Jen: This weekend we welcome Isabelle Rose to Romancing the Book. Isabelle, will you please share a short bio with us?
Isabelle: Isabelle Rose is a novelist and a poet. She currently resides in Elsmere, Delaware with her husband Kurt. She loves reading fairy tales and finding new ways to twist them. She has always enjoyed reading erotic fiction and fantasy novels.
When she’s not writing, she can be found drinking large amounts of coffee and staring off into space daydreaming about what to write next. She’s currently at work on a new novel and another collection of erotic fiction.
Jen: Tell us about Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology and where it’s available.
Isabelle: Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology is a collection of short stories written by an amazing group of authors. This was a little project that Jennifer L. Miller and I put together out of the blue. Honestly if it hadn’t been for her this never would’ve happened. She found these incredible writers and asked them to take their favorite fairy tale and rewrite it in their favorite genre. And Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology is what we eventually ended up with.
Jen: At what age did you discover writing and when were you first published? Tell us your call story.
Isabelle: I’ve always been a writer, but I didn’t start taking it seriously until I was 16-17 years old. My first book was a collection of erotic short stories titled Naughty Fairy Tales V1 and V2, that was published through Stardust Press (they are no longer in business).
Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?
Isabelle: Yes, my mother is a writer, unfortunately she’s not published yet, but she’s working on it. She’s basically the reason I wanted to be a writer, and thankfully she’s always been very encouraging about it.
Jen: Describe your writing in three words.
Isabelle: Powerful, erotic, and fantasy.
Jen: What is it about the romance/erotica genre that appeals to you?
Isabelle: I love the fact that I can describe lovemaking while at the same time delivering a powerful story.
Jen: How do you pick the character’s names?
Isabelle: I usually go to babynames.com and look for a meaning that goes well with the name. It usually takes me a while to choose a name for my character.
Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?
Isabelle: Besides my mom; Terry Moore, Julianna Baggott, Gregory Maguire and Emma Donoghue. They are all amazing storytellers.
Jen: If Snow White’s Release, a short story in the Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology, was made into a movie, which actors would you choose to play the heroine?
Isabelle: I think Mia Kirshner would be an amazing Snow White.
Jen: Most people only dream of becoming a published writer. Now that you’ve accomplished that goal, is there anything else you dream of doing?
Isabelle: I want to write a sci-fi novel. That and finish the one that’s been stuck in my head for the past few months. Other than that the only goal is to keep writing.
Jen: What do you do in your free time?
Isabelle: I play with my little boy (he’s 16 months old), I take him to the bookstore and play with the train set they have in the kid’s section. I also play video games, read and make collages.
Jen: What’s next for you?
Isabelle: I currently have a few things that are going to be released soon. The Laurel, Naughty Fairy Tales and Bathory’s Kiss are all going to be released through eXcessica Publishing. I’m really excited that Naughty Fairy Tales will be re-released and people will get to enjoy these stories once more. But I have to say that The Laurel is my favorite at the moment. It’s the story of Apollo and Daphne.
Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?
Isabelle: What books are you all reading? I’m always looking for new books to read. Feel free to contact me through facebook or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org I love hearing from people.
Jen: Readers, Isabelle is giving away 3 copied of a pdf copy of Twisted Fairy Tale Anthology and her upcoming novel The Laurel. Due to the mature content, the winners must be over the age of 18. To enter, first you need to comment with the answer the following question: In the classic fairy tale “Bluebeard,” what did Bluebeard’s wife find when she opened up the forbidden room? And what happened to the key? And to finish your entry, you need to leave your email address in your post or send a message to email@example.com. The winners will be chosen on Thursday, June 3.