Name Elizabeth Delana Rosa
Where are you from North Carolina
A little about your self `ie your education Family life ect
I have always been a writer. When I first learned to write in Kindergarten, I wrote about pigs who “groo” wings and became “butterfys.” I knew way back then that I would have a love affair with writing. It overtook my life and has been a constant companion. Now over 20 years later, that love flows over into writing blogs, reviews, poetry and fantasy novels. Lastly I am a big nerd. I love Fantasy, YA, Paranormal Romance, and Sci-Fi books. My dream is to promote Authors and help them reach the highest level of Success, while writing her own YA and NA Fantasy Novels. I often say, ” I have no great dreams or illusions of becoming a best selling author but I do hope that my stories connect with people of all ages, genders and races. All it takes is a good story to unite people who wouldn’t normally be on the same side.” I can be found on http://www.elizabethdrosa.com and http://www.crimsonflowerreview.com
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
A few weeks ago I became an Amazon Best-Seller in Christian Fantasy. I have joined the ranks of people who’ve been bestsellers in paid and free Kindle.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I first learned to write in Kindergarten, I wrote about pigs who “groo” wings and became “butterfys.” I confess from then on I’ve always been writing: Poetry, short stories, kids books, and anything else I can think of.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
I think I became a writer when I hit the publish button. I kinda felt like it all came together then.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I got inspired to write so I did. Everyone was really excited and told me I should publish so I did. I had some bites from some really great Indie publisher but decided to go the self-publishing route. I really enjoyed the process.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
I have a tendency to write first person, but my latest work is my first attempt at third person.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
It seemed to fit. I kinda pulled it out of the air like Cinderella’s Godmother pulls out a wand.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Yes, I want people to know you can have a great story that has an innocence about it. No sex or bad language and only mild violence, and it can still spark your imagination.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
I would say only the heroine is realistic. She’s strong and on a take it as it comes kind of lady.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
I would say the heroine is a culmination of what I’d like to be and who I admire. I know every character as in everyone I know has parts of those characters, good, bad or ugly. Every person who’s in my life has parts that inspire me.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most?
I know it’s strange, but I would say the Bible. Aside from the fact I am a Christian there’s good wisdom to gain. Some of it even how not to live your life.
Fiona: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?
I would say Tasha Turner of Tasha Turner Coaching. She has really been a mentor to me and has taken me to task when I overdo it. I have arthritis and some other health problems she helps me focus when I need to.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m going through my TBR list. It’s one of those things that is always changing.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
I’ve read a lot of new authors, there is so much talent I can’t pick just one.
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I’m currently writing a book about immortals and their fight again evil. I am only a few paragraphs in but hopefully it’s action-packed and fun.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
My friends are my family, Tasha, of course but some of the people who I build websites and do work for are very supportive of me. I would name Dawn Skyy, Jon Pew, Jon Broderick and Cody Martin to name a few.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Absolutely it’s a part-time career, unfortunately we all aren’t going be signed by a big publishing house, even if the talent is there. I would love to say we all make millions but it doesn’t happen as often as we like.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, I think it’s good as it is. I did re-release it with better editing and expanded storyline. My editor, Vicki Martinez, was awesome.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
I have a huge imagination. It seemed natural to put it down. I tell stories and writing is another form of storytelling.
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
It’s a rough so rough the edges will cut you draft but here’s a few paragraphs.
Long before humans walked the Earth and multiplied on her lands, the 6 great Immortal races roamed freely. They guarded and kept the human race, like children, until they were old enough to guard themselves from the demons that preyed upon them.
When humanity lost faith in all that was preternatural, the ancients sealed themselves in the lands they called Karna on the Rift. At the height of their power in their new land, the oldest and wisest of them all came forward with a prophesy, “Three will rise, two will fall, but only one will rule us all. ” Her simple words were the last to come from wrinkled lips. All life ends, some sooner than others.
Upon her words, the races divided each going after his own kind believing they would be the destined rulers. The Moon People, who changed shape by the call of the moon, claimed the high Clarion Mountains. The Sea People, those who controlled the waters and lived in its depths, declared the Karnan Archipelagos deep in the Seas of Mir. The Sky People, visitors that were revered as gods, went home, vowing never to return. This was not their fight. The Blood People, who were sustained by the blood of others, claimed the Seran Forests. The Sun People, whose visions guided the world, took refuge in the Plains of Paria. The Eaters of the Dead had no quarrel they would simply eat the shells of what was left. They followed after each of the others, dividing their own, but never taking sides.
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Yes getting out of my own head. Sometimes I get rolling too much gets into the story and I have to cut a lot of it so the story stays good. Otherwise it would be like…this person is an alien.
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Frank Peretti is one of my all time favorites. He writes scary books with a good outcome.
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
No I definitely want to. I’m saving up to plan some local events and maybe go quicker.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I am the cover designer. I have a pretty aesthetic I like clean beautiful shots
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Finding time. Gosh knows I have such a full schedule that I have to set goals and make myself work on it.
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I learned I embrace my nerdiness. I think I can see how much I love dragons, swords and a bunch of other fantasy elements.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing, take good advice and don’t become a douchy elitist. I think, if we aren’t careful we can be put down by bad reviews or go the opposite direction and become these total wing nuts that are so convinced of our own awesomeness, that we can’t function.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you for reading. I hope to hear from you in the future. I’m always open to hear what people have to say.
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done ?
I don’t know I’ve always dreamed of being a writer. That way I can be anything else I want and live vicariously through my characters.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? if so what is it?
I have two websites. One is for my author updates at www.elizabethdrosa.com and the other is for reviews and author promotions at www.crimsonflowerreview.com