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Interview with Author Rose Mccauley

Welcome to Readers Write to Know!  I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance.  I am always excited when I have a personal friend as my guest, and this week is no exception. Rose McCauley is one of my favorite people. I met her at a local Christian writer group several years ago. It’s rare for me to read, but I did read her current release and it is SO GOOD! Make sure you check it out. I hope you enjoy Rose’s interview.

Tell us a little bit about yourself: I’m a child of the King, a wife of 47 years to my college sweetheart, mother to three, and roseMimi to five. I taught school for 27 years before retiring to write down the stories of some of the voices in my head.

Tell us about your current release: Surrender to Peace is my third published book, and my first to be pubbed by Olivia Kimbrell Press.

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, because the Kingdom principles of surrendering to God and learning to discern his Voice are so important for all Christians, and also something I had to learn.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? Since I am writing for the Lord, I want it to be my best work possible, but I have to kill my own ego and write the story He gives me with the skill He has given me at this time without thinking about what others will think of my writing. God can use my feeble skills for His purposes and His glory if I am following His lead.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? Again, you have to seek God’s guidance in this step of the process, too. I have one book pubbed with a traditional publisher, one self-published with the help of someSurrender to Peace friends, and Surrender to Peace is with a small-press. All have been great learning experiences!

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I usually have the spiritual lesson running through my mind and/or some characters who need to learn that lesson along with their backstory that brought them to the beginning of the book. Then I plot out some major plot points and a few sentences about each chapter (although these are also subject to change as the story develops), then I begin to write and see what happens! That’s the fun part!

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? It depends on whether it is a novel, novella, or short story and what the general length for each are, although when you are self-publishing or going with a small press, there is more leeway for less or more words. The best way is to use the number of words necessary to write the best story! And always edit and pray and edit some more!

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? Join ACFW and other writing groups, and pray for God’s guidance along the whole journey.

Find Rose online: website, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.

Find Roses’s books online: Amazon, Apple, Barnes & Nobles, Kobo, Oyster, and Scribd.

 



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An Interview with Rose McCauley and a Giveaway!

Welcome to Readers Write to Know! I asked you, my readers, what questions they would ask their favorite authors if given the chance. This week, I am thrilled to introduce you to Rose McCauley. When I first started writing Christian fiction, I met Rose at a local American Christian Fiction Writers group called Bluegrass Christian Writers. Now, we meet once a quarter, and I enjoy every single event I’ve attended with Rose. I’m so happy she’s joining me on my blog. Look for the books in her 4-in-1 novella series she’s doing with three other authors. I’ve linked the first release for you for you. Rose is also giving away a copy of her Christmas Belles of Georgia — so be sure to enter!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m first a child of God, also a wife, mom to 3, and Mimi to 5 grandkids, and a retired teacher who now writes books.

website photos 002 (640x427)Tell us about your current release. It’s a Christmas novella titled “Christmas Grace” set to release on Kindle on Amazon November 21, 2014. It’s a 4 in 1 novella project about 4 cousins with 3 other authors.   Do You See What I See? by Delia Latham comes out first on November 15th, then Tiff Stockton’s Classic Yuletide Melodies will be released on November 18th, my book Christmas Grace is released on kindle on Nov. 21st and Jeanie Smith Cash’s book Sleigh Bells in the Snow will be out on Nov. 24th with an epilogue with all the cousins appearing

If you knew ahead of time your book would benefit only one person on their spiritual journey, would you still write it? Yes, because that is the reason I write—to bring people closer to the Lord. And He often draws me closer to Him and teaches me while I am writing, too!

Christmas Grace book coverWith all those characters in your head screaming to get out how do you write fast enough to get it all down? Some days it is like that. I even get hot from typing so fast! But other days, especially at the beginning of a new story, I have to stop and ask the characters some questions to get to know them better.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it to a publisher(or agent or audience if you self publish)? I know I am certainly not perfect. No one is except the Lord. I continue to learn about writing, then do the best I can, and leave the results up to Him.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? I always loved to read, and God gave me a desire to write later on. My husband and I try to walk in the afternoons, and for years he got to listen to me talk about all the characters in my head, so he encouraged me to retire from my teaching job which I loved in order to start writing about some of them. Now I love writing even more than teaching!

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? I do a little of both. I want to have some main info about the characters and plot on paper before I start to write, but the characters often surprise me or the plot takes a turn I hadn’t seen coming at the start. That keeps me still writing, and I hope it will keep my readers reading, too.

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? It depends. For many novellas, the publisher sets the limit around 20,000 words, so I just write the story and then go back and edit (with the help of some crit partners) to cut it down to close to that. I also have written two full-length novels that both came out at 87,600 words without planning on it, so that is fun, too.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? KEEP LEARNING. Join a writers group (or two or three) I especially recommend www.acfw.com (American Christian Fiction Writers) if you want to write for the Christian market.

You can find Rose on her website and blog 

Christmas Belles of Georgia can be purchased in both kindle and paperback editions in most book stores

Christmas Grace is available NOW in kindle version only

 

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