Author Rosen Trevithick has enjoyed well-deserved success in recent years with a wide range of books and short stories, including her most recent novel Pompomberry House, a satire on the indie publishing scene.
She once viciously interrogated me on her blog, but I escaped, captured her in return, and am now subjecting her to the exact same questions! Karma, eh?
We can easily read about you at length on your author page. To remind us, please summarise yourself using six alliterative words.
Colourful, contrary, conscientious, cunning, Cornish, comedy-writer.
What’s the first story that you remember writing? Do you think your teacher had an inkling that you might become an author, or was he or she blind to your budding talent?
I remember writing a tale called ‘The Land of Blue’ when I was six. My teacher made a big fuss about it because it was four whole pages long. I was lucky enough to have teachers who supported creative writing throughout school. I’d love to track down my year nine English teacher and give her a copy of my novel to thank her for her words of encouragement, which have stuck with me.
If you were at a supermarket filled with your characters, and you only had time to speak to one of them, who would it be, and what would you say to him or her?
I’d avoid the Pompomberry House crew like the plague, in case I got stuck talking to somebody thoroughly dreadful like Dawn Mann or Rafe Maddocks.
I’d track down Morwenna from The Selfish Act and tell her that whatever happened, however terrible she feels, she will get through her depression.
Failing that, I’d like to get to know John Killigrew from Straight Out of University. He’s handsome, caring, stupidly tall … Mind you, he’s the sort who grows on you so one meeting probably wouldn’t do him justice.
If you overheard somebody discussing one of your books in the hairdressers, how would you react?
I’d like to say I’d keep quiet but I wouldn’t be able to help myself, especially if any of my work had been misunderstand. I’d say, “Oi! You there with the blue rinse. I’m not sure that the author meant for you to perceive London, the Doggy and Me as anti-dog terrorist propaganda, and I know this because I am the author. So suck on that you manky old lilac prune.”
Supposing Pompomberry House was getting made into feature length films. Who would you most like to play the leads and why?
Occasionally people pop into my head and I think ‘Yes! That person would make a great …’ Most recently that happened with Stephen Fry, who would be perfect for Montgomery Lowe from Pompomberry House. I’d like Pam Ferris to play Dawn Mann. As for the leads, Gareth and Dee, I haven’t stumbled upon the perfect cast yet. When I do, I’ll know it.
What is the weirdest place that you’ve got out your pen and paper?
Not strictly ‘pen and paper’ but I have been known to write words on the shower door when ideas come to me while I’m freshening up. The trick is to have a really greasy finger (best to keep a tub of margarine in the corner of the shower for such occasions) and carefully chose a key word that will later remind you of your idea. Of course, it pays to clean your shower door regularly, so as not to freak out guests with awkward combinations. I never did get a second date with the chap who saw ‘cannibals’, ‘avenge’ and ‘bad lover’).
You’re working on a satire about erotica ebooks. What sort of emotions can readers expect to experience when they read it? Is there anything else you’d like to tell us about it?
The book in question is provisionally called The Erotica Alliance and it’s a sequel to Pompomberry House. So, readers can expect to experience similar emotions – amusement, curiosity, disgust and a sense of smug superiority. It will be another humorous murder mystery satirising indie publishing but this time with an emphasis on the sudden popularity of mainstream erotica.
Do you go to writers’ groups and similar events, or are you more of a solitary writer?
Writers’ groups are something I’ve gotten into recently. A small group of us meet at the pub once a fortnight. It’s a very varied selection of people, for example we have a mysterious poet, a journalist from a classic car magazine and a writer of children’s realistic space stories. I use online forums such as KUF and Goodreads a lot. Also, I ask questions of my Facebook friends such as ‘Would jelly drown or choke?’ and ‘Which London bridge would be the easiest to throw somebody over?’ They are an understanding bunch.
If you had to pick a favourite tall, dark and handsome London-based indie author who just released a new short story recently, who would it be?
I didn’t realise Stu Ayris was based in London (just kidding). David Wailing was a particular favourite author of mine, I mean is a favourite author of mine. I have no reason to believe that he is the late David Wailing, because I definitely did not pay an assassin to eliminate the talented competition. But if I did, I’d start with David. But I didn’t.
Just time to let you know, while I ignore this strange red dot that’s appeared on my chest, that you can find out more about Rosen on her blog at www.rosentrevithick.co.uk. Rosen’s latest novel Pompomberry House is currently FREE to download from Amazon, and you also read my review – BANG! Ak!