I’d like to welcome back Rosanne E. Lortz (“Rose”) to talk with me today al little about what her writing means to her. Rosanne is a history lover, a book addict, a mom to four boys, and a native of Portland, Oregon. When she’s not writing, she teaches Latin and English composition and works as an editor at Madison Street Publishing. Her latest book, To Wed an Heiress, is a Regency romance/murder mystery loosely based on the characters and events of the Norman Conquest.
Why do you write?
I write because I love to create and because I love stories. Composing music, doing calligraphy, and are other ways of creating I have enjoyed and dabble in from time to time, but the story aspect of writing makes that creative pursuit a special one for me.
How has writing impacted your life?
It has given me a goal to strive for and something to feel proud of—it’s not easy to get a novel finished when you have four boys four and under. It has also connected me to a wonderful world of authors and readers via the internet. I love being able to interact with people on-line about their books and my books.
What advice would you give to beginner writers?
Don’t talk so much about wanting to write and spend all your time researching how to do it. Actually DO IT. One of the best ways to improve as a writer is to practice.
When do your best ideas come to you for a story?
When I’m reading history! I love reading primary sources and discovering heroes and heroines who need their stories to be told. Lately, I’ve also started to plot novels when I wake up in the middle of the night and can’t get back to sleep.
Be sure to check out my interview with Rosanne on Historical Fiction & Meaning!