from new girl Rosalie Warren



Hi everyone - I'm Rosalie and it's great to be here. I love this blog and am delighted to be part of it. You people are all so inspiring and I'm hoping some of your talent, enthusiasm and expertise will rub off on me.

As it's unlikely that most of you will have heard of me (though I know a few of you - hello!), let me tell you a bit about myself. I'm a bit of a scattergun author, the kind who makes agents wring their hands in despair. Some would say I haven't yet found my niche, but I prefer to think that I'm not the kind of creature that is happy in a single niche - or at least, I'd rather explore a variety of them first, before making up my mind.

I've been making up stories since the age of four or five. I wrote my first full-length novel at 15 and had a near-miss with a publisher when I was in my late twenties, but foolishly took this to mean I should give up. So I studied for my PhD and became a university lecturer. This, together with my family, didn't leave much time for writing novels, and it wasn't until 2006, when I took early retirement because of ill health, that I turned back to writing.

In 2008 I found an excellent small publisher, Circaidy Gregory Press, for my novel Charity's Child, which, although it has a teenage protagonist, was marketed a book for adults. Since the book turned out to appeal to older teens as well as to grown-ups, we have decided to reissue it as an eBook, this time aimed at 14+. Publication is planned for next March.

My second novel to be published was Low Tide, Lunan Bay - a romantic suspense which found a home with Robert Hale in 2009. It's no longer in print and I'm considering republishing it as an eBook at some stage.

Earlier this year, my first novel for young teens, Coping with Chloe, was published by Phoenix Yard, and I'm now in discussions with them about a series for younger readers. I've had interest from another publisher in a further novel for young teens, which I hope will be the first of a series featuring youngsters who happen to have disabilities of various kinds.

And recently, the wonderful Coventry Writers' Group, to which I belong, brought out an anthology of poetry and short stories, all based on our home city. It's called Coventry Tales and we've been involved in several events in the last few weeks to publicise it. The response so far has been encouraging and we are hoping it'll be picked up by some Coventrians far from home, as well as anyone else with an interest in our city and its history. It's available both in paperback and Kindle form, so although I'm not strictly self-publishing here, it's close...

In my previous life I was a lecturer in computer science, but my real academic interests are cognitive science and artificial intelligence. I'm now trying to put some of that to work by writing a science-fiction novel for adults, set in 2104. If it fails to fit the bill of a publisher, I'll probably self-publish as an eBook - but I'm still in the middle of Draft 2, so it's a little early to say.

And finally (you'll see by now what I mean about the scattergun approach), I've written a novella called Mondays with Marguerite, about a feisty woman with Alzheimer's who develops a friendship with her great-granddaughter over a year of Monday afternoon visits. There's no way, I'm told, that any publisher would take this on, at 40000 words, so I've decided to bring it out as an eBook next year. I'm really looking forward to drawing on the experience and encouragement of people in this group as I go ahead with this venture.

But mostly, I'm just looking forward to getting to know you all. Thanks for having me on your wonderfully-named blog - I think this is going to be fun!

You can find out more about me and my books on my wesite at www.rosalie-warren.co.uk. I blog at rosalie-warren.blogspot.com, and I'm on Twitter @Ros_Warren.

14 comments:

Susan Jane Smith B.Sc. said...

Welcome Rosalie
Lovely to see your face and get to know you a bit better through your blog. Well done.

Rosalie Warren said...

Hi Susan and thanks for the welcome! It's lovely to be here.

Ann Evans said...

Hi Rosalie,
Welcome to authors electric. Really enjoyed your blog and it's interesting to find out more about your writing activities even though I'm one of the faces who knows you, being part of the Coventry Writers Group. Love the cakes in your profile picture - and thank you for bringing them along to the launch of Coventry Tales - delish!
Ann xx

Rosalie Warren said...

Hello Ann - good to see you!

Hywela Lyn said...

Hi Ann

Welcome to Authors Electric. I'm pretty new myself but there are some great authors here.

Rosalie Warren said...

Hello Hywela - good to meet you.

Debbie said...

Hi Rosalie. I wrote my first novel at 15 too (I still have it somewhere - handwritten). I had a near-miss with a publisher in my twenties as well. Nothing wrong with writing multi-genre though - it makes life more interesting!

madwippitt said...

Hallo, and welcome! And what's wrong with refusing to settle into a particular niche? After all, actors worry about typecasting!

Rosalie Warren said...

Hi Debbie, hi madwippitt!

Debbie, you are lucky still to have yours - mine was in red biro and faded away.

Zactly, madwippitt :) Love the name, by the way.

Dan Holloway said...

Wonderful to have you on board. Coventry's a wonderful place. I spent many weekend afternoons in the Herbert Museum as a child.

Diana Kimpton said...

Good grief. When we were still reviewing books on www.wordpool.co.uk, we had parents ask for children's books that dealt with Alzheimers. Are publishers so out of touch with readers that they don't know that?

Lexia said...

Hi Rosalie ! I know you too, but never heard of this site till now.
Gonna have a browse ... ...

Rosalie Warren said...

Hi Dan. Yes, Coventry is amazing. Has its problems, but amazing just the same.

Hi Diana.
Ah, but my Alzheimer's book is for adults not children. Though I would love to write one on the subject for children, too.

Hi Lexia. Glad you found the site and hope you enjoy it.

Karen said...

Hi Rosalie,

Great to have you onboard and to read more about your work. I enjoyed reading Coping With Chloe and your Alzheimer's book sounds really interesting.