Rosie Wallace kept her lip buttoned throughout her many years as the wife of one of the UK’s best known politicians.
So when he decided to retire, she rubbed her hands with glee and set to work.
The fact that he returned to front line politics almost immediately hasn’t stopped her, and she is now nearing the end of her third novel.
Her first novel, A Small Town Affair (Hachette) was told from the point of view of the wife of the local MP, though Rosie insists that the plot isn’t in the least autobiographical. Sharply observed, and as touching as it is hilariously funny, it is packed with moments every wife and mother, husband and father – indeed anybody who loves a good story will love.
‘This is an easily inhaled, colourful tale dripping with more gossip material than any town could likely unravel in a few short months, with moments of poignancy and humour.’ Courier Mail May, 2010
In her second novel, The Trouble with Keeping Mum (Hachette), rising political star Annie Cochrane juggles her working life with her personal life – with varying degrees of success. One day her juggling skills desert her, and she realises that she can’t continue to ignore her mother’s increasing dottiness, or her son’s uncharacteristically wayward behaviour. Meanwhile, from out of the blue, her own past catches up with her. And with the First Minister doing his best to torpedo her career, it’s hard to prioritise which crisis to tackle first.
Described by one reviewer as ‘… a comedy Borgen, in Scotland, with on-line shopping..’
Rosie lives in Orkney.