Rosemary told me that she was an author and that her first book (The Secret House) was published in 1979 and she then went on to have a book published nearly every year until 1986 when The Devil’s Folly was created.
After writing seventeen chapters of another novel, Rosemary decided that she didn’t feel that the book was right and was missing something and she put it to one side.
Rosemary went along to see a Tom Stoppard play called
All bundled up, with the synopsis and a covering letter, the manuscript was sent off to her previous publisher – Robert Hale Ltd, and she called me one evening saying that she’d had a letter asking for an electronic copy and she was most concerned because she had no idea what this meant and what to do about it.
I told her not to worry, that it could be sorted within a few minutes, so I emailed a copy of the word document to the publishers and had the absolute pleasure of ringing up Rosemary after I had received an email back from Gillian Jackson, offering a publishing contract.
Today (31st October 2013) is publication day for The Lovegrove Hermit . I am so delighted that I was able to play a part in this wonderful story. You can buy a copy of the book here.
Rosemary does not have a website, a Facebook page, a Twitter name, and doesn’t even own a computer or use the Internet. Hednesford Library are taking this book on board and we are hoping that they will hold a signing event in her honour. This is wonderful news in itself. More wonderful news is that the book that Rosemary put to one side, has now also been finished and we hope that in time, the publishers may also agree to publish that one too. Watch this space. . . . . . . .