Name Rose Gordon
Age 30!!! Yikes
Where are you from
A little about your self `ie your education Family life etc.
USA Today Bestselling and Award Winning Author of more than a dozen unusually unusual historical romances that have been known to include scarred heroes, feisty heroines, marriage-producing scandals, far too much scheming, naughty literature and always a sweet happily-ever-after.
When not escaping to another world via reading or writing a book, she spends her time chasing two young boys around the house, being hunted by wild animals, or sitting on the swing in the backyard where she has to use her arms as shields to deflect projectiles AKA: balls, water balloons, sticks, pinecones, and anything else one of them picks up to hurl at his brother who just happens to be hiding behind her.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news?
Hmmm. Well, I had my 17th full-length novel—Passions of a Gentleman—come out in August and a re-release of a novella—The Wooing Game—that was formerly part of an anthology come out in November. I have one of my books—Her Sudden Groom—currently in a 12-book collection titled, It Started with a Kiss. And finally, my first novella, The Perfect Lady Worthe, will be included in a charity collection with proceeds going to help Wounded Warriors (US Veterans).
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
It seems like ages ago, but I began writing seven years ago because I was overwhelmed with the world around me. It was my escape.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
After I’d completed my fifth book and was starting on my sixth. That was around the time that my first three books had been released to the wilds of Amazon and had done amazingly well. I took that as a clue I had gone from being a wife and mom who tapped away on the keyboard to an actual writer.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
Boredom. I hate to say that, but it did. As I mentioned before, writing gave me an escape. However, reading did, too. Until I felt like every book I read was the same. So one day I decided to try something different—a plot I hadn’t seen. I thought perhaps it would allow me a few days of escape vs. a few hours of escape that reading provided.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Not sure what you might want specifically so here goes, I’m a pantser. I prefer to have a character and dialogue driven book rather than a lot of details about the surroundings. I like humor and lighter material. Life is heavy enough.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
Of my first book? That took a long time. In fact, I had written—and titled—the two follow up books before coming up with the title Intentions of the Earl. Quite simply, the title points straight to the plot which is all about his intentions—good and bad.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Not in most of them. Most of them are just for fun and to be a break from their own craziness. If they can laugh or finish it feeling amused I feel like I’ve done my work. At the same time, I have a soft spot for characters with flaws. I have flaws. My kids have flaws. Part of why I started writing was because I was having a hard time coming to terms with some of those flaws and wishing that I had all the answers. So, I have characters with characteristics that not everyone has or can relate to. Such as dyslexia or social disorders. I have a heroine in a wheelchair because you know what, at the end of the day, they’re all people too, and deserve to be respected and understood. If a reader doesn’t have a person in their life with something that makes them different by society’s standards, maybe they’ll grow to like a character with such a trait and will be able to better understand how to talk to and relate to someone they might meet who is in a chair or has autism or struggles to read or do math.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic?
Well, it is fiction. As such, I do bend the rules a little when it comes to the time period to make it fit the story for our modern readers.
Fiona: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Oh, each of the 20-ish stories I’ve written has a little truth mixed it. Whether it be someone I know or something I’ve done. You can’t write about things you don’t know.
Fiona: What books have most influenced your life most? a mentor?
If I were to pick a mentor it would be Ruth Ann Nordin. She’s been writing a lot longer than me and she’s such an inspiration. She also is always so willing to help me figure out a plot or talk through a business related matter. She’s a jewel.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
Now that you ask, I have to ashamedly admit I haven’t picked up a book yet this year!
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Again, see above. I think we all had a crazy ride in 2016 and sadly I don’t think I’ve read for fun since the close of 2013. Isn’t that crazy?!
Fiona: What are your current projects?
I guess that goes back up to my news. I have briefly started on a book titled His Penniless Bride which is a book that will go into the Banks Brother’s Bries series, but I don’t know when I’ll be done.
Fiona: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.
That’d be Ruth again. Outside of her though, early on in my career, I was taken in by a little group of writers—Ava Stone, Jerrica Knight-Catania and Jane Charles—who have always been so sweet and supportive. I love getting to see them from time to time at conventions and doing projects with them.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
When I started no, just a hobby, but seven years later and still pecking away, I think I’d consider it a career.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No. I’ve been down that road before and it gets ugly. Best to let each book be a stepping stone and grow from the experience.
Fiona: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?
Fiona: Can you share a little of your current work with us?
His Penniless Bride follows the story of two secondary characters who were introduced in His Yankee Bride. They grew up together and the Revolutionary War tore them apart. It took her from being the daughter of the wealthiest man in the county to practically a beggar When the couple is reunited past the time they’d originally agreed for her to wait for him, her wealth, or lack thereof, matters naught to him, however, her recent agreement to marry another based on his ability to provide for her family drives him away. It’s a tangle of miscommunication and misunderstanding. Insecurities and bruised feelings. In short, it’s a romance novel! (And that means there will always be a happily-ever-after.)
Fiona: Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
Description of exterior forces. As I mentioned, I prefer to focus on the character’s feelings and thoughts and dialogue. So sometimes I forget to describe the weather or what a room looks like each time they go into it or the world events at the time. (I also hate editing. I’m the sort who will read it over 100 times to change a few words or commas.)
Fiona: Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?
Oh no, no, no. I learned long ago not to play favorites. 😉
Fiona: Do you have to travel much concerning your book(s)?
Of course. I loved to go meet my readers!
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
Yikes, every series has been designed by a different cover artist. I made my Scandalous Sisters Series covers—they did get a minor facelift a few years later by Liberty Photography. Dara England made my Groom Series covers. Lily Smith made my Banks Brothers Brides Series covers. I had a local friend draw (with chalk) my Fort Gibson Officers Series covers. Aileen Fish made my Gentleman of Honor covers and either I made or had Lily Smith make my stand alone covers. I like going with different cover artists with each series because it helps brand that series in a different way. Sometimes books that are all done by the same cover artist look like all twenty of their books are from the same series unless you look for the fine “XXXXX series, book XXXX”. So I like mine to be distinctive at first glance. I’m weird.
Fiona: What was the hardest part of writing your book?
Fiona: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?
I’ve learned TONS of things from writing books. Research is extremely important and I feel like I’ve done enough to get another college degree. I’ve also learned a lot about myself. I can write 100,000 words. I can meet daily word counts. I make everything work out in the end and the characters fall madly in love.
Fiona: Do you have any advice for other writers?
Keep writing. Yeah, there’ll be dips in sales and yeah, there’ll be people who hate your book, but you know what, if it makes YOU happy, keep at it. Don’t let those exterior factors steal your joy.
Fiona: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Thank you to everyone who has supported me with buying my books, reviewing my stories, lending my books and even recommending me to a friend. If not for all of you, I’d have to be committed for having dozens of voices inside my head talking to each other!
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I laugh at funny situations or when someone uses a play on words.
Fiona: Is there one person past or present you would meet and why?
Beverly Cleary. I don’t remember the first book I ever read, but I do remember reading all of the Ramona books when I was a kid! She was hilarious.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone and why ?
….wife, mother, writer and above all, a child of God…
Fiona: Other than writing do you have any hobbies ?
Crafting. I’m terrible at it, but that doesn’t stop me from loving it.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Flea Market Flip and old family sitcom re-runs.
Fiona: Favorite foods / Colors/ Music
Food: pizza, color: green, music: country (hey, I told you I was from the sticks)
Fiona: If you were not a writer what else would you like to have done?
Like to have done? Been the next Martha Steward. Likely would have done: been an accountant.
Fiona: Do you have a blog/website? If so what is it?
Fiona, thank you so much girl for having me on. Answering your questions has been a real blast!