MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR ARDENT ROSE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Ardent Rose and Romance in many forms from suspense to paranormal all with a bit of erotica too.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Cowboy Take Me Away is based off the short story previously published titled Wild Horses…
The story derived from a friend who loved horses. From various conversations and what if scenarios, I wrote a story revolving around a couple who had a coincidental meeting that turned into love at first sight.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
My heart is filled with romance and I am a sucker for a happy ending, but I want my characters to work for it otherwise it would be a Hallmark Card.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
I read up on horses. The breeds and how stud service works as well as the birthing process, all of which is included in the book. I also did extensive search on the Wynn Hotel in Vegas and their wedding services. Plus, I searched wedding dresses, cakes, rings, etc…
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
A typical day for me begins around 9:00 AM with coffee and Facebook, checking notifications and answering messages as well as making my first post of the day. Around 11-12, I will either prepare swag, mailing or work on teasers and promos. Writing happens for me about 1:00 PM and usually last past 5:00 Monday thru Friday and varies on the weekend. I often will write seven days a week, if I am meeting a goal. Then I might take a few days break to prepare for the next book.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The next book is titled Passion’s Everlasting Love, formerly known as the Passion Trilogy. Currently, the trilogy has been rewritten into one volume and changed to third person. It is under consideration at House of Dark Angel Publishers at this time.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
Names make the character, in my opinion, I choose them thoughtfully. Most are chosen because of the person they represent. Such as Garrett Thomas is a play on my friend’s real name. My female names are chosen by the muse. I learn to rely on my intuition in these matters.
Where do your ideas come from?
Most of my ideas have been from people I have talked to and the brainstorming we’ve done. Others, from music like Vegas Bride. Even a picture will evoke a response and before you know it a story is born. That is, of course, how live writes work and I am completely addicted.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Recently, I have toyed with horror. Although, not one I would have chosen outright, but an author friend asked me to collaborate with him by adding my erotic spice to the dark side. I am loving every minute of it.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Grammar, particularly verb tense, and that damnable Oxford comma. Once I get the idea and begin to write the muse takes over and the words flow. The editing and feedback is where my work has been lacking and with House of Dark Angel Publishers, gratefully I have that.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer, or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I think book trailers are wonderful. They offer another way to market your work in a way reader don’t expect. It gives life to the story. I have contacted someone to create one for Cowboy Take Me Away.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
I would say Cowboy Take Me Away… the process took about nine months, and the growing I did as an author can be seen in the work. I have written a blog spot featuring Marcus Lemonis’ mantra, people, process, product. If you trust the process, improve the product and people will buy it… in this instance, read it. I trusted the process set forth by my publisher and I feel the product is worthy.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Daily creating your own worlds with complete control of every aspect. A story can be happy or sad, life or death, and showing not telling with words.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
ON the NY Times best seller list… I have lofty goals lol
Have you always liked to write?
I would say yes, mostly poetry. I have always enjoyed research and writing my idea of what I read. The creativity has always been a part of me in one way or another. I am an avid reader, crafter and jewelry designer.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Don’t give up even when you think no one is reading your work. Take pride in what you’ve written and own it. The best way to do any of that is to find and editor you trust and if you’re lucky a publisher who believes in you. I did.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
Jewelry and crafts, I attended many shows as a vendor over the years and I enjoyed it.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
Yes, I read my reviews and over the last three years, the only bad review was about formatting. Which I changed. I think it best to be neutral good or bad on reviews especially since Amazon is taking such a hard line these days. I would also say my skin is a bit thicker than it used to be and I may not be everyone’s cup of tea.
What is your least favorite part of the writing / publishing process?
The best part is getting the book to my readers. It was frustrating not to have a pre-order or buy link, when so many wanted to get my book before it was published. But now, I readily hand that link out.
What are you working on now?
I am doing my research on Scottish folklore and Orkney folklore. I started a series that I am thinking would make a great book about an Immortal Clan of brothers.
Why did you choose to write in your genre?
If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
Why romance, why do I breathe?
It is in my heart and soul. I dream of happy couples with perfect love and it is within my power to create that, from mermaids to vampires. The balance comes with good preparation and research. Once that is accomplished the writing works best.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother read Harlequin Romance novels for as far back as I can remember and still does to this day. She reads probably ten a week.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
I have many favorite authors including Karen Marie Moning and JR Ward, but since becoming a part of the author world I haven’t read a book that wasn’t by someone I know or met at a takeover. Sandra Ramblin Neeley has a wonderful series about shifter, Avaleigh’s Boys and I watch and wait daily for the next one. Gabriella Messina has a brilliant series, Bloodline and RA Pollard’s Seven Sins series is phenomenal, and Cree Nations, Texas Heat series is unmatched.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favorite and why?
I would say Peter Adams in my upcoming book Passion’s Everlasting Love. He is a real man who I have known for many years. His strength comes through in real life much like the book. Peter encouraged me constantly and told me to get published I was better than some he’d read.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It is definitely energizing especially when its new and fresh. If only my old body could keep up, I’d get further faster.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Not sure if I have one except maybe interruptions. My husband has a bad habit of just dropping into my office to chat…
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
It is an effort I try to make constantly. The genre is saturated, and it is difficult to stand out. Best thing I can do is write quality stories that have the readers begging for more.
What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
Cree Nations has taken on role as mentor, she is also part of House of Dark Angel Publishers. She has encouraged me with words, tools, criticism and listening. She showed me a way no one ever took the time to before. She helped me understand that quality is more important than quantity. Good writing takes time and there is a method to the madness that at times frustrated me, but she was always there. She has become the angel perched on my shoulder guiding me. I could never have gotten to this place without her.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
The Romantic Screw-Up …
What question have you always wanted to be asked in an interview? How would you answer that question?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
Crazy 4 Rose Fan Group https://www.facebook.com/groups/crazy4rose
Rose Petals Street Team https://www.facebook.com/groups/petalrose
WordPress Blog https://roseardent.wordpress.com
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
❤️ Cowboy Take Me Away ❤️
🌹by: Ardent Rose 🌹
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Olivia Hughes finds herself alone in the world after the tragic death of her parents. She turns to her boyfriend, Phillip Powers, for comfort, which turns to abuse. She finally gains the courage to leave her abuser. A chance meeting with cowboy rancher, Garrett Thomas tosses her world into a tailspin and sets the stage for an explosive romance, but not before sexy guitar player, Jake Russell shows her the way back to herself and the passion forgotten inside her. She finds herself trapped by her love for Garrett and the temptation of Jake, while Phillip continues to interfere. He has set a devious plan in motion to gain revenge on her and destroy everyone she cares about.
When a dark mysterious stranger visits Tomitown, Garrett’s past comes into question. Xavier Calder, Garrett’s best friend, and a professional gambler. Suddenly his less than innocent past that leads him straight into danger. It appears the past won’t stay buried for Garrett or Olivia…