Five Questions for... Roseanne Dowell

Tell us about your latest book, Connection of the Minds.
Did you ever have a feeling something bad was going to happen? You know kind of a premonition, intuition, omen or whatever you want to call it? When it happens, goose bumps run up your arms and the hair on the back of your neck stands on end. You try to pass it off as a coincidence, but deep down you know it’s not. That’s what happened to Rebecca Brennan. Her dreams and visions link her to another person. At first it was pleasant, feelings of accomplishments, pride, sometimes melancholy and contentment. But when danger invaded her dreams, and she actually felt someone's pain, she was bound and determined to find out who shared her mind. Her search takes her to a quaint Victorian town and puts her life in danger.

What drew you to writing a blend of mystery and romance? 
I grew up reading Nancy Drew Mysteries and my love of mysteries continued to grow, eventually to include Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney, and Agatha Christie. I guess I'm a romantic at heart so it seemed natural to bring the two together.

Tell me a bit about yourself and how long you've been writing? 
I've been writing ever since I could remember. When my children were younger I took a writing course - Writing for Children. I envy people who can write for children. It wasn't my cup of tea. I just didn't have it in me. Maybe I didn't think enough like a child. I wrote off and on during those years, but never submitted anything. Around 2002, during a conversation with my mystery reading book club, we started discussing what we regretted. I mentioned I regretted not pursuing writing as a career. That's all it took, they were on me with a million idesa for stories. I started thinking about it and decided to give it a shot. It wasn't until 2006 that I published my first novel, Satin Sheets. Since then, I've published several with MuseItUp Publishing.

Connection of the Minds was released as an eBook – are you a fan of this increasingly popular medium and what has your experience been like working with MuseItUp? 
Truthfully, I love holding a book in my hands, but the wave of the future is eBooks. The great thing with MuseItUp is the novel length books will probably be available in print also. Working with MuseItUp is great. Lea Schizas is a one of a kind publisher. Not only does she involve all the authors in decision making, she helps promote our books. Not many publishers do that. She's constantly coming up with ideas for the Muse Blog.

What books and authors have inspired your writing?
Well, to go way back, the Nancy Drew mysteries, Victoria Holt, Phyllis Whitney and more recently Nora Roberts, Mary Higgins Clark, and Lisa Scottoline. There are many others I enjoy reading, Sandra Brown, and well, just too many to mention.

Find out more about Roseanne at her blog at this link.


Another thing in common. I'd love to write for children too but somehow that just doesn't click.
Roseanne Dowell said…
We certainly seem to have a lot in common.
Michelle said…
I LOVED Nancy Drew as a child. I devoured her books. Now my daughters are reading her books...I sneak one every once in a while and skim through it. So many fond memories.

Thanks for sharing,
Concilium, July 2012
Penny's Tales said…
Roseanne - your book really sounds good. I write for kids and I NEVER read until I had kids of my own - then it was to escape reality LOL. Great job, as usual
Adriana said…
Awesome interview, Roseanne! I was a fan of the Nancy Drew series myself, and my sister and cousins LOVED Agatha Christie. :) I thought I'd have an issue with ebooks, but I am in love with my Kindle and don't miss holding the paperbacks at all!
I loved Cherry Ames. She was the Nancy Drew of nursing. My sister gave me my first Cherry Ames book when I was twelve.

As for e-books, I too love my Kindle. My purse is heavy enough without carrying paperbacks. I also love that the e-book world has given short fiction a home. I have nice little "waiting room" stories on my Kindle as well as longer books--like War & Peace which I plan to read "one of these days." I can carry it around with me along with a few other classics so if I run out of books I've bought or review material I always have something to read. Can you imagine lugging a library everywhere you go?

By the way, I've reviewed both Roseanne and Collin at , and they both got raves. Pop over if you want to see what I said about them.
Collin Kelley said…
Rochelle, did you review Remain In Light? I didn't see it or maybe I was looking in the wrong place?

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