Author Revealed

About Rowan Coleman

Q. What is your birthdate?

A. 4/14

Q. Previous occupations

A. Waitress, Barmaid, Bookseller, Bookshop manager, Publishing Sales Administrator and Editorial manager.

Q. High school and/or college

A. I went to school in Hertfordshire England and university in Hull, England.

Q. Name of your favorite composer or music artist?

A. I am a massive fan of Queen and I love everything ever written by George Gershwin. Perhaps I'm attracted to the drama and tuneful musical sweep of both.

Q. Favorite movie

A. Brief Encounter, Gone with the Wind and Dirty Dancing. How can a girl choose between those three works of genius?

Revealing Questions

Q. How would you describe your life in only 8 words?

A. Complicated, busy, delightful, fortunate, difficult, funny, intriguing and rewarding!

Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. It's all material!

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. My daughter and I, somewhere sunny hand in hand.

Q. What’s your greatest fear?

A. Letting people down

Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. On the beach in St Ives, Cornwall UK - watching my little girl play in the sea and hoping to spot some wild seals.

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. I have to say my little girl, she's had year of very difficult changes and she's handled them with the grace, spirit and optimism that I am in awe of.

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. It must be time for cake!

Q. What do you regret most?

A. That piece of cake. No, I regret that something that should have worked out ten years ago didn't and that its taken me ten years to make it right. And that's all about I can say about that.

Q. If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?

A. I would love to be able to really sing.

Q. What is your greatest achievement?

A. I am so proud that I do for a job now what I dreamt about doing as a little girl.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. Letting my imagination run away with me.

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Letting my imagination run away with me.

Q. If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?

A. I would be a fabulously successful soprano, about to go on stage at Carnegie Hall.

Q. What trait is most noticeable about you?

A. I like to laugh a lot.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. Jane Eye, without question. What a incredibly brilliant character who started a revolution in literature and in some way paved the way for every fictional heroine ever to follow.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Is Miss Haversham, from Great Expectations a villain? I think she is, although only because she is bitter and lonely and burning with anger. I read that Dickens based her on a real bride who was jilted on her wedding day and never took off her dress again. What a powerful, compelling dark and dangerous character!

Q. What is your biggest pet peeve?

A. People who are late - why should I waste the precious moments of my life waiting for you to get your act together?

Q. What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?

A. I am partial to a bit of shopping.....

Q. What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?

A. Honesty, humor and good faith.

Q. If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?

A. Chocolate Cake

Q. What are your 5 favorite songs?

A. Somebody to Love, by Queen, Livin' on a Prayer by Bon Jovi, Summertime by Gershwin, Somewhere Over the Rainbow and Natural Woman by Aretha Franklin.

On Books and Writing

Q. What are your 5 favorite books of all time?

A. Jane Eyre, Pride and Prejudice, Romeo and Juliet ( I know its a play, but its the most perfect play ever written and just as compelling to read as a novel) Great Expectations, Anne of Green Gables, Wuthering Heights.

Q. Is there a book you love to reread?

A. Oh dear....yes but I'm not saying which - that's mean.

Q. Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?

A. You will never be a writer if you don't actually write anything.

Q. What comment do you hear most often from your readers?

A. Your book made me laugh out loud on a bus/train/in a cafe and everyone looked at me. Cool.