My travelers of the written word,
We have another author here with us this Saturday. Author Rowena Rede. Let’s get this amazing interview started.
What inspired you to start writing?
I’ve always enjoyed writing. There’s never been a time where I haven’t had a strong pull to create stories.
When did you decide that you wanted to publish your first story?
I was invited to co-author a novella. It was just the right push I needed too because in the past I was never confident enough to publish anything on my own.
Describe your writing space.
According to Pinterest, my aesthetic is “Granny Chic”. It’s a mix of all my favorite pop culture icons, fandoms, books, my desk, and huge comfy armchair for when I want to just sit quietly and read or contemplate my next story. It’s also in the basement so I have to share it with the washer and dryer, there’s nothing like being in the middle of a writing sprint and having your momentum killed by the dryer buzzer. All in all, I’m grateful for a space to call my own. It’s definitely my refuge.
How do you do research for your books?
Once I have an idea, I like to read everything I can about it. For instance, I’m fleshing out a character who is mute. I’m now reading as much as I can about sign language and scouring the internet for characters in film, television, and books that I can use for inspiration. I want to get things just right with whatever it is I’m writing at the moment. I also love doing an old fashioned library research haul. There is something so satisfying about scouring the shelves of the nonfiction and sciences section and finding obscure book gems that send me down crazy rabbit holes.
What motivates you to keep writing?
I’m not sure if it’s a motivation, but I just have a NEED to write. If I don’t do it, I feel incomplete.
Writing can be emotionally draining and sometimes stressful- particularly when stepping into the publishing realm of things. Any tips to share for the aspiring writers out there?
Find like-minded authors who have careers that you want to model yours after. The indie writing community is close knit and you’re always bound to find a friendly face who will be more than happy to answer questions and help out.
Tell me about the books you write.
I like to write likable characters with real types of issues. For instance, my characters in Origin Story. Park Thatcher is a charming and handsome secret agent, who happens to have problems with alcohol and can often seem like he’s lacking empathy when he’s really just good at hiding his feelings. Maya Morales is a witch so powerful that she was ‘othered’ as a child. She has trouble working with others and trusting in new friendships because of it. William Ison is a gay southern man with a severe caffeine addiction that he developed to self-medicate his ADHD and to keep himself alert and busy at all times so he doesn’t have to be alone with his anxious thoughts. He also has a mean right hook. I hope that my readers love these characters as much as I do and can relate to them because they have flaws. I always want my books to portray humanness, no matter what the genre might be.
How many books have you written so far? Are you in any anthologies? Which book has been your favorite to write? If you have a one that is. 🙂
I’ve written 2 so far, and I have a third coming out this fall. So far Origin Story has been my favorite because it was my first solo project.
Do you have a favorite character that you have written? Why are they your favorite? Are they the main character? Tell us about them.
So far, Park Thatcher is my favorite. His personality is a lot like mine and I find it very easy to slip into his POV when writing. He’s a laid back kind of guy who doesn’t believe that work should be serious all the time. He’s fond of pranks and no one is safe from his snark.
Tell us about your latest writing project
Right now I have two projects going on. The sequel to Origin Story is in progress and set for a release possibly in October and I’m working on a Paranormal Romance involving a Psychic who’s afraid of water and a Mute Merman/Siren. I love stories with twists.
Let’s get to know a bit more about you. What do you like to do when you are not writing?
I love a good book when I have the time, which is rare. I’m also hopelessly addicted to “trash” tv. I don’t have a preference, I love it all. Reality shows, soap operas, dramas, low-brow comedies, I love stuff I can vegetate to.
If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Sleepy, Introverted, Fangirl
If it were possible to have your favorite season all year long what season would it be?
Why did you choose that particular season?
Spring where I’m at in Appalachia, is a colorful time. Flowers are blooming, everything is green and vibrant, and it’s still cool enough to wear your favorite sweaters.
What songs/ music are on your playlist?
I have an eclectic taste. I literally like every type of music. Right now I’m obsessed with the Eurovison/Fire Saga soundtrack though.
What is your favorite food?
I’m a sucker for any type of Asian food.
Who is your favorite author and why?
Neil Gaiman. He’s a brilliant world builder and he creates fascinating characters who have unique outlooks on things.
What are you reading right now?
I have a TBR begging me to check something off my list, sadly, I haven’t had much time for pleasure reading.
What is one thing your readers don’t know about you?
I’m licensed to perform weddings in West Virginia and Ohio.
Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
I’m on most of the social media platforms plus my website:
Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/RowenasRabble/
Thank you for joining me on my blog today. Is there anything else you’d like to say before we head on out?
I wish I had something wise to say but I don’t, so I’ll reference the ever wise Rupaul Charles. “Gentlemen, start your engines, and may the best WOMAN win.” 😉
Wise words indeed, thank you again Rowena for joining today and sharing your writing tips and personal favs.