Please tell us a little bit about your current projects?
Right now I have three new books up: this one, A Taste for Mystery, is two concurrent novellas that follow each other in time and revolve around two main characters, Jack and Carolyn who are both detectives and have an on and off again relationship. I also have a book out consisting of three shorts that all take you far out of normal everyday life, and last, I have a book out called The Brevity of Twit which is a humorous book and take on Twitter and social media using real tweets in it for demonstration.
My current project, which will actually last a long time, is Kill Chain, an interactive book which is being written a chapter at a time on a platform called StoryShift (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/634402 ) where readers vote on choices at the end of each chapter and the writer then has to write the next chapter based on the outcome. I am excited about this project as the platform is a hybrid for gamers and writers and offers interaction in a way I haven’t had before when writing.
When was the moment that you knew you had to be a writer?
I always wanted to be a writer and took every writing class I could in college when I wasn’t taking the classes for my degree (because I wanted a “solid” career to support me even though I wanted to write). I waited a long time, writing and saving and collecting what I wrote, then curating it, culling it, etc. The result was Heavy Bags of Soul, my first book. Since then, I’ve been writing non-stop. I also submit poetry to magazines and have been published in several magazines.
Who gave you the one piece of writing advice that sticks with you to this day?
I scrap together writing advice from all over and really appreciate it when authors take the time to give it. The most recent piece of advice I remember is about filter words. I hadn’t heard about those before which just goes to show you how much there is for me to still learn. It was from a great blog post which I reblogged here : https://authorkdrose.wordpress.com//?s=john+hartness&search=Go . *Warning, One of the reasons I loved this post was because of how he wrote it but he uses the “F” word in almost every sentence so if you are offended by language don’t read it. Personally, I loved the tone. It’s probably what a lot of editors wish they could say to writers but can’t.
Describe the “perfect” hero. What about the “perfect” hero for you?
Aha! I wrote a perfect hero in A Taste for Mystery. But then you begin to wonder about the anti-hero. What comes out is that we are all flawed human beings, capable of being heroic. If we have no flaws, wouldn’t that be kind of boring? Or would it? That question might be answered in the next instalment.
What are some of your favorite pastimes? Do you have any hobbies or collections?
It all goes back to books. I have a big collection of Philip K. Dick who was a genius; Robert Anton Wilson, also a genius, and many sci-fi oldies like Harlan Ellison (also a genius.) I also have an extensive poetry collection and I keep up on science from those who can write for us lay-people.
What has been your biggest adventure to date?
My whole life was kind of an adventure. I am settled in now and ready to have calm. Seriously. Everything I did in my twenties and thirties would fit that category. I just don’t write about it. LOL
If your fairy godmother waved her wand and whisked you away to the location of your choice, which place would you choose, and why?
Kauai is the favorite place I’ve been with Sedona coming a close second. But I’d have her take me to Europe, without having to fly, because I would love to see Paris, Italy, and London.
When it comes to food, are you the adventurous type who will try anything once, or do you prefer to stick to tried and true foods and recipes?
I think I had Squid or Octopus once when I was younger but no, I am not adventurous with foods at all. In fact I have to go gluten free. Gluten-free is about the most un-adventurous you can get.
What is the one modern convenience that you cannot do without?
I can’t live without my computer. I remember in high school typing on a typewriter for term papers just absolutely knowing that something like the computer existed or would be built and I was so angry that I had to still use this outdated piece of crap called the typewriter.
What is your favorite comfort food?
My favorite comfort food is breakfast. I grew up with a big stash of relatives around a table having a big southern breakfast with eggs, bacon, ham, grits and biscuits and all the trimmings. Sooo not gluten free. LOL
What project are you working on next?
That’s a good question. I’ve been procrastinating on my next project because I can’t decide if I will write another book of poetry, another book in general or just start submitting only to big publishers now that I have what I feel like is a decent number of books (7) out under my name. That means I have to write something “literary” in the publishing world’s use of that term which is exactly why I’m procrastinating.
Any place we can find you in person or on the net this month or next?
Check me out on StoryShift for each chapter of my novel as it progresses and vote! (http://www.newgrounds.com/portal/view/634402 You can also always find and reach me on my blog: https://authorkdrose.wordpress.com/ .
K.D. Rose is a poet and author who currently has published “Heavy Bags of Soul”, “Inside Sorrow”, “I AM”, “Erasing: Shadows”, “Anger’s Children: Three Shorts That Will Blow Your Mind”, “A Taste for Mystery: Two Novellas” and “The Brevity of Twit”.
Her poetry has been published in Candlelit Journal, the Voices Project, and showcased in the Tophat Raven Art and Literary Magazine. K.D.’s book, Inside Sorrow won the Readers Favorite 2013 international Silver Medal for Poetry.
K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who. KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms.
Follow private detectives Carolyn Woods, Jack Heart, and friends as they try to navigate murder, mystery, and romantic entanglements. Two novellas, two detectives, two lovers….what could go wrong?
He had six-pack abs, and I wanted to feel the carbonation.
This one dressed like the stereotype of a construction worker, down to the handkerchief he used to wipe sweat off his forehead. I don’t know if he or the hot day brought it out, but sweat poured off of me too. He had no interest in me as a person, though. I was invading his territory. Still, I enjoyed the view. For my part, I knew my clothes looked crappy. I didn’t have to wear uniforms anymore, but my street clothes, well they were very—street. So there I stood, a turd in the sun in front of this Adonis. Oh well.
He pointed to a small trailer up a muddy hill. The supervisor I asked to see apparently stayed in there. Stayed, as in never left. Great. Mud. Now I’d be a dried turd in the sun. Adonis went back to digging and I started the trek up the hill. At least I came with boots. Steel toed.
Once I made it to the trailer, I heard an argument going on inside.
“Look, I don’t care who you are. The plans are publically filed. Go get them yourself!” yelled someone.
Then I heard a voice I knew. Calm, cool, subversive. “Is there any reason you’re being so difficult? A man did die on your watch.”
An encounter I hadn’t planned on. Well, at least not until later tonight. I knocked loudly on the door and with my sweetest voice said, “Hello, boys. Am I interrupting something?”
“Great,” groused the supervisor. “A party.” He appeared to me like another stereotype, puffing on a cigar over a fat jowl line and rotund stomach that threatened to overturn the small desk he was behind. I guess there’s a reason for stereotypes. He looked about four hamburgers away from a heart attack.
On a wooden chair in front of the supervisor sat Jack. A fellow independent detective, an ally at times, a competitor…and my on and off lover.
“Well, well, well,” he said smiling, but I could tell he wasn’t happy to see me. Not here. It meant we were both working the same case. “Hello, Carolyn. Who hired you?”
“Girlfriend,” he answered back.
We stared at each other. Complications.
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