I am thrilled to be today’s stop on Rosa Temple’s #SinglebyChristmas Blog Tour 🙂 🙂 🙂 I have a fab Q&A with the lady herself.
For those who don’t know already, could you tell us about yourself and your book(s) please?
Well, I’m a relatively new writer to the chick lit genre and I specialise in romantic comedies. I didn’t set out to only write romantic comedies but that’s how my stories seem to turn out! So far I’ve published a novella called, Sleeping With Your Best Friend and a full length novel called, Natalie’s Getting Married. Single by Christmas is my first Xmas novel and it’s released on 18th October 2016.
Where did/do you get your ideas from?
I think the ideas tend to start with a few threads of a storyline that seem to just pop into my head when I least expect them. Like in a shopping queue or when I’m doing the washing up. I get a ‘what if’ scenario going on and the characters I need to tell the story seem to fall into place.
Are any of your characters based (however loosely) on anyone you know?
I tend not to borrow real characteristics from anyone I know – I don’t want to upset or annoy anyone 🙂 But I do borrow physical features from people I know once in a while. Mind you, even that could get me into trouble so I’d better not say too much!
How do you pick your characters names?
Mostly they’re just random but sometimes I might choose a name that goes with an identity. For example, in Single by Christmas, I chose Charlie as my hero. He was named after a great jazz musician because his parents happened to be jazz lovers and passed the passion onto him.
Can you share your writing process with us, in a nutshell?
I write everyday. In the morning I’m usually trying to get my paid writing jobs out of the way so I can concentrate on my own books. My best time of day for writing is first thing in the morning or early evening. I also get lots done on nights I can’t sleep. So, no real process, as such – I’m just a writing machine.
Do you have a favourite author?
I find it so hard to choose a favourite as my taste is so varied. It ranges from Jane Austen to Jodi Picoult and from Alice Walker to Cecelia Ahern.
If you could meet any author, who would it be? And what would you ask them?
Probably J K Rowling to ask how she stayed motivated to write such a long series of books.
Were you a big reader as a child?
Yes, definitely. I was always at the library. I liked the smell of the place and I couldn’t wait to start devouring a new book after I’d finished the last one. I kind of gave up on reading as a teenager but got really into it again as an adult, having to kill forty minutes on a tube to and from Central London everyday.
When did you start to write?
I only started writing seriously a few years ago. About five years. I came to it late, even though it was something I loved to do when I was younger.
What are you working on right now?
Right now I’m working on a three part series about a character called Magenta Bright who comes into a small fortune and the adventures revolving around her chaotic life in London.
When can we look forward to a new release?
Book one of the series should be out in Spring of 2017, closely followed by the next two books in the series.
How can readers keep in touch with you?
I love to talk to readers and they can find me on the following:
My website is on: www.rosatemple.co.uk
and Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/14071311.Rosa_Temple
So no excuses really!
A huge thank you to Rosa for answering my questions and for inviting me to be a part of her fabulous blog tour!
You’ve heard the saying, ‘opposites attract’ haven’t you? Well meet 27 year old Alex Marshall, a party girl with a penchant for free flowing Prosecco, and her devilishly handsome scientist boyfriend, Charlie, who loves jazz and dinner for two.
Alex and Charlie are together for 11 blissful months until Alex goes out of town and does something she will later regret. Was she drunk? You bet. Does she want Charlie to know? Well what do you think?
With the couple about to spend their first Christmas together will Charlie be the forgiving kind or will Alex be Single by Christmas?
This is a feel good, Christmas novel with very few mince pies, not much snow and absolutely no mistletoe – just a couple of best friends, a sociopathic nemesis and a lot of drinking.
Watch this space for my review!
Rosa is also offering you the chance to win an ebook copy of Single By Christmas.
There are 5 copies up for grabs! Just click on the link below and don’t forget to spread the word…..
The Giveaway will close on 1st November 2016
If you’re not lucky enough to win a copy you can buy yours HERE
Don’t forget to catch up with and follow the rest of Rosa’s Blog Tour with these lovely book bloggers…..
12 Days of “Single by Christmas” Blog Tour
17th October – 28th October 2016