Rose has had more careers than is probably strictly necessary, including TV
producer / director making programmes for all the major broadcasters, freelance feature
writer for publications including The Guardian and secondary school English teacher, not
forgetting cocktail waitress, melon picker and interior designer.
Writing a novel is, however predictable the line seems, the realisation of Rose’s childhood
dream and the result of finally finding ‘a voice’. The triumph is that the voice was heard
above the racket created by her three children plus rescue cat (tabby white, since you
ask). Rose likens the experience of penning Garden of Stars, a multi-layered love story,
to another recent achievement of learning to ice-skate: progress is two-slides-forward-
one-back; insecurity, self-doubt and despondence reign supreme; onlookers laugh, mock
or even worse, smile indulgently.... But the finished manuscript, polished and pristine, is
like the perfect pirouette performed on freshly raked ice. (Rose can’t do pirouettes yet,
obviously, they just made the best simile.)
Rose is currently working on several new projects including a novel based on a relative’s true story of an epic journey as a ‘flüchtlinge’, fleeing the vengeance of the rampaging Red Army as Nazi Germany collapsed.