This is the website of Rosalind Minett. The logo is a pastiche of Picasso translated into Girl with Computer (rather than mirror). Its two faces suggest to me the outer and the inner person or looking out and looking in.
My sub-title, The Characterful Writer, describes the fiction I most enjoy: character-led, irrespective of genre. Biographies only really captivate when the complexity of the person is fully and truthfully explored and presented, if not explained. Novels satisfy me when complex characters interact in a way true to their personalities. I am then gripped by events around them. I am disappointed when characters only serve the plot. They need to live independently.
You can see my books under that heading on the menu. You will see there are different genres, but the books have in common certain characteristics: a touch of humour, irony or satire, a sweep of characters, plenty of dialogue, twists and turns and usually, a dark edge.
The blog offers eclectic matters related to the work of writing, but particularly in respect of characters. It may have a post about the complex mental activities involved in the act of various writing, the techniques used, or the range of possible stimuli.
I love cross-fertilisation. A visit, a sighting, a meeting, a conversation, a performance, an art gallery, an event: all these can gift a writer new ideas. Sometimes the most unlikely incident provides the one image or concept needed for the current work. Other art forms might even stimulate a new approach to writing.
I will sometimes review a book here, perhaps contemporary world fiction in translation, but there are also self-published, high quality novels that need bringing to a wider audience.
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