Hello! Here’s a bit about me and how I came to write Coping with Chloe.
I always wanted to be a writer... even before I could write! I used to make up stories by drawing cartoon pictures of my characters and their adventures. The stories were mostly about big families, because I was a lonely little girl who didn't have brothers and sisters. Come to think of it, my stories are still mostly about families, because that’s where so much of our lives happens, both good and bad.
I have always loved reading and my all-time favourite books are the William books by Richmal Crompton and the Moomin books by Tove Janssen. Try them, if you haven't already. They are funny and brilliant, happy and sad, and you can read them at any age – you are never too old for them. My favourite writers for adults are Hilary Mantel and Richard Yates.
I’ve done lots of different jobs. Apart from looking after my son and daughter, who are now grown-up, I’ve been a lecturer in colleges and universities and done research into how language works. For a while I ran my own gardening business and when I wasn't mowing lawns and digging up thistles I used to home-tutor a boy who was fed up with school. Together we discovered some of the First World War poets, like Wilfred Owen, and my student started writing stories of his own.
I like swimming, especially in the sea when I get the chance. I enjoy long walks, going to see plays at the theatre, listening to Beethoven and Bob Dylan (among others), messing about in my garden and reading tons of books.
When I gave up my job a few years ago I suddenly had lots more time and I thought, ‘Right. Now’s my chance to get some writing done.’ I wrote several books for adults and after a while managed to get two of them published. One of them had twins in it, and that got me wondering what it must be like to be a twin. I did some research and discovered a lot of fascinating things. And suddenly, an imaginary character called Anna started telling me about her life, and I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. Her story became Coping with Chloe, about a girl whose twin sister now lives inside her head.
I’m working on a sequel to Coping with Chloe and I’ve got lots of plans for other books, including some stories for younger kids about a boy who owns a disobedient robot.
By the way, if you’ve read Coping with Chloe you might like to take a peep at the ‘Spoilers’ page, which has some stuff written by Anna and gives clues about what’s going to happen in the next book about her. It’s under lock and key because it’s better you don't look there until you’ve read Coping with Chloe. Open at your peril!
It would be great to hear from you. I’m happy to answer questions and I would love to know what books you like to read. If you are (or want to be) a writer, I'd love to hear about that, too. You can email me at: roscov100yahoo.co.uk
Bye for now,