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Daily Inspiration: Meet Linda Rosen

Today we’d like to introduce you to Linda Rosen

Hi Linda, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
Hello. Thank you for the opportunity. I am a fitness professional turned novelist. As I was nearing my sixtieth birthday, I felt a need, a gnawing, to do something more. While perusing an adult school catalogue for a photography course, I came across a writers workshop. As an avid reader, I had dreamt of penning my own novel, one that readers would devour curled up in a comfortable chair with a cup of tea – or a glass of wine – though I never gave serious thought to actually ever writing one. But I signed up for that writer’s workshop and pushed photography aside, for a while. After one class, my fingers started flying across the keyboard, though my prose was as shaky as a toddler’s first steps. With lots of encouragement from the teacher and other students, the words soon began to flow. Characters introduced themselves to me. They sat on my shoulder, whispered in my ear as I walked in the park, swam laps, or dug in my garden. They planted their feet and wouldn’t leave until I put them on paper, or to be more accurate, on screen. Now, two novels later, I’m working on a third and plan to keep going as long as my fingers find the keyboard.

My novels are set in the “not-too-distant past” and examine how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles thrown their way. A central theme is that blood is not all that makes a family– and they always feature a piece of jewelry! My debut novel, The Disharmony of Silence, released March 5, 2020, right before Covid19 locked us down. My sophomore novel, Sisters of the Vine, came out one year later. Both are published by Black Rose Writing. In addition to writing novels, I was a contributor to Women in the Literary Landscape: A WNBA Centennial Publication for the Women’s National Book Association and have had stories published in online magazines and print anthologies. I am a member of the Women’s Fiction Writers Association and co-founder of the South Florida chapter of Women’s National Book Association where I hold the position of VP of Programming. On the WNBA (books, not basketball) national level, I am Selections Coordinator of the Great Group Reads committee which chooses books for National Reading Group Month. In addition, I am a founding member of The Author Talk Network and an administrator of the Facebook Group Bookish Road Trip, and editor of the newsletter, Wanderlust.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Actually, it’s been little of both. The road hasn’t been very bumpy, yet not smooth sailing either. My first challenge was to realize that the first draft of my debut novel was not ready for publication. As a new writer, I was learning the craft along the way and came to learn, as all writers do, that writing is re-writing. After many years and many drafts, finding a publisher was the next challenge. It takes determination and persistence and after sending many query letters and chapters, even the full manuscript requests to agents and small presses, I found a home for my work. Challenges continue – I am an active and social person and need to carve out time to do it all. Sunny, warm days make it difficult to stay inside at my desk, but I’ve found a spot near the beach where I occasionally bring my laptop. While deep in story, words find their way onto the page, I hear the sound of the surf and smell the sea air and I’m a happy novelist. I do carve out time to write at my desk several days a week while staying active swimming and playing pickleball and doing organization work. And spending time with friends, family, especially my husband.

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I don’t write every day or get up at the crack of dawn to get words on the page, as many writers do. I’m too social a person and involved in many activities, so I make writing dates with myself about four times a week. Though when I’m not actually writing, I am mulling over plot points, letting ideas marinate, listening to what my characters are telling me. Yes, they actually do talk to me. And thankfully, all of this results in novels.
The Disharmony of Silence and Sisters of the Vine are my two published novels. Both can be purchased on Amazon, Barnes and Nobel.com, Target.com, BlackRoseWriting.com, Bookshop.org and other online shops. The first chapters of each novel, and part of the second, can be read on my website www.linda-rosen.com. I am available for book clubs and guest speaking. Through the Author Talk Network (which you can link to from my website) I, along with other authors, several NY Times Bestsellers, I am available for panels, podcasts, and speaking engagements for book clubs, organizations, and clubs.

So, before we go, how can our readers or others connect or collaborate with you? How can they support you?
I love to talk with readers. Please follow me on the sites below, or email if you’d like to have me come to your book club or are interested in a panel for your organization. Find out more on Author Talk Network. And join Bookish Road Trip on Facebook. You’ll see me there.

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Dannielle Judd Photography – headshot

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