Who’s That Indie Author? J.Q. Rose

J.Q. Rose

Author Name: J.Q. Rose

Genre: Mystery, Nonfiction, Memoir

Books: Your Words, Your Life Story; Girls Succeed! Stories Behind the Careers of Successful Women; Arranging a Dream: A Memoir; Deadly Undertaking; Dangerous Sanctuary; Terror on Sunshine Boulevard; Quick Tips on Vegetable Gardening

Bio: I’ve always been a writer in my heart, but being a mom and making an income were top priorities. I taught third graders until my husband and I decided to pursue our dream of being entrepreneurs in the floral and greenhouse operation. After we sold the shop, I had time to pursue another dream, writing as we traveled full-time in our fifth-wheel camper. 

What got you started as a writer? My mom. She was my second-grade teacher. When I finished my assignment, I’d visit my classmates. My mother was not happy with me for interrupting them in getting their assignments done. She told me to stay at my desk and write stories. So I did. And I guess I never stopped.

What is your writing routine? I set aside time to write every day after lunch. Sometimes it’s research when necessary. At first, it was difficult to sit down and write instead of finishing the laundry or reading a book. Now, if I have to miss my writing time due to an appointment or a meeting, etc., I resent it.

What route did you take to get your books published? After receiving 22 rejections from publishers, I self-published an eBook on Smashwords. I thought I would pull out all my hair before I accomplished this chore in 2010. For my first mystery, I decided to find a publisher after going through the frustration of self-publishing. I queried one who turned me down. I sent the second query to a startup eBook publisher who accepted the book. The publisher said they “liked my voice.” I’ll never forget that. Now I am a hybrid author with self-published nonfiction books and with mysteries and a memoir published by a traditional publisher.

What things do you do to promote your books? Virtual book/ blog tour, book signings and presentations, social media, an author website for blogging, hosting authors and being a guest at their blogs and podcasts. Plus, I publish a quarterly newsletter.

What is your favorite genre to read and why? Historical fiction to learn about 19th and 20th-century history.

Do you prefer to write dialogue or description? I love to write dialogue when the characters banter back and forth.

Have any of your characters ever surprised you? Yes, I thought I was writing a character who was so kind and helpful until it turned out she was a manipulator only looking out for herself. Did this change the plot of your book? Yes, she did. For the best, I might add.

What is the most difficult thing you have accomplished in your life? I haven’t really accomplished the job of being a mother, but it IS the most difficult challenge I’ve ever had and can still be today! I think one is always a mother even if the kid is old enough to collect social security. Grandmothering is so much more fun…

What three events or people have most influenced how you live your life? My Grandmother, Maw, really encouraged me to be a writer. My husband, Ted, has led us on a life of adventure and worldwide experiences. My friend, Bernie, instilled in me to be the best floral designer I could be and a businesswoman of integrity.

What would you tell your younger self? Stop spinning my wheels. Realize there are times when there is nothing I can do about a situation.

Have you ever met up with a bear on a hike? If so, what did you do? If not, are you looking up what to do right now? I have never met a bear on a hike; however, I have been in places with warnings that bears are in the area and read the posted signs that say “do not run.” To follow their advice seems impossible to me. I love to see bears but from the inside of the tour bus. 

You’re locked in your local library for the night with no dinner. Thank goodness you have water, but you only have enough change to buy one item from the vending machine. Choices are limited to: Fudge Pop Tarts, Snickers or Doritos. Which would you choose and why? Snickers! What a treat to have loads of library books to read while munching a Snickers bar!

What’s the largest number of people you’ve had in your kitchen at one time? Actually helping in the kitchen? Probably 3. But sitting at the breakfast counter or standing in the way e.g. in front of the refrigerator? Probably 10.

Closing thoughts: Thank you for the opportunity to be a guest on your series, Who’s That Indie Author? To the readers, thank you for stopping in today. I look forward to reading your comments and answering questions you have about writing. Please, keep in touch via the links below.

Website and social media links: 
Blog: Focused on Story
Facebook: J. Q. Rose, Author
Amazon Author: JQ Rose

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25 thoughts on “Who’s That Indie Author? J.Q. Rose

    1. Hi Jill – yes! I do too! Sounds like Janet’s mom knew her daughter, from a young age, had lots of stories to write. Thanks for stopping by to meet her 🙂

  1. “I thought I would pull out all my hair before I accomplished this chore in 2010.” I can totally identify with the feeling of pulling off that first book., mine in 2019.

    J. Q., I like your daily writing habit and your name. J. Q. Rose. Whether it’s a pseudonym on not, is certainly appealing. Thanks for sharing, Barbara.

      1. Thank you, Marian. It’s my pen name. J for Janet, Q for my maiden name and Rose because we were in the flower business, and roses are my favorite flowers.

  2. Enjoyed the interview with JQ Rose-
    And the Girls Succeed book sounds important (need more resources like that)
    and I think it would difficult to not run away from a bear as well
    Also – enjoyed hearing about the smashwords publishing experience – it reminded me of going through LuLu Press (around the same time, 2010) and even the spine of my book came back misaligned and it was all blah – but going with Amazon has been always a good experience

    And congrats on the Memoir too!

    1. Hi Yvette – thanks for visiting to read all about Janet – so sorry for the delayed response! I’m glad to hear you’ve had a good experience with Amazon. I’ve heard of LuLu Press but don’t know much about it. This publishing stuff has such a learning curve!

    2. Thank you for your kind words. I love you calling Girls Succeed important. I do believe it has a message for girls to strive to reach their dreams because they can make them come true.

      1. Yes / and it is such an important time for the development and churning of those dreams and your book sounds like it should be in school libraries
        Best wishes with it and with other books

    1. Hi Robbie – I agree. I would love to tour around parts of the country I haven’t seen, but I’m not sure we could handle the camper routine. It’s very popular here in the U.S., though! Thank you for reading and commenting 🙂

  3. Thanks so much for hosting me, Barb. Thank you to the readers for stopping in and leaving their thoughts and congratulations. It’s been a pleasure to meet you and your friends.

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