Blog Tour: The Rosie Effect

rp_Graeme-Simsion-300x168.jpgWe are very delighted to be welcoming Graeme Simsion to our blog today and his blog tour for his new novel, The Rosie Effect which is the follow-up to the fantastic, The Rosie Project. Graeme talks to us about how writing much of the novel in New York influenced it.

I had about half of The Rosie Effect drafted, and a clear idea of where it was going, when I arrived in New York with my wife for three weeks in December 2013. We had spent seven months there in 2010, and this was a chance to catch up with friends and revisit favourite places. A holiday: but I had vague intentions of working on the novel, which I felt would benefit from being written ‘on location’. By the time we arrived, those intentions had crystallised into a plan: I would try to write two thousand words every day and finish the draft. As motivation, I promised myself that any day on which I failed to meet the target would be an alcohol-free day.

One of the pleasures of NYC is its bars and restaurants, and I’m a reasonably enthusiastic consumer of wine and the occasional cocktail (‘occasional’ meaning ‘on the occasion of being in New York and it being evening’). I didn’t miss a day. My wife was particularly impressed to find me up at 7 a.m. on Christmas morning, writing diligently. We had champagne with the turkey.

The Rosie Effect jpegI wouldn’t recommend the regimen as a long-term approach, but getting the writing done while I was in direct contact with the setting rather than relying on memory was a definite benefit. Don’s world is largely cerebral, and he’s not particularly observant of his surroundings in an aesthetic sense, but he does take note of the practical environment: weather, transport, commerce. New York is an iconic city, and I needed to put it on the page, albeit through Don’s eyes.

My US editor commented that after reading The Rosie Effect, she had to metaphorically wring herself out, alcoholically speaking. As did I after writing it.

The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion is published by Michael Joseph on 25th September, £14.99 hardback

Available for pre-order here!

Follow Graeme on Twitter: @GraemeSimsion


The Rosie Effect blog tour continues tomorrow over on Wondrous Reads.

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I’m Laura. I started Novel Kicks in 2009. I wanted a place to post my writing as well as give other writers like me the opportunity to do the same. There is also a monthly book club, a writing room which features writing prompts, book reviews, competitions, author interviews and guest posts.

I grew up by the sea (my favourite place in the world) and I currently live in Hampshire. I am married to Chris, have a cat named Buddy and I would love to be a writer. I’m trying to write the novel I’ve talked so much about writing if only I could stop pressing delete. I’ve loved writing since creative writing classes in primary school. I have always wanted to see my teacher Miss Sayers again and thank her for the encouragement. When not trying to write the novel or writing snippets of stories on anything I can get my hands on, I love reading, dancing like a loon and singing to myself very badly. My current obsession is Once Upon a Time and I would be happy to live with magic in the enchanted forest surrounded by all those wonderful stories provided that world also included Harry Potter. I love reading chick lit. contemporary fiction and novels with mystery.

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