Today’s author interview is with the awesome Rosalyn Eves! Rosalyn has a new book coming out next month called BLOOD ROSE REBELLION. Even though I know she’s super busy, she was kind enough to chat with me!
You have an awesome new book coming out in a few weeks!
Can you tell us about it? How you came up with the idea? When is it released?
BLOOD ROSE REBELLION is a YA historical fantasy—think the 1848 Hungarian revolution, but with magic. I lived in Hungary for a year and a half in my twenties and fell in love with the culture, so when I started thinking about a Victorian era fantasy, it seemed like a natural setting. The book comes out March 28, 2017.
What made you decide to start writing, and why did you choose children’s books?
I’ve wanted to be a writer since I was eleven and my fifth grade teacher told me I might be good at it. I’ve always loved young adult books—I love how intense the feelings are and I love the feeling of possibility when your whole life is still in front of you. That said, the first book I finished as an adult was a middle grade manuscript that I started for Writing and Illustrating for Young Readers in 2010.
Tell us about your experience getting into publishing. How long did it take you?
A long time! I wrote my first “book” in junior high, and another (really, a trilogy) in high school—but then I stopped writing while I finished college, went to grad school, and started a family. It was after my second kid was born that I realized that my dream of someday being a writer wasn’t going to happen if I didn’t start now. That was six and a half years ago.
What writing advice do you have for someone trying to breakout in the market?
Read a lot—in your genre and outside of it. And write a lot. There aren’t really any shortcuts for those two things.
When you’re not writing, what do you enjoy doing?
I like reading (of course!) and watching period dramas on TV. I also like hiking and I’m lucky to live in a really gorgeous area for that.
Do you listen to music when you write, if so, what’s your playlist like?
I can’t listen to music when I write—it’s too distracting for me. But I did listen to a lot of Hamilton in between revision sessions on this.
If you had to live inside one story’s universe, which would it be and why?
I’d love to visit Lois Bujold’s Barrayar, which is such a fascinating mixture of high technology and an almost Victorian feudal sensibility.
Everyone writes about people they know. Who shows up in your books over and over?
This may be cheesy, but I think a bit of my husband shows up in the love interest—especially his steadiness and his scientific mind.
Who do you think your reader is?
What do you imagine him or her to be like?
I think my reader is a lot like me at sixteen—more adventurous in books than in real life.
What are you working on now?
The sequel to Blood Rose Rebellion, which picks up about 8 months after the first.
Where can we find out more about you and your upcoming book?