Today, I’m hosting Rosemary Gemmell, author of the newly released The Jigsaw Puzzle. I’ve personally read it and just loved the magic within the covers, and the wonder of the children at discovering something strange is going on as they piece the puzzle together. Readers, remember to leave a comment for a chance to win this 5-star e-book for yourself or a lucky child. This is a keeper.
Thank you so much for having me on your blog today, Suzanne, and for the kind recommendation of The Jigsaw Puzzle!
Rosemary, as I understand it, you live in Scotland, right?
I do live in Scotland, in a village on the west coast. Although I can see the River Clyde from our house, we back on to the hilly countryside. The sheep and cows from the neighbouring farm land often graze just beyond the fence at the top of the back garden. It’s more hilly than moorland but with heather and gorse and woodland nearby.
What a wonderful setting. I remember reading stories that took place on the moors as a child and being entranced by the setting. It’s a good backdrop for a ghost story, a time-traveling story, or just about anything.
Now tell us about The Jigsaw Puzzle. You have such an imagination. Where did you come up with the idea?
I used to love jigsaw puzzles when younger, as did my children. I also love slightly creepy, fantasy stories. I’m also fascinated by the whole concept of time and parallel universes! One day I had this image of two children staring out of an old house in which they were trapped, and no one could hear them. And so the story was born.
Very intriguing. So what do you do when you’re not writing? Do you have a secret life we don’t know about? I fiddle and play the piano.
Wish I did have a more secret life! I do love to dance when possible and have tried belly dancing, tap and salsa. I also love to dance around the study to upbeat music at times – especially when I need some exercise after sitting so long. I still want to learn to play the flute, so I love the fact you fiddle!
Are you juggling job, writing, and kids?
I’m in the very lucky position of being able to devote more time to writing now since the children are grown up with homes of their own, and husband is happy to help out around the house. But I juggle many different types of writing: short stories, articles, children’s novels (a Ros) and adult novels (as Romy), and occasional poetry. I also judge competitions now and then and sometimes give talks to other Scottish writing groups. I’m a long-time member of my local writing group in a nearby town.
Where can we get a copy of your new e-book as well as others you have written?
The Jigsaw Puzzle is now available from MuseItUp Publishing: http://tinyurl.com/d2so3x9
and Amazon UK: http://www.amazon.co.uk/The-Jigsaw-Puzzle-ebook/dp/B00CB4RGLO/ref=pd_rhf_gw_p_img_4_1YKB
All my book are mentioned on my Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Romy-Gemmell/e/B005WAJD92/ref=ntt_dp_epwbk_0
You can find me on my website: www.rosemarygemmell.com
Thank you for coming. This has been a fascinating interview. I wish I could teleport to Scotland and ride a ghost horse on the moors. Maybe someday I’ll actually make it there and you and I can sit in some lovely tea shop overlooking the moors. Readers, don’t forget to leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of Rosemary’s The Jigsaw Puzzle.
It’s been such a pleasure talking to you, Suzanne, and I love the unicorns in your own book!
Thank you. I love my unicorns too.