Interview with Rose Walker

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
What motivated you to craft a story about a write-in candidate?
The spark for the book was wish fulfillment. Like almost everyone I know, I'm dismayed by the political environment in the United States: lack of collegiality, opportunism on steroids, and gridlock. In the back of my mind, a "what if?" was gnawing. What if a person of courage came along with enough heart to be a different type of office-seeker? The story is about the dream, the team, and the scheme of the Rev. Joshua's run for the Texas Legislature. It's a work of fiction, but it could happen for real.
What is your publishing and writing background?
As a student (grade school and at the University of Houston), I worked on student publications. The week after I graduated from high school, I went to work for a daily newspaper as a proofreader. I financed my college education working in the production departments of several daily newspapers. I also worked for 18 months at Ziff-Davis Publishing Company in New York.

For almost 15 years, my husband and I published the Houston Downtown Magazine. He was in charge of production and circulation, and I was in charge of sales and editorial.

I worked for local government agencies after that, where I produced reports and procedures documents.

I have worked extensively as a freelance writer, too.
When did you learn to read?
I could read, but not write, when I entered first grade. I could "sight read" quite a few words by age four. My father taught me to read the newspaper, beginning with the daily weather report, which had a repetitive format with most words becoming familiar. However, when it came to writing words, I had to be trained by my first-grade teacher not to form block letters from right to left. For example, I wrote the word "hot" as "toh."
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Writing is hard work, sometimes like grinding a mental wheel. My greatest joy comes in those moments when I know a some piece of work is "just right." Praise from readers is my second-greatest joy. Because I have made my living as a wordsmith, I'd have to list "getting paid" as one of my pleasures with the writing life. That said, writing is my compulsion.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I wake up, rouse myself, and on most days, I give thanks for another day of life.
Next, I hasten to brew fresh coffee, which is an incentive to hop out of bed.
What is your writing process?
How I proceed depends upon whether I am working for hire (as an employee), working as a volunteer (for example writing a fundraising letter), writing essays (such as newspaper opinion pieces) or creating fiction.

When I am working for hire, I make certain that the client or employer can tell me what the document or publication is supposed to convey, how long it is to be, and what the budget is. I also negotiate about deadlines and how many revisions are allowed.

Because I started working in newspapers when I was still a teenager, I respect deadlines. Alas, I do not think deadlines work for fiction writing.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I believe the first story I ever read was about a colt named Giddyuppy. It contained lyrics that the tiny animals of the forest sang to the colt. The lyrics were to be sung to the tune of "My Country 'tis of Thee." Giddyuppy was well-intentioned, but because of his size he had a tendency to injure smaller animals. I still connect to the moral of that little book: know when to employ a light touch.

When I was several years older, probably eight years old, I became fascinated by "The Five Hundred Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins." That story bears more than one lesson. Your fears may not be realized. What seems like a bad break may be good fortune in disguise. To this very day, I love that story.
How do you approach cover design?
I have many years of experience working in magazines, where cover design makes or breaks the property. I have abandoned one writing project because I could not visualize a cover image for it.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The technology has made publishing books so much easier than print, and this comes from a former magazine publisher familiar with ink, presses, and bindery equipment (and long hours).
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure and also for personal growth, I read history and biography. I'm particularly interested in antiquity and the history of Christianity. By contrast, I am also interested in criminology, which is an embarrassing admission. My favorite crime writer is Ann Rule. I have several favorite historians, but perhaps my Number One favorite is Simon Schama. Frequently, I put myself to sleep listening to audiobooks. I consider that reading; others would not.
Published 2016-01-26.
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Books by This Author

The Write-In
Price: Free! Words: 34,810. Language: English. Published: August 8, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Political
Who told Rev. Joshua Evans he could sidestep the political machines and run for the Texas House as a write-in candidate? Monday through Friday, Joshua Evans drives a garbage truck for the city of Houston. On Sunday, he ministers to a small church. Why defy the professional politicians? Because it needed to be done to save his community.