Interview with Rosary Omen

What are you working on next?
I've got a lot of stories in the works, although my main focus will probably be 'Staccato', the sequel to 'Mournful Strings'. I do tend to jump between projects a lot, so who knows?
Who are your favorite authors?
Sara Douglass, Brent Weeks, Anne Rice and Isobelle Carmody are my top four, for sure.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My spare time is usually spent gaming, I play MMORPG's like World of Warcraft and Guild Wars 2. I also enjoy Skyrim, The Sims 3, and various other games. Aside from that, I am an amateur photographer and sometimes wander around the city to take photos.
What is your writing process?
I'm a 'pantser', I tend to get a vague idea or the first sentence in my head and the rest of the story will flow from there. I rarely plot very far, in fact, I just have lots of random notes for plotlines. I keep rough notes of my characters, and if i have an idea for something further on in the novel, I write it out and keep it for later.
How do you approach cover design?
The first story I finished was a children's story, and I tried to make the cover myself with stock art. It looked pretty bad, and a lovely woman from my writing group made me a cover for free from a stock picture she recoloured. For my other novels, most of them WIP's except for Mournful Strings; I make the covers myself with stock pictures and photoshop. I seek feedback from my friends and peers in my writing groups, which has resulted in some very nice looking covers.
Describe your desk
I haven't had a desk for a long time, my last desk was too short and I constantly banged my knees on it. My office chair was terrible, so they have been cast away. Until I can get my hands on a desk and decent chair, my writing place is my bed.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country in Victoria (at first), until my family moved to Comaum in South Australia. I grew up on a farm, my grandfather had a dairy farm a few minutes drive from our home. My main writing influence started with roleplaying as a teenager, writing with friends to escape reality and it eventually blossomed into writing stories.
When did you first start writing?
I started when I was 13, I roleplayed online with friends and strangers, mostly writing in various fandoms and writing fanfiction about my favourite characters in my current fandom. I eventually moved to writing original stories and realised how much I loved to write.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, the greatest joy I can feel is getting positive feedback from those who read what I share. I do love creating worlds and the stories, I love hearing that emotions I felt writing, were reflected by my readers.
What do your fans mean to you?
As a pretty much unknown author, I rely on the few fans I have to help encourage me to write, or to help advertise my novel so that more people have the chance to read it. Fans mean that people enjoy my stories and I can't wait for the day I have fanfiction written about my novels.
Published 2014-05-20.
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Books by This Author

Mournful Strings
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: Australian English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General
This first full length novel by Australian author, Rosary Omen. This is the first book of the Ordis Cam Chronicles, the sequel Staccato, is currently a work in progress.