Interview with P.J Roscoe

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The first stories I remember were the 'Famous Five' books by Enid Blyton. I would re-read them repeatedly and re-live the adventure. I wanted to tell stories and make people 'feel'. I found the experience very powerful. I was about six when I started and continued over a number of years.
How do you approach cover design?
I am not an artist, I can barely draw a straight line! So, I am grateful to have an artist friend, Paul who can interpret my story and project it onto the cover. Both of my books have his art on the back. When I first launched 'Echoes' I had it on the front with a plain white background, to see if people could judge a book on it's content alone, but be drawn enough by the artwork - it seems not! So, I changed it, added colour, a few clues as to what lay within the pages and hey ho, it sold more - I find that a bittersweet thing.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
Number 1 has to be 'Cross Stitch' by Diana Gabaldon, quickly followed by No 2 'Dragonfly in Amber'. The first couple in her series are just stunning, set in Scotland I can clearly feel the love between the main characters; makes me weep every time I read them.
No 3 'Faerie tale' by Raymond E. Feist - creepy wonderland. I've read it four times and each time, I'm right there with the characters from history and myth.
No's 4 and 5 are Barbara Erskine books, 'Lady of Hay' and 'Kingdom of Shadows' - powerful women surviving powerful and emotional events. Moving back and forth between times - see a similarity to my books???!
What do you read for pleasure?
For pleasure, mostly 'Spirit and Destiny' magazines because I'm so busy! I also read other authors to review and hopefully they'll read mine. Some are a nice surprise, others have been harder!
I always enjoy reading historical books and a factual ghost book is my favourite, but i think I have all of them, so nothing new for a while!!
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Never had one! I like paperback. I like to feel the book, smell it; I'm a very tactile person. An e-book device has nothing, feels nothing, it's dead.
Describe your desk
My desk is a well organised clutter in our junk/spare room! I have a pile of research and pads of paper on one side with a windowsill cluttered with research beside me, but I can look out if i try!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a quiet, welsh village called 'Treuddyn'. When I was small, all the children played together, could go anywhere because everyone knew everyone else and kept an eye on you. I felt safe, cocooned, but bad things did still happen.
I was allowed to be an imaginative child. We played pretend everything, because we didn't have much, so a tree was the castle and the small stream was the sea for pirates to sale and rescue princesses etc. My imagination was fairly wild back then and still is!
When did you first start writing?
When I could hold a pencil! Cliche, I know, but it's true. I wrote short stories about animals in a zoo and how they had fun when the people had left. By the time I was fourteen I was typing out stories for my younger brother. I'd read them for him at bedtime. other children in my school knew not to interrupt me during English as I'd be frantically writing stories.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My last book published is 'Freya's Child' that is set on the Wirral Peninsula in England. It moves between present day and the tenth century when vikings were granted land as long as they behaved - it lasted four years!
As I've said, I love history, Vikings have always facinated me ever since I first saw the film, 'The Vikings', Kirk Douglas was so gorgeous! My father is from Hoylake and that area on all sides is Viking city with so many finds being unearthed. I wanted to choose one Viking in history and see if I could create a back-story around him or her. From the reviews and feedback from the readers, I think I managed it o.k!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
When I first started trying to get published the traditional way no one would have me, but self-publishing was frowned upon. After a few years, I noticed the shift and even though I do send out queries to agents, I don't beat myself up about getting a rejection. Times are tough and there is so much competition out there. I wanted to see my stories in print, regardless of publishers and agents because I know I am a great storyteller even if they won't give me a chance.
If only a handful of people want to read my stories, then that is extremely humbling, to have a lot of people baying for my next one is overwhelmingly joyous.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love losing myself within the story. I feel everything the characters do. They become 'real' to me and I love moving them through the story to its conclusion. I feel sad once its ended and i move on to my next project. I can't write for a few weeks, I grief.
I really enjoy the research. Finding that one snippet of information that I can weave a story around is exciting.
What do your fans mean to you?
They mean a lot to me. Without them, I'm writing for myself and a handful of family and friends - which is nice, but there's something deeper about a complete stranger enjoying my story to my husband!
What are you working on next?
My third novel, 'Where Rivers Meet' and a collection of faerie stories 'Adventures of Faerie-folk' for young children. I wrote them for my daughter about ten years ago, found them last year and re-wrote them. I'm working with an artist, Marina and we're using nature and watercolour to bring the stories to life.
'Where Rivers Meet' is my attempt at a bit of a love story, but of course, it won't be straight forward!
Published 2013-11-22.
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Books by This Author

Crimson Timelines
Series: Crimson Tales. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 70,950. Language: English. Published: November 19, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Short Stories
Crimson Timelines is an anthology of engaging stories weaving paths in time and the mind. Enjoy a stroll through the fourth dimension with these diverse authors. A great read with wide appeal.
Between Worlds
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 119,830. Language: English. Published: October 17, 2016 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Science fiction » General
A young woman who has been missing for months turns up battered and bloodied, lying next to a headless corpse. The only clue is the murder weapon, an ancient sword dating from the 6th century, that has police and historians baffled. Hypnotherapy reveals an amazing story that couldn't possibly be true - could it? Would you give up your life, for love?
Adventures of Faerie Folk
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 3,250. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2016 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Children’s books » Entertainment, Fiction » Children’s books » Fairy tales & fables
Children's stories teaching morals & living in harmony with each other & nature. The first two stories in the Faerie collection by PJ Roscoe
Freya's Child
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 125,020. Language: English. Published: February 8, 2016 by Crimson Cloak Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Paranormal, Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Terrible events at a Viking village in the north of England spill over into the present day. Just why are local people so against any disturbance of the site? When the goddess Freya seeks to reclaim her own, things get serious, and Helen and Robert Gunn find themselves fighting for the survival of their little daughter as well as their troubled marriage.
Steps In Time
Series: The Crimson Cloak Anthologies ยท Crimson Cares. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 61,600. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - multi-author, Fiction » Science fiction » General
Steps In Time, short stories having to do with some aspect of Time. The 2nd Crimson Cloak Anthology, published in aid of Alzheimer's Disease UK. Authors: Roger Bone, Janice Clark, Ray Daley, Madeline Dow, T W Embry, Jane Finch, Don Ford, Elizabeth Grace, Rod Martinez, Rodney Page, Esma Race, Doug Rains, P J Roscoe, Wesley Tallant, Chrystal Vaughan, Barbara Weitzner and Gary Winstead.