My name is Raychel Rose. I’m a young adult author who writes under many sub-genres. Beside writing I enjoy reading, listening to rock music, and being active in politics. I have a debut novel, The Garden of Ruin, out now. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01LYCHO6P/) I also just published my short story, The Sea of Ghosts. (https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01N3YOGXT) I also blog at my website: http://www.thatbrightyoungthing.com The only social media I am on is Pinterest (https://www.pinterest.com/roseofraychel) and Gab.ai (https://gab.ai/rose)
- Tell me about how and where you grew up? How did what you read as a kid influence your taste in novels as an adult? Did it inspire you to write? Were you always creative?
I mainly grew up in Iowa. And I actually didn’t like to read as a young kid at all. I had to be begged by my mother to read. I remember the only book series I really enjoyed in my elementary and Middle school ages were The Mandie Series by Lois Gladys Leopard and maybe a few Nancy Drew novels. To what I remember none of these inspired me to write.
I was always a creative kid, having a big imagination. I liked to draw the inside of houses and play dress up all the time. Despite not enjoying reading, I did come up with a few story ideas when I was eleven. It continued on for a few months, most are lost, but I have a few of them. But then I stopped writing them and I have no clue why.
- I loved your “Bill Clinton is a rapist” stunt. What inspired you to do it? And were you ever afraid while being surrounded by rabid Clinton supporters?
I was just sitting down the night before and boom an idea hit me. I thought I should go attend a Hillary Clinton rally and protest it somehow. I quickly looked up at her schedule and saw that her husband was coming to my town the very next day. It was all so perfect. I was a little bit afraid, but really I had an adrenaline rush. It was a pretty epic day.
- How do you feel about groups like the Sad Puppies/Rabid Puppies and the impact they’ve had on the SFWA and on writing in general?
Okay I had actually never heard of those groups before. So I guess I’d have to do further research before I formed an opinion on them.
- When did you have that moment, that “ah ha” moment that made you think you wanted to be a writer? And what do you hope to get out of a writing career?
When I was thirteen through fourteen I had really struggled with what I wanted to do with my life. I kept switching career ideas from chiropractor to interior designers. My ah ha moment was when I got really into reading. My sister gave me the book, Divergent by Veronica Roth, and I kept reading it and flipping back to the bio picture of Veronica and said, “I wanna do that.”.
So a few months later I would begin writing my first book. I had no clue what I was doing. And had no clue what a writing career entailed or even how to get published.
- Stephen King says if you don’t have time to read you don’t have time to write. What are you reading right now and what is on your “to read” shelf for 2017? What books are you excited about?
My reading life has been terrible this year, and of course that has made my writing life terrible as well. I normally read close to 70 books a year, but so far I’ve read like 20. It’s been hard to really find a book and stick with it, but what I just finished was Out of Easy by Ruta Sepetys.
Ah for 2017. I’ve really fallen out of new and upcoming books. The only one I can think of is the third book to Bianca Scardoni’s Marked series.
- Which authors would you say influenced your style and choice of topic the most? Who do you love to read? Which authors or books do you find yourself going back to year after year?
I don’t know if I can really trace back and say a specific author who influenced my style. I’d just have to go with when I first started really enjoying reading, I read a lot of young adult, and I think that’s what made me choose to write young adult. But as I find myself getting older, I do find myself distancing away from that and writing for older audiences.
Also I’m not one to reread a lot. So there’s not one author that I always turn to when I want to reread something.
- Are you a formally trained writer, like in a university or college program? Or did you just grab a few books and start reading, then writing? What do you think of the current paradigm where too many writers seem to think they need an MFA to be a “real writer”?
I was never formally trained and nor do I plan on becoming formally trained. I’ve attended only one conference. But mainly I learned from my homeschool studies and reading hundreds of blog posts online. I’ve only read a few craft books and find them somewhat difficult as most of them are pushing how they write, when there are many methods to writing.
I find it absolutely silly that aspiring writers think they must attend college in order to write a novel after they graduate. It makes me want to laugh at them really hard. Because most writers you see, they went to college for something like engineering or sports and then decided that wasn’t for them and so they just wrote, without any English oriented degree.
- And while we’re on the topic of “real writers” what makes someone a professional writer as opposed to an amateur?
I think amateurs would be ones who lack experience. They always talk about writing a book, or have written some unfinished pieces, but they never stick to it. They don’t dedicate themselves into writing 100% percent. It’s always a far-away dream for them.
- What is your process like? What do you do to get yourself into that headspace of writing? Would you call yourself a sprinter or a long distance runner when it comes to how you write a book?
I’d definitely say music and looking at my inspiration boards on Pinterest get me into the mood to write. There is no way I could write without my music. It always evokes the emotion and theme of the story in me. I’d call myself a sprinter. I like to get the point across quickly so that I don’t lose it.
- What are your favorite themes to address in your work? What topics do you find yourself coming back to piece after piece?
The only theme between all the stories I’ve written is probably, first love in a time of uncertainty. I’ve never really kept a singular strong theme throughout all the books I’ve written, each novel is different and tackles different theme and topics.
- You wrote a blog post about your experience with NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month – November) which managed to rustle a few jimmies in your comments section. Can you tell us about your experience with NaNoWriMo and why you managed to upset some participants?
At first I just started to notice how many SJWs (Social Justice Warriors) there were in the forums. I also posted a few things in them and my comments were either censored or taken down. That’s when I did a bit more research into people not liking NaNoWriMo and why they didn’t participate. I noticed among several professional writers that they didn’t like the event because of what it gave, empty promises and a sense of: oh I’ll try to write a novel this November, and then set themselves up for failure. From there I went to becoming a bit of a troll and spoke out against NaNoWriMo in the forums and from there they banned me from the site.
- Where do ideas come from? Do you use a writer’s notebook and just observe life then piece things together to make a book?
I get ideas from anywhere. Some just randomly from just nothing. I have writing ideas everywhere, sticky notes, notebooks, etc. A lot of ideas come from pictures as well.
- For you, what comes first: character, plot, setting, theme, the beginning, the ending, a scene you want to write? What is it that makes you say “Yes this is worth my time to write”?
Most stories come with the plot first. Or sometimes I just get this feeling that I want to write something in a certain time period and form ideas from there. Or sometimes I’ll find pictures of a model of celebrity and form characters ideas from that.
- I’m guessing based on your harassment of Bill Clinton that you fall somewhere on the right side of the political divide. How would you characterize your political views, and what do you think are the most important issues facing the new Trump administration?
I’d most likely consider myself on the “Alt-Right”. But then again I kind of toss it into the air because I don’t want to give into identify politics. And the “Alt-Right” isn’t a certain set in stone defined term yet.
Right now, I think the most important matter is Isis. There are more and more of them everyday, with more attacks. Second to that I would say illegal immigration, third, defeating the lying mainstream media and crooked politicians.
- Many authors are influenced by the religious values they grew up with or adopted. Can you tell us a little about what you believe in, (or don’t believe in) and how it impacts your writing?
I grew up in a Christian family and still adhere to that faith very strongly. I like to see how it impacts my writing like a C. S. Lewis novel or J. J. R. Tolkien. I never really wanted to publish with a Christian publisher or label my books as religious. If I truly wanted to make an impact in someone’s life I didn’t need to flash it in their faces. So I choose to use low key themes that reflect my beliefs.
- Tell me about The Garden of Ruin beyond just the blurb on the website. Imagine I’m a young person in the bookstore and you see me looking at your book. Convince me to buy it.
The Garden of Ruin really can be for anyone. There’s not too much romance in it. So both genders can enjoy it. It’s clean and wholesome so even younger teens can enjoy it, while also being entertaining to young adults as well. I think my book also has an edge because I’m not trying to push a leftist agenda hidden between the pages, nor do I feel like I’m recycling a best selling book either.
- What are you working on now? Do you have an upcoming book in The Rose Master series?
It’s embarrassing but my writing life has been very sad this past year. I got sick with Lyme back in December and am still sick with it so it has been hard. One thing I did work on was plotting. I plotted about two full novels in great detail and then wrote shorter plots for several other stories. Now I’m currently writing a short story to get back into the groove and from there I plan on writing the second book in The Rose Master series, titled, The Garden of Doom. I’m actually really excited because I just purchased the cover work for it, hoping it will motivate me.
- Is there a book or concept you have in your head that isn’t really “ready” to be born yet? Is there something you think is so good you have to improve as a writer before you touch it, or do you write the ideas as they come to you?
Probably rewriting my first novel and working on any type of WW2 novel, as I only have a basic understanding of that and I feel like to do the novel right, I would need to heavily research things.
- What inspires you?
Small little known historical events. I always try to incorporate them into my novels. These are the things that aren’t well known. For example, my short story, The Sea of Ghosts, is written about a shipwreck in Bermuda. There are only two online article about it. I like to find events like these and twist them into a story.