Good Morning Everyone and happy Friday
Welcome to Inside A Beautiful Mind.
Go grab your coffee, tea or beverage of choice and come sit with me as we get comfy and have a chat with the marvelous Rose Montague.
Good Morning Rose, thank you for agreeing to hang out with me this morning and being a part of Inside A Beautiful Mind.
So let’s get right to it, can you tell me a little bit about yourself.
My Goal: To have fun writing fun books to read.
My Writing Style: Not much pretty prose or flowery fluffiness, pretty much non-stop action and fun.
My Dream: To be able to write full time.
Reading Order: The chronological order is Jade, Jane, & Jill followed by the Norma Jean’s School of Witchery series, Jewel and Ghost School. Jill bridges the gap between the Three J’Amigos and Norma Jean’s School of Witchery. The way I have written these books you can however, start with Jewel & Ghost School and then read the Three J’amigos series to get the back story on Jewel’s adoptive parents, Jade & Jane as well as her Godmother, Jill.
Tea or coffee?
Starting with the most important question! I start my day with hot coffee with cream and just a hint of chocolate. I end my day with iced tea and I prefer unsweetened green tea with lemon.
Through your writing career, what has been the toughest criticism given to you as an author? What has been the best compliment?
The toughest criticism has also been the best compliment! My main character has been called a Mary Sue. I have responded with a blog post called Embracing my Mary Sue. It’s who I am. It’s how I write. They are the characters I love.
When you sit down to write, do you have any unique or quirky habits?
I have a bad back and it’s normal for me to wake up in the middle of the night. I find that quiet time to be the best time to write. My first book, Jade, was almost entirely written in the wee hours of the night.
Can you give us an interesting fun fact about your book?
The book I am working on now is a blend of urban fantasy and science fiction. It has magic and is also futuristic. I’m hoping for a summer release. Here’s the blurb:
“Hello. My name is Wiznewski James. I’m a real person but that’s not my real
name. My real name is GEM (Genetically Engineered Modification) Set 231
Batch 31,390. My sister is called Kate and she’s not a real person but that is the
real name I gave her. She’s an AI (Artificial Intelligence). She rides around with me
in my brain. Together we are on the run and hiding in plain sight. It was only a
matter of time before we ran into ConGlom again.
I’ve got the Genesis Egg and ComGlom wants it. I’m going to make sure they
don’t get their greedy hands on it. When they find out who I really am, they will want
me almost as bad as they want the device. I’ve decided to take a stand. It’s going
to be a real fight and they have no idea what they are getting into. They made me
and I will make them regret it. “
Would you mind telling us about your experiences in getting your first book published?
My first two books were published through a small press by the name of Eternal Press. They gave me my start and I will be forever grateful for that. Eventually they sold out to a new publisher and I eventually got the rights back to those two books. By that time I had self-published two other books so I ended up publishing new versions of the two originally traditional published books.
As an experienced writer, do you have any advice to give to aspiring writers?
Be prepared to sell and market your book. Make connections before publishing. Grow your base of friends and followers and be ready to sell right out the gate. Getting a few people to buy your book is a lot harder than you think, even if you go with a publisher.
How about sharing some of your book with us. Maybe a passage that will give us a glimpse into the world you built.
Excerpt from Norma jean’s School of Witchery, Book One: Jewel
“This a friend of yours, Wyatt?” his Mom shouted, looking like she was about to lose it.
“Yes, Mom,” he said, but he didn’t sound too happy about it. Nothing I could do, things were about to get worse.
I reached the house and went around the side of it, still flying, with the truck bouncing up and down and hit the edge of the woods, turning the lights off at the same time as I jerked the truck left, right, and left again, weaving between the trees I knew were there only from my gift. It was pitch-black dark in the woods. The only lights came from the dashboard. Limbs were slapping against the truck on both sides and the sound of small bushes we were running over scraped against the bottom of the truck. A loud snap and a crack appeared in the front window on the passenger side.
“Trust me, Wyatt,” I shouted above the noise and his Mom’s now also sobbing, pleading demands for me to stop.
“Her eyes are closed,” screamed his Mom. “We’re going to die!”
A presidential election. A witch with a target on her back and a magical arrow. A shadowy government agency made up of witches with unusual abilities. A game called Witch Pong. The Mighty Thor?
See how it all comes together in a school you will never forget.
When did it dawn upon you that you wanted to be a writer?
I got my love of reading from my mother. I read what she read which was mostly suspense and romance. I discovered science fiction and fantasy on my own and fell in love with those genres. When I was young I wrote a few short stories and I had wanted to be a writer for a long time. Life interrupted and it would be four decades later when I wrote my first novel.
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Alright folks, it is that time again but I would like to say a heart felt thank you to Rose Montague for allowing us to see what she does and spend some time in her world today.
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Enjoy your Friday folks, you are awesome and please remember to be kind to your Authors, leave a review. See you in a couple of weeks, Peace!!