Rosalie Marsh writes on a variety of topics from hilarious biographical travel adventures to more serious stuff based on personal development which she aims to keep light-hearted and user-friendly. She is an award-winning Author; Educator; Blogger; Marketer and Website Editor. Marsh also has a family consisting of a husband, children and grandchildren.
Growing up in Lancashire, Marsh was a dreamer and late developer but confounded her exasperated teachers, friends, and family by gaining a scholarship to Grammar School.
Following the route of marriage and full-time motherhood, Marsh settled in North Wales with her husband and growing family.
After an early career in banking, she embraced a varied career in sales management and adult education saying,
"In the midst of pots and pans I often dreamed of writing when many story lines popped up in my head. My wide range of activities provided me with a rich seam of material."
As 'born-again' bikers on a Honda Gold Wing motorbike, Marsh and her husband found their lost youth travelling on their own - 'Just Us Two' - in Europe.
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Why and when did you begin writing? I wrote [manual] procedures manuals when I went back into work. I started to write seriously for assignments when I undertook management qualifications. How is writing in the genre you write, different than other genre?All genres I that I write - travel adventures, fiction fantasy and books on career, employability and personal and professional development draw from personal experiences but packaged into 1) a true story 2) travel-based fiction fantasy and 3) a more factual account to enable the reader to grow and develop.Where do you get your ideas for writing? From life experiences. Whenever I have come across something like office politics – especially in my direct and retail sales days – I have had a strong storyline running through my head. All these impressions are still in the melting pot. Is there any one person who had a big influence on you or encouraged you to write? My husband. What is your writing schedule? What atmosphere do you need to write? I now plan my writing time and focus in quite long chunks until I have ‘got it all out of my head’. I need to be quiet and people to forget I am here. My study is decorated in a relaxing pale green and cream paper with light oak furniture. I have an ergonomic office chair for correct support. What kind of advice or tips to you have for someone who wants to write and be published?Go for it! Research your market, read and research the writing and publishing world all you can and realise that there are many routes to publication. Embrace new technologies.Are there any other comments, advice or tips that you would give to beginning writers?Writing is an emotional experience and a learning curve in itself. However the hardest part is keeping a focus on marketing opportunities.. Planning is essential. It doesn't just 'happen'.[Excerpts from various radio interviews over the years.]
· As 'born-again' bikers on a Honda Gold Wing motorbike, the author and her husband found their lost youth travelling on their own - 'Just Us Two' - in Europe.
· She continues: "During our first Gold Wing motorbiking experience in Ireland, finding long-lost family, I found that the words flowed when recording our profound emotional experiences and realised that there was the beginnings of a story." (These notes lay in a drawer for ten years.)
· Rosalie wrote about their amazing experiences as feature articles, and eventually, after overcoming disaster and changing lives, concluded that together, they formed an inspiring story of adventure and realisation of dreams.
· Later, this award-winning story developed into the Just Us Two series of biographical travel adventures.
After saying good-bye to their beloved Gold Wing, the series continues with other adventures in Ireland, France, Spain, Andorra, Italy, and the islands of the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean.
'Retiring’ to concentrate on writing, she drew on her skills and experiences in travel and adult education.
Marsh's writing evolved through undertaking various development opportunities and academic studies in later life through her work in adult learning where she took learning out to the learner in the workplace, (work-based learning) achieving a BA(Hons) Degree from the Manchester Metropolitan University. During this period in her career she also wrote and collaborated on various learning programmes and marketing projects.
Through her involvement with the Gold Wing Owners' Club of Great Britain (GWOCGB) she, along with her husband and other members helped to raise money for charity. Most notable was the Zip Wire adventure where she and another member raised money for Dreamflight - a children's' charity - by zooming off the mountain above Bethesda, North Wales on the longest Zip Wire in Europe.
Through travels in Portugal and extensively in Andalucia in southern Spain, Rosalie was inspired to write ORANGES: A Journey, a debut fiction story built on a dream.
· It is the precursor to a longer, more involved saga which has been gestating for many years while other projects have been completed.
On life's journey Marsh says,
" My abiding ethos is that all should have the access and opportunity to develop and achieve their potential as a 'whole' person."
"This is the focus of the series of user-friendly workbooks- Lifelong Learning: Personal Effectiveness Guides."
"A rose is a beautiful flower that comes in many shapes and sizes - it grows and develops until it reaches its potential - as do humans.
A rose begins with a small bud that over the coming months, as it is nurtured and watered, swells and grows until it unfurls its petals to lift its face to the sun.
Eventually, as the petals open ever wider, the rose becomes full-blown achieving its potential until the petals drop to the ground and a fruit starts to grow. . .It is the same with with humans."
Through nurturing, access and opportunity, we too can grow, develop and achieve our potential. Our potential that was embedded in that little cluster of cells, before we were born, that make us what we are and what we could become.
Inspiring you to push back your boundaries through travel and life development activities in personal and professional life.
That everyone shall have the opportunity and access to release and realise their potential throughout life to develop the 'whole person' - in whatever way that is..
Rosalie Marsh builds on her wide industrial experience in sales management and adult education both as a Learning and Development Consultant and external verifier for OCR awarding body.
Marsh took learning out into the workplace (work-based learning)
A multifaceted person with an ability to quickly spot gaps in skills and identify learning needs and areas for development.
An ability to adapt positively to the challenges faced in travel and life.
· Business & Management.
· Learning and Development.
· Employability Skills.
· Curriculum Vitae.
· Portfolio Building.
· Office Skills.
· Customer Service.
· Short talks and presentations.
· Basic ICT Skills:
Internet, social media,
word processing, PowerPoint, spreadsheets, basics of Photoshop Elements.
· About computers.
Planning a journey using maps and Internet.
Extensive travel in Europe is the basis of the Just Us Two travel series. She also brings her own life experiences in learning into her writing.
This enhances her writing on a personal level which you, the reader, will be able to resonate with.
"An inspirational individual and dedicated professional who gives and shares only her best. She's been very thoughtful and creative in her visionary approach to support the education sector, strengthen stakeholder relationships and guiding individuals to achieve their aspirations and goals."
· Prabhjit Kaur—PGCE(FE,) CMgr MCMI, AssocCIPD, MBA(Open) PGCE(FE).