I have been writing on and off for around 15 years while working part-time, running a home and bringing up a son and daughter who are now independent adults with flats of their own. While working, I studied for a BA (hons) in European literature and history with the Open University, then achieved a Masters in Humanities a few years later. I’m now trying to be a full time freelance writer – when not helping my husband with his business and other admin work.
Many of my short stories and articles have been published in national magazines, including: The Weekly News, My Weekly, People’s Friend, Writing Magazine, Freelance Market News, The Herald,Woman Alive, Ireland’s Own, Prima, The Oldie, Scottish Home & Country, and in the US (The Highlander and New Love Stories), and Online. Some of my stories have won prizes, including theWriting Magazine Annual Love Story Competition in 2005, which was the most exciting moment of my writing life so far! Three children’s stories are published in different anthologies from Bridge House Publishing and a children’s story is being published on the Knowonder website.
One of my short stories was included in the fundraising book, ‘100 Stories for Haiti’ in 2010. A historical short story was published in ‘The Waterloo Collection’, launched by the late professor Richard Holmes in April 2011, and another story was included in ‘Lavender Dreams’ a fund-raising cancer anthology from MuseItUp Publishing in Canada.
My first novel, Dangerous Deceit, romantic intrigue in Regency times, was published in ebook by Champagne Books in Canada last year (as Romy), and my first tween book, Summer of the Eagles, was published in ebook by MuseItUp Publishing in Canada this April (as Ros). Because of the meteoric rise and success in e-publishing, I then put my own short story collection together for Kindle.Reshaping the Past: Short Stories of Love and Relationships contains 8 of my previously published magazine stories as I thought they deserved another outing for the ebook market Hopefully, I’ll put together another collection with a different type of short stories. I love the global aspect of our books being downloadable from anywhere in the world.
I greatly enjoy giving talks on market research and markets to local writing groups and often adjudicate local competitions. I’m a long time member of Erskine Writers, which kick-started my own writing career. I’m also a member of the Scottish Association of Writers, the Society of Authors and the Scottish Fellowship of Christian Writers, as well as several online forums. Earlier this year, I adjudicated the Castles in the Air Short Story Competition at the SAW, and I’ve won a few competitions myself over the last year.
At the moment, I subscribe to Writers’ Forum, Writers’ News and Writing Magazine, Mslexia and Freelance Market News.
Rosemary Gemmell also appears at the festival in Auld Lums (Aug 15th)