Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Welcoming Ros Rendle back to the blog

Today I am delighted to welcome fellow author, and RNA member, Ros Rendle back to the blog to talk to us about her wonderful books and the inspiration behind them.

Inspiration, and having it invade all one’s waking thoughts, is a strange thing and can spring from the smallest of incidents. For my published first book, it was wading through a minor flood in our French village caused by rain sweeping mud off the fields and blocking the drains. This set me thinking about the fearful floods in Boscastle some years ago. I also thought about a disparate group of people and how they might, or not, be brought together in the face of adversity. Thus, was born, ‘Sense and French Ability’, which became an Amazon best seller for a while.

Since then I have written some historical novels set during the major conflicts of the 20th century – The Strong Sisters series. They have a French connection, too, since we lived in the area of major battles of WW1. Initial research was a hobby for my husband, but I quickly became inspired to write ‘Flowers of Flanders’, having shared visits to those sites and also Kew records office to look at particular war diaries. There is a novella in the mix too, ‘Delphi’s Dilemma’

The next full novel in this series was inspired by a visit to Chenonceau Chateau to discover that the Grand Gallery spans the River Cher which was the dividing line between occupied and Vichy (so-called free) France during WW2. It became part of a route for escapees and downed airmen. ‘Flowers of Resistance’ covers this period of history.

My last book published was the first book I ever wrote. I had to rewrite it in light of learning so much more about the skills and process of writing a novel and then it was accepted by Endeavour Press. This was ‘Peace of Time’, and was the book my mother, a published author many times over, encouraged me to write. It’s dedicated to her and. Thirty years later it is complete.

For my most recent book I have returned that feel-good location of my childhood holidays, Cornwall.  It’s a contemporary romance following a girl from late rebellious teens to adult responsibilities. Its called a ‘Bird in the Hand’ with a tag line of . . . ‘and what do you do when you have two and a third on the way’. It has left the building to try and find a new branch upon which to perch.

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Twitter: @ros_rendle

Having worked as a head teacher, Ros has been used to writing policy documents, essays and stories to which young children enjoyed listening. Now she has taken up the much greater challenge of writing fiction for adults. She writes both historical sagas and contemporary romance; perfect for lying by a warm summer pool or curling up with on a cosy sofa
Ros is a member of the Romantic Novelists' Association and the Historical Novelists' Society.

She has lived in France for ten years but has moved back to the UK with her husband and dogs. While there, she gained much information which has been of use in her books. They are thoroughly and accurately researched.

Ros has two daughters and four grand-daughters with whom she shares many heart-warming activities.


  1. Thanks for the opportunity, Heidi-Jo x

    1. It has been a pleasure to welcome you back again my lovely. H x