Rosalie Marsh

Biography

Rosalie Marsh is an award-winning author, Speaker, Learning & Development Consultant, Grandmother, Blogger, Marketer, Educator, Website Editor.
Today she lives in North Wales where she settled with her husband and growing family. Rosalie has written many academic, vocational, technical and research materials in her long and varied career in banking, sales management,and further education. It was during this latter period that she gained a BA (Hons) Education Degree from the Manchester Metropolitan University.
During their first Gold Wing experience, finding that the words flowed when recording their first profoundly emotional experiences in Ireland, Rosalie realised that there was the beginning of a story. As the years passed, they extended their horizons, travelling over 50,000 miles on their own. Rosalie wrote about their amazing experience as feature articles, eventually concluding that together they formed an inspiring story of adventure and realisation of dreams.
Rosalie, who writes on a variety of topics, retired to concentrate on her writing. Her first book Just Us Two:Ned and Rosie’s Gold Wing Discovery,Winner in the 2010 International Book Awards (Travel: Recreational category),was also a UK best-seller and finalist in the USA Book News 2009 Best Books Awards.
Her inspirational Just Us Two travel writing series is based on biographical travel experiences – initially on a Honda Gold Wing motorbike.
The Lifelong Learning:Personal Effectiveness Guides draw from her wide experience in sales management and adult continuing education in the workplace.
Oranges: A Journey is a contemporary novel built on a dream. This first fiction book reflects Rosalie's love of adventure, travel and what she calls ‘sunshine lands’.
Rosalie brings her twin passions of travel and achieving potential into her writing, which readers find 'exhilarating and inspirational'; 'a relaxing adventure not to be missed'; ‘she is a gifted author who can bring her travel books alive,’ that she is ‘a detailed and passionate professional’ whose ‘knowledge of work based learning and adult education is outstanding’, to name a few comments.
Rosalie embraces new technologies and digital solutions. Her books therefore are always available in print and e-book formats. Rosalie writes under a pen name.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Growing up in a northern industrial town in the North of England (UK) I was a dreamer who followed the traditional route of work (Banking in my case) before settling into full-time marriage and motherhood. And there I expected to be for the rest of my life. There is a saying, "How to make God laugh - tell him your plans". Well He must have had a good laugh with me as nothing has turned out how I expected it to.

With my husband and growing family, we moved to North Wales where we settled. Amid the 'pots and pans' many storylines often popped up into my head - usually in response to one situation or another where I would think 'that would make a good book'. Eventually, I unexpectedly returned to work, following a varied career path in sales management and adult-education. This latter role took me across the UK as I delivered learning in the workplace in client organisations. This career change involved undertaking many development opportunities and academic studies.

My writing developed through study assignments as well as writing and collaborating on various learning and marketing projects.
When did you first start writing?
At school, I could never think of anything to write for the essay topics which we were set. It was as if there was a lock on the door of my mind. However, as I have said, my writing developed through my continual personal and professional development (CPD) oppportunities, both vocational and academic. The vocational assignments, being competence based, and CPD recording in particular, forced me to delve inside myself and examine my actions and reactions to ensure I was meeting competence-based criteria. About this time, my husband and I had discovered our Honda Gold Wing motorcycle, become 'born-again bikers', members of the Gold Wing Owner's Club of Great Btitain (GWOCGB), and active members of our local region. As we embarked on our travels, I wrote feature articles for the monthly newsletter. I also wrote the monthly regional report and have contributed to on-line magazines.

I would say however, that my first piece of real writing was in Ireland when we discovered my long-lost family. I found that the words flowed as I recounted our profoundly emotional experiences. This account lay in a drawer for ten years until eventually, I wrote my first biographical travel book.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find Rosalie Marsh online


Where to buy in print


Books

Talking the Talk: Getting the Message Across
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Series: Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides, Book 5. Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,810. Language: British English. Published: January 1, 2014. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Non-formal education
This user-friendly workbook - Talking the Talk: Getting the Message Across - will help you prepare well to overcome nerves and deliver an interesting talk or presentation with confidence. It is for people of all ages, at a variety of depth, in a wide range of settings such as schools, colleges, organisations, clubs and societies. A Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guide.
Oranges: A Journey
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Series: Just Us Two Travel. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,620. Language: British English. Published: June 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » Travel
A delightful contemporary novel built on a dream as young Charlotte falls asleep and dreams of sunshine lands where oranges ripen in winter. Her dreams take her into the future; with her friend Daisy, she finds herself in Portugal where a handsome Portuguese stranger captures her heart. Detailed descriptions of the Estremadura region of Portugal and Andalucia, Spain.
Skills for Employability Part Two: Moving into Employment
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Series: Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides, Book 4. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 29,650. Language: British English. Published: September 6, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Personal success
Skills for Employability Part Two looks at the standards of behaviour and requirements of employers: introduction to health and safety in the workplace and Employment Rights and Responsibilities (ERR), the business environment, customer service, managing money and healthy living. It is the fourth in the series of Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides by Marsh.
Skills for Employability Part One: Pre-Employment
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Series: Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides, Book 3. Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,740. Language: English. Published: May 17, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Careers / job hunting
Skills for Employability Part One Looks at skills needed to get into and stay in work: preparing for work, job applications and interviews, working effectively, and ICT skills in the workplace. Each chapter details the Learning Outcomes and relevance to other qualifications. The book has some illustrations to enhance text and links to websites e.g. for legislation which will provide interaction.
Just Us Two: Ned and Rosie's Gold Wing Discovery
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Series: Just Us Two Travel, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 50,490. Language: English. Published: May 1, 2012. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
An exhilarating journey of discovery, adventure, and fun as ‘born-again bikers’ Ned and Rosie discover long-lost family in Ireland, and explore France, Spain, Andorra, Italy, Switzerland, and Belgium on their Honda Gold Wing 1500cc motorbike. An inspirational true story of profound emotional experiences and challenges. Winner 2010 International Book Awards (Travel:Recreational)
Release Your Potential: Making Sense of Personal and Professional Development
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Series: Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,890. Language: English. Published: November 7, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study skills
A user-friendly support material for learners of all ages with a wide range of abilities.Marsh helps you to identify and focus on your goals and development needs in order to improve; identify your learning styles; manage your time and stress; guides you to construct and maintain Personal Development Records and a Personal Development Portfolio.
Lifelong Learning: A View From the Coal Face
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Series: Lifelong Learning Personal Effectiveness Guides, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 18,500. Language: English. Published: November 5, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Education and Study Guides » Study guides - Education
Reflecting on where we are now, Marsh re-visits extensive research previously undertaken. She examines various issues and initiatives when there was a new focus on Work-Based Learning - still relevant in 2011. Aimed at the Home Learner . The author looks at the wider issues of Learning;Opportunity;Access; Professional and Personal Development.
Chasing Rainbows:with Just Us Two
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Series: Just Us Two Travel, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 54,380. Language: English. Published: November 4, 2011. Category: Nonfiction » Travel » By region
In Chasing Rainbows (the sequel to award-winning Just Us Two and the real ending to Rosie’s Gold Wing story) this intrepid couple, now no longer able to ride, finally say ‘good-bye’ to their Gold Wing motorbiking days but only after more adventures; this time not on a Honda Gold Wing; and this time not quite Just Us Two . . . as Rosie has a love-hate relationship with a SatNav . . .