Good morning. It’s Meet and Greet Monday!
With us today is Romance Author, Rose Wulf.
Hi, Kacey, thank you so much for having me!
Describe a typical day in the life of Rose, the writer.
Oh boy. Well, for me my day starts around 7:30am; I have to be sure to get up at the same time every day to give my 16 year old cat her medicine! After that it’s time to get myself ready for the day, and hopefully I can sit down with a granola bar and a cup of coffee before I go to work. Granted, ‘go to work’ means walking through the door off my dining room and stepping into my office!
I’m a full-time resident manager for an apartment complex, so the day-to-day work stuff is always somewhat unpredictable. It does usually offer some good time for writing – or at least plotting – though! And after work I go all the way back through that door to get home, get started on dinner, and afterwards I’ll write if I’ve got a story I’m working on actively. If not, I might take the time to watch a movie!
Tell us, what’s the first thought that comes to your head when you read the following words …
Romance … Love it!
Hercules … Great movie
Witches … Magic – always a fun story element!
Game of Thrones … Hugely popular; I should probably check it out
Miley Cyrus… No thank you.
What is your favorite junk food?
Does chocolate count as a junk food?
What are you a collector of?
My biggest collection is easily comic books! I love superheroes and all their crazy adventures, even the heartbreaking ones!
Other things I collect include coffee mugs (hey, gotta feed the habit!), key chains, and TV shows on DVD. Because I never know when I’ll feel like reliving some good memories! Oh, and reviews; I absolutely love collecting book reviews!
Who is your celebrity crush – male AND female?
Do I have to pick just ONE?! Ok, well, I’ll start with the female. That’s a tie between Jennifer Lawrence, who’s just awesome, and Scarlet Johansson.
As for the male, I have several! But at the end of the day my ultimate loyalty lies with Jensen Ackles. He plays Dean Winchester on Supernatural, for anyone who doesn’t know. The man is gorgeous!
***he’s my celeb crush too! So gorgeous!***
What three words would your family use to describe you?
Honest, loyal, and loving.
If you were given an all-expense paid, five day/night trip to anywhere, where would you go?
Almost definitely Hawaii. I’ve always wanted to go, and lately the desire to see Hawaii has been really strong!
What song are you most sick of hearing right now?
My first thought was “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. Closely followed by anything Miley Cyrus.
What are you scared of most – spiders or snakes? If neither, what are you most afraid of?
They terrify me! I have more than a few full-on panic attacks when trapped in the presence of anything larger than the pad of my pinky finger!
What is your favorite color?
Oh, that’s easy: pink!
What is your favorite scent?
This, however, is not so easy! Some of my first thoughts are: rain, pine tree areas immediately after a good rain, and baking cookies. Or baking anything, really. Oh, and coffee!
Who are some of your favorite authors?
Anne George (may she rest in peace) was my first favorite author. Since then others include: Sherrilyn Kenyon, Angela Knight, Janet Evanovich, Joan Swan, and comic book legend Chris Claremont.
Tell us about your “big break” in the publishing world. Was there any one person believe in your work first (besides yourself of course)?
My “big break” was an open call for submissions for a themed anthology being published by Jupiter Gardens Press (a then-imprint called Pink Petal Books). The piece I submitted for the anthology was accepted as a stand-alone, but I had to make it longer of course. That story became my contemporary romance novella, Campfire Romance!
What did you do to celebrate your first contract?
You mean after I finished crying with happiness?? I went out to dinner, told everyone I knew, and cried some more!
What books have most influenced your life most?
Murder on a Girls’ Night Out by Anne George is definitely on the list. That was probably my first REAL favorite book, and it will always hold a special place in my heart for just that reason!
The Harry Potter series and Angela Knight’s Master series are probably the two I can most credit for my love and appreciation of solid world-building. Master of the Night has what is to this day one of my favorite series-prologues of all time. I dream to be able to create worlds as detailed and beloved as theirs!
The Stephanie Plum series, by Janet Evanovich, showed me just how important and enjoyable good humor is to a good book. And Sherrilyn Kenyon’s Dark-Hunter series showed me how to apply good humor to the kinds of stories and settings that I myself am the most fascinated by.
If you could trade places with any other person for a week, famous or not famous, real or fictional, with whom would it be?
You just HAD to add ‘fictional’ as an option, didn’t you?? Ok, ok, let me think….
I’m kind of surprising myself with this answer, because I honestly thought I’d wind up choosing a fairly well-known superhero (Barbara Gordon [Batgirl] and Storm were two of my top contenders). In the end, though, I find my choice would be the character Asuna Yuuki from the anime Sword Art Online. And I’ll tell you why, of course! It’s because I don’t think I’ve ever quite been so truly envious of a fictional character as I have of Asuna. She’s so many things that pretty much all females would aspire to be that it’s just not fair. She’s beautiful, smart, strong, confident, sweet, loving, loyal, and honorable. And at the ripe old age of seventeen she’s already found her one true love; someone who would do anything – give up anything – for her and what they’ve built together. I dare you to find a romance author who doesn’t dream of that!
So I would trade places with her, so that I could get a taste of what it’s like to be all of that. To live in a world that rife with inspiration and to have an idea of what it felt like to be the heroine of a great love story.
If you knew then what you know now (about yourself, life, etc) what main piece of advice would you give yourself at age 21?
Probably this is the part where I should point out that age 21 wasn’t all that long ago for me! I mean, I turn 26 in November!
That said, there are still some things I could have done better. Probably my biggest piece of advice I could offer my younger self would be “don’t wait.” Generically like that, after all, it could apply to many things! In a lot of ways the main application would be best applied to dieting – a goal I hadn’t yet made any real progress on at that point in my life. And it’s truly amazing how much better I feel now that I’ve just about accomplished my weight loss goal; I do wish I’d done it sooner! With that dieting success I’ve been able to mature more, to grow more into myself and become more confident in myself. It certainly couldn’t have hurt to get started on that at 21!
Caught in Darkness is the start of my new Night Shadows series!
Veronica Wyndham had no idea that vampires were real, let alone that her new favorite customer—Tall Dark and Handsome—just so happened to be one. And she never imagined she’d overhear a robbery plan with murderous potential while eating lunch in the park. Making those kinds of enemies just wasn’t a good way to spend a day.
Seth Hunter knew he should have been grateful for Veronica’s unintentional help in exposing the traitors, but all he could worry about was how much danger she’d just landed in. Instinct had him taking it upon himself to keep a protective eye on her, but even then he had to keep his distance. If she found out the truth about the world around her, she would surely get Caught in Darkness.