I don’t have my own blog (just yet), but I’m happy to be writing for the Soulmate Author Blog. I was fortunate enough to join the Soulmate family October 2013, when I signed a contract for my debut novel, “Gracie’s Plan,” set to be released August 27. Since then, I’ve been surrounded by the most wonderful, and supportive folks you could ever meet.
As I quickly approach my release date, I’m a jumble of emotions…the excited- always-wanted-this part of me is jumping up and down saying, “Look at me! Look at me!” While the introvert is cowering in the corner saying, “Don’t look at me, please.” It’s a whole mixed bag of emotions I can’t get away from, no matter how hard I try. So I guess all I can do at this point, is take a deep breath, and enjoy the ride of this incredible journey.
Thank you for listening to my rambling, now it’s on to the next part of my post. This month I’m taking part in Read Romance Month, which is being celebrated through the month of August. Below are some questions I’ve answered about my journey to becoming a romance writer. Thank you for stopping by, and enjoy!
- Describe the most daring, adventurous, or inspiring thing you ever did.
This was a tough question, and I had to really think about before I answered. I would say writing encompasses all of these things so I’ve done all of them. And I think anyone that writes has as well. Writing is daring, because you’re exposed, having others read your work makes you feel vulnerable. Sending a manuscript out into the world is a scary prospect, whether to an agent, editor, for impending publication. Even for a friend or family to critique.
Writing is adventurous, because you never know where you’re going to end up. You create this world, these characters that are in your mind, and whether you plot or work your way in blindfolded, it’s an exciting adventure! And you just never know where it will take you.
Writing is inspiring, because to put stories on paper that will have an emotional impact on others is a very powerful thing. Whether you elicit a positive or negative reaction in your reader, you’ve got a reaction. Of course we want the reader’s experience to be positive, but there’s always one little pesky fly in the ointment, and we can’t please everybody.
Despite the scary “unknowns” of writing, for me, it has been soothing, healing, therapeutic, and always a happy place that I look forward to visiting every time. Even during the roughest case of writer’s block, or the dreaded “middle,” where you think what you’re writing is crap, and you’ll never finish the darned thing. Then you get through it all, and you’re left with this beautiful story in the end.
- Tell us about your journey to becoming a writer. (How did you decide to get started? Did you always know or was there a specific moment when you knew?)
I was fourteen when I read my first romance, and I was hooked. I decided right then and there I wanted to do that! I guess I never imagined how far I would go, probably until some great encouragement from my high school English teacher. She gave my first manuscript, an adult contemporary to her published sister. I got some very positive feedback, and from that moment on I hung on to my dreams. I always knew I would someday be published. In my mind, it wasn’t ever a matter of it, but when. Now, seventeen years after I started, I’m reaping the hard earned fruits of my labor.
- Tell us about The (or A) Book That Changed Your Life. (Why?)
The book that changed my life was Julia Quinn’s “Everything and the Moon,” I read it and fell in love with romance. I thought it might be fun to write, so I tried, and after that I was addicted and couldn’t stop. It got into my blood so to speak, or maybe it was always there, lurking at the surface, and ready to come out and play.
Rose Lange has been a reader since she was little. Her joy for reading eventually turned into a passion for writing, which she started pursuing in high school. Her English teacher read her first manuscript, a contemporary romance, and encouraged her to keep writing.
She is a member of Romance Writer’s of America, as well as the Wisconsin Chapter, where she has formed wonderful friendships.
Rose lives in Southeastern Wisconsin with her husband, son, and a mischievous poodle, Gizmo. She loves spending time in her “mommy” cave creating stories, and getting to know her characters.
When she’s not busy writing, she enjoys spending time with her family, watching old movies, reading, and shopping.
“Gracie’s Plan,” a contemporary romance, is her debut novel.
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