Writerly Wednesday Welcomes J. Q. Rose

Writerly Wednesday Welcomes J. Q. Rose…

This Week our Writerly Wednesday Guest is J. Q. Rose.  Those of us who hang out at the Writer’s Chatroom know her by heart.

The Writer’s Chatroom is open for Topic Chats each Wednesday from 8PM EDT to 10PM EDT and on Sundays we have a Guest from 7PM EDT till 9PM EDT.  Okay, I’ve gotten the shameless plug for the chatroom out there, let’s give J Q a big round of applause.

Hey Sally, thanks so much for hosting me today. Looking forward to a lot of fun on your blog.

I’m pleased to have you here and I wonder why we haven’t done this before.

 Interview

1.   What is your favorite marketing task that has resulted in a sale?

Two years ago when my first mystery Sunshine Boulevard was released, I handed out postcards, but instead of selling the e-book, I had to explain what an e-book was! Now with my latest release, Coda to Murder, I hand out cards and people grab them and put them inside their Kindle, Nook, iPad folders so they can order it!! Okay, I honestly don’t know how many sales result in this, but I have a feeling I have had several sales with this very personal contact with readers.

 

2.   What do you like about your publisher or why did you decide to Self Publish?

I love the gang at MuseItUp Publishing—the authors, the staff, the cover artists. There is a lot of camaraderie and we support each other. The authors loop is always buzzing with info on writing and publishing and even techie questions/answers for new writers putting up a blog!! Lea Schizas, the publisher, keeps her promises. If she says the book will be out at a certain time, it is!

 

3.   What do you have under your bed?

Yeww, Sally, I would do anything for you, but I’m sorry I am not going to look under my bed for anybody!!

Okay, then, you are leaving this open to our imaginations.  I think there is an old dog biscuit and is that a pair of pink fuzzy handcuffs?

4.   Are you a plotter or a pantser when you are writing?

I scratch out a bit of an outline before I begin and use it as a map (or GPS nowadays) to get through the writing of the book. But as in all journeys, I sometimes take a detour and add or back up details. So the outline is flowing and changing everyday, but basically I stay on track to get the story written down from beginning to end. Then I return to add the points of interest along the way.

 

5.   Do you write in a bubble or do you prefer critique groups, writing buddies or other companionship during the process?

I could never write in a bubble. I belong to a fantastic crit group, the Koffee Kuppe Writers, and a writers’ group at our local library. If anyone is looking for a writers group, check your library first.

 

6.   When do ideas come to you and how do you capture them?

Most ideas are hatched while taking walks or taking showers. I also solve writing problems when I have written myself into a corner when I walk around my neighborhood.

 

7.      What is your favorite word processing program and what other tools do you use, pen, notebooks, white board, index cards, finger on fogged bathroom mirrors? I use MS Word 2003. I know it’s old and I do have 2010 on another laptop, but I just don’t want to take time to learn it. I can whip out a story (or an interview) on 2003 so easily. It’s all about time management, and I don’t want to waste the time when I’m on deadline frogging around with some stupid error I made on an unfamiliar program. (Now did I bamboozle you enough with that and convince you I am not lazy?? Huh, didn’t think so.)

 

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J. Q. in a Red Sports Car!
J. Q. in a Red Sports Car!

BIO- After writing feature articles in magazines, newspapers, and online magazines for over fifteen years, J.Q. Rose entered the world of fiction writing with her first published novella, Sunshine Boulevard, released by MuseItUp Publishing in 2011. Her latest mystery, Coda to Murder, was released in February. Blogging, photography, Pegs and Jokers board games, and travel are the things that keep her out of trouble. Spending winters in Florida with her husband allows Janet the opportunity to enjoy the life of a snowbird. Summer finds her camping and hunting toads, frogs, and salamanders with her four grandsons and granddaughter.

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at

J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/

Girls Succeed blog http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com/

Author website http://jqrose.webs.com/

J. Q.  Rose Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/aeuv4m4

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/jqrose

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/janetglaser/

 

You Tube Book Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8J4Lkw0q3g.

I didn’t know you had such a big digital footprint.  I am impressed!

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TAGLINE: Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.

 

Cover Art for Coda to Murder
TAGLINE: Pastor Christine Hobbs never imagined she would be caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.

BLURB:  Pastor Christine Hobbs has been in the pulpit business for over five years. She never imagined herself caring for a flock that includes a pig, a kangaroo, and a murderer.

 

Detective Cole Stephens doesn’t want the pretty pastor to get away with murdering the church music director. His investigative methods infuriate Christine as much as his deep brown eyes attract her.

 

Can they find the real killer and build a loving relationship based on trust?

If all goes well a book trailer should display right about here.  If it doesn’t work out the link to the trailer is somewhere in the text on this page.

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BUY LINKS:

Now available at MuseItUp Publishing- http://tinyurl.com/anax9x7

Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/ap376tb

bn.com and major online booksellers.

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Excerpt

“The detective practically accused me of killing William, right there, right in the park.”  Sitting on the screened-in porch at the rear of the parsonage, Christine expected Lacey to be as angry as she was at such a ridiculous idea.

Instead, her friend held her slice of pizza midway from the greasy box to her mouth long enough to ask, “Hey, you didn’t tell me you were at the park with Stephens this afternoon.  How’d that happen?”

“What?  You’re more interested in why I was at the park instead of being accused of murdering William?  Come on, Lacey.”  Planting her feet firmly on the cement floor, she stopped the gentle rocking of the glider.  “Don’t you get it?  I could be tossed in jail for something I didn’t do.”

“Don’t be silly.  You’re innocent.  You know it, and so does everyone else.”  Lacey popped the last morsel of pepperoni in her mouth.  “Anyway, tell me how you met Cole Stephens at the park.  He is super cute.” Her friend licked the pizza grease from her fingers and then grabbed the thin paper napkin to complete the grease removal from her lips.

“Excuse me, Lacey.  Some people in this town are spreading rumors that I did kill William. I wouldn’t be surprised if it weren’t some of my own parishioners involved in spreading them.  There were several folks who weren’t too happy to have a young woman for their pastor.”

“You don’t think they would spread malicious lies to get you out of here, do you?”

“I would hope not.” Christine sat back on the glider and sipped her light beer.  She was too upset to eat the pizza Lacey had brought over.

“I guess we could always do our own investigation, eh?”  She threw it out there to get a reaction from her friend.

“Sure, Sherlock.”  Lacey laughed.  “We could go to William’s house to see if someone left a note telling us who killed him.”

Christine sat bolt upright.  “You’re right!  We could run out there and investigate.”

“I’m sure the police have already done that.  There’s nothing left to check out.” Lacey piled the paper napkins next to the half empty pizza box on the patio table.

They sat in silence for a few minutes allowing the peaceful twilight to restore tranquility. Christine couldn’t let go of the idea of checking out William’s home.   After all, William had shown her where the key was if she needed to get into his house in case of an emergency. I think trying to find William’s killer could qualify as an emergency.

BUY LINKS:

Now available at MuseItUp Publishing- http://tinyurl.com/anax9x7

Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/ap376tb

bn.com and major online booksellers.

Connect with J.Q. Rose online at

J.Q. Rose blog http://www.jqrose.com/

Girls Succeed blog http://girlssucceed.blogspot.com/

Author website http://jqrose.webs.com/

J. Q.  Rose Amazon Author Page http://tinyurl.com/aeuv4m4

Goodreads- http://www.goodreads.com/jqrose

Pinterest http://pinterest.com/janetglaser/

 

You Tube Book Trailerhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m8J4Lkw0q3g

Thank you J Q for visiting with us.  

Don’t touch anything sharp and come back next Wednesday.

 

By Sally

Sally Franklin Christie Blogger and Author of If I Should Die and Milk Carton People.

9 comments

  1. enjoyable interview Sally and JQ. I can’t come up with anything under my bed, either. That’s sad for a writer, isn’t it? Your expanded imagination has shifted some dust mites in my brain, Sally. Must get thinking or take more walks and showers like you do JQ 🙂

    1. Even the thought of lifting up the dust ruffle and peeking under the bed makes me shudder!! LOL.. Thanks for stopping and enjoy the walks.

  2. Hello, Sally. Enjoyed poking around your blog! Hi, JQ. I won’t look under my bed for anyone either. There are no words… Very enjoyable interview, ladies. Always happy to learn more about JQ!

    1. Thanks, Pat. Glad I’m not the only one not looing under the bed! Sally does ask some probing questions, eh? Thanks for joining in at Sally’s blog.

  3. Sally, I can’t come tonight. I am giving a presentation at the local library tonight with three other authors. I think I’d rather be sitting behind my safe keyboard visiting the chat room. Have fun tonight!

    Thanks so much, Lorrie. Your words are music to my ears. Working on another mystery right now!

    1. The presentation went very well. We had a great time and a pretty good turnout on a gorgeous evening in Michigan. Sorry I missed chat, but will return next week.

  4. Hi JQ, I still want that car.
    I love the storyline of your book. What a cast of characters you have created for the mystery. I admire your imagination and wit. Keep the novels coming.

  5. Something has happened to my page. I did not know leaving a comment was like finding Waldo. Hmmm. I’ll check into that. Anyway thanks again JQ and I hope you’ll come to chat tonight and help me through the topic.

    Sally

  6. Thanks so much, Sally for hosting me today. I had to actually think to answer some of those questions. I dunno why we haven’t done this before. Next time you’re on my blog, okay??

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