Author Interview - Rosa Temple
Today I'm delighted to welcome author Rosa Temple to V Family Fun. She has kindly agreed to answer some of my questions about her latest book and writing habits so sit back and enjoy!
Firstly lets find out a little bit about Rosa...
Rosa Temple began writing romantic comedies and chick lit because of her passion for what she calls the 'early chick lit films', like: Sabrina, Barefoot In the Park and Breakfast at Tiffany's. She honed her skills as a ghost writer, gaining experience writing romantic novellas, both sweet and on the slightly steamy side. In her notebooks, she constantly jotted down story ideas of her own and she eventually completed her first novella Sleeping With Your Best Friend and now, the full length novel, Natalie's Getting Married.
Rosa Temple is a Londoner and is married with two sons. She is a reluctant keep fit fanatic and doer of housework and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. She spends her days creating characters and story lines while drinking herbal tea and eating chocolate biscuits.
To find out more about Rosa and to catch up on all her musings please join her here on Rosa Temple Writes...
Now take a look at Rosa's latest book...
"You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.
Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?
With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking."
***'Single by Christmas' is on sale in the UK at 99p from 28th November until 4th December***
Finally lets hear from Rosa herself...
Hi Rosa, thank you for joining me on V Family Fun.
Firstly can you give us a quick introduction to 'Single by Christmas'?
Single by Christmas is all about fun loving, Alex Marshall, who shows her 'girlfriend behaving badly side' in the run up to Christmas and risks losing her gorgeous boyfriend, Charlie, when she does something she later regrets after a drunken binge!
Where did the idea come from?
This story was just a seed of an idea that stemmed from me not wanting to write the traditional Christmas romance but hoping to go for something with a bit of an edge to it.
Who designed the cover and why did you go for that particular design?
I didn't want a typical Christmas novel cover. I came up with an idea that said it was Christmas but that the story might not have a straight forward Happy Ever After. I sent my sketches to a wonderful artist called Rima Salloum who I met after searching on line. She took my rough sketches and ran with them and was very patient with me when i needed any changes. Everyone should use her: http://rimasalloum.wixsite.com/rsgraphics
Which of your characters would you like to meet in person and why?
I would love to meet main man, Charlie because he is a research scientist looking into cures for breast cancer. I'm sure he'd make a great lunch guest. Of course I'd love to go out with Alex and her two best friends on one of their 'Boozy Nights'. A lot of chaotic fun but I'm not sure I could keep up with them.
What makes 'Single by Christmas' stand out from the crowd?
That would be down to my heroine, Alex. She's more of an anti-heroine really and everyone who has read the book would love to slap her. Me included. She's self absorbed and takes her wonderful boyfriend for granted. The thing is, she does have a good heart and if you stick with her you'll see it come out in spades. In this story you won't find snow swept villages or women baking mince pies but I'm told there are laugh out loud moments and that Single by Christmas is a book you could read at any time of the year and still enjoy it.
Is any part of it based on your own personal experiences?
I'd like to say it was all pure imagination but there is one aspect, the story of Alex's friend, Shalina, that did happen to someone quite close to me.
Do you follow a plan when you are writing or do you let the story guide you?
I have a basic idea. Sometimes I even jot down a few plans but to be honest, once I start writing, the characters take on a life of their own and tend to do their own talking. I know that sounds weird but that's how it works for me.
Which of your books is your favourite and why?
This one is my favourite. It does come very close to my last one, Natalie's Getting Married, but I prefer this one because for me I felt as though my writing style developed further and took on a more polished edge. Every writer wants to get better and I think I can see an improvement in my writing style with Single by Christmas.
Pen or pencil?
Pencil because I always make mistakes!
Paperback or eBook?
Ebook because it's easier to take to bed!
Any last words for your readers?
I love to hear from readers and would welcome comments when they've read Single by Christmas. Also, I've created a new character called Magenta Bright whose three part series of books is out in 2017 so watch this space :)
That's all folks!
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