Okay, so this one is more like Ten Questions with Mia Tuesday… Another apology for the lateness, but life is just utter chaos right now. That being said, at least I am not able to welcome my newest guest, Elizabeth Rose!
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Author Bio: Elizabeth Rose is a twenty-something college student in Denver, Colorado, double majoring in Religious Studies and English. Though “‘Till the Last Petal Falls” is her first full-length novel, she has been published in poetry since her junior year of high school. To date, she had appeared under her real name in over twelve journals, both in print and online.
Author Site: http://www.thesingingroses.com
About the Writer
1. What five words describe you?
Determined, Self-Motivated, Passionate, Curious, Reckless
2. What was the first story you ever wrote? I mean the really bad one we all have that you’re trying to hide in the back of closet now that you’re published?
Probably everything I ever published in my high school literary magazine. I mean, it’s not half-bad stuff, if I’m being honest with myself, but it’s just someone else’s style. I was masquerading as a writer, rather than focusing on being one.
3. What inspires you?
People. I love people watching. I love hearing people’s stories and just being able to experience the weirdest things. Which directly contradicts the fact that I’m not entirely fond of people in and of themselves- I really have to force myself into those situations that benefit me the best.
4. What distracts you?
Life. There’s just so much to do, so much to experience, so much to filter out that it’s difficult to sit down and say ‘only this is worth writing about’, because I want to be able to do that with every moment of every day. I have to be super strict with myself when picking topics, or I’ll just wander until I don’t have any time to write.
5. What’s your favorite story? This can be specific, as in a particular book or even story-driven movie, or general, like “I’m a sucker for a hero looking for redemption story.”
I love asexual narratives- stories that don’t rely on intimate physical relationships to keep the story going. If there’s a romance, I want it to be implied or hinted at. There’s a tension there that no spelled out erotica could ever provide. Terry Pratchett does this best- there’s just something so sexy about a sexless story, it makes no sense but it’s lovely.
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About the Writing
1. Tell us about your currently available titles.
‘Till the Last Petal Falls is my debut novel, available from Mockingbird Lane Press. It’s a woman’s fiction novel that takes the story of Beauty and the Beast, strips it of magic, and sees how it’s lessons match up against the rather daunting question of domestic violence.
2. What’s your favorite part about writing these stories?
I guess my favorite part about writing these stories would be the planning of them. It’s in the planning that I really get to work out these little details- how much of the original fairytale stays, what do I really want to say with each specific character, what stance do I want the book to take on the issue- it’s always exhilarating. I’m always planning the next novel!
3. What would your characters say about you? Be honest!
Probably that I’m a heartless b*tch. I’m not afraid to really put my characters through the wringer, or paint them out to be as shallow as they are, no matter how much I love them. I tend to base my characters off of a mash up of people I actually know, so I write them as I know these people would react- with sometimes hilarious or tragic results. I let the events pull them around, and I let their own characterization determine what they would do- even if I don’t want to let them.
4. Who would play your favorite character if they made a movie of their story?
So my favorite character is Gage Aristade. My all-time top actor to play this role would be Ian Somerhalder. He’s got the right look about him, even if he might be a bit too skinny, and he’s got the right mix of sweet and snarky that would be perfect for Gage.
5. Do you have any projects currently in the works you want to talk about?
I’m currently working on the second installment of the Once Upon a Reality series, which is going to be looking at post-partum depression, the baby-boomer mentality, and substance abuse through the lens of Sleeping Beauty. It’s tentative title is To Dwell in Dreams, and focuses on the drama surrounding Jolee’s older sister, Ashlyn, as she comes over to Colorado from France for a visit. I’ve also planned out the third book, The Thing About Apples, which will explore female autism in the light of the Snow White fairytale. I should be finishing Dreams sometime this summer, at which point it will be submitted to publishers and then I’ll get right to work on Apples! I’m hopefully going to be able to turn this into at least a seven-book series (which is all I have planned so far!)
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Thank you for joining us today, Elizabeth, and good luck with you stories!