Rose Leigh Woods

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I am normally asked what it was like to grow up in so many different countries. My dad was military, so I've lived in countries all over Europe. I love travelling, and I get to enjoy it as I write. My husband often teases me that I don't possess the discipline to be a member of the armed forces, and I tend to agree.

On top of my love of going anywhere from the corner grocery to any place on the globe, my husband teases me about my overactive imagination. I’ve had a lot of practice, starting as soon as I could talk, if my mom is to be believed. Our son and our “nephews and nieces” from our close friends love to compile and retell the stories which we cook up together. Given a rainy afternoon, we will have any scenario from princes and princesses risking all for all they could want, or space aliens discovering and exploring new worlds.

Q: Have you always wanted to write?

A: Yes, I have. I never thought I would ever get my first story completed, though. I started it and then had to put it to the side while working. I then, finally, started working on it again. It actually took me a while to work up the nerve to submit it for publishing. I am ecstatic I did, and I can't wait to see my readers' reactions.


Q: What do you do when you aren't writing?

A: It depends on what needs to be done. When, and if, I have spare time, I am an avid reader. I help people work on their resumes and tutor for different exams like the GED, as well as a multitude of other small jobs. When all of that is done, I enjoy hitting different hiking trails with my husband or simply kicking back with him.

I have a dog, and we enjoy our time playing and even lazing around the house. I simply enjoy life, whether it is fast paced or laid back for the moment.


Q: Are you a planner or a pantser?

A: Ha! I thought this question was hilarious when you asked another author. I am a “wannabe” planner who tries to start with something that resembles an outline, but I always stray from what I originally contrived and wind up with something that doesn’t even resemble the original plot. Everything I have written has happened this way from my papers in college to the quirky tales I made up for my son when he was little.


Q: Where do you get your ideas?

A: Sometimes, I get them while lying in bed and just thinking about different scenarios of how people could meet and fall in love. I sometimes find inspiration from hearing the people around me tell me how they met their significant others, both past and present. I can have up to five or six ideas going at once. When that happens, I quickly jot them in a notebook I keep stashed next to the bed.


Q: How real are your characters to you?

A: I sometimes start with someone I know and write down a description of my character before I even have figured out exactly what will happen in my story. To me, the characters are the most important part of the story because the plot and actions have to match the character’s personality.

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