Interview with Rosalie Redd
by Sherry Perkins
Rosalie Redd has been writing romance for quite some time. She’s happily managed to pen several series including Gargoyle Night Guardians, Warriors of Lemuria, Zodiac Shifters Paranormal Romances, Interstellar Lovers, and Blood Courtesans Romance. Before becoming an author of paranormal, scifi, and fantasy romance she had a successful career in finance and accounting.
Her recent book series, Gargoyle Night Guardians, features “Heart Bandit Book One,” Night Angel Book Two,” and “Love Bewitched Book Three.” “Love Bewitched” is set to be released June 2020, and “Night Angel” will be in a Paranormal Romance Guild Giveaway this April.
Rosalie lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband—her real life paranormal “guardian”—where she says all the rain “is just another excuse to keep writing.”
She took a few minutes out of writing her next book to answer a question or two for us.
When you write, do you draw on personal experiences or do you just have a good imagination? In other words, how much is keen observation of the human condition and how much is a bit more autobiographical?
Very interesting question! I’d have to say that most of what I write is just good old-fashioned imagination, but I must admit there are little bits and pieces of my own experiences mixed in. For example, in Heart Bandit, there is a cat named “Snookums.” Well, guess what, I had a cat with that very name. LOL. You never know when something like that is going to sneak into the stories!
What’s the best piece of advice you ever got–personal or business wise? What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever given?
The best piece of advice I ever received was from my dad. “You can do whatever you set your mind to.” He told me that many a time when I struggled with self-confidence whether that was with schoolwork or practicing my flute. His comment to keep trying and never give up have lasted with me to this day. So, my advice to others is – never give up on your dreams. Keep working toward them each and every day and watch what happens!
Where did you get the idea/inspiration for “Heart Bandit”? And “Night Angel” — was that a natural progression from “Heart Bandit”?
The inspiration for Heart Bandit came from a rather different source. I’ve had a fascination with historical architecture and found myself drawn to gargoyles. I did a bunch of research on them and also on old pagan mythology. From there, the blend of the two melded into Heart Bandit in the oddest of places – modern Chicago. Did you know that the University of Chicago has gargoyles on many of their buildings? When I discovered that, the pieces for the story solidified, and bam, Heart Bandit was born. As for Night Angel, the story was a natural progression of events from Heart Bandit. Besides, I have a soft spot in my heart for a cowboy that’s trapped in a gargoyle. Don’t you?
What’s your favorite genre to write in: paranormal, scifi, fantasy?
Oh, that’s a touch choice. I like all three, but I’d have to say paranormal is my favorite.
What are you reading now? Do you have a favorite book/author? Favorite book boy/girlfriend?
My current read is Darkness Awakened by Stephanie Rowe. This is the first book I’ve read from this author, but so far, I’m absolutely loving this book! My favorite author, hands down, is J.R. Ward. The world she created with the Black Dagger Brotherhood is phenomenal, not to mention her absolute mastery of character motivation and conflict. A fabulous series!