Nan Rossiter: Biography

Nan Rossiter

Nan Rossiter is an American author of contemporary adult fiction. She was born in Mount Vernon, New York. In 1977, Rossiter’s family moved to Barkhamsted, Connecticut. After leaving home, she attended the Rhode Island School of Design to study illustration, graduating with her degree in 1986. After leaving college, Rossiter worked for several years as a freelance illustrator. She then began to write and illustrate her own books for children.

Nan Rossiter is perhaps best known for her 1997 children’s book Rugby and Rosie. This book is about a fully grown family Labrador retriever who suddenly has to cope with the arrival of a new puppy. Rugby and Rosie won Nebraska’s Golden Sower Award in the year of its publication.

Her first full-length novel for adults was published in 2011. It is a contemporary romance novel which tells the story of two families of friends spending their summer on Cape Cod as they do every year. They live in neighbouring houses, and each summer their lives become intertwined. The Gin & Chowder Club explores what happens when the young and glamourous second-wife of the head of one family embarks on an illicit affair with one of the sons of the neighbouring clan.

Nan Rossiter now lives with her husband, Bruce, in Connecticut. Together they have two sons, named Cole and Noah and a black Labrador. She works full time as a writer and illustrator, but in her spare time she likes to go on long hikes with her family and the dog, or becoming completely absorbed in a good book.