Tuesday, October 25, 2011

M.J. Rose finds her own path

M.J. Rose

What made you start out in the erotic suspense genre?
I didn’t know that’s what I was doing.  

Okay how would you describe your writing?
I just started out telling a story, writing a book I wanted to read and that’s what came out. There was no category at the time so it made things difficult for me.

Are the characters in your books based on people in your life?
The characters are no one I know and that’s what makes writing a challenge.

How do you create your characters?
I invent characters, finding them among the words, bringing them to life.

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How do you research before writing?
I immerse myself in books and the atmosphere of my book and I make a journal for the main character filling it with things that matter to him or her.

How long does this process take?
It takes me at least three months to get started.

Is there a favorite location for you to write about?
I love to write about Manhattan because it’s my hometown and Paris because it’s the city of my heart.

What's your favorite part of being a published author?
I have the privilege to spend so much time writing books.

What's the worst part?
I don’t think there’s anything bad about what I do – I feel extremely lucky.

How do you keep disciplined in your writing?
I don’t, but deadlines and contracts help. So does my own nervousness. If I don’t worry about characters I worry about people I actually know and get too anxious. I have to have a book going so I don’t have a nervous breakdown

If you could go back in time with your present knowledge is there anything you would do differently with your writing?
Yes there are a few contracts I wouldn’t have signed.

How would you encourage fledgling writers?
Write for your love of writing. Success is not only fleeting but its ephemeral. But the pleasure of telling stories – that’s real.

Thank you M.J. for sharing your unique formula for writing.  To find out more about M.J. Rose click the links below.


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  1. Hi MJ and Christine--what a great interview! MJ, I know the feeling about having to have a book in the works--that's the only thing that truly feels right to me, working on the book, getting the words down. I love the idea of the character journal--I'm stealing it! Thanks for sharing.

  2. Love the book trailer! Thanks for pointing out why writers take up marketing--because we want someone to read the books that we write!

  3. MJ, you're right about writing for writing, not success. If authors write for any other reason, they should get their heads examined!

    Thanks for sharing!

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