About Rosalind Brenner:
Rosalind Brenner was born in Sydney, Australia (1957) to immigrant parents. Her father was a Polish Jew and her mother, also Jewish, from England. At a young age she married and lived on the Central Coast as a full time wife and mother to three children. In the early nineties she and her husband sold their home and bought s caravan and a four wheel drive, and with their three school aged children set off to travel Australia, after which they divorced and Rosalind took up her new career as a Drug and Alcohol Counsellor. In 2005 she began her studies as a writer.
On her first visit to Kalisz in Poland, the hometown of her father, she sat in a courtyard overlooking the Square when she realised a story needed to be told. Kalisz, a Journey of Return, was alive and over the following four years she wrote the visions appearing in her mind.
At present she resides on the coast to the south of Sydney. “Walks along the coastline are a very important part of my life, as well as writing and nana- sitting my three year old grandson once a week”. For four days a week she works at a day care centre for people with dementia.
Kalisz, a Journey of Return is her first published novel and has been awarded a Gold Seal of Excellence in 2014.
What inspires you to write?
Life experiences are the main inspiration for my writing. I was inspired to write Kalisz, a Journey of Return, after visiting Kalisz where my father lived before the Second World War. I sat in a cafe overlooking the square, watching and thinking about the difference the war had made to the city. Then, the notion of writing this book came to. It was like a whole download of information, and although I took four years to write it, most of the writing just poured out.
Tell us about your writing process.
I am definitely a ‘seat of the pants’ writer. My characters develop their own personalities as the story develops.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
As I write I listen to my characters and I find keeping a relaxed state is crucial to being able to tune in to my characters. I need to understand how, what and why they are feeling.
What advice would you give other writers?
When writing, it is so important not to listen to that inner critic. There is a time for editing after you have the first draft. The thing is to keep the story flowing, which means enjoy your own writing process! Find a way to relax and then write from that space. Each time you sit down to write have a few moments of touching base with your creative flow, from deep within.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I self published my first book with Trafford, as somebody recommended them to me. I am not sure which way to go with my next book. There’s a lot of positives for self publishing, and a lot of expense when it comes to marketing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
It seems as though indie authors are a growing market.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Historical fiction
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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