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1. Why did you start writing? Have you always wanted to be a writer when growing up?
I always wanted to be a writer and started seriously when I was about 15, but didn’t sell a short story until I was 18, to Woman and Home magazine.
2.Why Romance? Did you choose this genre or were you ‘chosen’ by it?
I was writing for magazines, so they had to be romantic stories. My style was developed and shaped by the available market. Having said that I do think the romantic genre is too narrow. I feel, with my later novels especially, that I fall into the category of relationships rather than romance. My books cover all aspects of love, not just romantic encounters.
3. Is there a romance author, living or dead, who inspires you particularly?
Daphne Du Maurier and Elizabeth Jane Howard.
4. How was your writing journey? Was it difficult to find an agent and get published?
My writing journey was particularly trouble free. I was approached by the agent Curtis Brown when I was about 22. They still handle my translations. My main agent now is Felicity Bryan Associates.
5.What’s your opinion about this Ebook revolution? Would you consider the indie route?
I am not really into computers! Kindle seems a useful tool for travelling and reading though.
6. Nowadays many publishers expect their authors to use Social media a lot to promote their books. Many authors, on the other hand, would prefer to write only, without being distracted by digital trivialities: what are your thoughts?
Again, I am not really into computers but I still do a bit of publicity of the old fashioned sort!!
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Info about the author:
Rosamunde Pilcher OBE (born 22 September 1924) is a British author of romance novels and mainstream women’s fiction. Early in her career she was also published under the pen name Jane Fraser.
Rosamunde Pilcher was born Rosamunde Scott in Lelant, Cornwall, and attended St. Clare’s Polwithen and Howell’s School Llandaff before going on to Miss Kerr-Sanders’ Secretarial College. She began writing when she was seven, and published her first short story when she was 18.
From 1943 through 1946, Pilcher served with the Women’s Naval Service. On 7 December 1946, she married Graham Hope Pilcher, a war hero and jute industry executive who died in March 2009. They moved to Dundee, Scotland, where she still lives today. They had four children.
In 1949, Pilcher’s first book, a romance novel, was published by Mills and Boon, under the pseudonym Jane Fraser. She published a further ten novels under that name. In 1955, she also began writing under her real name with Secret to Tell. By 1965 she had dropped the pseudonym and was signing her own name to all of her novels.
At the beginning writing was a refuge from her daily life. She claims that writing saved her marriage. The real breakthrough in Pilcher’s career came in 1987, when she wrote the family saga, The Shell Seekers. Since then her books have made her one of the more successful contemporary female authors.
One of her most famous works, The Shell Seekers, focuses on Penelope Stern Keeling, an elderly British woman who relives her life in flashbacks, and on her relationship with her adult children. Keeling’s life was not extraordinary, but it spans “a time of huge importance and change in the world.” The novel describes the everyday details of what life during World War II was like for some of those who lived in Britain. The Shell Seekers sold more than five million copies worldwide and was adapted for the stage by Terence Brady and Charlotte Bingham.