Rosie Fiore - Editor
Rosie has worked as a novelist and as writer, mentor and editor in theatre, television, magazines, advertising, comedy and the corporate market for more than 30 years.
Rosie Fiore was born and grew up in Johannesburg, South Africa. She holds an MA in Creative Writing from Royal Holloway, and is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. She is a teacher of creative writing, effective business writing and English. She has also studied playwriting with the National Theatre. Her most recent dramatic project was a stage adaptation of Dracula.
Rosie’s has had eight novels published. She is published by Struik, Quercus and Allen & Unwin under her own name. This Year’s Black and Babies in Waiting were both longlisted for the South African Sunday Times Literary Award. Rosie is also published by Orion as Cass Hunter. The After Wife was translated into nine languages and optioned for a film in China.
Find Rosie on Twitter here: @rosiefiore
WHY WE LOVE ROSIE
Rosie has tackled romance, historical fiction, commercial fiction, and books containing robots, and we don’t think she’s going to stop there! She’s also worked across theatre and television, and has over 30 years experience working with great mentors, editors and teachers of writing. She understands that everyone works differently and aims to support you with direct, actionable advice on your manuscript. Read more about her writing and editorial approach in our interview with her here.
WHAT ROSIE SAYS ABOUT EDITING
I want to help you to develop the very best story you can. I want it to be your story, told in your unique voice.
I started writing my first novel in 2003. I had no idea what I was doing, and began simply by imitating the shape of books I had read and enjoyed. Over the years, I have been privileged to work with great mentors, editors and teachers of writing, and I’ve learned how supportive, constructive work with another can help you to shape your story and clarify your path.
In my work as an editor, I hope to encourage – and note how the word courage lives within that word − you to be bold and clear in your writing. I will help you to shape both the larger structure of the story and strengthen each element within it.
Everyone works differently – some are plotters and planners, some work more organically. I will help you to make the most of your own creative process and your distinctive skills.
What Rosie works on
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Genres Rosie specialises in
Rosie's published books
Holly at Christmas
Christmas comes but once a year… unless your name is Holly Evans. She’ll be experiencing Christmas four times over. In the course of one year, Holly will see the festive season in all its guises, from the sizzling to the stressful to the hopelessly romantic.
After a rollercoaster couple of years and a three-month holiday in South Africa, Holly is on her way back to London. She has a firm plan for her life – career, money, home, romance – it’s all worked out. Except it looks like nobody let the universe know that. Almost as soon as she touches down in England, Holly’s plans begin to go awry. With no flat, no job and dwindling finances, Holly will need to be brave and resourceful in order to build herself a new life.
When Esther’s childhood best friend Isabella dies of cancer, she is devastated. Years later, she is brought together with Isabella’s sister Sally, who cared for Isabella in her last days, and who subsequently nursed their mother through years of dementia.
English professor Esther sees shy, innocent Sally emerge from a life of isolation and loneliness. But as Esther herself suffers blow after blow, and sees her carefully ordered life collapse around her, she is forced to contemplate the notion of friendship and trust. Do the ones we hold dearest always have our best interests at heart?
What She Left
Helen Cooper has a charmed life. She’s beautiful, accomplished, organised – the star parent at the school. Until she disappears. But Helen wasn’t abducted or murdered. She’s chosen to walk away, abandoning her family, husband Sam, and her home.
Where has Helen gone, and why? What has driven her from her seemingly perfect life? What is she looking for? Sam is tormented by these questions, and gradually begins to lose his grip on work and his family life.
The After Wife
When Rachel and Aidan fell in love, they thought it was forever.
She was a brilliant, high-flying scientist. He was her loving and supportive husband.
Now she’s gone, and Aidan must carry on and raise their daughter alone. But Rachel has left behind her life’s work, a gift of love to see them through the dark days after her death…