Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Day 2 Interview - Roseanna M. White Talks about What It Takes to Write a Novel

Roseanna M. White pens her novels beneath her Betsy Ross flag, with her Jane Austen action figure watching over her. When not writing fiction, she’s homeschooling her two small children, editing and designing, and pretending her house will clean itself. Roseanna is the author of 9 historical novels and novellas. You can learn more about her and her stories at
Rosanna is giving away a copy of her novel, A Soft Breath of Wind. To enter the drawing, answer this question:
If you could meet anyone in the New Testament (other than Jesus), who would it be?

(U.S. readers are eligible for their choice of paperback or digital; readers outside the U.S. are eligible to win a digital version of either A Soft Breath of Wind, A Stray Drop of Blood, or Jewel of Persia.)

Welcome back, Roseanna. A reader once asked me this question, and I thought it was a good one. Is there ever a time when you feel like your work is truly finished and complete? 

I know most authors struggle with this, but I have to answer “yes.” Perhaps it’s because I’m also involved in the editing and production side of publishing with WhiteFire Publishing, but I know exactly when my work is done. When I turn in those galleys to my publisher (or in the case of my WhiteFire books, input the last changes before it goes to press), I know my writing work is done. It helps that by then I already have several other projects going at full steam, so I really can’t fuss with it anymore, and I’ve read it so many times by then, it’s a relief to say, “Finished!”
Describe your workspace. 

At the moment, my workspace is the kitchen table. It’s also where we do school throughout the day, and of course eat dinner in the evenings. This table gets a workout!

Describe your dream workspace.

Oh, much more fun! LOL. I want a cupola, with windows on all sides, looking out over a garden. Perhaps with a stream or pond within view, definitely mountains (I live in the Appalachians). I’d have a mostly circular desk with my chair in the middle and my various work stations (research, editing, writing) set up around it. My chair would be gloriously comfortable and have a split keyboard on the armrests so I could lean back, rest my arms, and type away. Yeah, I’ve given this some though, LOL. Thus far, I certainly don’t have a house with a tower that would allow for a cupola, and I’m lucky to have a chair with padding! 

If you could be a character from your favorite historical novel, who would you be?

Oh, this one is hard! I have so many historicals that I love…but I think I’m going to pick one from my childhood and go with Anne of Green Gables. She and I are already “kindred spirits”. 
What is the biggest misconception the general public has about authors?

I think in today’s world of independent publishing, a lot of old stereotypes have been shattered. But one of the things I encounter a lot is the idea that we’re all just boom successful—that anyone who’s published is raking in the dough and doing things “just for the money.” For many, many writers there’s very little money involved, LOL. So no, we don’t plan a series to be three books instead of one because we want to make more money—we just have a lot of story to tell. And no, just because our books can be found on a few select shelves doesn’t mean that we’ve hit the jackpot. It’s a lot of hard work to keep going in this industry! Worth it, in my opinion…but then, I’d keep writing even if I never got another check.
What is the biggest misconception beginning writers have about being published?
Speaking from personal experience, the biggest misconception is that the hardest part of the process is finding a publisher—that can be HARD, don’t get me wrong. But even after you’ve signed on the dotted line, the really tough part is still ahead! There are edits and deadlines and marketing and reviews…all their own challenges. And the biggest one, in my opinion, is needing to balance them all, in addition to your regular life, when before you could just write on your own terms.
What would you like readers to gain from reading your book(s)?
I really hope that each of my stories, and A Soft Breath of Wind in particular, shows them something about the love of God and how our human relationships can be used to either reflect His glory or blind us to it. My goal is always to be a mirror for Him, shining His light through the fiction He places in my heart.

Thanks for joining us here on Favorite PASTimes. Any final words for readers or writers?

Well, given that it’s November (how did that happen??), I just want to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season! Our Thanksgiving will be especially fun this year because we’ve been studying the Pilgrims and early colonies in our homeschool curriculum, and I hope everyone else has a special something to dwell on during Thanksgiving too.

Thank you, Roseanna. Don't forget to leave a comment to enter the drawing answering this question: 
If you could meet anyone in the New Testament (other than Jesus), who would it be?



Roseanna White said...

Thanks so much for having me! I always have so much fun with interviews. =)

Debra Smith said...

I would love to meet Luke. Thanks for the giveaway.

Britney Adams said...

I enjoyed reading more of Roseanna's interview. I love the dream workspace she described!

I would want to meet Mary, the mother of Jesus.

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Kate S. said...

Hmmm... such a hard question because there are so many! I would love to meet the apostle John and John the Baptist and Nathanael and Mary Magdalene and Martha (sister of Lazerous)....

Thank you for the review and giveaway! So fun! Plus, White is a fantastic author. I'm SO excited to read this book.

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