AUTHOR INTERVIEW 93

Madeleine Holly-Rosing

USA

Madeleine Holly-Rosing is the writer/creator of the Boston Metaphysical Society graphic novel series, companion novel, and anthology.  She was also the winner of the Sloan Fellowship for screenwriting, and the Gold Aurora and Bronze Telly for a PSA produced by Women In Film as well as having won numerous awards while completing the UCLA MFA Program in Screenwriting.  Source Point Press re-published the first six issues and the trade paperback of Boston Metaphysical Society original graphic novel in 2019/2020.

The first novel in the series, Boston Metaphysical Society: A Storm of Secrets, was awarded a Silver Medal in the SciFi/Fantasy category as well as The Write Companion Award for Best Overall TOP PICK- Adult, Children’s and Young Adult categories in the Feathered Quill 2019 Book Awards. 

Other comic projects include:

The Scout (The 4th Monkey anthology)
The Sanctuary (The Edgar Allan Poe Chronicles anthology)
The Marriage Counselor (Cthulhu is Hard to Spell anthology)
The Glob (Night Wolf Vol. 1)
The upcoming The Airship Pirate (The Rum Row anthology), and The Birth (Thirst – Stan Yak Vampire anthology).

Formerly a nationally ranked epee fencer, she has competed nationally and internationally. Madeleine is an avid reader of comics, steampunk, science fiction, fantasy, and historical military fiction.

When ex-Pinkerton detective Samuel Hunter married Elizabeth Weldsmore, the heir to one of Boston’s Great Houses, he knew his life would change forever, but he never expected the return of Elizabeth’s psychic abilities.

Not only do they have to keep it a secret, but Elizabeth must learn quickly how to master them. For a psychic in a Great House is a political liability which her father, Jonathan Weldsmore, knows only too well.


As the Great Houses jockey for power, the three of them must contend with treachery, subterfuge, and potentially a new demonic threat, in this political and supernatural thriller set in an alternate-history Boston of 1890.


Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR ARTISTIC PROCESS?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Time management.  I’m a one-person shop, so it’s very easy to get distracted with admin, marketing, and all the other necessary tasks to keep the show going. I try to allot an hour a day to admin., then write, but it doesn’t always work out that way.

Romelia: DOES YOUR FAMILY SUPPORT YOUR CAREER AS A WRITER?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Yes. My husband has supported it since before we were married.

Romelia: IF YOU HAD TO DO SOMETHING DIFFERENTLY AS A CHILD OR TEENAGER TO BECOME A BETTER WRITER AS AN ADULT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: I’d write more.

Romelia: HOW LONG ON AVERAGE DOES IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE A BOOK?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: I can do a first draft of a novel in three months, but it probably takes up to a year to publish due to editing and rewriting. At the same time I’m writing/producing my graphic novels and running Kickstarters.

Romelia: DO YOU BELIEVE IN WRITER’S BLOCK?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Yes and no.  I think you can get stuck on things, but there are various ways you can avoid it. For me, the answer to a problem is usually in what I have already written, I just have to go back and find it. Other ways are to move on to another scene or go write something else for a while and come back.

Romelia: AT WHAT POINT DO YOU THINK SOMEONE SHOULD CALL THEMSELVES A WRITER?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: When you are writing on a regular basis.

Romelia: WHAT DIFFERENCE DO YOU SEE BETWEEN A WRITER AND AN AUTHOR?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Writer is a generic term for someone who can be writing in different mediums like I do. (Comics, film, novels, audio plays, etc.)

The term author usually refers to novels, short stories, etc. Obviously, you can be both.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU PROCESS AND DEAL WITH NEGATIVE BOOK REVIEWS?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: It depends on whether or not they contain constructive criticism.  I am always on the lookout for ways to improve my craft, so if I see a number of reviews bumping on the same thing, I take notice. But if they simply didn’t like it because it wasn’t there thing or it wasn’t what they expected, or it’s a personal attack, I shrug my shoulders and move on.

Romelia: WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF YOUR WRITING PROCESS?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Time management.

Romelia: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WRITING OR WHEN DID YOU START?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: I started pretty much as soon as I learned how to write, but when I was a teenager I stopped for a while.  I decided I wasn’t mature enough to write anything interesting until I had actually lived. I started writing again in my mid-to-late twenties.

Romelia: WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A WRITER WORKING ON THEIR FIRST BOOK?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Finish it. Let it rest. Rewrite. Wash, repeat a few times then find good beta readers and/or a writers group, as well as a good content and copy editor.  Then you might want to put it in a drawer and start on the next one. Use what you learned with the first one to make the next one better.

Romelia: WHAT, TO YOU, ARE THE MOST IMPORTANT ELEMENTS OF GOOD WRITING?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Well-developed characters.

Romelia: WHAT COMES FIRST FOR YOU – THE PLOT OR THE CHARACTERS – AND WHY?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Characters. Because they drive the plot.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU DEVELOP YOUR PLOT AND CHARACTERS?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: With great difficulty.  Hahaha. I write extensive bios on my characters before I sit down to hammer out an outline. I usually have a sense of where the plot is going, but it often changes when I get to know my character better.

Romelia: WHEN DID YOU FIRST CALL YOURSELF A WRITER?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Probably when my first screenplay was optioned.

Romelia: HOW DO YOU USE SOCIAL MEDIA AS AN AUTHOR?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: I’m primarily on Facebook and Twitter, as I don’t have time for much else. I am on Instagram, but that’s mostly for fun.  I’ve run a number of Kickstarters for my graphic novels, so I tend to use both strategically. I’ve pretty much done the same for my novel and short stories.

Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE AND LEAST FAVORITE PART OF PUBLISHING?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Marketing and advertising.

Romelia: WHAT WOULD YOU say TO AN AUTHOR WHO WANTED TO DESIGN THEIR OWN COVER?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Unless they were a professional cover artist, I’d say suck it up and hire someone who knows what they are doing.

Romelia: HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU WRITTEN AND WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Four graphic novels. I’ve written a six issue mini-series, plus four sequels. (The fourth is with the artist right now.)  I’ve also written a number of short comic stories for various anthologies.

For prose, I’ve written three novels, though only one is currently published. The first one I did was a learning experience and will probably never see the light of day. the last one I did is the start of a new series that will come out next year. I’ve also written a number of short stories/novellas in the Boston Metaphysical universe.

Probably my favorite is the last novel. It’s the first of a trilogy, called Boston metaphysical society: the house wars, but the latest graphic novel comes in a close second.

For those not familiar with the graphic novel series, it’s about an ex-pinkerton detective, a spirit photographer, and a genius scientist who battle supernatural forces in late 1800s boston.

The prose stories are prequels to the graphic novels.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK DID YOU HAVE THE HARDEST TIME WRITING?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: The beginning. For me, the hardest part is deciding where to start.

Romelia: WHAT PART OF THE BOOK WAS THE MOST FUN TO WRITE?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: The chapters where the characters get on each other’s nerves.

Romelia: WHICH OF THE CHARACTERS DO YOU RELATE TO THE MOST AND WHY?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: That’s a tough one as there’s probably a little bit of me in all of them.

Romelia: IF YOU’RE PLANNING A SEQUEL. CAN YOU SHARE A TINY BIT ABOUT YOUR PLANS FOR IT?

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Sure. As I mentioned before I have finished the first book in the house war series.  It is my alternate history version of the American civil war in a world where demons, ghosts, and psychic abilities exist.  I have various plans for it, but I need to see how those plans play out before I mention anything.

As for the graphic novels, I will be running a kickstarter to print the latest sequel, The book of Demons, in march or april of 2021.

Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY ABOUT YOUR ADULT LIFE.

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: I am my dog’s personal assistant.

Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.

Madeleine Holly-Rosing: Most people do not know that I have a masters degree in Arabic and the cultural history of the arabs.

What do I hate about the world? Ug. Do you want a bullet point list? Hahahaha, but really, it’d probably be people’s lack of kindness toward each other.

Social Media:

Email: bostonmetaphysical@gmail.com

Website: http://www.bostonmetaphysicalsociety.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BostonMetaphysicalSocietyComic/

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/mhollyrosing

Instagram:  http://www.instagram.com/mcholly1Store: https://boston-metaphysical-society-comic.square.site/

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