Dettra Rose


I started writing with no formal qualifications. Just a love of words and a longing to communicate.

I’ve always enjoyed effective language. When words leave an echo in me, that’s powerful. That’s magic. As a writer it’s what I aim to do.

I love crafting words. It’s so satisfying to find the perfect word or phrase for a piece – like twisting the block of a Rubik’s cube and coaxing the colours together. But it doesn’t always come together easily. Creativity is unpredictable and cyclical. Then there’s the many-tentacled octopus of life with its distractions and demands.

What I love exploring most is our human landscape. The ways we meet challenges. Our transitions. How we negotiate and make amends with painful experiences. The tiny moments of connection that can change the day. And the hilarity of the contradictions that are alive and true inside us.

Communication is an important theme for me, too. How difficult it often is to reveal ourselves. How our own words or lack of them, connect or disconnect us. I’m endlessly watching people and myself. Our simplicity and complexities make intriguing and beautiful writing material.


No tears in the writer, no tears in the reader. No surprise in the writer, no surprise in the reader.

~ Robert Frost

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

~ Maya Angelou

If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.

~ Toni Morrison

I would advise anyone who aspires to a writing career that before developing his talent he would be wise to develop a thick hide.

~ Harper Lee