Featured Interview With Rosalind Minett
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I’m a Londoner who has lived outside of London for decades. I now live near the wonderful Regency town of Bath where I thoroughly enjoy its excellent theatre and many small galleries as well as the uplifting surrounding scenery.
No, I don’t own any pets, but admire and occasionally sit for family members’ pets. I can love them (especially the fat-faced cats) and leave them, bearing only a sitter’s responsibility!
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I learned to read very early and soon stopped my mother reading to me because she used the wrong voices for the characters I had in my mind. For many years my academic work kept me writing lengthily but this was non-fiction, of course, and the style is totally different. It took me a while to adapt to a style suited to fiction. But it was a delight, once I’d retired, to spend my days creating characters, especially the mean ones, and to crack the problems that writing a full-length novel poses.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
My favourite authors include several American writers: Philip Roth, Aimée Bender, Ann Tyler, Garrison Keillor, Valerie Martin. Literary fiction is the genre I read most but if a psychological thriller is really well written, such as S.J. Watson’s Before I Go to Sleep, I thoroughly enjoy them. Many others, though, disappoint after three-quarters way through.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My latest book should be ready before the end of this year. It’s a psychological domestic drama called Uncommon Relations. It’s full of unspoken tensions between characters, twists and turns. My main character is a Mr Everyman who regrets how ordinary he is. But then an unexpected event plummets him into a voyage of discovery. His curiosity lands him in increasingly bizarre situations.
Is his secretive wife a cause or result of his own reticence? But there are so many characters who affect him in his journey towards what proves to be a self-discovery.
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