Rowan Coleman - Author

About the Author

Rowan Coleman lives with her husband and five children in a very full house in Hertfordshire. She juggles writing novels with raising her family which includes a very lively set of toddler twins whose main hobby is going in opposite directions. When she gets the chance, Rowan enjoys sleeping, sitting and loves watching films; she is also attempting to learn how to bake.
Rowan would like to live every day as if she were starring in a musical, although her daughter no longer allows her to sing in public. Despite being dyslexic, Rowan loves writing, and The Memory Book is her eleventh novel. Others include The Accidental Mother, Lessons in Laughing Out Loud and the award-winning Dearest Rose, a novel which lead Rowan to become an active supporter of domestic abuse charity Refuge, donating 100% of royalties from the ebook publication of her novella, Woman Walks Into a Bar, to the charity. Rowan does not have time for ironing.

 

Below is a Q & A with the author.

 

1.  What would be the most treasured memory you would put in your memory book?
I think I actually did put it in The Memory Book, right at the beginning as the first scene ‘Caitlin is Born’ is very much based on the feelings I had after my daughter was born. We were alone for a while and I will never forget the experience of falling in love with my own child. I’ve had three more children since, and each is very special, but my introduction to motherhood and the feelings that it inspires in you is a very strong life defining moment.

2. Your main character, Claire, suffers from early onset Alzheimer’s, how did you research this disease?
The most important part of the research that I did was finding words written down by Alzheimer sufferer’s, because I found it really hard to know whether I was getting Claire’s inner voice right. There is quite a difference often between what is going on in a person with Alzheimer’s head, in terms of thoughts and feelings, and what they are able to articulate outwardly. So I read a lot, about the disease, I also found cases of people s young and sometimes younger than my heroine, who suffered from Early Onset Alzheimer’s and I read as many first person accounts as I could find.


3.  What do libraries mean to you?
Libraries mean everything to me, and that is no exaggeration. One thing many writers have in common is childhood spent in libraries, and I loved my weekly trips every Saturday and the joy that borrowing new books brought me. Now I take my own children (when I library is open, which sadly isn’t every day any more) and they love it too.

 

4. Which of your books is your favourite and why?
It’s a tough one, but I have to say ‘The Memory Book’ it’s a very personal book, I drew a lot on my own experiences of being and mother and a daughter for it, and I wrote it for my Mum. It feels like a book that drawn us all closer together in a funny sort of way. It made me think a lot about my relationships, and how much I value them.

5.  Who is your inspiration?
My mum inspires me a lot. She married young, gave up her job to be a wife and mother, and when her marriage to my father broke down 28 years later she was sort of thrown out into the world to fend for herself and her children. And she did it. She taught me to be a strong independently minded woman, and she taught me how to be a mother. I think if circumstances had allowed it she would have been a writer too, she has an amazing imagination and a very quick wit. I’m lucky I had the opportunities that she didn’t, and that she encouraged me to take them.


6. If you had to choose your top three books, what would they be?
Jane Eyre is my all time favourite life changing book, also Anne of Green Gables and I have to say Pride and Prejudice, it’s a perfect book.


7.  ‘The memory book’ certainly makes the reader shed a tear or two, did you cry when you were writing it?
Yes, I’m afraid I did. When you put yourself in the shoes of someone who knows they are leaving their children, and the people they love its very hard not to.. But I also laughed quite a bit too.


8.  How did you first get into writing?
I was always a storyteller, although being an undiagnosed dyslexic held me back at school for quite a few years. It wasn’t until I somehow made it to university that I began to help to cope with my dyslexia and then I became to write in earnest. I worked in bookshops, and then as a admin assistant at a publishers, and kept writing all the time. In 2000 I sent an entry to Company Magazine Young Writer of Year award and won, which opened up all sorts of doors for me and eventually I acquired and agent, and then my first book deal in 2001.


9. You have some fantastic female characters in ‘The Memory Book’, who was your favourite to write?
That’s a hard one, I think I would have to say Claire, when I was finally confident I had her voice right, she really seemed to come alive for me. I still think about her. That’s weird, isn’t it?

 

10. What is your next project we can look forward too?

I could tell you but I’d have to kill you. No really, I am working on the next book now and trying to perfect the plot so I can’t tell you yet! 

Featured books by Rowan Coleman

The Runaway Wife

The Runaway Wife

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dorothy Koomson and Liane Moriarty, this is an uplifting and heartfelt novel from the author of The Memory Book, which was featured in the Richard & Judy book club 2014. Sometimes you have to have the courage to start over. Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back - and her most precious possession, her seven year old daughter Maddie. But Rose does have one other thing left - a glimmer of hope that she can build a better life for herself and her daughter, whatever it takes.

Other books by Rowan Coleman

The Summer of Impossible Things An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

The Summer of Impossible Things An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 11/07/2018

If you could change the past, would you? *As seen on ITV in The Zoe Ball Book Club* 'Beautiful, well-written...I got goosebumps' Alex Jones 'Portrayed 1977 so brilliantly...it would make an amazing movie' Zoe Ball ----------------------------------------------- How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life. Even if it means sacrificing her own. A beautiful novel about family, courage, sacrifice and love in all its guises from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book ----------------------------------------------- With over 150 5* reviews, this is what readers are saying about this irresistible page-turner: 'Best book of the year for me' 'It's a poignant but ultimately life-affirming journey' 'A wonderful novel, full of love and friendship and vitality' 'This story was magical and I loved it' 'Truly outstanding storytelling' 'A book that really stayed with me'

The Summer of Impossible Things An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

The Summer of Impossible Things An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 18/05/2017

If you could change the past, would you? ****Get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. **** How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life. Even if it means sacrificing her own. 'Prepare to lose your heart...' LISA JEWELL 'A lovely, magical, time-bending read...' MATT HAIG A beautiful lush novel about family, courage, sacrifice and love in all its guises from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE MEMORY BOOK.

The Summer of Impossible Things An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

The Summer of Impossible Things An uplifting, emotional story as seen on ITV in the Zoe Ball Book Club

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Hardback Release Date: 18/05/2017

If you could change the past, would you? ****Get ready to believe in Impossible Things with the brand new book from international bestseller, Rowan Coleman. **** How far would you go to save the person you love? Luna is about to do everything she can to save her mother's life. Even if it means sacrificing her own. 'It feels like a long time since I loved a book as much. I was CAPTIVATED!' MARIAN KEYES 'A lovely, magical, time-bending read...' MATT HAIG A beautiful lush novel about family, courage, sacrifice and love in all its guises from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE MEMORY BOOK.

Looking for Captain Poldark

Looking for Captain Poldark

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 02/02/2017

How far would you go to find the perfect hero? Four strangers, united by their shared love of POLDARK, come together on a trip to Cornwall in search of their hero... Lisa has sworn off love and relationships after a really bad experience, but lately she's been tempted to take a chance on a more exciting life. First she meets other fans of the TV show Poldark online. Then she proposes a very special road trip to Cornwall, in search of where their favourite show is being filmed. But can four strangers find friendship, as well as a certain sexy hunk on their trip south?

Rowan Coleman Collection

Rowan Coleman Collection

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: eBook Release Date: 30/11/2016

This romantic collection of three novels from Rowan Coleman, author of Richard and Judy book club pick The Memory Book, brings together the complete story of Sophie Mills:The Accidental FamilyThe Accidental WifeThe Accidental MotherPerfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Marian Keyes, and Sophie Kinsella, these three novels are bursting with charm, wit, and love.

The Other Sister

The Other Sister

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 16/11/2016

Every family has its secrets... An uplifting story from the bestselling author of The Memory Book and Zoe Ball Book Club pick, The Summer of Impossible Things Willow and Holly are identical twins, as close as two sisters can be. But while Holly has gone through life being the `good twin', Willow has always been the less than perfect one. Holly is happily married, Willow is divorced and almost twice her twin's size. And while she puts on a brave face to the world, Willow knows she's been hiding her unhappiness for far too long. So when the past catches up with her, Willow realises it's finally time for her to face her fears, and - with her sister's help - finally deal with the secrets of their childhood before it's too late.

A Home for Broken Hearts

A Home for Broken Hearts

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 05/11/2015

Is there a cure for a broken heart? Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, this is a heartfelt and uplifting novel from the author of The Memory Book and Zoe Ball Book Club pick The Summer of Impossible Things Once upon a time, Ellen Woods had her 'happily ever after' moment when she married her beloved Nick. But fifteen years later her husband's tragic death leaves her alone with their soon-to-become-a-teenager son and a mountain of debt. On the verge of losing the family home Ellen decides to rent out some rooms, and all too soon a whole host of characters enter her ordered but fragile existence - each with their own messy life in tow. But will this be enough to pull her out of her grief so she can learn to live - and love - again?

We Are All Made of Stars

We Are All Made of Stars

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/05/2015

Do not miss me, because I will always be with you...I am the air, the moon, the stars. For we are all made of stars, my beloved. Wherever you look, I will be there. Stella Carey exists in a world of night. Married to a war veteran who has returned from Afghanistan brutally injured, she leaves the house each night as Vincent locks himself away, unable to sleep due to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. During her nursing shifts, Stella writes letters for her patients, detailing their final wishes, thoughts and feelings - from how to use a washing machine, to advice on how to be a good parent - and posts them after their death. That is until Stella writes one letter that she feels compelled to deliver in time, to give her patient one final chance of redemption...We Are all Made of Stars is an uplifting and heartfelt novel about life, loss and what happens in between from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Memory Book.

The Runaway Wife

The Runaway Wife

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

Perfect for fans of Jojo Moyes, Dorothy Koomson and Liane Moriarty, this is an uplifting and heartfelt novel from the author of The Memory Book, which was featured in the Richard & Judy book club 2014. Sometimes you have to have the courage to start over. Rose Pritchard has fled her home and her abusive husband with little more than the clothes on her back - and her most precious possession, her seven year old daughter Maddie. But Rose does have one other thing left - a glimmer of hope that she can build a better life for herself and her daughter, whatever it takes.

The Memory Book

The Memory Book

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/05/2014

The name of your first-born. The face of your lover. Your age. Your address...What would happen if your memory of these began to fade? When Claire starts to write her Memory Book, she already knows that this scrapbook of mementoes will soon be all her daughters and husband have of her. But how can she hold onto the past when her future is slipping through her fingers...?

Woman Walks into a Bar

Woman Walks into a Bar

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: eBook Release Date: 14/10/2013

From the international bestselling author of The Home for Broken Hearts, a moving, funny, and heartwarming e-novella about the bumpy road toward Mr. Rightand how true love comes along when you least expect it.Twenty-eight-year-old single mother Sam spends her days working in the local supermarket and her Friday nights out with her friends, letting her hair down at the White Horse. Life has never been easy for Sam, but shes always hoped that one day shell meet The One. After a series of terrible dates with men shes met through an Internet dating agency, shes starting to lose heartuntil her friends tell her theyve set her up on a blind date. Sam is horrified but finally she agrees to goafter all, you never know when you might meet the man of your dreams

Ruby Parker: Hollywood Star

Ruby Parker: Hollywood Star

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 20/11/2007

Bright and bubbly young starlet Ruby Parker heads for Hollywood in the third book in this lively new series - a must for star-struck girls! Ruby's mum is now going out with Hollywood superstar Jeremy Fort! And when he invites her and Ruby to stay at his mansion over Christmas, Ruby is over the moon. This could be the chance of a lifetime for her acting career. Could her dreams come true in Hollywood?

The Baby Group

The Baby Group

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/03/2007

A heart-warming novel about six very different parents with six very different lives, from the author of The Memory Book. Meet The Baby Group: Natalie ran her own design company until baby Freddie unexpectedly came along. Now the capable person she once was is trapped inside a crazy woman's body, longing for just one decent night's sleep and words of more than one syllable. Meg is onto her fourth child but still feels she has to take notes. Meg's sister-in-law Frances organises her little boy like he's a private in the army, but underneath her prickly facade she longs for the kind of friendships others seem to find so easy. Former career girl Jess sees danger lurking in every corner, doubting she'll ever be a good mother. Stay-at-home house-husband Steve is just glad to have the opportunity to spend time with his daughter. And sixteen-year-old Tiffany is the youngest - yet possibly the wisest - of them all. Six very different parents. Six very different lives. But when Natalie's dodgy wiring leads to a series of chance encounters they rapidly discover - through Baby Music, Baby Aerobics, coffee and more importantly cake - that there's safety in numbers. And their own unofficial baby group is formed ...

Growing Up Twice

Growing Up Twice

Author: Rowan Coleman Format: Paperback Release Date: 15/08/2002

A warm, witty and moving novel about friendship and growing up - twice - from the author of The Memory Book. Jenny, Rosie and Selin have been best friends since school. Their teenage years were spent drinking too much wine in the park, dressing up for Friday night, and making the wrong choices with the wrong men because tomorrow seemed a very long way off. Eleven riotous years later, Jenny realises something. After more than a decade of waiting for her real life to begin, nothing has really changed. Here she is, still hung-over in the park, still dressed up in Friday night clothes and about to make her most inappropriate choice of man yet . But Jenny's not the only one waiting for real life to begin. And when tragedy turns their world upside down, all three friends are forced to realise that the real growing up is still to come...

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