Friday, March 9, 2012

Returning Guest Author Roseanne Dowell

Today, I'm pleased to welcome back multi-published author, Roseanne Dowell.  Today, she's talking about Secrets, Lies & Love.

AUTHOR: Roseanne Dowell
BOOK TITLE: Secrets, Lies, & Love
PUBLISHER: Books We Love, Ltd.

Why don't you start with telling us a little about yourself? What genre do you write in and why?
First off, I’m a wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. I write romance – sweet romance, mystery romance, and paranormal romance. I love reading romance and it only seemed natural to write it.

Tell me about your current book which you are promoting.
Secrets, Lies, & Love is about Meghan Shelby who returns to her hometown after a ten year absence. Her parents moved away when she was 17 and she never knew why. Both of her parents are dead and she inherits the family home from her last living relative, an aunt. What once was a beautiful Queen Anne Victorian home had now fallen to ruins. Meghan vows to restore the home to its former glory. In the process she meets up with the man she had a crush on when she was young and discovers secrets from her families past.

How long have you been writing? Pretty much all of my life. Seriously submitting since 2002.
What got you interested in writing, and what inspired you to write your first book?Like I said I’ve been writing all my life, so I was always interested. The reason I sat down and started submitting and taking it seriously was some friends and I were having a discussion about what we regretted and I admitted I regretted not pursuing a writing career. They convinced me it wasn’t too late.
Do you outline before you write? If not, what’s your initial process? The only book I plotted was Secrets, Lies,  & Love and I was blocked on it for two years. It wasn’t working the way I planned and I just couldn’t get past it and make the characters do what I wanted. Once I was able to forget that first plot and let the characters lead me, it flowed like water. I’ll never plot again.

What comes first: the plot or the characters? That varies. In this book it was the characters. I actually came up with their names while we were in South Carolina on vacation. The story and plot came much later.
Which of your characters do you love/hate/fear/pity the most and why? Probably the ones I’m working on at the time. I truthfully love all of my characters, even the ones I hate.

What was the hardest part of writing your book? Writing the book is the easy part. Granted, there are dozens of revisions and rewrites, but I love writing. To me promoting is the hardest.
Did your book require a lot of research? How long does it take to write a book for you?
This book required some research, but not a lot. As I said previously this book took over two years to write. Other books were done much quicker.

Describe your writing space. I did have an office, but now I write on my laptop in the living room.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? When I’m not writing or spending time with my family (my favorite thing to do) I enjoy embroidery and quilting. Combining the two is especially fun. Right now I’m working on a quilt for my youngest grandchild so when he grows up and has a child he’ll have a piece of me. I’ve made all my grandchildren quilts for their first child. So far, I’ve given one away. My daughters have instructions who to give them to incase I’m no longer here.
What books or authors have influenced your writing? Wow, that’s hard. I love Nora Roberts,  Lisa Scottoline, Karen Robards, Sandra Brown and sooo many others. I started off reading Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney and did anyone not read Agatha Christi.

What so you see for the future of publishing and e-books? Absolutely! I think e-books are the way of the future. Although I think it’ll be a long time before print books totally disappear.

What are your current books out right now and what are the books coming up for
release? Oh boy, let see. Stranger on the Shore, Double the Trouble, A Second Chance, May I Have this Dance, and Connection of the Minds all with MuseItUp Publishing. Sometime in March, they’ll be releasing Elusive Mission.  Besides Secrets, Lies, & Love with Books We Love, there’s Time to Love Again and Designed for Love.

What advice would you give a new writer just starting out? Write every day even if it’s only for fifteen minutes. And don’t give up. If you truly love writing, writer for yourself.

Where can people learn more about you and your work?
My website is and my blog is:

Meghan loved this time of year, though a little too hot to start school in her opinion. Why they felt the need to go back in August was beyond her. She remembered her mother complaining about it years ago. “What was wrong with starting after Labor Day like they did in my day?” Her mother used to rant and rave for weeks before school started. Even got on the School Board. Not that it changed anything. School still started the last week in August. Meghan smiled at the memory.

Now that she thought about it, it was silly. Like they took the last week of vacation away from the kids. Bet the teachers didn’t like it either.

Meghan pulled into the school parking lot. Not much had changed here either. New landscaping, new windows, but that was about it. The old building looked pretty much the same.

Her footsteps echoed in the empty hall. She’d never been in the school when it was empty before. The strong odor of wax and other cleaning products prickled her nostrils. The clean smell lingered through the first few days of school.

It had been a long time since she’d been to the principal’s office and she stopped outside, took a deep breath and held it. Here goes nothing. Mr. Duncan said look for Mr. Mac.  He must be new in town. It wasn’t a name she remembered. So what was the worse he could say? Letting out her breath, she hurried inside, before her nerve left her. A man stood with his back to her, unpacking a box of books.

“Excuse me. I’m looking for Mr. Mac.”

 “I’m Mr. Mac.” He turned toward her.
Meghan’s breath caught in her throat. “Patrick!” The word slipped out of her mouth, before she could stop it. The love of her life stood in front of her, even better looking and sexier than she remembered. Her heart skipped a beat, her legs turned to jelly, and she grabbed the edge of the desk to steady herself.
Patrick smiled at her. That easy smile she remembered from long ago. The smile she used to love. It lit up his eyes.

“Little Meghan Shelby. Not so little anymore I see.”

Heat burned her cheeks as Patrick looked her up and down, apparently taking in every inch of her. He remembered her. After all this time he knew who she was. Would wonders never cease?

“Uh, um...” Oh crap. Now wasn’t the time to get tongue tied. “You’re the principal here?” Lord, could she work for him. See him every day?

“Yes, I am. I heard you were back in town. Are you staying then? Do you want to register your child?”

“Huh?” Her child, was he nuts? “Uh no I’m here about the secretarial position. Mr. Duncan was supposed to call you.”

“Really? You want the job?”

“Yes, didn’t Mr. Duncan call? He told me to come right over.”

 “If he did I didn’t hear the phone. I’ve been in and out of the office.” He nodded toward the stack of books. “Too busy around here this time of year.” Patrick grinned and motioned her into his office. “So tell me about yourself. What qualifies you for the job?”

Qualifications? Think damn it. What was the matter with her? She’d lost all train of thought. “Well, I’m computer proficient. I’m good with math. And I love children.” What more could he want?

“I see. So why do you want the position? Tell me about your education.”

His deep voice sent shivers down her spine. Meghan couldn’t take her gaze from him. All sense of reason flew out the window. She had the most God awful urge to reach up and push his dark hair out of his eyes. “I’m a former Math major, have two years of college. I’m a quick learner.” Finally, she looked away.


  1. Thanks for having me today, Penny. Thank you, Cheryl.

  2. Roseanne, as always, it's my pleasure.

  3. Great interview. I was surprised how outlining actually stopped your writing progress. You gotta be a pantser. Best wishes on your new release.