Interview with Rosemary Augustine

What is your writing process?
My writing starts in my journal... I am an avid fan of journaling for at least 15 minutes each day - preferably in the morning before all the craziness of the day. Sometimes it's a data dump and other times, a stream of consciousness begins, bringing forth gems for use in my books. Going beyond my journal to the keyboard, I set a timer and write for 1-2 hours with no editing, just pure rough writing. Only when I schedule time to edit my rough notes is when I'll begin to polish the words.
When did you first start writing?
I have diaries from when I was about 18, with lots of poetry, ramblings and interesting thoughts. I never published any of it... though I probably should now that I'm a published author. I began journaling around age 30 and for the next three decades, found my daily writings would flow like water from an open facet. When I worked as a Career Coach in the 1990s, I would suggest journal prompts to my clients who were struggling with career transition. As I found myself listening to many tales of woe, I would suggest “why don’t you journal on that” with the response being “I wouldn’t know what to write.” When I would suggest a particular word or phrase, a light bulb would go off with their response of: “what a great idea.” Those suggestions eventually turned into an idea for a book and now many years later my book titled: 365 Days of Creative Writing.
Describe your desk
Let me be honest on this one... my desk is messy with scraps of paper and various journals with material I use to pull previously written thoughts that I use for writing. I work using a laptop and keyboard on a 4-tier computer desk (with printers on the bottom 2 tiers). I have some of my art hanging overhead above my desk, and my favorite green antique lamp sits on the corner of my desk. I also have a couple of fun items on the top tier that provide musings throughout the day including a multi-colored rubber caterpillar, a cat figurine that's red with yellow flowers and a beautiful turquoise jeweled box that's about 2 inches square. My computer is next to the window where I can see the birds using my bird feeder. On the days I head to the library to work, I select one of those private areas - always by a window so I can look out for additional inspiration.
When you're not writing, how do you like to spend your time?
I enjoy the outdoors and love to walk or hike - regardless of the weather. When my creativity strikes, I'll immerse myself in art journaling, acrylic painting, create a collage or hand-craft leather journals. My friends enjoy my creative gifts and marvel at my home as my studio - for writing and all my artistic endeavors. I also enjoy planning a trip and then traveling to the destination I planned.
How do you approach cover design?
My covers are very personal, and I've designed all of them. For 365 Days of Creative Writing, I actually made the journal that is pictured on the cover, I photographed it, and used that photo as part of my cover design. Journal to a More Creative Self also features a journal on the cover that I hand crafted. My favorite cover, however, is my book Secrets I Learned From Ordinary House Cats. When my friend Flora sent me the photograph of her 2 cats looking out the doorway at another snow storm, I called her and asked if I could use it for one of my covers. She was ecstatic that I would even consider and said "Yes ... Absolutely!"
What are your favorite types of books?
Considering I'm a very visual person, I love books on Art Journaling. The pictures offer rich colors and designs that provide me with fodder for expanding my own creativity - through my writing and my art. I also enjoy a good mystery story, the kind that's a real page turner.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad mini for all my ebooks... however, I am one who also enjoys real books - the look, feel and smell.
Published 2014-01-24.
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Books by This Author

Journal to a More Creative Self
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 13,220. Language: American English. Published: January 16, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Creativity, Nonfiction » Reference » Writing skills
The book uses special writing prompts to heighten sensory awareness and gain intuitive insight and meaning to your surroundings. Explore one of the five senses each week in the particular order of: sight, sound, touch, taste and smell culminating with the 6th week exploring your intuition. Experiment with a different sensory topic each week with prompts, examples, and special “tool” words.
365 Days of Creative Writing
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 7,390. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » General self-help, Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Spiritual awakening
(4.00 from 1 review)
A daily writing practice requires constant feeding of new ideas to draw from deep inside your writing well. This book offers daily prompts to get your creative juices flowing and provides the kick start necessary when you are faced with writers block. Give your writing a boost whether you are writing your memoir, have a daily journaling practice or building fictional characters.