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Interview with Carol Raj 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, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m happy to have Carol Raj. As a linear writer — meaning I start at the beginning and write to the end, I’m fascinated by someone who can write a book out of order! Her book sounds like a lot of fun! Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of it. I hope you enjoy the interview as much as I did.

Tell us a little about yourself. I grew up in the Midwest, lived in the beautiful state of New Hampshire for forty years, and recently moved with my husband to Georgia. We have three successful children and five grandchildren with one more on the way.

Tell us about your current release. The Curious Prayer Life of Muriel Smith is about an impoverished retired teacher. When she prays for someone to mow her lawn, she gets carjacked. How could God get everything so wrong? Things go from bad to worse until… Well… You’ll have to read the book.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I wish I knew how! Sometimes a long walk helps. Sometimes reading a book about writing triggers an aha moment. Often I write chapters out of order and fill in the gaps later.

What inspired you to start writing, or did you always want to write? In second grade my story about a duck earned a gold star and a prominent place on the classroom bulletin board. I decided then that I wanted to be a writer. I wrote my first novel when I was in sixth grade, worked on my elementary school newspaper, and was a copy editor for my high school yearbook. My father was my greatest encouragement.

How did you determine whether to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? I always felt that if I couldn’t get a traditional publisher, my work wasn’t good enough to self publish. So I never even considered it.

What advice do you have for aspiring writers? (1) Join a good local or online critique group. (2) Once your work is the best you can make it, go to a conference and sign up for as many editor and agent appointments as you can. If you’re lucky, someone may make an offer, but, even if no one does, you’ll get valuable individualized feedback.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? The plot and characters are for my own enjoyment, but I do follow generally accepted guidelines, like word count appropriate for the genre.

I assume when you start a book, you pretty much have the plot laid out. Do you ever change your mind later on in the book and go in a different direction? When I started Muriel, I knew the beginning and the ending but nothing about the middle. Trouble is, nobody else liked the original ending. The published ending is revision number four and 180 degrees different.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story? I was sitting in a car in a parking lot while my husband ran into a store “for just a minute.” He laughed at me for locking the car doors, and I thought: What if I had been carjacked? And what if I hated to drive?

Here is where you can find Carol online:

https://www.facebook.com/carol.raj.79

https://twitter.com/CarolRaj4

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/47238107-the-curious-prayer-life-of-muriel-smith?from_search=true

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Interview with Gail Pallotta 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, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I am happy to bring you author Gail Pallotta. I really enjoyed getting to know Gail in this interview – and I have to say, I LOVE her book title and cover! It looks like so much fun! And to know that the characters were inspired by real life makes it all the more interesting!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a wife, Mom, swimmer and bargain shopper who loves God, beach sunsets and getting together with friends and family. I’ve worked as an editor, copywriter and freelance writer and published six books. I’ve always enjoyed writing and am humbled that one of my books, Barely Above Water is a 2017 Reader’s Favorite Award Winner and Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, my latest novel, is a TopShelf 2020 Book Awards Nominee. I’m thankful for my church, good books, tea and chocolate.

Tell us about your current release. Hair Calamities and Hot Cash has its roots in a small town at the foothills of the North Carolina Mountains, where my mother owned a beauty shop. (No pun intended). The story’s set at a higher elevation to allow for breathtaking scenes, but the spirit of the community remains the same. Those who frequented her shop had close friends, acquaintances, people they tolerated and those they kept at a distance. As in most small environments, they gossiped and could be nosey. However, when someone grieved for a loved one, suffered from an illness or any other crisis, prayers went up and casseroles went out whether the person was a best friend or someone held at a distance.

In the book a New York stockbroker crashes his car into Eve Castleberry’s beauty shop…on the same day the young widow’s defective hair products are causing wild hairdos. Soon Eve finds herself helping the handsome stranger hunt the thieves who stole his client’s cash…and hot on the trail of two of the F.B.I.’s most-wanted criminals! Romance blossoms amid danger, suspense and Eve’s hair-brained plan to get back the money.

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)? That’s a good question, especially in a world where opinions on good and bad writing so often are just that. We do have standards and guidelines for writing sentences, articles, books, essays, poems, etc. However, I realize following those doesn’t guarantee writing that’s above average, so I’m always searching for ways to make mine better. It’s ironic because the more I learn, the more I hesitate to let go of a book. However, I’ve found two reasons to finally send out the manuscript. One, if it ends up in the hands of a good editor or publisher, I’ll learn more. Second, I can’t not write. If I’m compelled to do it then God must want me to do something with it.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? I most often get writer’s block when I have to stop working on a book because something else requires my attention. If it’s been a long time, I read the first part of the book. Sometimes that inspires me to get busy and tell more of the story. Other times I start by writing one scene, or doing research. I often grow enthusiastic when I discover facts I didn’t know and am eager to work them into my story.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as you write? Both. I have a rough outline of the plot as well as physical descriptions and personality traits for the characters. As the book goes along one thing leads to another and I add to the plot. The same happens with the characters. Something occurs and they react in a way consistent with who they are, but not in a way I planned.

I’m always intrigued by how writers get started…did you always have these books inside you and knew that you wanted to write them or did the idea just pop into your head one day and you decided to put pen to paper? I’ve written about things I’ve seen or heard in life that made an impression on me. The theme for my teen novel, Stopped Cold, rattled around in my head for several years. I’m not sure if it crossed my path more than that of others or not, but I knew several young people who suffered devastating results because they weren’t always winners. I kept thinking we don’t have to be number one for God to love us. Finally, I put it in a book.

Almost the same thing with Hair Calamities and Hot Cash, my latest book. My mother created a cozy, friendly atmosphere in her beauty shop. Wonderful people who cared about and looked out for each other came there. I thought for many years I’d like to put characters like them in a book.

The need for information about Lyme disease motivated me to write Barely Above Water. I have it, but I have a wonderful alternative doctor who’s helped me stay active. As people learned that I had the malady and had found help, they told others. I received emails and phone calls from some who sadly had not found treatments. Some were even told it was all in their heads.

Do you remember where you were or what you were doing when you started this story? Yes, very well. I had an idea for a plot for Hair Calamities and Hot Cash in the back of my mind when I attended a week-end workshop with James Scott Bell in Nashville, Tennessee. I started the book there.

Here is where you can find Gail online:

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/AuthorsandMore

Twitter – https://twitter.com/Hopefulwords

LinkedIn – https://www.linkedin.com/in/gail-pallotta-b368b220/

Website – https://gailpallotta.com

blog – https://gailpallotta.blogspot.com

Gail is giving away a paperback copy of Hair Calamities and Hot Cash to a reader! See below how to enter to win:a Rafflecopter giveaway

 

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Interview with Zoe M. McCarthy 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, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m excited to  have Zoe McCarthy as my guest. I very much enjoyed her interview, including reading with rapt attention her experience in Cuba during the Cuban Missile Crisis! Zoe is giving away a copy of her latest release. Read on to see how you can enter to win!

Tell us a little about yourself. I was pegged an expressive analytic in a personality test. Isn’t that an oxymoron? But it’s true. I couldn’t survive without creativity and expressing my imaginative ideas. Yet, this retired actuary* and introvert receives her energy from being alone in her home office overlooking the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Believing opposites distract, I have seven Christian contemporary romances involving tenderness and humor. To satisfy my analytical side, I also have a book out on writing. My husband and I enjoy canoeing and spending time at our lake cabin, where I write during month-long sabbaticals—alone.

*Actuaries perform all the mathematical analysis for insurance companies, pricing products and estimating reserves to pay claims.

Tell us about your current release. The Irresistible Woman in a Blue Dress is the third book in the Twisty Creek Series. After book one had a title and cover with a red dress and book two had a title and cover with a black dress, I wanted a blue-dress book. I spotted the photo with a woman wearing a blue gown and knew I had to write a fashion model’s story. Here’s the cover blurb.

Overworked Chicago fashion model Vivian Day flees a difficult photo shoot in Roanoke, Virginia, and heads for a three-week vacation in Tennessee.

But when Vivian detours into the Virginia Blue Ridge Mountains, her car breaks down on a remote mountain road. Home-improvement-store manager Brayden Cole gives the frustrated woman wearing a blue gown and flip-flops a ride and, while her car’s in the shop, a room at his mother’s house in Twisty Creek. Brayden’s mother urges him to entertain the big-city woman. Brayden, who considers himself a magnet for women’s woes, reluctantly introduces Vivian to the mountain lifestyle and breathtaking views.

Now, as Vivian experiences the simple mountain life, she realizes her stressful career and demanding agent, who’s her mother, are draining joy from her life.

How do you push back 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’ve done three things to build confidence in my writing. First, from the beginning, I have attended writing conferences and workshops, read Writer’s digest articles, and ingested several popular books on writing. Second, because I love learning about the writing craft, I write blog posts on writing. For whatever I’m dealing with at the moment in my writing or marketing, I Google articles and consult my bookshelf resources. Then I write a blog post of what I learned. An agent and an editor recommended I write a book from my blog posts. Seeing what I learned made me confident in my writing, I wrote Tailor Your Fiction Manuscript in 30 Days to help others to be assured in theirs. Third, through my traditional publishing, I found an editor who is on my side and is tough on my writing. Because I trust her, I became confident to be a hybrid author—indie and traditional publishing. I hire her for every book.

How did you determine to self-publish or seek a traditional publisher? At first, I trusted only the traditional publishing process to help me offer well-written books. The belief-trend at the time was that most self-published books were substandard. I didn’t want my stories to be lost in that negativity to indie books. Then an award-winning author invited me to be part of a five-author Valentine’s Day romance collection. It was a very positive experience. I hired my editor to edit my short book. Sales were great. Reviews that mentioned my story in the collection were encouraging. The collection won Interviews and Reviews’s book-of-the month award. I liked the speed between our finishing our books and publication. I liked being able to track sales online. We were allowed to publish the print copy of our books a week after the collection released, then when the six-month Kindle offering ended, I was able to indie publish my book. I joined a second Valentine’s Day collection and am in the process of contributing to a fall collection. After I experienced the collection process and my husband became my partner in self-publishing and marketing, I self-published more stand-alone books and series. However, for the speculative story that has unexpectedly grabbed me, I plan to have my agent shop it to traditional publishers.

Do you have your plotline and character development already laid out before you begin writing a book, or do they develop as they write? I do both. I believe in the Hero’s Journey that Christopher Vogler advocates. Once I have my idea, I flesh out the twelve journey steps that take my protagonists through their struggles and crises and that develop my character arcs. The Hero’s Journey keeps me from having a sagging middle. And the process allows me freedom to develop as I write sub-events within the steps. Also, I feel free to let characters face different struggles or react differently than my plan if the new idea is stronger than my original one. As for my characters, I use the Wound Thesaurus by Angela Ackerman & Becca Puglisi to develop traits that have developed from their past wounds; how they react to new situations; and what event shows they’ve overcome their wounds’ ills. Also, as I plot and develop characters, I consider my audience. Although my main audience is women over 45, I’ve found that these women buy my clean romances for their daughters and granddaughters. These young adults, teens, preteens have become part of my audience. So, in planning crises and how I present them, I remind myself a thirteen-year-old will read the book.

Where is the strangest place you’ve had a great writing idea? One summer, while my husband and brother-in-law followed golf pros around the course at the PGA Seniors Golf Tournament, my sister and I sat in canvas chairs on the seventeenth green. We watched the pros and their caddies putt through. In one group, a tall young caddie and a petite female caddie, with her blonde ponytail protruding from the back of her pink ball cap, stood on the edge of the green with their backs to us. All sorts of sappy ideas went through my mind. I turned to my sister, pointed, and said, “My next book is about those two caddies.” And it was—The Putting Green Whisperer.

What’s the first major news headline that you can remember and what do you remember? CUBAN MISSILE CRISIS. When I was fifteen, the Coast Guard stationed my family in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. The five-square-mile base had gray Naval busses, a PX store, a teen club, and two beaches where Cuban soldiers spied on us from surrounding cliffs. On October 22, 1962, our high school principal announced on the PA system, “When the lunch bell rings, go directly home. Don’t go elsewhere.” The bell rang, and on my gray bus, the buzz started. Some kids had an inkling of what was happening. I was clueless. I saw suitcases on yards in the officers’ housing where I lived. At my house, I raced inside and called, “Mom, what’s going on?” Mom said, “I don’t know. We’re to pack a suitcase and stand out front.” I packed one skirt, two blouses, and my hair rollers. My younger brother arrived, and my father stopped by for a quick good-bye. In less than two hours, my mother, brother, and I stood in line to board the military transport, USNS Upshur, which authorities had detained for a week, the captain claiming a broken boiler. We sailed three days to Norfolk, Virginia, where it was snowing. For a teen, the time on-board was exciting. The guys avoided the army sergeant who tried to keep them from us girls, and the girls avoided the enlisted men’s wives who’d been made MPs and ordered us to clean diapers out of toilets. President Kennedy came on the ship’s PA system and apologized for uprooting us. In Norfolk, we were processed and directed to a hangar stocked with donated coats. My mother left the decisions to me. I chose my grandmother’s Florida home over my grandparents’ in Ohio, because I had summer clothes and my sister attended the University of South Florida. Unlike many teens who didn’t go to school and stayed in the Norfolk area, my mother had us in Tampa schools the following Monday. After three months, we returned to Guantanamo. I was ecstatic.

Here is where you can find Zoe online:

https://zoemmccarthy.com

https://www.facebook.com/ZoeMMcCarthyAuthor

https://www.instagram.com/zoe_m._mccarthy/

https://www.twitter.com/ZoeMMcCarthy

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Interview with Melissa Jagears 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, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m so happy that Melissa Jagears is joining us. For one, she homeschools three kids and STILL WRITES. I haven’t written a word since my kids have been home socially distanced from the world. I have massive respect for any writer who homeschools. But beyond that, her book sounds SO GOOD. Seriously. Check it out – and check out how you can enter for a chance to win a copy!

Tell us a little bit about yourself. I’m a way too busy lady! I homeschool my three kids, teach Spanish classes, write and edit books, and try to keep my house clean!
I grew up in Branson, Missouri, professionally taught English as a Second Language, but now I’m a Kansas girl and teach everything under the sun. 🙂

Tell us about your current release. I wanted to write a marriage of convenience story where the reason they wed for convenience was stripped away from them immediately after they exchanged vows. What would they do when they found themselves permanently tied to a stranger for no good reason? Here’s the official blurb:

Marrying a stranger to save a ranch is one thing; losing the land on their wedding day is another.

Desperate to keep the ranch where three of her children and a husband lie buried, Annie Gephart must marry or sell. Which of the few bachelors in town would consider a surprise proposal to wed a plain widow with a rebellious daughter, a spirited boy, and unpaid taxes—without laughing in her face?

Jacob Hendrix has never fully let go of his ranching dreams despite ending up as a small Wyoming town’s marshal. The job wouldn’t be so bad, except he’s more errand boy than lawman. When Annie proposes marriage without a single coquettish bat of an eyelash, can he commit himself to a woman he hardly knows for a choice piece of property he’d be an idiot to pass up?

But taxes aren’t all that threaten Annie and Jacob’s plans. Cattle rustlers, crumbling friendships, and wayward children make this marriage of convenience anything but. When they lose what they’ve sacrificed everything to save, will the love of a stranger be enough?

Romancing the Bride is the first book in the Frontier Vows Series by award-winning Christian romance author Melissa Jagears. If you like heartwarming marriage-of-convenience stories, you’ll love this sweet romance filled with endearing characters.

How do you push past the fear of your writing being average and be bold enough to sell it? I got LOTS of professional opinions when I started out. Not just my friends and family thoughts or hobby writers, but I sought out writers who were studying story craft and were serious at getting published, in a critique group initially.
You have to find picky critiquers but ones who’ll critique YOUR story, not tell you how they’d write it if it was theirs. Then I put my work into professional writing organization contests. Once I started consistently finaling, then I figured I was getting good enough to approach agents. I also kept writing. The more books I wrote and struggled through to get my critiquers to like it, the more confident I was in being able to satisfy a reader.

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? I watched a lot of 40s and 50s movies in high school and Gene Kelly’s slanted smile? How could you not fall for that?

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’m a huge plotter. I do a lot of plotting work, and when I think I have a solid story, I write a book length document telling the story to myself. This is when my plots can unexpectedly change as I figure out what will and won’t make me happy as a reader. THEN I write my story in fiction form. The story is pretty concrete at that point, but I have fun “hearing” their funny jokes and finding out all the little details–bringing them to life.

What is your personal, most effective way to get past writer’s block? Taking a shower. Something about being busy doing something on automatic stuck in a boring box frees the brain. Or prostrate on the floor with a notebook beside me when no one’s around.
Something about being flat on the floor takes away all distractions–nothing I can do in that position but think.

Do you write your books for your own enjoyment or more for what you think people would want to read? My own enjoyment. If I don’t want to read it, I’m going to be awfully bored writing it.

Where’s the strangest place you’ve ever had a great writing idea? It’s not exactly strange, but I was in a pickle ten years ago when I got a great idea at a bad time. I was visiting some childhood friends and was driving eight hours back home when my brain just decided to pour out ideas (for Romancing the Bride, actually.) But I had to get home by a certain time. I couldn’t stop. But I know from experience if I don’t write my ideas down immediately and try to “remember them later” I’ll forget. But I couldn’t write while driving! This was before cell phones and GPS. So I hit every town on the highway until I found an office supply store. Bought myself a voice recorder and talked all the way home.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? Nancy Drew, the Nancy Drew Files specifically.

Here is where you can find Melissa online:

website – www.melissajagears.com

facebook – https://www.facebook.com/melissajagearsauthor/

newsletter – http://melissajagears.com/phplist/?p=subscribe

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Interview with Erin Unger 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, and the authors visiting my blog answered them! This week, I’m happy to have Erin Unger as my guest. I’m a fan of anyone who lists Mary Higgins Clark as a favorite author — but beyond that, I’ve been connected with Erin in the Christian writing community for a long time and I’m THRILLED that she’s finally a guest here! I hope you enjoy her interview as much as I did. Read on to see how you can enter to win a copy of her latest release.

Tell us a little bit about yourself. Hi everyone! I’m so excited to be on Hallee’s blog. I was raised in the hills of Virginia, exploring abandoned houses and reading the scariest books I could find. After marrying so young it would make a great romance novel, I have enjoyed an exciting life with my hubby. But my fast-paced life sometimes rivals the suspense in my books thanks to all of my mostly grown children and a couple of grandkids.

Tell us about your current release. Worthington Investigations is on another grisly case in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains.

When P.I. Shauna Pratley heads up the investigation for Christopher Newen, a rural firefighter, she only wants to solve his father’s murder not fall in love. She’s struggling to decide if God’s directing her to leave the team and re-enlist in the Army.

Christopher Newen may be used to the blazes of fire but not the heat ricocheting between him and Shauna. He needs the team’s help but has no intention of letting flames ignite between him and Shauna…yet her protective nature and fun-loving personality draw him in more than he wants to admit.

How will they work together to find a killer without letting love get in the way? Will they have to admit maybe God has used the horrors of evil to bring them together for good?

Who was your first Screen/Musical Crush? This is going to date me, but my first screen crush was Tom Cruise. In Top Gun he was so alive and roguish.

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 am a plotter through and through. I’ve been known to have a sixty-page outline before I start a book. I feel like the outline is the bones and organs of the story and the actual writing is the skin and circulatory system of it. It gives me a chance to be creative twice with one story!

Do you have pre-determined length in mind when you first begin a book? I always have a pre-determined length decided because it depends on the standard of which publishing house I am writing it for.

What is your preferred method of writing? Since laptops are easy to take anywhere, I have always preferred to type my ideas and stories on my computer or cell phone. Even editing is easiest for me to do on the computer.

Who were some of your favorite authors as a child? I was an avid reader as a child, and I read thousands of books growing up. My most favorite were Mary Higgins Clark and Carolyn Keene (Nancy Drew).

What do you do when you hit a roadblock and have NO idea what to write? As a writer, hitting roadblocks is common, but I have a tried and proved method for getting through it. I write the scene or character in question and circle it. Then I write every possible characteristic or situation I can think of. I circle the one that feels the most right. And I keep doing this until I have solved the complete scene.

Here is where you can find Erin online:

www.erinungerwrites.com

https://www.facebook.com/ErinUngerWrites/

https://twitter.com/erinungerwrites

https://www.instagram.com/erinungerwrites/

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Interview with Rosey Lee and a $15 Amazon Gift Card Giveaway!

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:

Website | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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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