Interview with Rose Landau

How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Am I successful? That seems a little presumptuous of me to say, but...okay, assuming that I have success that could be contributed to, Smashwords allowed me to self-publish my book on my own terms, rather than wait around to get "discovered" by a publishing company.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When I go back and read something I wrote long enough ago that I forgot that I wrote it, and think, "Hmmm, that's a pretty good way of expressing that particular part of the human experience." Usually when I go back and read things I've written I think, "Oh, dear. Delete." So on those rare occasions where I'm pleased with my writing, that's a joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Again, do I have "fans"? This also seems presumptuous. I don't know if anyone who isn't related to me or knows me personally has bought my book yet, and I think the proper term for these people is "family and friends." But if I did have fans, than I would also have success, thanks to them.
What are you working on next?
Witness Protecting for the Grieving was intentionally not at all autobiographical. It was a kind of challenge to myself to write about people whose lives had nothing to do with my own. My next novel, which is still in the nebulous phase, is going to be a bit more inspired by my own life.
Who are your favorite authors?
Melissa Banks, Anne Lamott, Fiona Maazel, Lorrie Moore, Joyce Carole Oats, Zadie Smith…which is not to say that men can’t also sometimes write decent books
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The knowledge that I'll hate myself if I sleep too late.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Being a law student, doing my best to keep in touch with my friends who are spread out across several continents, and trying new vegetarian recipes.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Umm, this is embarrassing, but I've never read an e-book, only the paper kind. But paper books I find through family or friend recommendations or browsing library and bookstore shelves. When I was in college I attended as many lectures of the New York State Writers Institute as I could, and that led me to a lot of new reading material. When I find an author that I really like, I try and read everything she ever wrote. That said, I would read an ebook, in exchange for another author reading mine.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No, but I'm sure my mother has saved it somewhere. When I was in first grade my best friend and I had our own "publishing company" and tried to sell our self-constructed story books at the end of the drive way. It was our version of a lemonade stand.
What is your writing process?
Just before sitting down to write, I inspire myself by reading either something that I love and want to emulate or something that I hate and know that I could do better than. Then I hand write a draft, just to get my ideas out, not worrying about spelling or what anyone would think. Then I give it some time, at least a week, and if what I wrote isn't too horrendous I go ahead and type it up, and that's when I look up words and ask myself questions like, "Would this give my grandmother a heart attack if she read it?". Once a story is as complete as I think it will ever be, I show it to other people for their feedback.
How do you approach cover design?
I used a photograph that I took in a modern art museum in Berlin. Lucky for me, my cousin's husband (cousin-in-law?) is a very talented graphic designer, so I sent him the picture and left the rest of the design up to him.
Published 2014-01-14.
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Books by This Author

Ennui, oui
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 50,500. Language: English. Published: January 9, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age
Ennui, oui is the story of a decade in Lindsay Carter's life. Starting when she graduates from high school in Paris and opts out of going to college, Lindsay moves around countries and jobs , meeting Mr. Rights and Mr. Right Nows trying to find a country she feels at home at and please her eccentric family.
Witness Protection for the Grieving
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 56,940. Language: English. Published: January 7, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Family sagas
Justin Brown dies suddenly, leaving his unconventional family to navigate through changing circumstances. This new adult novel jumps in time and place through three generations, examining each character’s daily life, personal struggles and new relationships.