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Name Rohn Federbush

Age 74

Where are you from:

Ann Arbor now, grew up on farms in the Fox River Valley in Illinois until I was fourteen

A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc  

            At 55 I finished a Masters in Creative Writing from Eastern Michigan University in Ypsilanti while I worked as an Administrative Assistant to the Applied Physics Graduate Program at the University of Michigan.

Fiona: Tell us your latest news?

            I’m working on a mystery set in Hastings Michigan. I just finished a memoir which resembles the Three Faces of Eve.


Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?

            My niece, Diane Thaddeus Schultz, only lived one day in 1956. In order to survive the disinterest of my high school classmates, I wrote a poem to her brief memory. I haven’t stopped writing since. I’ve finished nearly twenty novels, hundreds of poems and plenty of short stories. My website includes the publication as well as reviews. Six of my novels are self-published on Amazon: two mysteries and three historical (Great Lakes) romances, 1818, 1841, and 1879.


Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?

            As above. I remember asking my parents for a typewriter and desk instead of the traditional hope chests, my sisters received when they graduated high school.


Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?

            My first divorce was messy and painful. Writing alleviated the unending, yearning for the return of my children. After my ex-husband read the manuscript he promised to return both boys.


Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?

            I believe I would be called a minimalist. I don’t take the reader down every avenue or heart string. I let them fill in their own stories for the books. I’m also dyslectic which I often use as a justification for my grammar and spelling errors.


Fiona: How did you come up with the title?

            I usually have the title before I see a character, plot or setting. They just pop up full blown. Somewhat like complete poems that spill out onto the page.


Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

            As a believer I bring the solace I’ve experienced to the page, hoping readers will avail themselves the same.


Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?

            The historicals are thoroughly researched, the characters can’t help but resemble the maddening crowds in my life.


Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

            Mostly experiences I’ve wanted to enjoy. I think our Creator has made us unique for the same reason: curiosity of how each emotion feels, how each landscape reflects his glory, how the opposite of love creeps into our lives by the backdoor.


Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?

            Oh boy, I need a library list here: Montaign, Plato, Christopher Fry, Elizabeth George, the Bronte sisters, etc. My home is lined with books, upstairs, in the living room, in the basement. Each word stays somewhere in my conscious or subconscious mind.


Fiona: What book are you reading now?

            Just finished two of Alyssa Alexandra’s historical romances. I’m currently reading a book about character development tied to teachings for actors. Sherwood Anderson writes about specific objects reflecting the true nature of people.


Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?

            Probably all. If I had more time.


Fiona: What are your current projects?

            I have a list of goals for 2015: Finding Publishers and/or Agents for national-award winning novels: St. Joan’s Architect, In Lincoln’s Shadow, The Bus Orphan, as well as short stories and a poetry collection, World With End In Sight.

 


Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

            A bookman, Robert Koelz, (he ran a bookstore in Jackson Michigan called the Bibliopole) first told me I wasn’t stupid, just uneducated. My first husband, from a family of inventors, convinced me I had no brain power at all.


Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?

            I do. I spend long hours and all the energy I have pursuing my dreams of being a traditionally published author with books in every bookstore on earth.


Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

            I wish I had waited on self-publishing until my name was well established in the industry. Sales have been nearly negative.


Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

            As mentioned above

Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

            Hastings’ Dead starts with the Prologue describing a small town murder. The engaged heroine returns home for the Holidays only to be courted by the murderer. I believe in happy endings so all ends well. Truth will out after all. 


Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

            Dyslectics have trouble hearing words so spelling is a long way from the actual words.


Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

            Elizabeth George is Shakespearean. Her characters appear fully clothed and fleshed out in each succeeding sentence. She says she creates the crime then her characters and then even she doesn’t know the culprit until the mystery is solved.

 


Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?

            Around the state a little, mostly local book stores and libraries.


Fiona: Who designed the covers?

            My Girl Friday, Florence Price, found all three of the Historical Romance covers. The mystery covers were drawn in color pencil by an artist I met at the Ann Arbor City Club, Kathy Kelley. She’s designing a cover for St. Joan’s Architect which takes place on Mont Saint Michel.


Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

            Finding the time to sit down and write.


Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

            Humility comes in every door and in every size.


Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?

            Rejection is their opinion, not yours.


Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

            Please visit my website or Amazon and read the reviews of my books to see if they are of interest to you.

Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?

            Probably a Catholic Missile.

Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?

            Slapstick/cruelty

Fiona: Is there one person pass or present you would meet and why?

            Robert Koelz in the next life, and my Grandma Kerner. They both knew how to show me they loved me without judgment.

 

Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?

            Author because I am.

Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?

            I paint with oil paints. They are not good, but they are fun.

Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?

            Romances with happy endings

Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music

            Since my name is Rohn, it sounds like roan—a red horse, so I like red. Hard Rock gets me dancing at a local restaurant once a week. I could exist on ice cream.

Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?

            I wish I had been educated early enough to have become a teacher. 

Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?

            www.rohnfederbush.com I blog every Wednesday.

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Rohn Federbush

Master of Arts, Eastern Michigan University, 1995

 

Publications

2014 Bonds of Affection, CreateSpace, Charleston, NC, September, 2014, ISBN-9785054541362

2014 Large Print: Salome’s Conversion, CreateSpace, Charleston, NC, ISBN-9781500833893

2014 Love’s Triumph, CreateSpace, Charleston, NC, May 8, 2014, ISBN-9781497589957

2014 Floating Home, CreateSpace, Charleston, NC, April 3, 2014, ISBN=9781496139238

2014 Sally Bianco Mystery Series, CreateSpace,  NC, March 1, 2014, ISBN-9780991432400

2014 North Parish, ACreateSpace, Charleston, NC, January, 2014, ISBN-139781494946562

2011 Salome’s Conversion, Amazon, Charleston, NC, October 15, 2011, ISBN 9781466401389

2007 Abandoning Bosnia, The Bear River Writers Respond to War, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI, pages 5-11, ISBN 978-09795404-0-0.

2003 The Windows of St. Andrew’s, St. Andrew’s History Group, Ann Arbor, MI, pages 6, 12, 14, . ISBN 0-9727421-0-7.

2001 The Bookman Who Rode the West, The Red Wheelbarrow, Vol. 1, De Anza College, Cupertino, CA, ISSN 1086-9042.

2001 Undiminished, Potpourri Publications, Vol. 13, No. 3, Prairie Village KS, ISSN 1076-6413.

2000 Absent Minded Professor, U.S. 1 Workshops, Vol. 40/41, Poets’ Cooperative, Princeton, NJ, ISBN: 0362-7012.

 

Awards

2013  In Lincoln’s Shadow      Third Place, Daphne de Maurier Contest, RWA

2010  North Parish                   Tied Third Place, Southern Louisiana, LA, RWA

2006  Maui Time                     Third Place, Marlene RWA Contest, VA

2001  The Ghost of St. Joan    Fourth Place, Heart of the West, RWA Contest, UT

1999  The Prom Dress             Honorable Mention, Iowa Literary Awards, IA

1997  The Bus Orphan                        Semifinalist, James Fellowships, Sisters OR

Literary Conferences

2015/4/2          MidMichigan RWA Retreat from Harsh Reality, Michigan

2009                Historical Novel Society Conference, Schaumburg, IL

2008/6             Whidbey Island Writers’ Conference, WA, Elizabeth George

2006/4             U of M, Bear River Writers’ Retreat, MI, Elizabeth Kostova, Bret Lott

2006                Ludington Poetry Fest, MI, Keith Taylor, Anthony Butts

1997                Tuition Scholarship, Chenango Conf., Colgate, NY, Frederick. Busch

Editor/Agent Appointments

2010                ACFW Conference, Indianapolis, Indiana

2009                ACFW Ohio Retreat, Dayton, Ohio

2009/2             RWA National Conference, Denver CO, Washington DC

2006                RWA Desert Dreams Conference, Scottsdale AZ

2003/2             RWA Emerald City Conference, Seattle WA

2001                RWA Vancouver Island Conference, Victoria, British Columbia.

2001                Romantic Times Convention, Fort Lauderdale FL

 

Memberships             RWA; AAUW, ACFW, MMRWA,

2141 Pauline Court, Ann Arbor MI 48103, Text: 734-223-6045, 734-994-6217, rohn@comcast.net  www.rohnfederbush.com

 

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