I am pleased to bring you another author interview today - please welcome Rose Sinclair to the hotseat! Let's jump right in to the questions:
Indie or Traditionally published? - Tell us how this works for you…
Indie pub life for me! I’ve worked with indie authors for several years now within several parts of publishing and I really love the freedom it allows authors. The ability to make faster choices and better adapt to the strange changing world we live in now.
Plot or Pants? Do you pre-plot your books, use an outline, fly by the seat of your pants or some combination of things? How do you keep track of characters in a series? Do you keep a journal of your characters’ statistics, such as hair and eye color, relatives, hometown, etc.
I’m definitely a plotting pantser. Oftentimes whole scenes will come to me and I’ll write them down until there’s a small plot bunny farm in my note’s app. Usually these scenes are out of order so when it is time to get the first draft done I’ll organize those which end up serving as an outline of sorts.
Tell us about your first… published M/M fiction/romance
I’ve written several science fiction novels with men who love men, but my first M/M romance is called The 8th Rank. It’s a fairytale retelling featuring the Big Bad Wolf, and within it I was able to show the rage and pain that most queer people feel and shape that into a story about love, healing, and learning to choose what you want.
and then your most recent one..
The 9th Pawn is a lot more about having fun in the crazy wondrous world around you. It follows the Mad Hatter and is about being good on your terms and loving someone without fear.
What are your writing goals for the next year? The future?
I’d really love to be able to write more Big Bad Magic novels! I have plans for a third that will have an Aladdin inspired retelling. But I’d love to have an even larger series! There’s so many fairytale stories that deserve some MM romance love. It’s such a fun series because many of the fairy tales overlap and it’s the interconnection of stories that really allow for me to showcase beautiful romances in new queer ways.
What’s the hardest part about writing?
I think the hardest part of writing is always the beginning. A blank page is intimidating to anyone. It doesn’t matter how many books you’ve written for that first second it’s easy to doubt you know what you are doing when there’s nothing on the screen to keep you company.
What made you decide M/M romance was the genre you wanted to write? Do you write other genres?
Before this I was a science fiction author, I love that genre and the queerness that cyberpunk allows. As I got older, I started wanting to be more self indulgent after nearly a decade of activism. After learning the hidden history of our communities, I came back to a simple and powerful truth: Gay love is sustaining and endlessly beautiful.
Where do you find inspiration?
The second most common genre I’d write in was fairytales. Mixing magic and myth feels like tapping into something shared across cultures. These touchstones have helped us learn many things as kids, and how we each interpret them personally throughout different times in our lives can continue to teach us even more about love and life.
What is your favorite thing about writing M/M romance?
Given my background of writing heroes who try to save the day, it’s deeply enjoyable to now focus on M/M romance. There’s a simple truth that even when working to change the world we do that as an act of love. Being together, in the endless amount of ways people choose, is what allows us to survive the bad and scary parts of life.
How can we connect with you?
I’m mostly on Instagram @RoseOverChaos and I have an exclusive newsletter freebies at RoseSinclair.com!