Author Roseanne Beck
We first met Roseanne when she sent us her book, Talk to Me for review. We fell in love with her style and voice. Then she sent us Turn the Paige, and we were hooked. Roseanne writes love stories with witty humor and beautiful writing. She did our annual book event and made it a fabulous time with grace and great content.
I want to properly introduce you to Roseanne so we will start here:
Roseanne Beck is a lover of laughter. A writer of romance. And an injurer of her male main characters.
It is her greatest hope that the people in her head entertain you as much as they do her.
She’s a physician who enjoys unleashing her creativity in her off-hours.
She loves college basketball and hates Christian Laettner. She has way too many song lyrics rattling around in her brain. It’s a wonder there’s room for anything else. She would love to hear from you if you’ve enjoyed her stories.
Interview conducted by Very Sherry Terry.
Come. Read her interview with us for a peek into her writing and her life.
TNR: Tell us about your writing process, and the way you brainstorm romance story ideas.
Roseanne: So far I’ve been lucky—characters and situations pop into my head. They usually roll around in there, percolating, while I’m working on another book (and doing my day job). I’ll get an idea for the main characters and their overall situation, then as I write, the story kind of fills in around them. The first few chapters are always rough and time-consuming while I get to know them, then the story tends to flow better/go faster as I get a sense of their personalities and how they react.
TNR: Why did you choose to write romantic comedies?
Roseanne: Because I love romance, I love to laugh, and I love awkward situations. This is what I enjoy reading, and this is what I enjoy writing.
TNR: I love the humor in your books. What are you currently working on and what is it about?
Roseanne: I’m working on the third book of the Love Hurts series – Ellie and Clay’s book. Ellie’s done with the bad boys. Clay’s the epitome of what she’s trying so hard to avoid. The more she gets to know him, however, the more she gets the feeling that he’s not exactly what she thought. And that makes him all the more dangerous.
TNR: That sounds so interesting! How often do you write, and do you have a special time during the day to write?
Roseanne: My ideal writing time falls between 9 AM and 3 PM. It seems that my brain has an off switch in the late afternoon. Unfortunately, I also have a full-time job, so writing for me is usually a weekend endeavor (with occasional bursts of creativity scattered here and there).
TNR: Do you write with a specific reader in mind?
Roseanne: I write stuff I like/what I’m looking for. The entertaining, awkward, and funny, because that’s what I enjoy.
TNR: Me too! There are some great dark romance authors, but I like fun and humor and a lighter hand with the storytelling. Let me ask you, for your own reading, do you prefer ebooks or traditional paper/hardback books?
Roseanne: I love paperbacks and hadn’t tried reading ebooks until I started publishing them earlier this year. Now I’ve made the leap, and I love them too!
TNR: I love the smell of a library book, but alas I also had to make the leap into ebooks too. What marketing strategies do you find most helpful? Any resources you would recommend to other authors or aspiring authors?
Roseanne: Listen, learn, research, and practice. I actually like the business side of writing, and to me, the marketing aspect is enjoyable and challenging. I’ve joined several FB groups which have been invaluable, and I’ve read and reread a stack of books which I can’t recommend enough. The books that have helped me the most are Brian D. Meeks’ MASTERING AMAZON ADS, Michael Cooper’s HELP! MY FACEBOOK ADS SUCK, and Chris Fox’s books (SIX FIGURE AUTHOR, WRITE TO MARKET, and LAUNCH TO MARKET were most helpful to me).
Read them, study them, read them again. Writing is a business.
TNR: I agree. Writing is a business. What part of your writing time do you devote to marketing?
Roseanne: Since my brain isn’t good for writing in the late afternoons and evenings, this is when I tend to do more of the business-y stuff like marketing.
TNR: Do you prefer to write alone or in the company of other people?
Roseanne: Alone. I get distracted otherwise.
TNR: And now for a more personal question. If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go? Why?
Roseanne: Ireland and New Zealand are on my bucket list. I’ve taken Australia off the list because there are too many snakes. (Hint to those of you who have read my books—there’s usually at least one aspect of the FMC that’s based on me.) I have no idea why they’re on the list, other than I’ve just always wanted to go there.
TNR: Those sound like awesome places to visit. I myself want to stay in a castle in Scotland. What a great research trip that would be. Thank you so much for taking the time to grace us with an interview. I had a blast!
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