Fabulous and Fun would like to introduce you to author Rosalie Redd. Our featured author for January.
Thank you Rosalie for taking the time to respond to our interview. 🙂
After finishing a rewarding career in finance and accounting, it was time for award-winning author Rosalie Redd to put away the spreadsheets and take out the word processor. She pens paranormal, science fiction, and fantasy romance in her office cave located in Oregon, where rain is just another excuse to keep writing.
Thank you, Jenny, for inviting me onto the Fabulous and Fun blog. I’m so happy to be here.
Why did you decide to become a writer?
Wow, a tough question right off the bat! Okay, well, I write to share hope and love. There is a lot of good in the world, and we should celebrate that, rejoice in it to combat the negativity that plagues our planet. So, I write to take readers on a journey to discover love and hope, and to share a happily ever after, hopefully, brightening their day.
Who/what are your writing inspirations?
Inspiration can come from many sources like a man sitting in a coffee shop, a woman walking her dog down the street, or a couple shopping together at a grocery store. Sometimes it’s the simple things, like a song on the radio or a line from a movie. These sparks get my brain thinking and I wonder—what if? From there, the story starts to unfold.
What are your favorite genres to read?
My favorite genres to read are paranormal romance, fantasy, horror, and science fiction. I grew up on a lot of the classics in these genres with authors like Poe, King, Tolkien, and Herbert. I love the thrill found in the depths of a good fantasy steeped with fantastic creatures and worlds.
Favorite writing food / snack?
Morning snack: blueberry yogurt and granola
Afternoon snack: animal cookies, with or without sprinkles
What do you hope readers take away most from your writing?
The recurring themes in my stories revolve around honor, trust, and doing the right thing. My characters are challenged to face their fears, take them on, and become stronger in the end. I want readers to root for the good in this world and believe in the hope for a better life and happily ever afters.
Who’s the favorite character of yours that you’ve written and why?
My favorite character would have to be King Noeh, from Untouchable Lover. He exemplifies the values of truth, honor, justice, compassion, and faith. For the characters in my Warriors of Lemuria series, some are born with markings that symbolize the values that are most important to them which are often tested in their lifetime. King Noeh must face a tough choice between his heart and doing the right thing. He is definitely honorable, and that’s why he’s my favorite.
What is your writing style? Outliner/Planner or Seat of the Pantser?
Hands down, I’m a definite planner. When ideas form in my head, I have to plot out all the key points so I know where I’m going. I admire those authors that can write by the seat of their pants, but I’m not one of them. Staring at a blank screen without a plan would send a chill down my spine.
If someone wanted to become a writer, what tips would you give to them?
Don’t give up. You’ve probably heard that before, but I think it’s so true. Everyone has a story to tell. Write it, edit it then edit it some more. Take classes, join critique groups, learn everything you can about writing then do it. Just keep going and never give up!
Have you ever purchased something from a late-night infomercial? If so, what?
Umm…late night infomercial? What’s that? I’m an early riser, up and out of the house by 5 a.m. to head to my morning Jazzercise class. So, bedtime for me comes early, usually by 9:30 p.m. If I ever see a late-night infomercial, I think I’ll run screaming.
If you could collaborate with any other author (living, dead, or undead) who would that be and why?
I’m a big fan of J.R. Ward and her Black Dagger Brotherhood series. It’s my fantasy to collaborate with her on a book. Dream big, right?
If you weren’t a writer, what would you do?
If I wasn’t a writer, I’d probably still be working as an accountant in a large office building somewhere, stuck in a cubicle, crunching numbers. How depressing, right? Dang, I’m glad I’m a writer!
Coke, Pepsi, or?
Bottled water hands down or maybe a margarita. J
What’s one thing people should know and/or don’t know about you?
My hubby and I are avid waterfall collectors. Hiking boots, camera, a lunch and we’re on our way!
Is there a character that has the most “You” in them? Or the opposite of you? If we lived in a Fahrenheit 451 culture, which book would you want to memorize?
I think most authors put a little bit of themselves in one or more of their characters. For me, I think I empathize most with Aramie, the heroine from Untamable Lover. She’s tough and resilient with determination burning in her soul.
If books were outlawed and I had to memorize one, I don’t know what I’d do. There are so many great books out there from some amazing authors, but if I had to pick one, I’d probably go with The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien. Hope prevails, right?
Has anyone written a fan fiction based on your work?
Not yet, but I’d love that!Title: Unimaginable Lover
A nervous chuckle bubbled from her lips. “See, Coop, no problem—”
Coop pushed past her, and a low growl eased from him. In all the time she’d had him, he’d never reacted this way before. She gripped his collar, holding him in place.
Her heart skipped a beat before revving into overdrive. Adrenaline surged through her veins, her face tingling from the rush of blood. The urge to flee overwhelmed her, and the muscles in her legs and arms tensed.
“Ahhhh…” a distinctive male voice eased from the gloom.
Coop lunged, yanking against her grip. His barks continued.
“Quiet, Coop!” Her companion hushed, but he strained against her hold.
A dark form slumped against the far wall.
She inhaled and took a step back.
The man groaned louder.
“Who are you? What are you doing in my shed?”
The only sounds, his labored breaths and her own heartbeat.
She emboldened her tone with as much confidence as she could. “You’re trespassing. I’m calling the police.”
“No…don’t.” His words were short, strained, yet the tenor of his voice weaseled its way into the deepest recesses of her soul. The sensation warmed her insides. She held her breath.
He moaned again. His dark form moved.
Her medical training kicked in and she had the urge to rush to his side and help him, but she remained wary. “Are you injured? Should I call an ambulance?”
“Is it dark outside?” His strained speech carried across the small space.
A strange desire to hear him speak again washed over her. She fisted her hand. “What difference does it make if it’s dark outside? If you’re injured, you need help.”
“Please, tell me…is it,” a quick intake of breath, “…dark yet?”
The cultured way he spoke made her still. She’d never heard his accent before. Sweat broke out on the back of her neck, dampening her collar. He seemed in pain, but she wasn’t sure. Her curiosity warred with her fear, and she wavered between barricading herself in her house with Coop and rushing to aid him. Instead, she remained fixed in place.
“It’s dusk,” she choked out, her throat tightening from her confusion.
He leaned his head against the wall. She couldn’t see his features, but from his outline, she could tell he was a large man. “Don’t…fear me. I’ll leave…soon…dark.” His words washed over her again, stroking her insides.
With a quick move, he stood. A stifled groan eased from his lips, and he rested his shoulder against the wall.
She took a step back. It took all of her inner strength not to run.
I enjoyed reading this story. It’s well written and has well developed characters. The story held my attention throughout the book.