Good morning. Thank you all so much for having me on Romancing the Book. I am thrilled to be here. I really didn’t know what to write about today, so instead of picking a topic (because I’m indecisive and I often can’t find just one to chat about), I decided to go to Facebook and ask what people wanted
to know about me.
The questions that came in were all over the map: How did you meet your husband? Which of your heroes would you marry—and why would you ever leave the bedroom? Are you right-handed or left? What do you do in your spare time? All sorts of fun questions. But, for the sake of keeping this interesting and not too terribly long, I decided on the following six which cover a good variety of just about every aspect of my life.
Asked by Ki: Why do you call your husband Bob?
Rose: For the first six months I was blogging, I rarely mentioned my husband publicly. Just that I had one. However, one morning, we had a “morning from hell” kind of start to the day and once the chaos settled, I felt like I needed to share the craziness as a means to get over it. Thus, I wrote about my husband on my blog for the first time. However, he needed a name. I didn’t want to use his real name, so I started thinking about names that would fit him. Unfortunately, I was very annoyed with him at the time so I started to think about names he’s not fond of. One stood out more than the rest: Bob. He knew a guy who had that name that really annoyed him, and since he’d been annoying to me, I thought the name fit.
I will say he doesn’t really like it, though after almost two years, he’s gotten past his reservations and has grown to accept it. Early on, he tried to convince my blog readers to usurp me and change it.
Angi wanted to know: What sparked your love of hedgehogs?
Rose: Actually nothing. I just needed some obscure topic to throw into my second book Liberty for Paul to help add some humor to a conversation that could have been either very dark or uninteresting. From there, the joke just grew and I used the reference in later books when it was applicable. After the book that originally had the hedgehog conversation came out, I got all sorts of emails about it and readers started sharing pictures of hedgehogs. It just evolved, but I love it!
Amancay caught me off guard with: Do you actually get dressed for work or do you stick it out in your PJs?
Rose: A little bit of both. I do change out of my night gown (hey, I still have to drive my kids to school each morning, I don’t so much confidence that I could walk them inside while wearing the equivalent of a long T-shirt and no bra). My day-to-day dress code if all I’m going to do is take my kids to school then stay home all day is usually a T-shirt and capris/jeans. If I have to go out somewhere (even to the bookstore or library) for research, I’ll put on a nice top. Shoes are always optional! (Erring on the side of TMI, up until about a year ago when I started hiring someone to work in my home to help with some of the duties and errands related to writing, after I got home from taking my kids to school, pants became optional. Now they’re mandatory.)
Author Christi Corbett posed a question I couldn’t not answer: If you were a performer in the circus, what would your act be?
Rose: No contest. I’d be the human cannonball! How fun would that be to be shot out of a cannon!
Karen opened up a rather fun can of worms (if such a thing is possible) by asking: What’s the strangest thing you’ve ever done to research something for one of your books?
Rose: Purposely? I had a duel with my husband in the living room using dowel rods! It took nearly forever to choreograph the scene. Of course, then my group of early readers said it was too long and I had to cut like half of it out. But for the afternoon, we had a great time taking swings and deflecting blows.
Unknowingly doing research? Once I was on a boat that was sinking tip. Totally frightening experience, but gave some great experience for writing a boat sinking/tipping scene.
Carissa reminded me of how OCD I’ve become recently when she asked: Do you have any weird habits or routines when you are writing?
Rose: I’ve learned that for me to actually make some good progress on my books AND keep up with the other responsibilities of having a career in writing (emails, edits, blogging, social media, newsletters, etc, etc), I need to rely on a daily schedule where things are done in chunks. For example: 8-8:10 bookkeeping; 8:10-8:40 500 words on Project A; 8:40-9:00—answer blog comments; 9-9:30 write 500 words on Project B. This goes on all day. It helps me focused on what I need to be doing and yet doesn’t give me the overwhelming sensation of all day long I have to work on the same project or just do the same thing. It’s actually a very helpful system, if not a bit weird. Of course, I usually hit the 500 word mark with each chunk, so I like to have competitions with myself of how many (quality) words I can get in that 30-minute segment and I think my record is just a little over nine hundred.
A huge thanks to everyone who submitted a question. I truly do wish I could have answered them all! Once again, thank you for having me on today!
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I’m an unusually unusual individual who writes for the love of the characters and the story they create.
I have an accounting diploma that hangs above my desk, a box of model rockets in the closet, dozens of history and science textbooks on my bookshelf and even a few “FOR SALE” signs in my garage. To say I dreamt of being a writer all my life is far from true. But nonetheless, it’s what I enjoy the most.
About my books…
My stories aren’t your typical cookie cutter Regencies. My heroines have brains, backbones, and are undeniably flawed. As are my heroes. But for as flawed as they are, my heroines are ladies I’d want to be my sisters and my heroes are men I’d want to fall in love with. They might do a jerkish thing every now and then, of course, but as a whole they’re not afraid to fight their feelings for the heroine overmuch.