This week, we have an interview with Rosalie Redd, author of such books as the popular Warriors of Lemuria series, a new paranormal romance series, Feline Wars, and a stand-alone science fiction romance titled Angelo 13.
In this interview, Rosalie talks about her past work, her life as a writer, what her advice to new writers would be, and she also gives us a preview of her new work, Unimaginable Lover.
Some of Rosalie Redd's titles available on Amazon include the following:
Unforgettable Lover: Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony (prequel)
Untouchable Lover (Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony Book 1)
Untamable Lover (Worlds of Lemuria: Earth Colony Book 2)
Come to Me: A Love in a Bottle Short Story #1: Worlds of Lemuria Series
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
My name is Rosalie Redd and I write PNR and SFR. I write in my office cave located in the Pacific Northwest where rain is just another excuse to keep writing. I’m a waterfall collector. I “collect” them with my camera, of course, and even manage to sneak one into each of my novels.
What is your favorite part about being an author? And your least favorite?
My favorite part of being an author is sharing stories of love and hope. We all need an escape now and then, and I like to share that there are happily ever afters. My least favorite part about being an author is that there’s not enough time to write all the stories in my head!
How many books have you written, and which one is your favorite? Why?
I’ve written two novels, three novellas, and three short stories. Which is my favorite? Gee, that’s a tough question. Hmm… I’d have to say Untouchable Lover because, as my first book, it was a labor of love. The story between Noeh and Melissa grew inside my head until my characters forced me to tell their tale. I love how Melissa weasels her way into the cold, broken heart of the honorable King Noeh, opening up the chance at love for the both of them.
Do you ever get writer’s block? If so, how do you deal with it?
I think writer’s block can hit any writer at any time. When it hits me, I stick to my routine, either getting words on the page or editing existing ones. Once I start, the block usually goes away. Thank goodness!
What does your writing space look like? Are you a neat and tidy author, or do you have piles of papers and notes piled all around you?
My writing space used to be my daughter’s bedroom. After she graduated from college, it was time to claim the place as my writing den. An old desk, a computer stand left over from the early 2000s, and my cat’s scratching post are all shoved into the small room. I especially love it when Snookums sits next to me as I write. Often, he’ll sit on my lap insisting I pet him. When that happens I’m done writing, at least for the moment. I’m a fairly tidy author as there isn’t a lot of room to spread out, but there is a small stack of papers on my desk. Eh, maybe I should clean those up? Nah…
Do you ever write scenes based on personal experience?
Absolutely! Write what you know, right? Often, one or more of my characters will display a flash of something that I’ve either experienced myself or seen happen to someone else. That could even be a stranger at a grocery store or at a coffee shop. You never know where inspiration will strike. Of course, these experiences are elaborated on and the names are changed to protect the, ah, innocent, shall we say?
What advice would you give to an aspiring to be an author? Something you wish you had been told when you were starting out?
Don’t give up. Keep at it. Learn from your mistakes. People said those things to me when I first started and they are so true. The one thing I wish someone would have warned me about was the giant tidal wave of marketing and administrative activities that happen after you publish your first book. Before then, you could just write. Once you publish, you have to find a balance between the writing and business side of being an author.
Who are your favorite go-to authors? What are you reading now?
My favorite go-to authors are J. R. Ward, Larissa Ione, and Lynn Viehl. I’m currently reading Awaken Me Darkly by Gena Showalter.
What’s coming down the pike from you? Any new releases coming that we can look forward to?
I’m gearing up to release the next book in my Warrior of Lemuria series, Unimaginable Lover coming out January 3, 2017. This book features Tanen, a shifter who must track a traitor, but ends up injured and in the care of a sweet, innocent nurse. Commence the sparks…
And now for the silly… wine, chocolate, or something else? What’s your guilty pleasure? Do they ever make it into your books?
My guilty pleasure is frozen yogurt or ice cream cake, preferably chocolate. I haven’t yet put that into any of my stories, but there’s still time…
Can you share a short excerpt from your newest release, or a sneak peek at something that’s coming soon?
Here’s a sneak peek from Unimaginable Lover:
Sheri’s pulse raced as a strange mixture of shock and desire coursed through her veins. The tall, muscular stranger pinned her against the wall. One second she’d pressed 9-1—on her phone and the next, she was here, in his arms.
His biceps bulged, and she had a sudden urge to run her fingers over them, feel the steel that was below the surface, but her hands were trapped at his hips. She gripped his taut waist, and his heat bore into her, warming her fingers, tingling the sensitive nerves. Although caged in his embrace, he was gentle with her, holding back the strength that ebbed from him in waves. As he leaned in, his breath cascaded over her shoulder, warm and enticing.
“No infirmary.” His gravelly, rough command came out on a whisper.
She should’ve feared him, this stranger in her home trapping her in his arms, but instead, her insides melted, warmed by his touch, his voice, his scent. Something about him made her long for more.
So focused on the man who held her so close, she hadn’t noticed Coop. His insistent barks echoed through the house.
The man tensed, and in the process his lean body pressed tighter against hers. Her skin prickled at the contact.
With a quick glance over his shoulder, she caught sight of her pet. He growled, his lips curled over his fangs.
“No, Coop. Stop!”
His back legs bunched in preparation for his attack.
The man didn’t release her, but turned to face her dog. He held out one hand, palm open. “Halt.”
Coop’s growl faded.
He took a tentative step forward.
His nose quivered, and a small whimper eased from his chest. Her pet, an ex-police dog trained to track and defend, placed his muzzle under the stranger’s palm.
She gasped. If she hadn’t seen this for herself, she wouldn’t have believed it. He patted Coop on the head, and the dog’s tail beat against the floor.
The man’s eyes were red-rimmed, and sweat coated his forehead. “I have to leave…”
His eyes glazed over, and his grip around her waist loosened.
As her hands traveled along the space between them, her fingers trailed over the firm muscles of his abdomen and chest. The strength and power under his skin lit up her nerves. She moved a stray hair away from his brow and focused on his eyes. Bottomless pools of blue, they reflected the pain hidden behind his features.
Her chest constricted. “Please, let me help you.”
His gaze fell to her mouth, and he reached up to stroke her bottom lip with his thumb, teasing her. “How? Like this?”
Before she could stop him, he slipped his hand around the base of her neck and pulled her close. His mouth hovered over hers for the briefest moment. She closed her eyes, aware that doing so was an invitation all its own. Warm and welcoming, his lips tasted of musk and pepper. With unexpected tenderness, he teased her with his tongue, caressing the crease between her lips. The sensitive nerves tingled at the contact and she inhaled, parting her mouth.
Moaning softly, he deepened the kiss, and explored her. His tongue brushed the sore spot in her mouth, but instead of pain, his smooth caress eased some of the ache. The passionate need in his kiss bore into her, sending a wave of desire to her core. Beneath the thin material of her shirt, her nipples peaked, and she couldn’t hide her reaction to him. A slow groan rumbled in his chest.
Where can our readers find you online?
You can find me online in the following places. Stalking is encouraged… If you sign up for my newsletter, I’ll send you a free copy of my short story, Come to Me.
Newsletter - http://eepurl.com/buQNEb
Author page on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/author/rosalieredd
Many thanks to Rosalie for taking the time out of her schedule to talk with us! If you enjoyed this interview, then be sure to check out all of our past interviews on our Interviews page!