My home is in a village on the west coast of Scotland, twenty minutes from beautiful Loch Lomond and thirty minutes from the centre of Glasgow. My surroundings often inspire my writing; both the countryside around my house, and the River Clyde which meanders alongside the M8.
Whenever the Waverley paddle steamer sails 'doon the watter' as of old, the backdrop of hills frames the view and paints a stunning scene.
She is the last sea-going paddle steamer in the world and still plies her way around the islands of the Clyde. She also calls in at places like Glasgow, Greenock and Largs, and further afield into England.
Imagine a summer's evening sailing down the river, with a backdrop of hills and the gentle swell of the tide. And if it rains?There's always the warmth of the dining saloon and refreshments from the bar. Either way, the sound of the paddles is a step back in time.
It all started more than ten years ago, with the children growing up, when my need to be creative had space to grow. A supportive husband allowed me the freedom of being a freelance writer, in between part-time jobs and studying.
First, short stories, articles and poetry were published. Now, I've moved on to novels - the first two are published, and I have more in various stages of completion. I'm an eternal optimist so giving up is never an option! I write historical romance as Romy, and children's/tween fiction as Ros, but short stories are still under my full name.
I'm interested in market research, necessary for the freelance, in order to keep abreast of what's happening in the writing world. I share this knowledge with fellow writers and often give talks to writing groups, and now have lots of information on my main blog. It's good to help one another in a competitive field, and our writing should be as individual as a fingerprint.
I'm also privileged to adjudicate writing competitions. This is a great learning curve as I've read some wonderful writing. And I like to enter competitions myself; it helps to have deadlines and sometimes themes.
Occasionally, I do some tutoring in Adult Literacy & Numeracy, because I want everyone to enjoy the written word.
I've been a student nurse, a business travel consultant, a business/education liaison administrator and a direct banking advisor. Then I became a mature student with the Open University and gained a BA Hons in European Literature and History. I was hooked, so did an MA in Humanities (Literature with British Cinema History).
Now I love being a writer; it's finally who I am.
You can contact me here.
For regular information on books and writing see my separate blog.