Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Author: Rosalyn McMillan

A&RBC: How did you become a writer?
Rosalyn: On the dare of my co-worker. Terry had just written Waiting to Exhale and upon seeing her success, I took my co-worker up on the offer. I went home and started writing my story that night. I wanted to talk about alopecia. I felt the subject hadn't been addressed.

A&RBC: What are you hoping readers take from your book?
Rosalyn: That I can care how many trials and tribulations you go through, that love of family comes first. It's doesn't matter who threw the first stone. Love and love of family trumps all.

A&RBC: Who is the hero in your life? How does your hero inspire you?
Rosalyn: My hero is my deceased mother. She told me that I could be anything I wanted to be as long as I worked hard. She also taught me how important it is to be a good mother. I pray to her everyday and thank her for all the life's lessons that she has taught me.

A&RBC: How do you relax after a long day of writing?
Rosalyn: By reading a good book.

A&RBC: What are your favorite marketing and/or promotional tools?
Rosalyn: My press kit and pitch letter. I think they're very professional.

A&RBC: What is one thing you have learned about the publishing industry?
Rosalyn: To not believe anything your editor tells you. I was promised a big budget for tours four times and it never happened. You have to do your marketing on your own.

A&RBC: What advice would you give to an aspiring author?
Rosalyn: To take creative writing and advanced creative writing. Learn the mechanics of writing. Go to the library and do your research. Get to know the librarians. They can make the process of learning your craft easier.

A&RBC: Who was the first author you read? What was the title of the book?
Rosalyn: Harold Robbins. I can't remember the title, Because I was 14 at the time and shouldn't have been reading his books at that age. I used to read five and six of Harold Robbin's novels a week. One that I especially loved was "The Other Side of Midnight." They made a movie out of the book, but I've never seen it.

A&RBC: Tell what new projects you are working on?
Rosalyn: I just finished an ebook "Midnight Pawn." It should be ready to download in February. I'm also working on a novel about hte lure of the casinos. It's subtitled, "A Black Man's Love Story."

A&RBC: Where can your readers find you?
Rosalyn: On my website: rosalynmcmillan.com and they can email me at rosalynmcmillan@gmail.com or visit me on Facebook.

A&RBC: Authors & Readers Book Corner appreciates your time!
Rosalyn: Thank you for having me.

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