Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Rosanna Ley Stranded on a Desert Island

Please welcome Rosanna Ley, author of The Villa, as she tackles our Desert Island Interview!

About Rosanna:

Rosanna Ley has worked as a creative writing tutor for over 15 years. Affiliated to several colleges and universities in England, she also runs her own writing courses in the UK and abroad. She has worked with community groups in therapeutic settings and completed an MA in creative writing for personal development in order to support this. Her writing holidays and retreats take place in stunning locations in Italy and Spain and whilst not teaching or writing she mentors and appraises the work of new writers. Rosanna has had numerous articles and short stories published in UK magazines, and 12 novels of contemporary fiction published in the U.K, Germany, Greece and the U.S.A under a pseudonym. Her books are inspired by the culture and landscapes of Italy, Sicily and the Canary Islands and feature strong female voices from the past and present, along with an intense undercurrent of mystery and romance. Rosanna spends some time every year travelling around Europe looking for writing inspiration and more tranquil settings for writing holidays. She loves cliff walking and her favourite writing place is somewhere with a sea view. When she is not travelling, Rosanna lives with her artist husband in a Victorian cottage in West Dorset by the sea. 

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Wendy Rosanna Ley Stranded on a Desert Island

If you could only have one book with you, what would it be? 

It would be a book of poetry. A massive volume of contemporary poems. I’d read a  poem a day. I’d get bored reading anything else over and over.

What one luxury item would you want to be stranded with?

Paper and pen. Is that a luxury item? Can it be one item?

What is the one practical item you would want to have with you to use?

Probably a knife as this sounds useful. Being a non-practical person I don’t have the least idea.

Would you enjoy the solitude, even briefly, or would it drive you crazy?

I would love the solitude and then go completely insane.

If you could be stranded with one other person, who would you want it to be?

This is an impossible question! How can I choose between my husband and my gorgeous offspring? How about a perfect stranger...?

What modern technology would you miss the most?

My laptop

What food or beverage would you miss the most?


How many days do you think you would cope without rescue? 

It depends on so many things. Like, is there a food source? Are there huge spiders? Can I build shelter? Are there cannibals? When you say ‘cope’ do you mean mentally or physically..??? People adapt. People learn to cope.

What is the first thing you would do when rescued?

Phone my children and husband

What would be your first Tweet or Facebook update upon your return?

Sorry things have been a bit quiet this end lately. I’ve been stranded on a desert island with a perfect stranger...

The Villa

Set against the rugged coast and beauty of Sicily, Rosanna Ley’s debut novel THE VILLA recounts the history of a small town where secrets are kept but never forgotten.

Flavia’s family history and why she fled her beautiful Italian country has always been a tightly guarded secret. But when Tess receives notice that she has been willed the Villa Sirena in her mother’s hometown of Sicily— the very Villa that Flavia’s father and entire family worked for—she is not only stunned, but grows even more curious to the story that lies within. Seeing this as the sign she’s been looking for to leave her unhappy life in London, and to finally learn more of her mother’s homeland, Tess makes the leap to travel to Italy to see her heritage and inheritance herself.

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