Rosita is married with two children. She has worked as a legal secretary, a childminder, nursery assistant, and as an accommodation provider for fostered teenagers. She attributes former health problems to not eating properly as a child, thus many of her books are aimed at encouraging healthy eating and have received positive feedback from Jamie Oliver’s team. In addition several of them raise money for various charities.
Emma Tate hates eating anything nutritious. When her despairing mother buys her a pretty plate to encourage her to eat up her dinner, she is unimpressed – until the elf that lives inside the house on the plate begs her to eat the food blocking his doorway so that he can come out. When she does, she finds proper food is not so bad as she thought! Beautifully illustrated throughout by Lynn Costelloe, Emma Tate and the Magic Plate is a fun story that encourages children to eat healthily. The author attributes current health problems to unhealthy childhood diet, and dedicates this book to all the parents of fussy eaters out there.
Lynn Costelloe– Illustrator
By Lisa Beere on June 18, 2016
Interview Rosita Bird by Lynne North
Hi all. Are you ready to meet another ‘Crimson Cloak Publishing’ author? Today, we meet Rosita Bird.
1) Do you write books as a career, or are you currently still juggling your author time with a full or part time job?
I am retired from Childminding and working at a nursery. I am hoping this will be a new career for me.
2) Have you always wanted to be an author, or did some time or event in your life set you on the path?
No. I had a mental breakdown in 2005 and as part of the therapy I went to a writing group which was mainly poetry. I enjoyed this. I then wrote my first book ‘Vegetables Count.’
3) Do you always write in the same genre, or do you sometimes like a change of theme? If you haven’t already, is there another genre you would like to write?
Yes. Most of my books are for young children aged between 3 – 7. I am hoping to write two in the future about my journey through mental health. Also a true story about my parents, how they met. This will need some research as it involves my grandfather who was taken to a camp by Nazi’s during the Second World War from occupied Holland.
4) As a writer, what is the best thing that has happened to you, and what is that most exciting thing that could happen to you?
I think possibly meeting John L. D. Barnett was good as he helped me get in with his publisher. He was originally going to do illustrations for me but he had a lot on and we had different ideas on illustrations for children. I have been congratulated by Jamie Oliver’s team for my healthy eating books for children and on their Pinterest site. I have also been endorsed by Simon Weston OBE. I have done two books for charity one local Animal Rescue Centre and Care After Combat.
5) How do you view the promotion, book signings etc. Is it something you enjoy, or do you prefer the writing stage?
I am quite shy and uncomfortable with that sort of thing. I have done it locally. Navigo (Mental Health in Lincolnshire) supported me on my first launch.
Sounds like you never have a dull moment, Rosita! It’s wonderful to have a career that you love so much. Long may you continue to produce such a varied collection of books. Lynne North.