Hi there! Please welcome KD Rose! She has a series of books being set to release in October. KD stopped by and answered a few of our questions….. hope you enjoy…… Oh and be sure to check out her series at the end of the interview.
KD….. take it away….
1) Who are you? (tell us a bit about you personally)
K.D. Rose is a married author living in the suburbs of Virginia. She has published two books to-date and is currently working on the upcoming Erasing fiction series. K.D. has an eclectic mind and loves language, physics, philosophy, photography, design, art, writing of all kinds, symbolism, semiotics, spirituality, and Dr. Who.
KD Rose is an avid supporter of music, the arts, cutting edge science, technology, and creativity in all forms that encourage us to expand and explore past the artificial limits we often set for ourselves, and see the everyday connections that exist among all things.
K.D. values the question more than the answer and loves creativity and innovation. K.D. is also a sucker for cutting edge thought and has been known to bring some into reality herself.
2) How old where you when you first started writing?
I tried to write a Nancy Drew book when I was 5. It was called “While the Clock Ticked”. I didn’t get far past the first page though.
3) What made you fall in love with writing?
I’ve always written. I began writing poetry at 12 or 13 and keeping a dream journal at 18 and it just spiraled from there.
4) How long have you been writing?
It feels like forever! You should see all the notes and scribbles and ideas I have in notebooks everywhere. I have my dream journal that goes back to 1984. Now you know I am an old fogie!
5) What was the first piece you ever wrote?
The first piece I ever wrote was a poem called “The Beast” at age 13. My two main fortes to this day are poetry and fiction.
1) What is your favorite genre?
Growing up, science fiction was my mainstay, though I also schooled myself on mythology. As an adult I still love science fiction classics, but I also am a lot more into non-fiction, including layman’s versions of physics (especially quantum physics- I LOVE the fact that underneath our seemingly solid world is utter chaos where literally anything can happen), astrophysics, cross-cultural spirituality, and anything to do with metaphor and symbolism. I am a nerd, no doubt about it!
2) Who are your favorite authors? Brief Explanation of why.
Philip K. Dick is my absolute favorite for his brilliance. Of living authors I would have to say Neil Gaiman is one. But I also like non-fiction books, like anything by Malcolm Gladwell or Roger Penrose. Don’t get me wrong, I went through all my phases- Ann Rand, Camille Paglia, Hunter Thompson, David Foster Wallace, Umberto Eco, the regular classics, etc, but I always seem to end up back in science fiction or science or really out there science concepts.
3) What is your favorite book by another author?
Stranger in a Strange Land is still one of my favorites, by Robert Heinlein. I always seem to go back to the classics. But I can’t forget my poetry loves. I love Rimbaud ( and think it was a grave disservice that he stopped writing so early), Borges, Yeats, Césaire, Baudelaire, Rilke, Ginsberg, etc. But my all time favorite is E.E. Cummings who I feel is highly underrated.
4) What’s your favorite character archetype of literature?
Oh, definitely the anti-hero.
5) What is your favorite theme or element in writing?
Anything that surprises me or stirs my imagination. I don’t like to know what is going to happen. I guess movie endings a lot for example. Anything that brings me fully into their world and captures me breathlessly!
1) What do you think makes good writing?
Writing that can do the above. I read a Neil Gaiman book of 541 pages in one sitting. I had to. I couldn’t stop. There was no way around it. That is good writing. On the other hand, I am just as entranced by The Song of Songs and The Upanishads, on a different level. So there are a lot of layers to what I consider good writing.
2) Where do you get most of your ideas?
Well I find the poetry process pleasant. My ideas come, lines come, themes come and eventually I put them all together into a poem. The fiction process on the other hand, even the short stories I’ve written, come sometimes fully formed and it kills me that I can’t just download my brain. Doing this series though was different. I am in between a pantser and a plotter because in this four book series I am working on, I had to make sure the logical consistency was there in line through the series, while at the same time allowing the writing some freedom.
3) What room is your favorite to write in?
My husband makes things. So I have my fairytale office with floor to ceiling bookshelves, a built in desk and all my books surrounding me. I love it.
4) What is your favorite place for thinking?
Weirdly enough, I lie down to think and it all just works itself out and comes to me.
5) Do you base your characters on people you know?
No, I don’t want any friction! (Though I have to say sometimes my poetry incorporates some elements of people, but you can’t tell). However, I am having fun with this series and using names of people I know or am related to. The characters aren’t them at all, but their names will be in the books which I think is cool.
Favorites and General questions –
1) Tell us briefly about your book(s)
Interestingly enough, especially after my first book, “Heavy Bags of Soul, I was told I write like a male. That plus my initials K.D. left some people assuming I’m male (I’m not). I have a wicked sense of humor though that is very dry and you can see that in my first book. My second book was completely different and is prose poetry to help people get through times of grief and mourning. I received a lot of compliments on it from people going through that process.
2) What is your favorite thing you’ve written?
My favorite things are usually the ones that no one else likes!
3) Who is your favorite character(s) in any of your works?
Well, the series I am working on now has a main character of Mira, but my favorite character is her daughter, who is going to be the main character in the third book. She is going to go around town and really kick some butt- so I am looking forward to writing her.
4) What scene in your writing has made you laugh the hardest or cry the most?
The dialogues and short stories in my first book make me laugh. But the language and jokes are so subtle, well, let’s just say I am writing for a broader audience now! Some of my poetry can make me cry if I really think and get into feeling what I am writing about.
5) Is there anything you purposely include or eliminate in your writing?
I love humor. I want to include more of it the more I write. I tend to be too serious because I am a thinker- all up in my head all the time- but I love humor and anyone that can make me laugh- I will be a fan forever.
Finally the best questionnaire.. ever…. by Bernard Pivot
1) What is your favorite word?
A smile is my favorite word. I know it’s not a word but it doesn’t need to be.
2) What is your least favorite word?
“No”, or “can’t”
3) What turns you on creatively, spiritually or emotionally?
Music!!! And poetry. Recklessness. Absurdity. Humor. Love.
4) What turns you off?
Adherence to technique over passion. Please note, I am not advocating for crap, by saying that!
5) What is your favorite curse word?
Oh I use the F word like a truck driver. Uh oh, now that is out. My poor relatives.
6) What sound or noise do you love?
7) What sound or noise do you hate?
8) What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
Playing guitar and singing and writing music and lyrics.
9) What profession would you not like to do?
Typist. Ironic, isn’t it.
10) If Heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the Pearly Gates?
“We’re not done with you. Go think up a world to create.”
If you want to know more about KD, please visit her at: https://www.facebook.com/kdroseauthor?fref=ts
Or check out her website: http://www.kdroseauthortales.com/
This series combines science fiction, paranormal, and some romance thrown in for good measure!