MY INTERVIEW WITH MY AUTHOR ROSE ETHRIDGE
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hello, I’m Rose Ethridge, the author of Quest of the Bloodline, a young adult supernatural fantasy novel.
Tell me about your book. How did you come up with that (story, angle, idea)?
Quest of the Bloodline is a coming-of-age novel set in a world where vampires live in isolation. The heroine, Bronwyn Nightshade, is a unique-looking vampire in terms of physical appearance as well as abilities. All she wanted was to be accepted in her community and The Trial was her answer. From there, her life changes and deep dark secrets are revealed.
I had this story in my mind since I was in high school. It was a product of my daily daydreaming, like an escape fantasy world. When we were told to write a short story for our literature class, this story came to life. I created Bronwyn from my favorite female characters from a few of my favorite books. She is a bit of Harmione Granger from Harry Potter series, Elena Gilbert of Vampire Diaries, and Clary from the Mortal Instruments.
How did you get interested in writing this particular genre (historical novels, mysteries, sci-fi, children’s books, etc.)?
I’ve always been a fan of mythical creatures, supernatural sightings, folklores, and the like. When I was younger, instead of asking my parents to tell me dreamy bedtime stories I’d request for more interesting tales. In the end, my dad would tell mythologies from different countries and cultures instead of fairytales, handsome princes, and beautiful gowns.
What kind of research did you do for this book?
Being a writer, you need extensive research since you want your readers to learn something new from what you write. In my part, since I am quite well-versed with vampire myths, I read all vampire novels and stories that I can get my hands into.
Where did you get the inspiration/idea for your series?
My usual bonding with my dad was bedtime stories and movie marathons. We would usually watch vampire and supernatural movies. His favorite was Van Helsing and The Lost Boys, and I watched them with him. I think my fascination with vampires started there. I then started reading books of L.J. Smith and Anne Rice. Later I became a fan of J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer.
Was it always meant to become a series?
No. I was actually shocked myself. It was simply a class requirement that grew longer and longer and longer. I woke up one day and read my journal, then there it is. The Quest of the Bloodline was conceived.
What’s a typical working day like for you? When and where do you write? Do you set a daily writing goal?
I’ve always loved writing and it has become a routine. One of my professors in college once taught me a writing exercise that could enhance my style. She advised me to write every day. It doesn’t matter where, when, what it is all about, or how long it may be. As long as I am able to write anything. By the end of the day, I’d read what I wrote. From there ideas spark and my muse comes to visit me. That is when I start writing on my novel.
Do you have a new book in the making and if so, what’s the name of your upcoming book?
I never stop writing. Am I working on a new book? You’ll know pretty soon.
How important are character names to you in your books? Is there a special meaning to any of the names?
I’m not good with names. I just try saying them out loud and see if their names fit. 😀
Where do your ideas come from?
I get ideas everywhere. When I ride the bus, I’d look out the window and see what’s in the street, then I’d imagine them to be something else. Boom! It becomes an idea for a story. Sometimes a conversation I heard somewhere would spark an idea. Or just watching people pass by and going on with their lives.
Is there a genre that you’ve been wanting to experiment with?
Lately I started reading dystopian and science fictions. Those genres really got me interested.
What is the hardest part of writing for you?
Coming up with a very good ending that would satisfy my story, my characters, myself, my editor, and my readers.
What do you think of book trailers? Do you have a trailer or do you intend to create one for your own book?
Book trailers are good for book marketing. Today’s generation are more visual so book trailers are more likely to pique their interest. And I had a plan to create a book trailer of my own to begin with and I did launch one! Just to give readers a sneak peek of the world I created and I’m happy on how it came out. You can check it out at this link — https://questofthebloodline.com/book-trailer/. J
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment?
Finishing a novel is accomplishment enough, any writer would attest to that. But having it published, seeing your book in bookstores and touching your brainchild with your own hands, it’s a priceless feeling.
What’s the best thing about being an author?
You can make a new world that you like, that you wish existed. But that is not the only part, an author can also share this world to their readers and inspire them. Now that is the best part.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
I’m always a dreamer and am not very fond of outlining my life. But I would really want to be an author still even if ten years have passed.
Have you always liked to write?
I like to believe that I was born to write, so yes, I’ve always loved it.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
For aspiring authors, you have to be a reader to be a writer for you can’t share what you do not know. Then, keep on writing. If you write even just a single paragraph every day, that paragraph would surely pile up and may be a making of a good novel. Richard Bach said it well — “A professional writer is an amateur who didn’t quit.”
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I think I’d be teaching elementary kids. I like kids and I love teaching, occasionally. 😀
Do you read reviews of your book(s)? Do you respond to them, good or bad? How do you deal with the bad?
When you study creative writing, it is protocol to have someone critique your work. At first I’d end up crying or get angry then frustrated. Later on, I realized that all I need to do is listen to all the critiques and see what I need to improve. In the end, it is always up to me as to how my work goes.
What is your least favourite part of the writing / publishing process?
What I love the most in the writing process is the making of my characters. I not only make them up but I try to imagine that they are real people. I try to imagine them in front of me then I write them down. I don’t start writing if my characters aren’t solid yet.
In the publishing process, I liked the part where we were conceptualizing the book cover. This novel is my brainchild, it’s like my brain was pregnant since high school and now it has given birth to this novel that I am most proud of. I wanted it to have a face that resonates me. I was very thankful to GotoPublish since they gave me what I’ve always wanted, especially with what they did for my book cover.
Why did you choose to write in your genre? If you write in more than one, how do you balance them?
This genre is what I’m comfortable with. I’m still starting out so I’m not doing some other genres yet, but maybe I’ll try to experiment someday.
Where did your love of books come from?
My mother is an avid reader. She reads all kinds of books, may it be fiction or non-fiction. But she reads fictions more. I’d see her laugh, cry, and get angry while reading a book. I’d often think, “Wow! A book can do that to my mom?” When I learned how to read, I finally understood why.
Do you have any favorite authors or favorite books?
L.J. Smith, Anne Rice, J.K. Rowling, and Gabriel Garcia Marquez. I’m recently reading works of Suzanne Collins and Rick Riordan, and I’m surely loving them. I never pick favorites among my books, the others might get jealous. 😀 But I have a book that I’ve read countless times, Interview with a Vampire and Vampire Diaries.
Of all the characters you have created, which is your favourite and why?
Bronwyn Nightshade. Not because she is the main character but she was the first character I created. She represents the perfect me. The “me” that conquers my weaknesses. She inspires me more than anything.
Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Both. When an idea sparks, it’s like billions of electric volts running through my veins inspiring me to write. When I finish a whole chapter, I’m left exhausted, drained, and very hungry. I even think writing is more exhausting than running.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
Though most would say that there are no more original works in literature any more, I still strive to be unique in other ways. I think talented authors can make a way to meet half-way with what readers want. That’s how my story can get across best, I believe.
If you were writing a book about your life, what would the title be?
Where can your fans find you and follow??
You can follow me on Twitter at @theRoseEthridge, Facebook at @therealRoseEthridge, and visit my website at www.questofthebloodline.com. If you would want to know what Bronwyn is up to, you can grab a copy of my book at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and other online bookstores.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️