Show Me Colour - Rosalind Gibb
I cannot imagine what it would be like to lose someone you loved so early in life. Rosalind Gibb does an amazing job of chronicling this process of navigating grief and other emotions as she experiences them herself.
Whether completely factual or creative nonfiction, the emotions come through quite clearly in this work. It is well written and would definitely act as a great companion piece to someone who was going through a similar situation.
It's a difficult journey to navigate and therefore not the easiest book to read, but the process is one of healing and learning to continue on with life, taking what you can from the experience. That is a lesson that everyone can learn from.
Some Bio Information
Born and bred in Scotland, Rosalind Gibb has lived and worked in Cumbria, London and Italy doing various jobs including feature writing for newspapers, silver service waitressing, and harvesting oranges. Now a freelance writer and editor, she is based in Edinburgh but is currently on a three month road trip in the USA, collecting material for her second book. Her website is www.rosalindgibb.com.
1. What inspired you to write this book?
Show Me Colour: Notes on love, loss, grief and renewal is based on real-life events: the sudden death of my boyfriend in 2010 and, after a time, learning to live life again during a trip through Italy. At the time I was working as a journalist – a features writer – and it simply made sense to write about this life-changing event and to share my experience with others. I felt I had plenty of material for a book, particularly after the Italy trip, when the ‘renewal’ stage was so powerful. I was also interested in helping to start more conversations about bereavement and grief, and raising money through sales for a charity in the UK, Cruse Bereavement Care, which proved to be a lifeline for me.
2. Can you tell us a little bit about your writing process?
When it comes to creative writing I am not one for routine – I start typing or writing when the mood takes me! It might be at home, at a café, or while out for a walk. I take a notebook everywhere, just in case. Coffee or a glass of wine usually figure. I write for as long as possible, and worry about the editing stage later. This was my first book and I gave myself a deadline (by arranging the book launch, so there was no way out!).
I definitely need a deadline.
3. What is your least favorite part of the writing process?
It’s solitary and can be all-consuming. I don’t think I was much fun at social gatherings when I was in the final stages of the book; it’s all I had on my mind. The editing stage takes much longer than expected and can get frustrating.
4. How would you describe the perfect writing environment?
Being in the moment, wherever that might be.
5. What can readers expect from you in the future?
I am currently travelling in the east USA, from New England to Key West, recording material for the next book. As with Show Me Colour, it will be narrative non-fiction.
6. How would you describe your writing style?
First and foremost, it’s from the heart. Beyond that I think different readers will get different things from it.
7. What’s your ultimate writing goal?
Apart from coming up with the next worldwide bestseller? Isn’t that every writer’s honest aim?! But seriously, getting feedback from people in different parts of the world, about how Show Me Colour has had an impact on them, or inspired them, has been hugely satisfying.