Rosen Trevithick is an Exeter-based, Cornish writer and playwright. Her light-hearted comedy dramas include the stage play, My Cat Geoffrey, a sweet , coming of age story set in Cornwall, and the screenplay, The Winning Streak, a comedy-drama about three football fans and their relationship with chance.
Hi Rosen, Please tell everyone a little bit about yourself.
Rosen: I’m Rosen Trevithick, a Cornish writer; part girl: part geek. I’ve just launched my second book, Straight Out of University. It’s a contemporary romance that explores the experience of leaving university and adapting to the real world. Sophie Sweet is a perpetual student at Oxford University and out-and-proud bisexual woman, but her father’s health sends her back to the rural community where she grew up, and she finds that she no longer fits in. She’s just about to run screaming back to Oxford when she accidentally falls in love with a man, and her life turns upside-down.
When did the writing bug bite, and in what genre(s)?
Rosen: I experienced leaving university and moving to the country myself two years ago. The contrast between the two worlds was profound. Amusing things happened to me everyday, so eventually I decided I had to write a story using that premise.
When you started writing, what goals did you want to accomplish? Is there a message you want readers to grasp?
Rosen: Primarily, I wanted to entertain but there is also a little rebellion against the standard bisexual stereotype used in fiction.
Briefly tell us about your latest book. Is it part of a series or stand-alone?
Rosen: Straight Out of University is a stand alone book. I’ve written a novel in the past, Footprints, but it’s a completely different genre and has an unrelated plot. I have no plans to write a sequel to either of them.
What’s the hook for the book?
Rosen: I like to think that the humour will keep readers turning pages.
How do you develop characters and setting?
Rosen: I actually design the appearance of my characters using a character tool in a computer game. Then, I print them out, glue them into a pocket book and scribble notes around them.
Who’s the most unusual/most likeable character?
Rosen: When Sophie moves to a country village, all of the young mothers seem very bizarre to her. She cannot understand why they’re all falling out over whose daughter will play Mary in the next carol service.
Do you have specific techniques to help you maintain the course of the plot?
Rosen: I make detailed notes beforehand.
Do you have a specific writing style or preferred POV?
Rosen: I find writing from first person most natural.
How does your environment/upbringing colour your writing?
Rosen: I grew up in a village in the country and then moved away, which helps me notice little things about remote places that I may have otherwise missed. Also, going to university made me challenge my views and I think I’m a lot more open-minded as a consequence, which is certainly reflected in Straight Out of University.
Share the best review (or a portion) that you’ve ever had.
Well if you’re looking for something just a little bit different, this is that kind of book. It was like dipping a lolly into a bag of pop rocks, I was never sure where the author would take it next. – Cheryl M-M
What are your current projects?
Rosen: At the moment I’m very busy trying to promote Straight Out of University, but I don’t enjoy that side of things – I prefer to be writing. I’m also working with a small theatre group, The Coffee House Players, putting together a comedy sketch show.
Where can folks learn more about your books and events?
Blog tour dates:
Tuesday 8th November – Kait at Catz – http://kaitatcatz.blogspot.com/Wednesday
Wednesday 9th November – Along the Write Lines – http://alongthewritelines.blogspot.com/
Thursday 10th November – Mel Comely Author – http://melcomley.blogspot.com/
Friday 11th November – Bisexuality and Beyond – http://suegeorgewrites.blogspot.com/
Saturday 12th November – Fentonton