I’ve been writing things since I was very young. It just took me a long time to finally decide to bind them together into a book. When I was five I started trying to write a Nancy Drew book. I think I got as far as the first sentence.
How did you come up with the title?
For my new release, The Brevity of Twit, I knew I wanted the book to be a humorous take on what I was doing with Twitter so the title came to me as a play on words.
Is this your first book? How many books have you written (published or unpublished)?
I have seven books now, all published. This is my first book that is mainly humor though.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The Brevity of Twit is a light-hearted, short read. But I do want the readers to glean after reading this that humor, pathos, and even wisdom can be written succinctly. My hope was that readers might compare sincere efforts at writing using brief word counts (flash fiction is on the rise) to such formats as the sonnet. Creativity can be stoked by boundaries rather than hindered. Larger word counts get a lot of press, but that misses the fact that the essence of something is the point of communication. It makes me sad when I hear of readers comparing word count to price value of a book. Content should drive the value of communication.
How much of the book is realistic?
This book is extremely realistic as it consists of actual twitter threads and tweets over about a three-year period. My commentary is in there as well, but you can’t get any more realistic than actual transcription!
Are your characters based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
When I write characters, as I have in my other books, they come to life on their own. I may know of a trait or situation that I use but the characters are very much their own person— to the point where I know what they look like in my head so there are no real-life models for them.
If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
I would. The sub-title is ‘poetry in 140 characters or less’ because much of what I wrote at the time was poetic, but the word poetry puts a lot of people off who say “Oh I hate that stuff,” and really the book is more about humor on Twitter, so I wish I had changed the sub-title to ‘humor in 140 characters or less.’ Live and learn.
Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?
Yes, leave reviews! We (authors) all say that. LOL
What do you enjoy most about writing?
There are two or three really exciting points in writing for me. One is when I get the full-fledged idea that I know I just have to write. Getting that whole concept in my mind is very exciting. Then during the story when it starts coming together, and I’ve begun to really love the characters—that is really satisfying. Last, finishing it! Finishing something like a book feels wonderful when you know you created everything in it and it consists of something important enough that you wanted to communicate it to others.
What age did you start writing stories/poems?
Besides my Nancy Drew debacle, lol, I started first writing poetry. I was about 13.
Is there one subject you would never write about as an author? What is it?
I like romantic elements in books but I don’t write a lot of risqué situations and am not really into graphic romance like portions of many books. I am a much more philosophical type person and you’re more likely to find me contemplating something else in the writing rather than focusing on bodies. The majority of my books steer away from romance all together.
What book are you reading now?
I finished The Empathy Exams a while ago and wrote a review on it which you can find on my website. My next read, which I have acquired but not started yet, is Neil Gaiman’s Trigger Warning: Short Fictions and Disturbances. I’m looking forward to reading that, but I need the time and space to really be able to read it right, which is why I don’t read that many books a year. I really want to go in depth with the books I read.
Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest?
Well, Leslie Jamison I felt created a revolution in the modern form of the essay, so I admire her. The last person I felt did that was Camille Paglia and her iconoclastic essay revolution was quite a while ago. Claudia Rankine is one for poetry with her book, Citizen. I always get hooked back on poetry. LOL
Then are unknown writers that I come across that I am constantly impressed with. A lot of them are Indies with great talent, trying to get their books out there or their name out there through traditional literary routes. I get discouraged because I often find these unknowns to be so much better than what is out there, and I wonder how much greatness we miss because of the literary process itself. I try to go out of my way to call out good artists that I find and spotlight them when I can. You know, the establishment would never have had John Kennedy Toole’s Confederacy of Dunce’s if his mother hadn’t beaten down every door she could find. Things like that should be an indicator to publishing icons.
Do you see writing as a career?
I have yet to discover the nuanced synergy of people, events, skills, and mystery that allow such a thing to transpire.
What book do you wish you had written?
There are many books I am impressed by when I read them, but once in a while I read something that makes me sit up and go “Oh my god.” It’s not even usually the content, it’s the way the author chose to convey the content or the writing style that so perfectly conceptualizes something beautifully, and I am awed. Jamison’s book kept me rapt all the way through. All of Philip K. Dick and Harlan Ellison’s book make me jealous. Atlas Shrugged was an “Oh my god” book.
Individual pieces and poems, yes, but not a whole book in a while. I don’t know that I’ve read any recently of the “Oh my god” caliber.
What genre is your next project? What is it about?
I want to focus on humor. Whatever the genre and topic I want to write it humorously. My humor tends to be very dry.
K.D. Rose is an author and poet who currently has “Heavy Bags of Soul,” “Inside Sorrow,” “I AM,” “Erasing: Shadows,” “Anger’s Children,” “A Taste for Mystery,” and her new release, “The Brevity of Twit” on sale now at Amazon and other retailers. K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art of all kinds, writing of all kinds, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who.How do we find your books, blog and bio?
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