Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am so happy to introduce you to Rosey Lee. Rosey has two books that contain flash fiction – and I have to say that super impresses me. I’ve written flash fiction for a magazine and it was HARD to tell an entire story with characters in under 1000 words. To do it enough for two books is incredible. Rosey is giving away a $15 Amazon gift card. Read on to see how you can enter to win!
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi, and thank you for hosting me on your blog. I’m from the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana. It’s a suburban area on the west bank of the Mississippi River. I grew up with one side of my family very close by, the other side just a few hours away, and a very supportive church family. Family is very important to me, so my stories involve all sorts of families — the ones people are born into as well as the ones they create. I like writing stories with relatable issues, but I also aim for them to be encouraging. My author’s tagline is “Uplifting stories with a little bit of hope, faith, and love”. I enjoy cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.
Tell us about your current release. I wrote a series of flash fiction stories called Beautiful, Complicated Family. Flash fiction is a type of short story. It appeals to avid readers as well as those with busy schedules who only have small amounts of free time for reading. Each story in the collection is 1000 words or less, so most people can read each of them in about 5 minutes.
The stories in the collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families — secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to readers, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. There are also laughs and sometimes tears along the way. The collection has two volumes, each with five stories. Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 is FREE in the US on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Apple Books, and Kobo (prices may vary outside the US), and readers can subscribe to my website to get Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 for FREE.
If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? I absolutely would! My writing is part of my service to God. If it was His will for my stories to benefit only one person’s spiritual journey, I have every confidence that they would be used in a powerful way in that person’s life. That makes it worth it. I trust that my work would play into God’s bigger plan.
With all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? Great question! I’ve built a “character hotel” for them. I write notes as soon as I get an idea about a character, and sometimes I look for an inspiration image on Pinterest to go with it. Then the characters live in the theoretical hotel until I’m ready for them. Sometimes I group them with other characters for a story that’s already percolating in my head. Other times, I sort through my files and choose characters when I decide to come up with a new story.
How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I planned this flash fiction collection as a way for readers to get to know me and my work, so I always intended to self-publish it.
Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea? I’m working on a novel, and I got the idea for it while walking around Universal Studios in Orlando, Florida. I had just walked onto the property when the idea popped in my head, so I don’t think the location had anything to do with it. I feel like God just dropped the idea into my head. I really can’t take any credit for it. It was a divinely ordered light bulb moment.
Which of your characters most reflects your personality? There’s a little bit of me in every character. It’s funny that my family and friends read my stories and say, “This is so you!” Someone says that for every story, which really tickles me.
Here is where you can find Rosey online:
Rosey is giving away a $15 Amazon gift card (Amazon or book vendor of winner’s choice) to a reader! See below how to enter to win:
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