Interview with Isabella Rose

When did you first start writing?
Writing as Isabella Rose - From the age of seven I had to write a letter to my Nanny to prove that I was still alive -the royal mail was so reliable that if I posted the letter on Tuesday my Nanny would get the letter on Wednesday lunch time. If I didn't write she would phone the only neighbour in our street who had a telephone and find out why. She literally saved my life several times. Daddy's Little Spy by Isabella Rose will explain how and why?
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I have written short stories and articles for newspapers and magazines since the late 1960's. In fact my first by line was with the local newspaper who published my children's nature stories the Tales of Trip Dormouse for three and a half years. I was only allowed 300 words to create a plausible adventure. It taught me to make sure every word was essential. These short stories in a booklet of 20 stories with small drawings are still popular with children up to the age of nine -can be read alone by the age of six. Read to by mother if younger. I would have liked them syndicated by a large newspaper -any offers. Otherwise I will put more stories in a book format as I think they will sell well.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love going into a fantasy world -and creating interesting strong hero's and todays heroines have to be feisty not a doormat like we were taught was ladylike whilst growing up. But I don't like laddettes who only want to drink themselves into a stupor. So have to tread a fine line. Todays romances can be any steam heat you choose which is interesting for the writer.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything - without readers you wouldn't get far in the world of publishing. So I'm grateful if readers like my books and follow my progress especially if they like me on face book - and recommend me to their friends. I have used Smashwords for E-books as they can be downloaded on all apps. But there is nothing satisfying as holding a paperback book smelling fresh and new from the publishers. To Catch a Thief was sponsored by the Arts Council England and gave percentage of each book purchased to Sight Savers charity.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly on a computer - but I go swimming - play bingo -go to a quiz night - coffee mornings - keep myself busy and give talks to interested groups of readers and writers -I'm a member of the romance on line writers and my book Mysterious Master was short listed for an international award for best E book read 2012.-I was so thrilled. This year I didn't manage to get my book finished in time to enter. I love the way authors are so friendly and prepared to help you if they can. But satisfying a literary agent or an editor is tough. Motto keep trying. overnight success stories are usually writers who have been slogging away quietly for years.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes I wrote about my first job - I was not quite five -and had to demonstrate gas masks at the beginning of the war. My father was chief air raid warden. Adults didn't trust them - they thought you wouldn't be able to breathe in them. Children screamed and didn't want to put them on their faces -but they had to be measured and fitted properly so they did not leak. My job was to wear one and run round the room saying 'They smell lovely' -they didn't they were horrible rubber masks. 'I had to say -They are such fun to wear.'
People who had slammed doors in my fathers face not wanting them suddenly queued round the block for three days and nights to get them. -After a while I went to sleep on the floor with my head on a cushion but people would kick me to see if I was alive or a dummy was their excuse as they laughed when I woke up. When it came to the last Mickey Mouse gasmask I wanted it for myself -not that it looked anything like Disney's Mickey Mouse but my mother made me a black hood to wear the red mask over so that helped One little girl had been crying - but when she saw I wanted it she let herself be fitted and ran out the room waving it in the air.
I had a tantrum when I had to wear a junior one, much to my father's surprise..
What is your writing process?
I now have 5 books published and also a family history one about an aunt Ena Roscoe Musical Star 1920-1940's.The tag line for that is what present did Walt Disney give her that she treasured and is still in the family today?.
How do you approach cover design?
I buy photographs -after looking through hundreds to pick the right one - check out my webpage to see if you like them -
My husband cleverly put the title and my pen name Isabella Rose on the photograph and makes it the right size.-
The first book I had published was Daddy's Little Spy and I asked my editor for the style of photograph I wanted and he supplied about 20 pictures for me to chose from -the cover perfectly portrays the contents of the book. .
What do you read for pleasure?
Mystery romances -I always like to have a question - or an intrigue - or espionage - or a murder in my books for the reader to solve. Intimate Enemies has espionage adventure and a suspected murder - if Blake is guilty does Angel really want to know?
Reading other writers work -and my friend Mandy Baggott's shows how they cleverly plotted their books filled with alpha male hero's. You ait for the next book with baited breath.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle - its light to carry - you can make the print any size you like -and have more books than you could carry on your holiday.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I always think giving talks is the best method - although nowadays they tend to buy one of each of my books then share.
Its always lovely to have someone ask you to sign your books and to be happy to meet a real writer. So many people like to think its just your little hobby -but everyone wants to be discovered and hopes that the next book will be a biggie.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved around during the war - it was a tough childhood - and inspired Isabella's story.
I could write wartime stories because they were full of interesting characters like in dads army-making the Captain a middle class bank manager and the sergeant a posh fellow was a touch of genius. Bu then the writer was in the Home Guard and based incidents on real life. I remember watching band of oddly dressed men raggedly marching up the road with broom handles on their shoulders as the rifles weren't issued for ages. One man was better off - he had a pitch fork.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book starts with a fireman stripper at a hen night. because I thought it was hilarious. But when the heroine meets a t.v. gardener fireworks fly. The action takes place in Majorca. its called Love and Lust No strings No trust by Isabella Rose -its being looked at by a publisher but will soon be an ebook.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has made it possible to reach a wide audience - but there are a lot of people downloading my books free from the library - and I find the price shown in dollars is a problem for British readers -thy don't know how to pay in dollars.
What are you working on next?
A non fiction book which will contain witchcraft during WW2 -with love spells that still work today.
But hypnosis is a stronger magic as this true story will show.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I just read my books by my talented writing friends -links to some of them are on my
Feedback is always welcome -
Published 2014-01-13.
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Books by This Author

An Obsession for Jake.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 54,850. Language: English. Published: July 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Women's fiction » Chick lit
Kayla has good reason to distrust men and after a recent fiasco is throwing herself into the party scene. Fireman Flynn the stripper gives her a night to remember -after she says Jake the cowboy made domination fun -she is dismayed to see Flynn next day at the airport, Jason a television gardener with the world at his feet - is attracted - but she thinks he's Jake? Is she right?
Mysterious Master
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 52,460. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
this book is short listed for best author published read award at the international festival of romance on line in 2012. jana had good reason to distrust the deputy head at marshland school. he had a guilty secret which she was determined to ferret out. and she believed he knew why her sister disappeared. read the book to join in the exciting action.
To Catch A Daring Thief
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 50,050. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
A billion dollar heist -espionage in the beauty business - a complex puzzle to be solved. After discovering her fiance inflagrante delico with her best friend and desperate to get out of the make a fresh start -Adriana takes a job in Seattle, USA. Watch the fireworks as she endeavours to keep her rich alpha male employer at arms length whilst she investigates the theft.
Devil Doctor
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 42,340. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
Gayle is shocked by the brusque way Dr James Flood breaks the bad news about her mother. She channels her anger by hating him picturing him in her mind as Satan. Intriguing story of dysfunctional family coping with cancer in an inspirational unusual way.
Intimate Enemies
Price: $1.50 USD. Words: 53,740. Language: English. Published: September 18, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General
death is always shocking. Love is never simple. follow angel’s amorous adventures in florida as she checks out the charismatic blake hammond. after the suspicious death of an aeronautical engineer, angel’s task is to find out if blake was innocent, or guilty of industrial espionage. And was jade’s death suicide, or murder? if the charismatic blake is guilty - does angel want to prove it?