With one foot planted in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia and the other in the concrete streets of Brooklyn, New York, I consider myself fortunate to be able to experience both worlds. I was born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, and now primarily reside in Roanoke with my husband and quirky Malti-Zhu.
As a former videotape editor, producer, freelance newspaper columnist, and now independent author, I believe the toughest, yet most rewarding career has been being mom.
Well, the kiddies have long fled the nest, and now it's supposed to be "my time" again. This cancer survivor certainly hopes so!
“Fractured Façade,” a novel written as memoir, was my debut book. It wasn't the book I wanted to write, it was the book I had to write, and yes, it's based on a true story.
“The Valentine’s Day Curse,” a short story, is my most recent publication.
For more information please visit -- http://www.elenaderosa.com or drop me a line at Light540@gmail.com. I love hearing from readers!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Most of my life was spent in the streets of Brooklyn, New York, in the Bensonhurst section. I was surrounded by "characters," some good, some bad, but always interesting. What was "normal" to me, probably wouldn't be to someone who grew up in a small town. Thus far, my personal experiences have had a strong influence in my stories.
When did you first start writing?
I would have to say the first time I thought about writing as a profession came after I received an "A" on a short story entitled, "Golden Tuna." I was a high school freshman and the teacher who bestowed that grade was known as one of the toughest teachers in school. She had me read my piece aloud to the class. When I first started reading, my voice wobbled, but when I looked up and saw the students paying attention to me, I overcame my fear. When they applauded at the end, I was hooked.
When Lisa’s Valentine’s Day ritual is interrupted by a phone call, she is surprised it’s from someone she hadn’t heard from in many years. What could her ex, Joey, possibly want from her on what could have been their 25th wedding anniversary?
The Valentine’s Day Curse is a short story about stirred memories of unrequited love. For some people Valentine’s Day is not always a bed of roses.