Dee Rose was born and raised in Gary, Indiana. He has two daughters, Nadia, and Nicole, who are his life. He now resides in Denver, Colorado where he majored in Political Science at Metropolitan State University. He laughs when he remembers the origin of the Hangman Universe, as it was originally a rap song he’d created. Now, along with his girls, the HMU has become the center of his world.
What inspires you to write?
My daughters inspire me to write. I want my legacy to be their legacy as well, long after I'm gone. I was also inspired to write by the fact that people have always said I have wild imagination. I decided to put my thoughts on paper one day, and was met with surprising and rave reviews. It was only natural to see if I could make a career out of writing novels.
Tell us about your writing process.
My writing process, at times, is as unorthodox as my personality. I'm a "seat of the pants" type of writer. I come up with a character first. I have a picture in my mind of what that character looks like. Once I'm satisfied with that, then I find something for that character to do. And no matter what, I try to come up with the most impossible situation for the character to get out of.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
The way I interact with my characters while writing is funny even to me. I imagine my characters as people that I know, with their personalities and how they usually react to situations. Then, the reaccuring question is always, "Ok, what are you going to do now?", or "How are you gonnna get out of this?".
Who are your favorite authors?
I only have one favorite author and that's Stephen King. He is phenomenal.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried to get an agent, but after many rejection letters, I couldn't let that stop me. After I selfpublished my first book in the Hangman Universe (HMU), I knew it would be even harder to publish the second book in the series with an agent. So I sought out and found Outskirts Press. They were very good to me. As time as gone on, and financial issues have arisen, I had to tighten my budget and belt. I unfortunately, had to leave Outskirts Press and self-publish through Amazon. I have no regrets about that decisions either. It has been a good relationship.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think the future of publishing will be self-publishing. The market is so saturated with good and new authors, that everyone cant find an agent or publisher that will to take a chance on a new writer. So self-publishing will be the way that new and exciting writer's voices will be heard. I think it will be a great thing for the publishing industry.
What genres do you write?
What formats are your books in?
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