Rosie Tirant: "I Became An Author In A Bid To Preserve The Old Ways And Customs Of Seychelles."
1. Can you start by telling me a little bit about yourself?
I was born in 1958 on Mahe Island in the Seychelles. The daughter of a policeman and the eldest in a family of four brothers and four sisters. I grew up in the tiny seaside village of Beau-Vallon on the northern coast of the island.
I started my working life in 1975 as a nurse at Victoria Hospital. I have lived in the UK for the past 25 years, and came back home to the Seychelles last year in 2021.
2. When did you first realize that you wanted to be an author and when did you publish your first book? How many books have you published so far?
My book "Echoes from the Oasis" was published in 2014. I am halfway through the sequel and with the move back home last year, my writing has been put on hold for a while. I realized some years back (when I visited Seychelles on holidays) that I wanted to become an author in a bid to preserve the old ways and customs of Seychelles which I have found had been slowly dying away. I want my children, grandchildren and the world to know the real Seychelles and its people.
3. Where do you get your inspiration from and can you tell me about your writing schedule? Like how many hours per day do you spend on your books?
As mentioned above, I got the inspiration from Seychelles itself. The natural beauty of the islands, the unique culture of the Seychellois people, and how our faith has molded us. I did not want to see our history, culture, customs and rich old way of life disappear. It felt like a duty that I had to achieve - maybe I had found my "raison d'etre".
I used to write over the weekend, as I worked full time when I was in the UK. But, as for many writers, ideas and storyline follows me around.
4. Can you tell me a little bit about your books? What do you intend to achieve through your books and where can people purchase them?
My book is a: Historical, Romantic and Spiritual work of fiction. It is set in the Seychelles from 1912 to 1914 and it shows Seychelles, a tiny British Colony at the outbreak of the First World War.
My readers will discover the essence of true love, hope and faith. Experience another world of exotic beauty, and journey to the core of their beings. They will see the connections between mankind, the marvels of nature and God. Apart from a lovely storyline with believable characters, I hope to excavate the past to illuminate the present, and bring this "Magical Place" to all my readers.
My book can be purchased both as Paperback and Kindle via my website on the Purchase Page at : www.seychelleshistoricalnovels.com
5. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love to read, research and enjoy being out in nature. I am a lover of classical music and have a passion for cooking Creole food.
6. What have you learnt in creating your books so far?
The greatest lesson I have taken from this journey has been the art of being "humble". Through my characters, I have discovered what real strength and courage means. I have cried and laughed with them (mostly cried), and they have shown me why being humble is a special gift.
7. What advice would you give to other authors?
My advice to any author is to write from the heart. Let your inner self and your characters guide you.
8. Do you provide other services to help other authors?
I will always help other authors by sharing their work through my online page.
9. How do you market your books?
I did lots of marketing when the book was launched and got some excellent reviews from my readers. I have also set up a website where the book is marketed.
10. What are your plans for the future? Do you have more publications on the way?
I plan to complete the sequel and carry on with the series until I get to our present age. Remember, I started in 1912, so I do have lots of grounds to cover. Currently, in the second novel "Under Stormy Skies", I am writing about the First World War years, and showing Seychelles during this terrible conflict.
I have a European TV Producer currently looking at turning the book into a TV Series, so fingers crossed that we shall see it on the big screen soon!
Personal note from myself: I have read Rosie's Book and I have enjoyed it very much. A lot of emotions involved but it takes you back in the old days where life in the Seychelles was tough. I highly recommend it.
I would like to take this opportunity to wish Mrs. Tirant all the best in her future endeavor. Can't wait for the TV SERIES.