Anniversary Celebration: Interview & Contest with Rose Gordon

Beautiful purple and gold fireworks in celebration of July 4th.

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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About me…

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.

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51 thoughts on “Anniversary Celebration: Interview & Contest with Rose Gordon

  1. Jess1 says:

    I liked how your husband helped you out by dueling with wooden dowels for your research. LOL. I can understand how the name of an annoying person can be a reminder of that person, especially if it’s being used as your pseudonym in a blog.

    • Jess,

      I really love Bob, too. He’s great and comes in “handy” from everything from dueling and dancing for research to a wonderful blog topic!

    • Brenda Wheeler says:

      Ms. Gordon, you mentioned about you & your hubby doing a dueling act one day; does he help with research for your books on a regular basis? Thank you! 🙂

      • Brenda,

        I’ve talked Bob into doing all sorts of fun things: tip canoes, learn to waltz (hysterically funny experience), duel, take a horse-drawn carriage ride, indulge in high tea, teach me to fish, drive to historic places like Charleston, SC, Gettysburg and Ft. Gibson, OK, and many other unusual, yet fun tasks done in the name of research. I wouldn’t say he does it a lot, but a fair amount.

        Thanks for coming by today!

        • Brenda Wheeler says:

          That is so awesome and what a blast I bet y’all had…well you especially, lol! I must talk my hubby into doing some of those things or maybe some friends! Thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer my question, you rock out loud! 😀

  2. Barbara Elness says:

    Hi Rose, I like your system – and if it works for you, that’s all that matters. I think having a routine helps, especially if you are working on your own or with very little supervision, no matter what your job is. I do like heroines that are smart and have backbones, so I know I’m going to enjoy your books.

    • Thanks, Barbara. I do hope you enjoy my books. And I wholeheartedly agree when you do a job where there’s not a boss or a lot of supervision given by others, but it still needs to get done, some sort of system needs to be put into place or nothing ever gets done.

  3. Linda Thum says:

    Such a fun interview! So, you never did mention what your husband’s name is?! At least I know to rule out Bob 🙂
    I love Intelligent spunky heroines. Looking forward to reading some of yours.

  4. Diane Sallans says:

    I love why you picked Bob to use for your husband!
    Checked out the book – truly a case of opposites (North & South) attracting.

    • LOL Diane, I thought that it was quite fitting to name him Bob considering the circumstances.

      Yes, it’s definitely a case of opposites! But they’re good together.

  5. Leanna H says:

    I’m with you on the shoes. I live in Texas so it is always warm enough to go without shoes. At home I never wear them.

  6. The Officer series sounds like a great read. I’ve just started getting into historical romances and regency romances. I’m looking forward to reading your books!

  7. Crystal B says:

    You always have the most interesting stories to share with us Rose. I don’t like to miss reading your blog posts or interviews because they are always entertaining 🙂

  8. Karen H in NC says:

    Great interview with lots of good questions and even better answers. You can always rely on readers to come up with some burning questions.

    So this book is the start of a new series set in America in the mid 1800’s, right? I notice your other books are set primarily in England during the early 1800’s. What time period and place do you find most challenging to write?

    • Karen, this series is the 1840s in the US.

      I can’t say which time and place is harder to write, because they’re all different. Not really harder or easier, just different. Different aspects, ideas, obstacles and possible story lines.

      Oh, yeah, readers have all sorts of awesome questions they want to know the answer to. I had to read their list with only one eye open.

  9. I am married to a Bob your husband woul like. He is friendly and has a nice smile.
    I am from Texas also and hate winters in Minnesota where I now live as I need shoes to go outside. Best feeling is when I can go outside in the late spring without shoes.
    Those questions were great. Good interview.
    I am adding you to my author list.

    • Thanks, Leona!

      I’m sure your Bob is wonderful! As is mine! I even call him Bob on occasion nowadays and he doesn’t mind.

      I grew up in Oregon and had that same sort of experience of going outside in bare feet in the spring/summer. Now, I rarely wear shoes at all inside and only outside when I have to go somewhere. I’d hate to give credibility to the image we Okies have of being illiterate and always barefoot!

  10. Tiffany Trumm Jorgenson says:

    I love Rose and her books. Wish you would have answered my question. Which book heroes would you marry? I understand if you don’t want play favorites or upset your real hubby!

    • Tiffany, I chose at random, but…if I had to say….Really, I couldn’t. As perverse as it might sound, I wouldn’t mind marrying any of them. I obviously love them all in some sort of a romantic sense or I wouldn’t have written about them in that way.

  11. Angi says:

    Love the article, it was really fun! Can’t wait for the new release on Friday!! I love all your books:)

    • Hmmm, I really don’t like my own name, so it wouldn’t be hard for him to call me something I don’t care for. But that isn’t very fun, so I’ll tell you a secret. When I was pregnant with my oldest son, I became very…heavy. My stomach was so big, I couldn’t see my legs very well so at first when I’d shave them, I’d miss patches, then toward the end, I just gave up. Teasingly, my husband would call me his European woman and comment on how hairy I was (sweet man, I know). From there, it evolved and he started calling me Harry or Hairy is probably how he really thought of it. Strangely enough the nickname has stuck and as his “love name” (if you want to call it that) for me is either Harry or if he’s feeling nice: Harriet. While he keeps this private most of the time, there have been a few accidental slips that result in me having to mortify myself with the story of how the name came to be.

      Not too exciting, but it’s the best I could think of to answer your question.

    • Isn’t the revenge of a writer the best? LOL Forget writing someone you don’t like into your books and torturing them, just give them a name they hate on your blog and talk about them all the time! It’s great!

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