I met The Ardent Rose through a mutal friend on Twitter, and as soon as we got to talking I realised I liked her sense of humour, her light hearted views, and her quirky attitude. She's always full of creative ideas, and she supports all Indie authors in any way she can, she really is one of the nicest people you could wish to meet, and once you are her friend she's loyal to a fault.
Rose, as she is affectionatley known to her friends, writes some really steamy erotic romance, but that's not her only talent. You really should see some of the ads she makes. She has an eye for detail, and the type of design understanding I can only wish I had.
The Ardent Rose is married with grown children, living in a little town in Missouri, and, she says herself, she brings a touch of classy southern sass to her writing, and beware what you share, you just might end up in her next book :).
Here is what The Ardent Rose has to say...
Why did you decide you wanted to become a writer?
About four years ago I picked up reading again and after i read over 100 books in a year my hubby said I should write one. I dabbled with a few short stories before I met Johnjohn who encouraged me to write.
What was the thing that drove you the most to do so?
Johnjohn and I had been writing poems back and forth together and I had written half dozen short stories for Peter. Peter told me to get published. Long story short, I was injured and pretty much housebound so I decided to finish my novel that I had been wrtiting a chapter at a time and check into self publishing.
How long have you been writing?
All together about 3 yrs. Novels just the last year.
Why did you pick the genre/s that you have?
It was familiar to me. I read romantic erotic stories why not write them. Mine seem to border erotic/erotica depends on your definition.
Who is your favourite character, and why?
That is like asking me to choose which child I like better. I would say Stefan. He has a dark charisma that makes him a mystery.
Do you have any particular quirks when writing?
I prefer it to be quiet. I used to stay up after my hub had gone to bed to write before I set up my office specifically to write. I also don’t care to use pen and paper.
What does your family think of your work?
This is a highly personal question for many reasons so I will just give you an abbreviated answer. I sent my first book to my mom. She said she liked it but didnt care for the sex. She’s read Harlequin Romances all my life. My two sons have not said anything nor my sisters. As far as I know my stepsons dont know. Except I have written a ABC book for my grandson and his momma said I should sell them on Etsy. LOL
Do you belong to any writing groups? And if so what do you think are the pros and cons?
I am a Wicked Pen Author, as you know. I love this very supportive and caring group. But I have to watch myself or I spend too much time in the DM. I am also very appreciative to Mr. Blackthorne for taking me into this group. I have wanted to be with him for a very long time now. The best thing I have found so far is if I have a question one of those lovelies has an answer or Mr. B will.
How do you deal with writers block?
I have not had to deal with it yet. I have a back log of ideas. I think if I did I would either make some jewelry or craft. Take a small break to be creative in some of my comfort ways. Jewelry is my second love and my greatest joy is creating for someone who will appreciate.
What would you say is the most difficult part of writing?
EDITING!!!! I hate it but it is necessary. I have not had the privelege to offord outside help. So I do it all myself. I ususally finish draft one/two and let it marinate until a beta reader has given me feebback and then I begin my hopefully final draft.
What do you enjoy the most about writing?
My lack of control. This will sound silly but when I start out the characters take over. I will find myself writing a twist and ‘I think where did that come from?’ Just the enjoyment of developing a story start and go….
Where do you find your inspiration?
Mostly from conversations I’ve had with other people. Johnjohn is a real man as is Peter and Stefan. They all have inspired me with conversation and sharing something of themselves. I met someone recently and he told me his dream and I wrote an entire 2 page outline for a vampire novel.
Are your characters based on anyone you know?
Oops see above ^^^^
What do you do in your spare time to relax?
Read, make jewelry, social media lol all sounds like work
What do you like to read?
I will read just about anuthing that sounds good. I will read blurbs or an excerpt and if I am pulled in then I want to read.
Who is your favourite author?
I wishI could say Hemingway or Steinbeck but my recent reading actually began with JR Ward’s Black Dagger Brotherhood and Karen Marie Moning’s Highlander and then her Fever series. I am behind on both now. I try now to read and write reviews to recomend books of unknown authors.
Where are your books available?
My books are availabe from Amazon which you can also locate through my website theardentrose.com
What are you working on right now?
I am editing Romania With Love release date March 31 and finishing my Passion Trilogy Book 2 and 3
What is your ultimate goal?
For someone to read my books and say she is a good writer can’t wait for her next book.
Do you have a favourite film? And if so what is it?
I have several but they are old films…
Singing in the Rain / Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and White Christmas. I grew up watching musicals with my mother. She also introduced me to Elvis Presley and his movies.
Here is how you can find The Ardent Rose
Facebook Page: The Ardent Rose
Instagram: The_Ardent Rose
I am a wife, mother, and grandmother, and I live in Wales in the U.K.
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