Interview with Rose Lamb-Gabler

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I have written and concocted stories since I was younger, but I first knew that I enjoyed writing in my freshman high school English class where I won a competition for writing a Halloween horror story in a poetic format. I had dabbled in it from time to time writing in journals, but didn't think it would lead to me writing an entire book. I'm glad it did, though.
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, I enjoy reading thriller, futuristic stories. They give me a different perspective on the present and hope for the future. Things are constantly changing and I appreciate the creative responses that authors have on the thoughts and worries that society creates and suffers from in current times.
Describe your desk
I don't have a desk. At least not for writing. Most of this book was written on my couch in my living room, in my bed late at night or in a coffee shop. Through my book I'm sure you can tell my family in not necessarily traditional. I've never used a desk for homework or writing or anything formal. I've always been more comfortable and confident in my works that are created while on a couch with books covering tables and chairs around me.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I moved quite a few times growing up because my parents enjoyed experiencing new places. I didn't learn to appreciate that until after I had lived in one place for a long time and ended up moving out of the state to get a new living experience. Yet, I don't think my location of growing up had much of an influence on this book. I was more influenced by the placing I was going, the events I was experiencing with my family, especially my grandfather. It was because of him that I had so many great opportunities to travel and grow up in various cultures that some people can only imagine.
When did you first start writing?
I didn't know it then, but I began writing this book about five years ago when I decided to start journaling about my experiences with my grandfather. It didn't kick in that this could mean something to anyone besides myself until recently though. I had always cherished my experiences with him. I shared him with all of my friends that I could. He always loved talking to teenagers. He knew they were old enough to understand him but young enough to be able to enjoy his personality. My friends always left feeling hopeful. I am thankful for that. I'm thankful they had the opportunities to experience his brilliance, even if only for an hour… or three.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This story is about the impact my grandfather had on my life. He died a few years ago, but through his death I believe I learned more about his lessons he gave me throughout my life experiences with him. I did not realize how much of an impact it would have on me or how much I would be able to apply it to my life. But I am incredibly blessed to have had the time I did with him and am so thankful that I am able to share it with everyone.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My current boss and I would go back and forth with stories about my grandfather. He knew him very well. After a few times of talking he suggested that I had enough stories to write a book about. I had not thought of pursuing this type of a book before, but I decided to try. I studied Art History in college and was determined to be published writing about my grandfather's art works. Yet, there was a different opportunity provided to me, so I went with it. And I couldn't be more proud of the outcome of this sudden spark.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing this book was the fact that it was a great sense of closure for me. I had an incredibly difficult time dealing with my grandfather's death while he was ill, and months, maybe even a year afterwards. I had not given myself the opportunity to truly grieve. I did not take the time to appreciate his impact in my life because I was constantly upset that he was no longer physically here. But through writing this book, I have become much more secure in the fact that although his physical presence on this Earth has ended, it is not the end of his legacy. His message and mission are continuing to spread daily and I am blessed to have been such a big part of it in his life and I only hope to continue to help spread this message even further into the future.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
There are countless things that inspire me to get out of bed each day. My family and friends, of course. But also, I find that every morning I wake up excited to see what the day brings. It took years for me to feel this way. I didn't realize the greatness that is possible in each day from a morning hike, a bad joke, a new work experience or even laying in bed reading. All I know is that I spend all of my time being happy in the moment. There are so many moments to experience. So many moments to enjoy. Wether they hurt me, challenge me, push me or elate me, I am thankful for each experience because it brings me onward. I look forward to onwards and upwards.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I enjoy spending my time however I feel I should at that time. I live in one of the most beautiful places in America and I enjoy hiking to great heights to view areas around me and take in the surrounding nature. I also enjoy singing. Everywhere and anywhere. With friends, without friends. In public, in private. It's a great expression of my emotion. I once saw a psychic who told me I am someone who cannot contain my emotion, which is incredibly accurate. I let it out, and enjoy it. Wether others do or not. It's a great feeling to have my emotions out through belting at the top of my lungs capacity. This is a daily occurrence, that's for sure. I also enjoy traveling. The experience of another foreign culture is exciting each time. I love seeing the differences and learning new things. I try to travel as often as possible.
What is your writing process?
Seeing as this was my first book, my writing process was completely nonexistent. I had to form one. I started with memories I wanted to capture in my writings and elaborated on them. Once I went into their depths a little further I was able to group them into categories and themes. I then went into my interpretation of each theme and how the stories influenced my thoughts on that topic. It worked out for what I envisioned this book would be and I was happy with the results. I suppose, now thinking about it, this has always been my process. I think of topics I want to cover and research as to how they can achieve my goal for that subject and then I elaborate. I guess it's always worked for me! Good to know!
Published 2014-05-21.
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Life Lessons from Mr. McDick: A Tribute to Matt Lamb
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 42,990. Language: English. Published: May 20, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Artists, architects, & photographers
One grand-daughters perspective on life after learning from her funeral-director-gone-artist-and-peace-activist grandfather who passed away a few short years before the publishing of this eBook. Taken from memories, stories, jokes and adventures he shared with her, and even some they experienced together, we see how his lessons can continue to positively influence the world we presently live in.