Rosalind Minett is my writing name. True, my avatar is nothing like the way I look, but it’s more striking than a real face, at least than mine. Misusing Picasso, I have the face pointing out my two sides: serious and irreverent. Furthermore, one face looks outward, the other inward. I like to think of my writing activity as doing just that.
I write character-led fiction and prefer to read fiction where the characters make the plot memorable.
I was a chartered psychologist, and through this met a huge range of interesting adults and children. I worked with both. My work centred upon how people think, learn, understand and behave. To do that involved an intense focus on the individual I was assessing. For the last 14 years of work I was an expert witness. To write a comprehensive report for the Court I needed to enter the world of the person(s) involved and discover their story – not infrequently, one they hadn’t unfolded for themselves. Only by doing this could I understand and present them as people fairly and clearly. This involvement in a person’s story is what I enjoy in reading and in writing. I love developing characters and hearing their voices, whether they are adults or children, whether the fiction is drama or humour.
Early in life, before I began my career in psychology, I trained as a dancer, but by my teens preferred acting even more. I gained a place at RADA but it wasn’t to be. Academic life took over and I was grateful of my time at Birmingham, Sussex and lastly, Exeter University. Subsequently, all the shorter courses, workshops and sessions in psychology, creative writing and various forms of Art have been enriching. Learning is life-enhancing and helps remind you of how much you do not, and never will know. Perhaps with this in mind, I review books in genres I might not choose for pleasure, often finding high quality writing. A book needs valuing within its own parameters.
To me, characterisation is key. It’s been said that everything I write has a slightly dark undertow or back-kick. It’s true, happy endings are very hard to achieve.
On a personal note, apart from all-important family, I enjoy theatre, sculpture, fine art, landscapes and seascapes. I prefer a warm climate, but I’m English. So, tough!