It’s time for the next subject for my 2018 author interview series. Author interviews are posted every Friday throughout the year.
I am honored to continue this series with poet and essayist K.D. Rose.
You can catch up with all of my past author interviews (nearly 200) on my Author Directory page.
If you’re an author interested in being interviewed in this series, I still have limited spots available for 2018. You can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Now, please enjoy this interview with K.D. Rose:
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I think readers rely on writers to come up with ideas and writing that is original and by doing so, gives the readers what they want and often what they didn’t konw they wanted.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
I would have gone the MFA route. I submit to literary magazines now, and in fact was just nominated for a Pushcart Prize for one of my poems. The more direct MFA route would have been helpful for literary output.
What’s your favorite under-appreciated novel?
I think great novels are forgotten over time. I still love my children’s novel “A Wrinkle in Time” for example and was so happy to see they are making a movie of it. I think all Philip K. Dick novels are underappreciated now. He was a genius in Science Fiction. Some people know this because they make movies of some of his work.
Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
I do read them because I want to know what readers are thinking. It’s hard not to take negatives personally but all in all it is the reader’s experience, not the write’rs so I like to see the different perspectives.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
I tend to like covert things so although I don’t officially hide anything to be found, I do write a lot of subtext and sometimes obscure references that only a few will either get or want to look up.
Do you Google yourself?
What is your favorite childhood book?
Well having already given one away I’ll name the other one- The Phantom Tollbooth by Norman Juster. It is another wonderful, too often forgotten book.
If you had to do something differently as a child or teenager to become a better writer as an adult, what would you do?
I would have started submitting earlier. You learn a great deal by submitting and when I started getting the “good rejections” where editors talk to you, it was very helpful. Doing that at a young age and getting professional feedback at a young age would be great for a writer.
How long on average does it take you to write a book?
Anywhere from a few months to a year. It depends on the book and the intricacies and whether I am also working on anything else.
About K.D. Rose:
D. Rose is a poet, essayist, and author. K.D. was nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry for There are Species of Stars Yet to be Seen. K. D.’s book, Inside Sorrow, won Readers Favorite Silver Medal for Poetry. She has written books in multiple genres. Her poetry, essays, and short stories have been published in Word Riot, Chicago Literati, Poetry Breakfast, BlazeVOX Journal, Ink in Thirds, Northern Virginia Review, The Nuclear Impact Anthology, Stray Branch Magazine, Literary Orphans, Maintenant Contemporary Dada Magazine, Lunch Ticket Arts and Literary Magazine, The 2016 Paragram Press Anthology, Eastern Iowa Review, Bop Dead City, Santa Fe Literary Magazine, Hermes Poetry Magazine, Slipstream, Wild Women’s Medicine Circle Journal and The Offbeat Literary Magazine.
Connect with K.D.:
Twitter – https://twitter.com/KDRose1