Annette Bette Kellow Is a model and writer whose has written a book entitled The Roses Grow Wild. Here is a link to her website:
Q: What is The Roses Grow Wild about?
A: The roses grow wild is a tale of a young graduate, Emily, and her new friends who all have dreams of working in creative careers in London. Instead they get into some hairy situations including homlessness, broken love, suicide attempts, sugar daddies and east end parties.
The characters include wannabe divas, jobbing actors, depressed writers and musicians.
Q: What inspired the novel?
A: I think London, being a student in a crazy city and hearing so many interesting stories was part of the inspiration. There are also other factors, like today everybody wants to rule the world, be famous, get rich but the substance behind it has gone.
I also have worked for many homeless shelters like Shelter and St Mungos where I heard how normal people can fall into homelessness so I wanted to include some of that.
Q: What qualities does an interesting heroine have?
A: I think a heroine doesn’t have to necessarily be the most wittiest, beautiful or strongest, but they must have something that carries them through the story whether it be recovering anguish or a sneaky clever side to them that no one saw!
Q: Who are some of your writing influences?
A: I quite like realism writers, I like Bret Easton Ellis, he wrote his books set in ‘I’ although it was influenced by things that were happening in LA at the time, so did Bukowski and Molly Parkin who I admire too. There is always a difficulty in setting a book in ‘I’ as people assume its you. then! But I think it gives it a more personal touch.
Q: How does your experience as a model influence your writing?
A: I would say modelling and acting are both parallel with each other, the characters you play and how you become ‘something else’.
Even the structure of how you show many emotions or different sides of yourself, then you just leave and sometimes never see the crew or team again. Writings a very similar structure, you fully immerse yourself, then your work leaves and goes into someone elses hands- but that’s part of the fun!
Q: What is your strangest modeling story?
A: When I was a student in New York I was so very skint, I did some part time modelling and this guy offered me 400 dollars to model jeans for him- he had a jeans fetish and told me so did his friends! So I wore a baggy t-shirt and jeans for half an hour, in a downtown studio in Manhattan, he was loving it for some strange reason, easiest 400 dollars I ever made and absolutely nothing saucy about it!
Q: What themes do you like to write about?
A: I like to write about grandeur or the other end of the spectrum, the seamier side of things. I like realism and capturing a current opinion. I’m not a feminist at all but I like writing about females stories, girls doing what they’ve got to do- you can get away with so much and I dont think theres anything wrong with using the female charms, although feminists would kill me for saying that!
Theres a reason we were born women, you only have to read the last paragraph of John Steinbeck’s, The Grapes of Wrath to know that sometimes being female works in your favour.
Q: Why do you think Fifty Shades of Grey is so popular?
A: I think its acceptable kink, and its also a bandwagon. Fifty Shades of Grey I think is similar to Cheryl Cole, shes thrust into your face through the media so many times and praised so often that people begin to think shes wonderful, its amazing but humans do follow the leader. There are many kinky books out there but people just grab fifty shades as everyones reading it. I think also that fetish fashion has become a bit more popular and commercial now.
Q: What are you working on now?
A: Im working on some new writing and finishing a film I recently wrote for designer Fifi Cachnil that was filmed in New York.
Q: What do people misunderstand about mental illness?
A: I think people dont realise mental illness can come and go- (of course in some it stays longer) but for many thats the reason people get better, get a job and home, then can lose it again if the illness takes over, it is ongoing but it can be suppressed and is definitely not the end of someones life. It is also not necessarily found with tablets and therapy but with finding different ways to help the individual, I think it is a very individual thing and needs specialized care for the person. I think people should be more aware of it as it affects many in their life, but it can be overcome.
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