Welcome, Rosemary Smith… Can you tell me a little about yourself?
I’m 68 years old, live in Devon, and didn’t start writing until I was 57 after having a brain tumour removed. My neurosurgeon advised me to keep my brain active, but don’t think it was quite what he had in mind! I was born in London, and my stepfather moved us to Devon in 1959. It is home to me. I’ve written 7 romantic suspense novellas. First for DC Thomson, and then they went into large print with Ulverscroft. And so far 4 are on kindle with Endeavour Press. I’m an incurable romantic, and have a lively imagination. I wrote under the name Rosemary A Smith, but the kindle books are under just Rosemary Smith. I am a member of the romantic Novelists Association, and have a lot to do with fundraising for our Chapel which was built in 1719. We have 3 daughters, one sadly deceased. 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandsons. And a dog called Alfie.
What was the first story you wrote?
The first story I wrote was ‘The Amethyst Brooch’. It took me 2 years to write by hand. A friend typed it up, and said I should send it somewhere. The story was set in Cornwall in the late 19th Century. And I was lucky enough to have it accepted by DC Thomson.
Were you inspired by someone or something?
I was inspired by the rugged beauty of Cornwall. My love of old houses. My love of romance, and of mystery, and of beautiful dresses. Also the sea, which is one of my favourite things.
What do you like about writing a story?
The thing I love about writing my stories, is escaping into another world in the past. And I really enjoy the research. Sometimes I can spend a few hours reading up on Victorian Society, clothes etc. I also like to think that people are going to enjoy what I’ve written. I love writing.
Can you tell us about your newest book?
My newest book is a time slip story. Set between the 19th century in Scotland, and the 18th Century in Devon and Ireland. I’ve not tried a time slip before. It’s about a young woman who wakes up in a castle in the Highlands of Scotland, not knowing who she is, or why she is there. Also about a young woman banished to a Convent in Ireland for falling in love. I’ve really enjoyed writing this story, but have yet to send it to a publisher. I’m still deliberating where to send it!
How did you come up with the story?
The story just popped into my mind, as stories always do. I started in Ireland, then added the Scotland aspect of the story. The title usually comes to me first, and I work the story around it. Names are always important, and I get to know my characters quite well. Hate leaving them when the work is complete!
What genre best fits for the book?
Victorian Romantic suspense. Romance, mystery, history in a beautiful setting.
Are you working on something new at the moment?
I’m not working on anything new at present, although I have bursts of inspiration. Life has been quite hectic lately. But I will get back to it.
Do you have any tips for aspiring writers?
The only thing I would say to aspiring writers is, get it on paper. I was lucky, they can be too. And don’t give up.
What is your writing routine?
I write better in the evening, or early hours. Not necessarily every day. I get spurts of writing for days. I don’t have a routine.
Do you have an editing process?
I usually go back over chapters at regular intervals, and edit quite often. It is when I read things back that I see mistakes, and the potential for additional sentences and paragraphs. I never leave it until the end, I edit regularly.
What do you enjoy the most/least about writing?
The thing I most like about writing is making up a story which hopefully people will enjoy. I always have the reader in my mind when writing.
Where can people go to read your work?
Four titles are available on Amazon on kindle under the name Rosemary Smith. The latest title on kindle is ‘A Strange Affair’. I can be found on Amazon Authors section under the name Rosemary A Smith. I don’t have a website.
Where can people find you on the internet?
Libraries: People can find my seven novellas in the large print section of libraries all across the UK, and I know they are in Australia and New Zealand too.
Amazon: Four titles are available on Amazon on kindle under the name Rosemary Smith. The latest title on kindle is ‘A Strange Affair’. I can be found on Amazon Authors section under the name Rosemary A Smith. I don’t have a website. http://www.amazon.co.uk/Rosemary-A.-Smith/e/B0034P3R1M/ref=sr_tc_2_0?qid=1413624871&sr=1-2-ent
Is there anything else you would like to share with your readers?
I would just like to say to my readers, that I write in the Victorian Era because I feel I’ve lived there, and have no trouble imagining the clothes and old houses I write about.
Thank you Suzan for inviting me over. Rosemary. You’re welcome, Rosemary, I have enjoyed it. Suzan