Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Meet UK Children's Author Rosen Trevithick

Carpinello's Writing Pages welcomes another UK author Rosen Trevithick and her Smelly Trolls series.

First, a bit about Rosen:

I’m a wild-swimming, chocolate-loving, hairspray-dousing writer of fiction for children and adults. I’m Cornish and currently living in Devon.

Note:  Rosen sent in this photo of her at Tintagel, supposedly the birthplace of Arthur, since my books are based on Arthurian Legend.

Why did you pick to write books for children?

Writing for children allows you to really stretch the boundaries of reality and be completely over the top, in a way that’s frowned upon in most adult genres. I wanted to write something funny and silly that I could share with my nephews.

What types of books do you like to read?

I enjoy reading humorous fiction and crime thrillers. The work of Ben Elton is particularly appealing. I also enjoy reading independently published titles because I love being able to interact with writers about their work. Also, because I run a daily eBook newsletter, I like to keep a feel for what’s out there.

When you are not writing, what do you like to do?

I spend a lot of time out of doors: swimming, cycling, jogging and sometimes just sitting beneath a tree with my Kindle. I’m also part of a local amateur dramatics group and a writing group.

Tell us about Trolls on Ice and how the story came to be.

Trolls on Ice is the third book in my Smelly Troll series. It features the Winter Trollympics – the biggest sporting event on the troll calendar. However, because trolls are stupid, smelly and built like potatoes filled with rocks, they are not particularly strong athletics. Events include the ‘troll vault’ (troll pole vault), in which the pole usually snaps under the competitor’s enormous weight.

I came up with the idea for putting trolls on skis because I knew it would give rise to all manner of exciting disasters. However, a school class who were doing a project on my first troll book, The Troll Trap, came up with the idea of Trollympic. They kindly let me use a winter version of their idea in my book.

Here's a peek at Trolls on Ice:

Brawnulator Powerknees picks other people’s noses, smells like mutated tuna and eats small children. He is the strongest, fastest, most desirable man on the planet – to a troll.
When Rufus and his friends go on a skiing holiday to the Craggle Alps, they have no idea that the Winter Trollympics – the biggest sporting event of the troll calendar – is taking place nearby.
Sporting a wide variety of dangerous athletes, including Brawnulator, the Winter Trollympics is a hazardous place for children to be. But an avalanche blocks the railway line, leaving Rufus and his friends stranded amongst the hungry beasts.
A slippery, icy adventure packed with hideous trolls, winter sports and lots and lots of snotacular calamities.

Have you written other books? If so, tell us a bit about them.

I started off writing books for adults. In fact, my current bestselling title is for adults. It’s called My Granny Writes Erotica and is about a 65-year-old pensioner who finds herself in debt and needs a way to raise some cash quickly. She ends up eroticising her life’s work – a romance novel. However, being somewhat naïve, inexperienced and conservative, writing about kinky sex does not come easy to her, resulting in some hilarious disasters.

What’s next for your writing? Are you working on a new story?

In November 2013, I launched three books: Seesaw Volume II, my second short story collection for adults; Trolls on Ice; and The First Trollogy, a collection containing Troll books 1-3. I also have a short story from the Smelly Trolls called Gourment Girl Burger.

The Troll Trap

                  Mr. Splendiferous and the Troublesome Trolls

What advice do you have for other authors?

If you plan to publish, allow yourself to have big dreams. Writing is an incredibly difficult field in which to get noticed and most authors experience dozens of knock backs before getting anywhere. The skill is not in avoiding rejection, but bouncing back from it. Have a goal in mind and keep working at it. Big dreams will help you keep going.

Where can readers find you and your books?

My blog, Facebook and Twitter are good places to interact with me.

My Adult Blog
My Children's Blog

The best place to buy my books is Amazon.

A smaller selection of my titles are available from other stores, such as Waterstones and Smashwords.


  1. Okay, I love humor and disasters, and the trollympics sounds like a great way to create both. What age group is this for? I'm featuring an interview--with J Bean and Chris Palmer, authors of a middle grade fantasy series Cape Cod Witch.

    1. Pretty sure the books are for ages 8-10, but Rosen will let you know when she wakes up! I'll stop by and take a look at your interviews. Hopefully you linked them to the Kid Lit Blog Hop!

  2. "The skill is not in avoiding rejection, but bouncing back from it". What a defining statement! :-)




  3. Thank you, Cheryl, for posting this interview with Rosen. She is a funny young lady! My wife and I love British humor and authors, Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce stories and Terry Pratchett's Tiffany Aching series chief among these. I lived in Sussex for five years (my first child was born there) and I had a good friend from Devon. Just the interview took my back. Thank you again.

  4. Sher, the books are read by children aged 8-11 and often read aloud to younger ones.
    John, I hope that quote doesn't come back to bit me in the bum!

  5. Trolls are such a fun thing for read alouds.. i dont think there is an age limit really for reading about them, do you? (grin!)
    Loved reading the interview Cheryl. Rosen sounds like a fun person and the books reflect her personality ! cant wait to find these ones to read.
    Thanks for hosting/ joining on the Kidlit Bloghop this week,
    -Reshama @ Stackingbooks