Author Interview with S. E. Rose
Updated: Aug 28, 2018
This summer, I'll be spotlighting a different Twitter author each week on my blog. I decided to create this feature as a way to get to know our fellow authors a little better. Every writer is unique. Here's our chance to to learn what makes each of these curious minds tick.
First up on my list, is S.E. Rose @seroseauthor. S.E. is a romance writer with two new books being released next month.
So, without further ado, let's get started!
1. Why do you write?
Overactive imagination? I guess because I like to tell stories. It’s a creative outlet for me. When I write, everything else fades away, and I’m engrossed in my story. Sometimes, we all need a little escape from reality and writing is mine.
2. What’s an interesting fact about you?
I’ve been to all seven continents. And I’ve had residency on three of them.
3. Do you have any other artistic talents beyond writing?
I enjoy photography. I’m not sure it’s a talent, but I have fun with it.
4. Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It energizes me.
5. Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
Personally, I think it hurts writers. I believe one of my most important characteristics is the ability to empathize with others, to put myself in other peoples’ shoes. It helps me stay modest, but it also helps me get inside my characters’ heads. If I had a big ego, I don’t know if I could do that. I’d be too fixated on myself. Besides, taking yourself too seriously is never a good thing.
6. What is your writing Kryptonite?
7. Have you ever gotten writer’s block?
Heck yeah! Usually happens at least once during each book.
8. Have you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I do write under a pseudonym.
9. Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
The best advice I ever got from another author was to write what I would want to read. So, I guess that means I deliver what I, as a reader, want.
10. Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly?
I think so, but it would definitely be more of a challenge.
11. What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I was fortunate to find my writer tribe before I even published my first book. We formed our own little Facebook group, Kiss and Tell Romance, and we talk daily. Krista Sandor, Emma Renshaw, Ashley Hastings, Lynne Leslie, and Fen Wilde. They are my author besties and support me in everything I do. They help edit my work, they brainstorm with me when I’m stuck, they provide me with honest opinions on my writing and covers, and most importantly they just are good friends who are always there to listen. I’ve also met many other indie authors through social media and each of those relationships has helped me learn more about writing, publishing, marketing, and every other aspect of being an indie author.
12. As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
That’s a tough one. I suppose one of my cats. They are always with me when I write.
13. What’s the most difficult thing about writing characters from the opposite sex?
Writing about physical feelings that I as a woman don’t have. When you have different body parts, that’s tough to really understand how something makes someone physically feel. Otherwise, I think the sexes are not that different when it comes to emotions, mental feelings, or goals and aspirations. I’ve met a lot of people from a lot of different cultures and countries and at the end of the day, we’re more alike than we think we are.
14. How do you select the names of your characters?
Well, sometimes I just like a name. Other times, a name has a personal meaning for me. I’ve named characters after friends and family that have passed away. And then, there are times that I search for names online. One time, I even held a contest to name characters.
15. What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
Editing. I want my books to be perfect and that is hard feat to accomplish. I also enjoy the writing part more than the editing part of creating books.
16. Does your family support your career as a writer?
Absolutely! They peddle my books, beta read, make my trailers, and are altogether my biggest fans.
17. Tell us about your new book (s) Genre?
Currently, all my books are romance. I will be publishing my third romantic suspense on June 12 (my first one released on March 24); and I will release my first romantic comedy on June 26. I love both of these genres. I’m a sucker for mysteries and suspense, so, of course, I love a romantic suspense. I like when a book leaves you guessing or has a good plot twist that you didn’t see coming. I also love a good laugh, thus the romantic comedy, because, hey, we all need a good laugh once in a while.
18. Who’s your favorite character?
Well, from my books, I think my favorite character is Gran Mill, who is a supporting character in my romantic comedy, Chronicles of a Hot Mess. She’s just a unique character, and she’s inspired from some women in my life that I want to be like when I grow up.
19. Why should we read it? Give me your best elevator pitch.
My main character, Lyla, is one of those people that seems to stumble into embarrassing situations. You should read it because you want to read about relatable characters, characters with flaws, but characters with heart. The story is uniquely funny, but it also lets the reader see the more vulnerable side of the characters. I always like the underdog to win, and in a way, this story is a great “underdog winning” tale.
20. What’s your idea of success about this book?
Mostly, I just want readers to enjoy it as much as I enjoyed writing it. I wrote this book in a matter of weeks after starting the first chapter last year on a trip and then sitting on it for almost 365 days. I’d love for it to sell a ton of copies, as I think every author does, but if five people read it and love it, then I’ll have accomplished my goal.
1. Where can we find your book? Links.
It’s available for pre-order on Amazon - Click here.
22. Last question. Epitaph on your grave.
She came, she saw, she conquered
Well I hope you enjoyed reading this interview with S. E. Rose. Don't forget to say hi to her on twitter, and check out her website at seroseauthor.com.