My name is Rosalie Warren, known in real life as Sheila Glasbey. I was born in Castleford, West Yorkshire in the UK and I'm very proud of my Yorkshire heritage. I also consider myself to be part-Scottish, having lived in Edinburgh and later Dundee for twenty-five years and brought up my children in Scotland. For the last fifteen years I have lived in Coventry, making me part-Midlander too, though I spend a fair bit of time close(ish) to my roots in Scarborough, where I love to write overlooking the wild seas of the North Bay.
I loved books from early childhood and always wanted to be a writer, even before I could write! I used to make up stories by drawing cartoon pictures of my characters and their adventures. The stories were mostly about big families, because I was a lonely little girl who didn't have brothers and sisters. But then many other (good) things got in the way, such as bringing up my family, studying for an MSc in Artificial Intelligence and a PhD in Cognitive Science and becoming a university researcher and lecturer. Finally, in my early fifties, I took early retirement and my writing career got going.
My writing dreams came true when my first novel Charity's Child, aimed at older YA and adults, was published in 2008 by Circaidy Gregory Press. Since then I've had a number of other books published, including Lena's Nest, my latest novel, which has been described as science fiction for those who don't like sci-fi and explores issues of artificial intelligence and virtual reality that are becoming increasingly relevant today.
I love to spend time by the sea in Scarborough. I like swimming, especially in the sea when I get the chance. I also enjoy long walks, going to see plays at the theatre, listening to Beethoven and Bob Dylan (among others), messing about in my garden and reading tons of books.
I have always loved reading and my all-time favourite books are the William books by Richmal Crompton and the Moomin books by Tove Janssen. Try them, if you haven't already. They are funny and brilliant, happy and sad, and you can read them at any age – you are never too old for them. My favourite writers for adults are Hilary Mantel (particularly her earlier books, before she became a bestseller) and the U.S. author Richard Yates, author of Revolutionary Road and a number of other brilliant novels.
It would be great to hear from you. I’m happy to answer questions and I would love to know what books you like to read. If you are (or want to be) a writer, I'd like to hear about that, too. You can contact me using the Contact page or email me at [email protected]
Bye for now,