Welcome to the world of unicorns.

Welcome to the world of unicorns.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Strange Things Can Happen When You Piece Together This Jigsaw Puzzle!



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
 


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.

23 comments:

  1. My comment has just disappeared so I'll keep this one very short. Lovely interview. Well done both of you. Not here for freebie as already downloaded Jigsaw.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Nice to meet you, Gwen. I too downloaded it and will get my boys to read it.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Hi Gwen - many thanks for your support. I really appreciate it!

    Thanks a lot for having me on your blog, Suzanne!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nice interview and nice to meet you, Gwen. Love the concept of your book. Suzanne, great website.

    ReplyDelete
  5. What a good interview Suzanne and Rosemary. And I can vouch for the book - a great read,not only for children.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Aw, thanks for that, Myra - really kind of you!

      Delete
  6. Love your blog, Suzanne, and Rosemary's interview was great. The Jigsaw Puzzle is on my TBR list and I'm looking forward to it. Good luck, Rosemary

    ReplyDelete
  7. I love a good puzzle. Good luck with your book.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Your place in Scotland sounds like an idyllic place for writing. Good luck to you!

    ReplyDelete
  9. Dropping in a bit late! Enjoyed the interivew, Suzanne and really enjoyed the Jigsaw Puzzle - kids will love it!

    ReplyDelete
  10. Thank you, Suzanne and Rosemary. That was a lovely interview. I shall look forward to reading The Jigsaw Puzzle. The setting sounds gorgeous and I love reading books with a theme of puzzle-solving. x

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi Joanna - many thanks for coming over!

      Delete
  11. Your book sounds wonderful, Rosemary. Best of luck marketing. One day I hope to visit Scotland. Crossing fingers and whispering, Please, please, please!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Many thanks for your comment, Joylene! I do hope you make that journey one day.

      Delete
  12. Two books that sound like they'd appeal to my daughter's grade fives in Australia. Is that the age group you've both written for?
    Great interview, it seems I've found a new blog to follow.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks for commenting, Juli! The Jigsaw Puzzle is suitable for around age 9-12 and my other book Summer of the Eagles is probably for age 10-13.

      Delete
  13. Thank you so much for having me on your blog, Suzanne - I've really enjoyed being here. And thank you to all who've taken the time to comment - it's much appreciated.

    The winner of the free download of The Jigsaw Puzzle is... Katie! Can you please email me on ros_gemmell(at)hotmail(dot)com so I can arrange to send you a copy.

    ReplyDelete