I agree with… Rose Tremain

Rose Tremain “In a sense, writers live their lives twice over. We live in a day-to-day life, but our minds are always turning over the possibility of the transmutation of that life into something else. If, for some reason, I couldn’t be a writer any more, my life would seem rather thin to me, sort of without substance.”
[Rose Tremain from ‘A Life in the Day’ in ‘The Sunday Times Magazine’ October 19, 2014]

Rose Tremain

[photo: Chatto & Windus]

I understand this exactly. I live with my fictional characters, the situations I place them in, considering what might happen to them and wondering how they might react. Quite often the most lucid time for ideas, for me, is on waking, and drifting off to sleep, times when I shouldn’t be ‘thinking about work’. But writing is not work, it’s what I do and who I am. I cannot imagine not writing in some form or another

My favourite Tremain book? The Colour, soon to be made into a film.

Click here to read a review of The Colour in The Independent when it was first published in 2003.
To see what I thought of The Colour, click here.
For news about the film of The Colour, click here.
To read a biography of Rose Tremain by the British Council, click here.

Rose Tremain


If you agree with Rose Tremain, perhaps you will agree with:-
Chris Pavoneput ordinary people into extraordinary situations
Deborah McKinlaythe lean years focussed me on what I really wanted
Michèle Forbes – I was born there, grew up there, and I felt I had to reconnect with the place

‘The Colour’ by Rose Tremain [UK: Vintage]

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