J.Q. Rose


Whether the story is fiction or non-fiction, J.Q. Rose is “focused on story.” She offers readers chills, giggles and quirky characters woven within the pages of her mystery novels. Her published mysteries are Deadly Undertaking, Terror on Sunshine Boulevard and Dangerous Sanctuary released by Books We Love Publishing. Using her storytelling skills, she provides entertainment and information with articles featured in books, magazines, newspapers, and online magazines.

J.Q. taught elementary school for several years and never lost the love for teaching passed down from her teacher grandmother and mother. She satisfies that aspect of her character by presenting workshops on Writing Your Life Story.

Based on the lessons taught in her workshops, JQ created a book, Your Words, Your Life Story: a Journal for Sharing Memories to help life storytellers write, publish and market their stories. She combined her storytelling skills and the lessons she taught in her classes to pen her memoir, Arranging a Dream: A Memoir.

Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. She and her husband spend winters in Florida and summers up north with their two daughters, two sons-in-law, four grandsons, one granddaughter, two grand dogs, four grand cats, and one great-grand bearded dragon.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
I began writing stories in second grade. In our small school, my mother was my second grade teacher. Because I was a talker and loved to visit with my schoolmates when I was finished with my work, (and I was usually the first one done with assignments,) I would get into trouble for talking. I began writing stories to keep myself out of trouble with my mom(teacher). I loved writing the stories creating the characters and fun situations that swirled in my brain. I especially enjoyed sharing the stories with my classmates and watching them smile and laugh when I read my writing to them. That's when I got hooked on writing!
What is your writing process?
I imagine you have heard of writers being a "pantser" or a planner. A pantser is a writer who creates the story as she writes, by the :seat-of-her-pants" style. My fiction stories develop through a very loose outline with scene ideas from the beginning to the end of the book. But I leave myself a lot of wiggle room. It's not often that the ending is ever the same as what I imagined when I began the story. Girls Succeed! is a non-fiction book made up of interviews of successful women who inspire girls to dream big. The structure of the stories is determined by the answers I receive from the women about their careers and life stories. The non-fiction writing process deals with facts, but fiction is made up of whatever swirls through the writer's brain. I enjoy writing both.
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J.Q. Rose's favorite authors on Smashwords

Marsha R West
Latest book: Compromise.
Published December 9, 2022.

Smashwords book reviews by J.Q. Rose

  • Saturday’s Child on July 31, 2022

    If you love reading books that take place during the Regency era, you will enjoy British author Rosemary Morris' Saturday's Child, Book 7 in the series, Heroine's Born on Different Days of the Week. Ms. Morris places the reader in the scenes painted with her skillful storytelling, whether in an elegant mansion of the rich or a chaotic marketplace in the 1800s. Her deep research into the era is evident in the mannerisms, the clothing, and the speech of the period. I admired the drive and dreams of the heroine, Annie, and the generous hearts of the Tarrants who helped her to grow from a poor orphan to a business owner. The story of romance is quietly in the background throughout the story, one in which we love the main characters and hate the villain. If you read romance and novels set in England during this time period, this book and the series are perfect for you.
  • The Viscount and the Orphan on Nov. 28, 2022

    In this romantic story, author Rosemary Morris immerses the reader into the life and times of the privileged class in England in 1703. The reader is drawn into the scenes through beautiful imagery and engages in the lives of the interesting characters. I appreciated the dialog which is so different from the way we talk in the 21st century. The conversations never veered away from that time period. Being a word nerd, I was pleased to discover words used in that era e.g., squab, forlange, modiste, syllabub, and mantua. Although the main character, Dorinda, was only 16 years old, she had ideas that opposed the conventions of the times. She abhorred how servants were treated and the idea of keeping her opinions to herself. Romance and historical readers will enjoy this novel, not only for the story but also for the opportunity to experience a time so dissimilar to our lives in the 21st century.
  • Vulnerable on Jan. 12, 2023

    I was a bit hesitant about reading a book with the main character being "the target of sexual harassment," but I have enjoyed so many of Marsha West's romantic suspense novels, I trusted the story would not be graphic. And I was right. The story was filled with love of family, friends and of course, a handsome, kind man. The interplay between the strong woman vs the strong man held my attention. The bad guy was the kind of villain you love to hate. Tense scenes and warm scenes kept me turning pages. If you enjoy romantic suspense, you will enjoy this book.