Ellie’s Insights: T.A.Rosewood

T.A.Roswood a.k.a Traci, has released her debut novel this year although she in no stranger to writing. read more about her writing journey below and check out her social pages!

instagram.com/tarosewood

twitter.com/tarosewood

facebook.com/tarosewood

goodreads.com/author/show/20136962.T_A_Rosewood

Tell us a little about yourself.

My real name is Traci and I am from Essex, England. I live with my husband, two of

our children, and two westies.

Tell us a little about your writing/book/series.

My book, Reasonable Lies, is my debut novel although I have loved writing since my

teenage years. I write women’s fiction and have had various poems published. I’m

now working on three more books and hoping to get one of them released this year.

Where can we find your work?

My book can be found on Amazon as a paperback or as an ebook to download. It’s

also now listed on Waterstones, Barnes and Noble, and various other online

bookstores. We are currently in talks with our local book shop for them to stock it

too which is very exciting as that is where this book’s journey came to life for me.

When did you start writing?

I’ve always enjoyed writing and wrote my first ‘book’ when I was aged thirteen in a

school textbook. My GCSE exam was supposed to be a two-page short story but I

wrote thirty and actually failed my exam! I went on to write poetry in my twenties

and then as my family and work-life became too busy, writing halted. In 2016, after

meeting and listening to Jojo Moyes, I became inspired and began writing

Reasonable Lies that evening.

Tell us about your writing style. Do you write in first, second, third person? Single or Multi

POV?

I write in the third person although the second book I am working on has around five

chapters in the first person so it’s been interesting to work with that.

What is your biggest writing quirk?

I try to get deep into the emotions of my characters to make readers really invest in

them and feel emotional about the storyline.

What made you self-publish over traditional publishing?

Firstly, the cost that was involved in getting a publishing deal. I approached many

publishers but most of them were vanity publishers who wanted money up front

which I did not want to commit to. I got offered five deals but decided to go it alone

in the hope that maybe once I had a bit of a following, enough good reviews, etc,

that one of the traditional publishers may come across the book. Secondly, self-

publishing for the first time has given me great confidence and strength because you

have to put many hats on to get everything done. You have to be the writer, the

editor, the designer, the marketing expert, the social media manager…everything.

But I can say, I have really enjoyed the whole process and have had so much

support.

What do you think are the pros and cons of self-publishing?

As mentioned above, the pros are being in total control but the cons are it’s hard

work and you have to be constantly on it.

What platform do you use to self-publish?

I use KDP and have now signed up to Ingram Spark so that book stores and libraries

can stock my book. I signed up with KDP first because of the massive impact that

Amazon has in the book world. I am currently exclusive to Amazon so Ingram Spark

only has my paperback available at the moment but I would love to go wide and get

onto Apple Books and Kobo at some point in the near future.

What is one thing you wish someone had told you when you started your writing journey?

Get a thick skin. I had a really bad review in saying that the writing was terrible and it

really hit me hard. I took it too personally and it stopped me from writing for a few

weeks; I wanted to give up. But when I saw that they had written a near on exact

review for another author, I came to realise that you cannot please everyone and no

two people will love the same book. Even Stephen King has bad reviews! LOL.

Who is your favourite Indie Author and why?

My favourite indie author has to be EL. James of the fifty shades trilogy. Although

she is traditionally published now, she is an inspiration that if you have a great book,

you can get a publishing deal and a movie deal to boot would be the ultimate

dream. She is so down to earth too.

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