1. Do you write a single genre or do your fingers flow over the keys creating tales in many forms? I write mysteries mixed up with other genres. For instance, my latest mystery, Deadly Undertaking, is a mystery, romance, and paranormal. Yes, I throw in everything but the kitchen sink! I started writing as a freelance writer, so I also enjoy writing non-fiction books. I interviewed fifteen role models for girls for an e-book to inspire girls, Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women, and I have a Kindle book on vegetable gardening.
Do your reading choices reflect your writing choices? I enjoy a good mystery, but I also like memoirs/biographies, and reading books on writing.
Are there genres you wouldn’t attempt? I wouldn’t write erotica or sci-fi.
2. Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which is your favorite to write? My favorite character to create is my heroine’s story. She’s always an independent woman from the get-go, but I love piling problem upon problem upon her and figuring out how she’ll find a solution to each one. She definitely has to be smart to overcome them and learn something about herself or another character after overcoming the obstacles..
3. Heroes. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or plain imagination create the man you want every reader to love? My hero is usually a mixture of people I’ve met and people in the news. It’s fun to mix up the characteristics of one or more people I know with the features of a person in the news or an actor. My imagination stirs them altogether to produce my character.
Do they come before the plot or after you have the idea for the story? Strange as it seems, the hero in Deadly Undertaking was at first, just the heroine’s friend. I thought she was going to be attracted to the hunky detective working on the murder case. But no. Gary pushed himself into the story while I was writing it. Sure messed up my outline of the story too.
4. Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story? Real life and imagination come into play when choosing my heroine. She is the story, so I have her and the setting in mind before I begin.
5. Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human? Villains are easy to find. I watch the news and also remember who” done me wrong” in my life. I love crafting them, giving them physical characteristics, and little habits so readers can distinguish them from the good guys.
6. What is your latest release? Deadly Undertaking
Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain? Lauren, the daughter of the undertaker is the heroine coming home to help her father run the business and help care for her mother who was stricken with Alzheimer’s disease. Gary, the city policeman, is her hero. He loves Lauren deeply, but he can’t tell her because she is already involved with someone else. And the villain? Ooh, the villain cannot be revealed because it may ruin the story for the reader.
7. What are you working on now? Call me crazy, but I’m writing a memoir about the year my husband and I decided to go into the floral business. We ditched our safe secure jobs, packed up our one-year-old baby, and moved to a small town eight hours from home and family to become business owners in a business we knew little about. This decision was a major turning point in our lives. And I can tell you, it was a good decision
8. How can people find you?
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J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/
Girls Succeed blog http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com/
J. Q. Rose Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/aeuv4m4