My Weekend: Roz Ryszka-Onions

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From broken bones to new beginnings

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Roz Ryszka-Onions, 53, is an indie novelist from Warblington in Havant. She lives with her husband, 15-year-old-daughter and three ‘warring house bunnies’. She has just published her fourth novel, When Love Dies, a tale of revenge from beyond the grave. The book is available from amazon.com.

When did you last go away and where did you go?

Last August I went to St Malo with my husband and daughter. We stayed in the Mercure, right on the seafront, and explored the neighbouring villages.

What was the last gig you went to?

It was nearly as long ago as my last confession - I’m a lapsed and non-practising Catholic. I saw Bryan Ferry at the Koko club in Camden with some friends over a decade ago. This makes me sound ‘cooler’ than I am, as I’m more at home with African drumming or gentle flute music these days.

What was the last book you read?

As a writer I read so many books, mainly novels.

Currently I’m in the middle of several books, but the last book I read was The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins, which I found compelling because of the first person diary-style it was written in. One book I wouldn’t read is Fifty Shades Of Grey.

What TV shows do you watch?

Despite the critical battering it got, I enjoyed the second series of Broadchurch. I love Supernatural and I’m catching up on all 10 series with my daughter. We will be at it for quite some months! I loved Spiral and we’re watching Hostages.

Which celeb would you most like to spend a weekend with?

I’d like to spend an evening with David Icke because I love his work and because I would love to ask if he has ever met a shape-shifting lizard and find out what they’re like. I’d love to have brunch with Daniel Craig because I suspect he’s an interesting and witty bloke.

Where’s good for a day trip further afield?

We love the New Forest. I love to walk in the arboretum and by the giant Californian reds and to finish off with tea and a cake in the Brock and Bruin. Driving through the heathland is spectacular no matter what the season.

Do you have any hobbies?

I don’t have a hobby as such but I do have a lot of interests. I’m at a stage in my life where looking after the house bunnies, being a mother, writing and running a home occupy most of my time. If I ever find myself at a loose end I’d like to take up amateur film-making, but I don’t think I’ll stop writing and that tends to fill any spare hours that I have.