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.