K.D. was able to complete the interview and I am so pleased. Please join me in getting to know her.
- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It exhausts me! But thinking up what I’m going to write about energizes me.
- What is your writing Kryptonite?
Health issues. 😦
- Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
I do write under a pen name. K.D. Rose is my real initials coupled with my family name on my mother’s side. So all my relatives are actually Rose’s on that side! It’s not my married name though. All my books and literary publications are under my Rose name.
- What other authors are you friends with, and how do they help you become a better writer?
I have been friends with a number of authors and how close they are and how much we help each other is invaluable. Because my health changes, how close I can stay changes too, which is unfortunate but it is wonderful when you can root for people and they root for you.
- Do you want each book to stand alone, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I focus completely on literary publications now. In fact I was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. My body of books are still there but they run the gamet. I do have another book ready to go when I am able.
- What was the best money you ever spent as a writer?
I had a mentorship with a poet that I contacted when I found him in the Poets Market Book. That was a wonderful relationship and feedback with new ideas.
- What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
When I wrote a smart alecky note to my teacher in elementary school. We were supposed to be writing apologies. I didn’t feel Iike I had done anything wrong. I got hauled out of class into the hallway for a talking to!
- What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
All of Philip K. Dicks works. He was a master science fiction writer. Also Harlan Ellison. They are both famous but not as much as they should be.
- As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
I’m in love with cats so it would be some kind of cat. Probably a black panther.
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
About two in the works. But lots of literary works too.
- What does literary success look like to you?
I’d like to win a few pushcart prizes. That would be successful to me. Then win another type of prestigious prize as well.
- What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
My writing doesn’t usually require too much so I research things here and there, in deep once in a while. Mostly its superficial things though.
- How many hours a day/week do you write?
When I am well, I write 6 to 8 hours a day. But then lots of time will go by where I can’t at all.
- How do you select the names of your characters?
I based one book on the first names of family. I and they thought that was fun. Other than that, I usually pick a name that I feel fits the personality.
- What was your hardest scene to write?
I had to write a sex scene because the publisher wanted it and had no idea how to! I just don’t write those.
- Why did you choose to write in your particular field or genre? If you write more than one, how do you balance them?
I balanced by trying them out but poetry always remained my speciality. Now it is essays and literary publishing in journals. I have a number of fiction books out though.
- How long have you been writing?
Since I was in my teens. It has always been an inspiration for me.
- What inspires you?
I love it when ideas come either out of the blue or from something I am seeing or experiencing at the time. That gives me a rush.
- How do you find or make time to write?
I am lucky in that I have a library set up just for that. It beckons me. So making the time is just balancing writing and health usually.
- What projects are you working on at the present?
I have an essay that I am in the middle of. I received good feedback on it and need to incorporate the feedback to rewrite.
- What do your plans for future projects include?
I have a book I am probably going to self- publish. I haven’t published in awhile and the companies I was publishing with went out of business. My other future projects are all essays for submission to literary journals.
- Share a link to your author website.
Here it is! https://authorkdrose.net/
In the meantime here is her website to give you a taste.
K. D. Rose is a poet and author. K.D received a Pushcart Prize nomination for her poem: There are Species of Stars that Have Yet to be Seen. K. D.’s book, Inside Sorrow, won Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published in Word Riot, Chicago Literati, Poetry Breakfast, BlazeVOX Journal, Ink in Thirds, Northern Virginia Review, The Nuclear Impact Anthology, Stray Branch Magazine, Literary Orphans, Maintenant Contemporary Dada Magazine, Lunch Ticket Arts and Literary Magazine, The 2016 Paragram Press Anthology, Eastern Iowa Review, Bop Dead City, Santa Fe Literary Magazine, Hermes Poetry Magazine, Slipstream, Wild Women’s Medicine Circle Journal and The Offbeat Literary Magazine. She also won an Honorable Mention in the 2016 New Millennium Writings Poetry Contest. Her last release was Brevity of Twit. She has a B.S. in Psychology and a Master’s Degree in Social Work. Member: Poetry Society of America. Member: Poets and Writers. Member: Academy of American Poets.