The Eiffel Tower watches over me as I write

Author, journalist and screenwriter Tatiana de Rosnay beside the River Seine in Paris, which plays a key role in her new book, The Rain Watcher

Sarah’s Key author Tatiana de Rosnay says success did not come easily for her. And when it did come, it was a struggle.

She attracted both fans and haters - while also coping with teenage children who weren’t that keen on having a famous mum.

She told Connexion: “I lead the life of an ordinary person, with my ups and downs, just like anybody else. The only difference is I have a lot of imagination.”

There can be no doubt she has put that imagination to good use as a novelist, journalist and screenwriter.

Sarah’s Key was made into a film with Kristin Scott Thomas, and her biography of Daphne du Maurier, Manderley Forever, resulted in all of du Maurier’s books being republished in France.

But she said: “Don’t forget that my first success, Sarah’s Key, was the seventh or eighth book I’d had published. I was already 45, so it was a difficult struggle. ...

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