Interview with Rose Kruger

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in an ordinary town as the oldest child in a very large family. I craved solitude, and I found that solitude in books. I read mostly fantasy; Anne McCaffery, Lois McMaster Bujold, Robin McKinly. To this day, Robin McKinly's 'Beauty' is one of my favorites. I think I've worn out four separate copies. I found the best enjoyment in books about young women who leave home and find a beautiful broken place and make it their own.
When did you first start writing?
When I was about 20. I had a story making a circular track around the inside of my skull, and I had to get it out. It was pretty badly written, and knowing what I know now about writing, it's agonizing to read, but I still love the story. As a young mother with four small children, I ran into that craving for solitude again, and I started writing in earnest. I joined a writers' group and found some magnificent friends who helped me polish my words. Between then and now, I finished four more stories in various genres and various stages of writing. Thistleheart is the first one I feel is ready for an audience.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Ooo, I love this one. Many years ago I saw a manor house in a movie. All it showed was a few seconds of a fly-by in a helicopter. I couldn't get that house out of my head. I searched for years to find it, it's name, it's history. I did google image searches and looked through lists of Scottish manor houses on-line, but I couldn't find it. So I named it Thistleheart and invented a history for it in the form of a full length novel. That's obsession for you. The house--with a little bit of Gimp magic--is on the cover of my book. Thanks to a co-worker with a little more online skill than I, I learned the name of the house: Poltaloch House in County Kilkevin. But it's still Thistleheart to me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Long years of being afraid to query publishers and agents. Long years of hearing the same things about writing and publishing at writers' conferences and workshops. Long years of hearing people say, "Why haven't you published this?"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love drop-dead magnificent story-lines. I love characters who are so real in my head that all I need to do is put them on paper and they turn into living breathing people. I love words. I love the right words. I love the precise nuances of meaning paired with the perfect mood. I love being able to show my readers the beautiful things I have in my head that I could never possess in reality.
What are you working on next?
I have about ten other stories in various genres and various stages of completion. I have an apocalyptic sci-fi about five-thousand words from finished, a fantasy about a sand dragon--literally a dragon made of sand--and a desert boy and the horde about to destroy his people. I have a fantasy with a snotty heroine hunted by giant spiders, and a coming-of-age that makes my children laugh so hard they can't talk.
And I have another ghost story like Thistleheart, but with an escaped slave and a brokenhearted old midwife whose ghostly lover haunts an abandoned town perched on a New England cliff.
Enough spoilers for you.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
An exciting project. Having something to look forward to and something valuable to do.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I am a mother. That about covers it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yep. It was pretty gruesome. And way longer than the teacher asked for. I also remember the confused looks on my classmates' faces.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first story I remember reading for myself was called 'Mandy', by Julie Andrews. Yes, that Julie Andrews. Did you know she was an author? The story was about a little orphan girl who climbs over the orphanage wall to find some solitude (are you seeing a theme here?) and discovers a little cottage in the woods. She plants flowers and makes it her own secret garden. And if you want the rest of the story you'll have to look it up.
Published 2016-09-10.
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Books by This Author

Thistleheart
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,240. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Fantasy, Fiction » Fantasy » Historical
Blythe Hamilton has disappeared. In the abandoned gardens of the great estate known as Thistleheart, Blythe finds the solitude she craves--and unexpected company. The ghosts of Thistleheart can't rest in peace with the ancient demon Abyssal circling restlessly outside the protective walls. If Blythe can't defeat Abyssal, the occupants of Thistleheart will pay the price.