MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR WILLOW ROSE!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
My name is Willow Rose and I write mysteries, horror, thrillers, fantasy, sci-fi and paranormal romance. Some also call me the Queen of Scream. I have written more than fifty books.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
My latest book is book 8 in The Vampires of Shadow Hills series. It’s the story of an entire neighborhood of supernatural creatures who live in hiding in our world. It begins with Robyn Jones who at the age of 16 finds out that her parents aren’t exactly what she believed them to be. She always knew her mother was kind of crazy but soon she realizes they are actually vampires and now her older brother is becoming one too. She’s in love with the boy across the street but their parents don’t want them to be together and she doesn’t know why. Book by book we get to know about these families and what they are. There are werewolves, witches, dragons and mer-people too. There’s a love-triangle and there’s a killer on the loose that mystifies them all as they try to find out who it is.
Can you tell me about your Series?
My latest series is called The Vampires of Shadow Hills. It’s a Y/A series that has both mystery and romance in it. I have written 8 books so far in this series.
Do you have a favorite book out of this series?
Book 7 was probably my favorite to write, but I love all of them. Every time I finish one I always believe that was the best one yet. Luckily my readers seem to agree.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
It just came to me. You know how teenagers grow up to realize that their parents are simply humans with all the mistakes and faults it comes with. Well, what if they grew up and found out the opposite, that they weren’t human at all? And what if you don’t want to end up being like them? What if your parents were vampires and you didn’t want to become one? What if they want you to marry one when you’re in love with someone who comes from a family of werewolves?
Was it always meant to become a series?
Yes. It was the plan from the beginning. Every book is a month all leading up to a Halloween Block Party where we know that someone is killed.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
Once the kids are off to school I sit down and write till they get back. I write as much as I can and am inspired to. I drink tons of green tea and listen to Florence and the Machine while I write.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
The next book is a thriller. It’s the 9th book in my Rebekka Franck-series. It’s called Ten Little Girls. It’s the story of every mother’s nightmare: Waiting for the school bus and then your little girl doesn’t come out. In total ten little girls disappear on one day from the same school and the hunt to get them back, alive, begins.
Where do your ideas come from?
They come from everything and everywhere. Sometimes it can be a dream, other times it’s a feeling. Oftentimes it’s a What if? you know like when you’re standing at the bus stop waiting for your daughter to come out and you think what if she doesn’t? What if you call the school and they say she isn’t there either?
Is there a genre you’ve been wanting to experiment on?
I have recently tried sci-fi and dark fantasy and loved it. I have written in so many different genres that the only ones I haven’t tried are contemporary romance and erotica. I don’t think I would be very good at either of them, so I’ll leave that to those that can do it better. I would only end up killing someone in the middle of some hot scene and that would be a mess.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
The middle of the book is always the hardest, but I don’t struggle with it as much as I used to. I just love writing so much I can’t stop.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
I have made several book trailers. Personally I love them but I am not sure they generate much sale.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Personally I would say creating a family and not losing my mind in the process.
Professionally then just the fact that I have been able to write this many books. People tend to drop their jaw when I tell them.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
Everything. If I could I would write non-stop. It’s the best. I love creating worlds and making people feel my characters.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
Writing more books. I am right where I want to be.
Have you always liked to write?
I have always enjoyed telling stories. I would tell them to my friends in school making them forget to go outside and play for recess. Writing them down came later. I have always had these stories and characters in my mind and thought everyone else had them too. I was in my twenties when I realized that it was just me.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Read as much as you write. I read constantly. It gives you inspiration and it’s great to see how other authors solve certain situations in their stories.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I don’t know how to answer that. What an awful thought. I have however always wanted to be able to sing. But alas, that is not my strength.
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
I pay no attention to reviews. I learned many years ago that people like different things and some people will love your book whereas others will hate it. We are all different and we can’t all like the same.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
I like the change. I like shifting between worlds and between characters. This spring I wrote 8 novels about vampires and supernatural creatures and now I need a break and to write about something closer to reality. This way I don’t get tired of my characters or of writing. I keep it fun and interesting.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mom. When growing up I would always find her with her nose in a book. She studied literature in college and introduced me to big authors like Jean-Paul Sartre and Albert Camus back when I was very young. She would also hand me a Sherlock Holmes book every now and then and that was when I fell in love with the mystery genre.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It makes me happy. Sometimes I feel drained emotionally if I have been writing about something deep and touching, or something devastating happening to my characters, but usually it just makes me happy.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I write the stories that come to me. The ones in my heart that I know I will be passionate about. I think that is important. Readers can feel it if you love the story yourself and if you’re burning to tell it.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Blessed Beyond Imagination
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m on facebook, twitter, Goodreads and I have a webpage:
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
It was my pleasure.