Interview with Carolyn Roosth

What is your e-reading device of choice?
My e-reader of choice was actually a choice made for me by my children and grandchildren, who gave me a Kindle for a recent birthday.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Since I am not on Facebook or other social media sites, I rely on email notifications to friends and family and to many fellow-travelers my husband and I have kept in touch with over the years. I've also had some success with local newspaper articles with my book details, including cover and author photos.
Describe your desk
I write everything in longhand in spiral notebooks or notebook paper. Since I don't compose my novels on my computer, I needed space to spread my dictionary, my notes, time lines, and rough draft writes and rewrites. The perfect spot became our dining room table. Now, my computer is just one scoot over from my writing space. I usually enter one chapter at a time into the computer so that my trusty editor/husband can get it cleaned up and formatted for publishing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up on a small farm in East Texas. I was the middle of three daughters born to a father who really needed a son to help with the work. I did many tasks related to farm life, such as driving the tractor, chopping the weeds from among the cotton stalks, gathering eggs, helping with the garden, slopping the hogs, and other daily chores. Neither my father nor my mother had been able to graduate from high school. My mother left us when I was twelve years old. My father stressed the importance of getting a good education, and I believe there's no better education to be found than what you can learn by reading. I've recently come to explore the domain of writing, which so far has included a middle-school mystery and a growing up story of a young man's relationship to his mother. My third novel will include many memories from my early life on the farm.
When did you first start writing?
Aside from all the writing which was involved in getting an undergraduate degree in English and Speech and a masters degree in Early Childhood Education, I kept a personal diary for about 10 years of my life. My first novel was begun in 2003, but I allowed it to sit for a while before I realized it could be completed and self-published. That story, DENIAL, was published in 2012. The second novel, ANGER, was published in 2013, and I'm in the process of writing my third novel, which will be called BARGAINING. I hope to have it finished by early 2014. Do you see where this progression of titles is leading?
What's the story behind your latest book?
My third book (in progress) is the story of a young woman and one of the students whom the reader met in my first book, DENIAL Their stories detail the events in their lives which landed them in the bargaining stage of grieving, thus the title, BARGAINING. If you've not already figured it out, I can tell you that my second book, ANGER details the life experiences which feed the growing anger of a young man who was also introduced in DENIAL. I'm sure you can already tell me what the name of my fourth book will be!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
My days are full enough that I have to carve out a bit of time to write each day. I typically cook three meals each day. I spend 30 minutes each morning with stationary biking, floor exercises, and weights followed by a four-mile walk with my husband. I do all my own housework. Lest this sounds too boring, my husband and I share a passion for traveling and have so far traveled to all seven continents and more individual countries than I can name. Later this year, we'll include our children and grandchildren in a trip to Costa Rica.
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Stephen King, T. Jefferson Parker, P. T. Deuterman, Dennis LeHane, Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Jesse Kellerman, John Lescroart
Published 2013-09-13.
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Books by This Author

Hope
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 43,610. Language: English. Published: October 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Biographical
Larry Sherman has been committed to a rehab facility by his wife, Lucille. There, he and his friend, Ludy, console each other as they try to adjust to the boring existence of their forced isolation. Larry tells stories of happy times with his family and of the sad and tragic events that haunt him. He clings to the hope that he'll someday be forgiven and reunited with his family.
Despair
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 75,590. Language: English. Published: July 15, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Though born in a poor Mexican village, Nola Santiago yearns for a new life in the United States. During her journey, she will have to overcome dangers, death, and despair if she is to successfully achieve her dream. Remembering special moments she has experienced, dreaming of a better life, and establishing new relationships become critical to her struggle to achieve her goal.
Promises
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 68,360. Language: English. Published: March 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Promises is the story of a young girl’s struggle to define herself according to the ideals of success and education taught by her parents. Helen’s journey is fraught with unexpected tragedies and desertions. She makes promises as a way of bargaining to deal with her guilt and grief. Helen learns to depend on family, friends, and her singing ability to achieve her goals.
Anger
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 57,670. Language: English. Published: June 28, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General
Richard Oliver Champion grew up as the only child of an overly possessive mother. Though he has no memory of his father, he yearns to know why the information he pieces together from others is a contradictory and incomplete picture. When Richard begins to lose people whom he has loved, he becomes angry, confused and unsure of who he is and how to cope with his feelings of abandonment.
Denial
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,710. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mystery & detective » General, Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
Whoever says a middle school story would be boring hasn't met Jan Goodnight and her friends at Eastwood Middle School. Jan steps from two negatives into a middle school principalship in a small Texas town. Negative number one: her husband's accidental death. Negative number two: the former principal's sudden death. Death, danger, and detective work combine to liven up this tale.