Hello. My name is Rosa, and I’ve just realised, with sadness, I have since lost all the necklaces I was wearing in that photo.
I live in Paris, by the Parc de Belleville, and sometimes in Ramsgate, on the Kentish Coast. I’m currently working in Amsterdam, but in two weeks that won’t be true anymore.
The image above is an old postcard of the lighthouse on Sark. Sark is a small Channel Island, 3 miles long, with no cars and practically no taxes. Nearly 4 years ago, when I was 23, I graduated and went there to work as a cook for a little while. I loved the island, and I moved to Paris and wrote a book about it.
In 2011, that book won the first ever international Paris Literary Prize, organised by legendary bookshop Shakespeare & Company with the support of the De Groot Foundation. Since then, I turned what was once a novella, into a novel, and last summer, it was bought by the wonderful publisher of women – Virago. The Last Kings of Sark came out as a hardback on the 7th November 2013 in the UK, and will be published by St Martin’s Press (US) in July 2014.
If you want to get in touch, you can email me at rosarankingee [at] gmail . com.
p.s I also do advertising work, so if you want to employ me for that, that would be great.