Roxanna Rose is a California native with a deep connection to her Ulster heritage. Fascinated by myths and legends from cultures around the world, she enjoys creating young adult, urban fantasy & paranormal novels steeped in their mysteries. “Desires: A Legacy Novel” is the first in a series based on Celtic myths & legends. “Malevolence: A Legacy Novel” will be released later this year along with “She Who Watches,” an urban fantasy novel based on the Native American legend. Roxanna divides most of her time between her writing and her career as a veterinary technician and wildlife rehabilitator.
What inspires you to write?
I get my inspiration from the myths and legends of the world. I love researching the different cultures and learning their stories, after that my imagination takes over and a book is born.
Tell us about your writing process.
Usually I will pick a culture and research their myths and legends. As I am reading them my imagination is already kicking into over-drive. Story ideas start popping into my head and I write them all down. I usually give it a day or two and one will stick with me more than the others. I will begin listening to various types of music while thinking about that particular story idea, writing down any images that come to mind on 3×5 cards, and soon I have the bones of my rough draft.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
For me the process is more like watching a movie in my head. When I am in create mode it’s like having a Blu-ray playing and someone else is holding the remote. I see everything vividly in my mind in movie format. It may skip around from scene to scene depending on what music I am listening to or whatever action that starts the movie running, but it is always as clear in my mind as if I was sitting on the couch watching it on the big screen. I keep a notebook with me at all times so I can write down the ideas I get. I found that if I don’t write them down I will forget them, even if they were the most fantastic of ideas.
What advice would you give other writers?
Always keep your pen and notebook handy, always keep your imagination open to anything, and never give up.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose to go with Abbott Press. I retain full control, but I have the benefit of a support team and the association with Writers Digest. It is a big expense, but well worth it. So is actually purchasing exclusive book cover rights from an artist.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I think we will see a lot more indie authors. I also believe that the more traditional publishing houses will start to pay more attention to the writing of indie authors. They are the wave of the future.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?
Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print