Man of action

IMG_1870 Here is my eerily tidy workstation this morning, April 23. Honestly, I haven’t prinked it up for the picture – it really does look like this, and the reason is that the paperback of THE ILLUSIONISTS is out today and the hardback of DAUGHTER OF THE HOUSE is due on July 30. I finished the last and final work on DAUGHTER a couple of weeks ago and I’m waiting for the book proofs/advance reading copies to come in. So there’s no more writing on either of the two books that have absorbed me for ages, which means I’m cast adrift at the helm of an empty desk. Waiting for the current to sweep me and it into a new project. Or something of the kind – if only it was really so majestic and natural and ozone-rich. Actually it’s more a matter of disjointedly reading, scribbling paragraphs in notebooks that I immediately mislay, yawning, staring out of the window at people on bicycles, feeling slightly seasick as the idea weighs on my diaphragm, and telling myself alternately ‘it’s going to be brilliant and a work of genius’ or ‘it’s FAR too unwieldy, you know nothing about the subject, think of the RESEARCH, no one will read it. Try something noirish instead with GIRL in the title…’ But after so many years of writing and more than a score of novels in print, I know one thing. You can only write what’s in your head and heart. If it isn’t going to be what the market and the marketeers currently swoon for, then nourish the hope that yours will be the book that turns the tide in the latest direction. Believe in it. There is no other way. I LOVE this business. There are days when I hate it and would rather stick my head in the toaster than sit down at the keyboard, but it’s always, always fascinating. PS The Action Man mountaineer on my shelf is my ideal bloke. Craggy, the strong silent type, comes equipped with crampons, axes and an avalanche shovel. Fits conveniently into a pocket or handbag.

10 thoughts on “Man of action

  1. I loved this (probably off the cuff) piece, as I love everything I’ve read of your score of books so far, and I remind myself that there is still time. Enjoyed The Illusionists ebook and eagerly awaiting Daughter. Keep writing 🙂

  2. Hi Rosie, I love it when my workstation looks bare and uncluttered. I find it exciting and enticing! 🙂 It usually means that I have finished one project and the space is just waiting to be filled with the next one. It is the only time my workroom gets a good clean up too! 🙂 I am SO looking forward to July and ‘Daughter of the House’; it can’t come quick enough for me. Don’t get swamped by seasickness either! Have faith in yourself as we have faith in you. Enjoy the good weather.

  3. Hi Rosie, I love your description of your ideal bloke, especially that he fits into your handbag, now that’s a good sense of humour.
    Thanks for the real insights to being a writer, it really is an esoteric form of creativity. A friend sent me a letter in December and along with it was four pages of a story that she had begun, my challenge from her was to continue the story. I became amazed that the more involved I got in the story the more it created itself, it was rather exciting and delightful as it was a story about a wombat and a chicken. I haven`t completed my section yet but you inspire me to keep going and let my mind teach me what it knows, it knows so much more than I give it credit for, interesting things our minds.
    Look forward to continuing the story with you.
    Fran

  4. Hi Rosie, I’ve read several of your books and particularly enjoyed The Kashmir Shawl as I am very interested in India for family reasons. I’ve just been fortunate enough to read Daughter of the House for Love Reading and am about to post a glowing review. Keep it up, pleeeeeeease. Lynne (Hants)

    • Hi Lynne – thank you thank you! I’m proud of the new book and I think Nancy is one of my best strong women with a vulnerable heart. A good Love Reading review will give Daughter of the House a great boost in the run up to publication.Thank you again for this cheering message on a rainy day.

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