Gerry Rose - Writer's Routine #11

Bonnie Scot Gerry Rose shares his Writer's Routine!

After spending a lifetime adoring books and stories, but limiting his bubbling creativity to bedtime stories to his kids, Gerry finally did something he was almost embarrassed to do - get his ideas down on to paper and write a book.

He has just released the second book in his 'Elliot' series, a trilogy of thriller books that look at one detective's life across three different eras. 'Rinsed' focuses on 2 weeks in summer 2005, when London was in olympic euphoria and terrorist devastation. Gerry claims this story is set in a time that could 'change the world forever'. It's a series of intertwining stories, where everyone is influencing everything.

Gerry also writes for kids! His Mole Man stories are 2 books deep already, and working in schools gave him the idea for his latest children's novel, 'Guitar Box Jorge'.

We chat about curiosity, holidays in Spain, and Urban Dictionary.

For Distinguished Diaries, we learn about the weird and wonderful writing routine of one of the biggest literary figures of the 20th century, Gertrude Stein, and her love of the farmyard.


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