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 between Paris, London, and Margate/Ramsgate, on the Kentish Coast.
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. When I was 23, I 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 the bookshop Shakespeare & Company with the support of the De Groot Foundation. Since then, I turned what was once a novella, into a novel, and it was bought by Virago. The Last Kings of Sark came out as a hardback in November 2013 in the UK, and was published by St Martin’s Press (US) in July 2014. I’m currently working on a second novel.
I’m represented by Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown.
If you want to get in touch, you can email me at rosarankingee [at] gmail . com.
p.s I also do commercial work – if you want to look at that, check out the snazzily titled ‘Creative Consulting’ page.