Born and raised on Long Island, Rose Burke didn’t fly far from the nest when she enrolled in the six-year-plan at Hofstra University, eventually graduating with a degree in Fine Arts. She sort-of writes a blog based on a bucket list of fifty things she’s never done before. Even the small tasks challenge her to step out of her comfort zone and embrace her awkward tendencies. Not-so-shockingly, the most noteworthy moments of her childhood often included the Scholastic Book Fair, in particular the day Jon Scieszka signed her very own copy of The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales and labeled her his ‘favorite stinker’.
What inspires you to write?
My good days, my bad days, my friends, my enemies, my lovers and ex-lovers, the strangers on the subway, the strangers in the club, this sculpture, that painting, my shitty job, my crazy family….basically everything.
Tell us about your writing process.
For my first novel, The Escort Diaries: Survival of the Lingerie Girls, I began with a broad concept and developed the characters by writing short occurrences I knew I wanted to include. It started out as a novel about a young girl named Eva, down on her luck, unemployed and in a lot of debt. But it needed more. When the idea to add an escorting job title to her resume hit me, it basically wrote itself. I could never manage to work on it in the order the events occurred though until the final six months of tweaking.
What advice would you give other writers?
Write for the love of words rather than the love of money.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had decided to self-publish both a paperback and an eBook version simply because I am impatient. Early on in the process I had queried a few agents, simply to get a feel for the process. They took weeks to get back to me, if they got back to me at all. So a few months before my novel was complete, I made the decision to do it on my own. I tend to be more successful when I have no one to fall back on and everything is riding on my back.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future of book publishing both excites and saddens me. While technology has made it simple for authors to make their work available to the world and purchasing books as simple as just one click, it has also greatly decreased the popularity of owning a physical copy of a novel. If you own an eBook, you don’t actually own anything but a file. It takes away the magic of creating that first crease in brand new paperback, finding handwritten dedications while browsing at that used bookstore, and taking an extra whiff of that lovely mold scented novel you spotted at the library. These things, while silly to some, hold great value to me and I fear my non-existing offspring will never get to experience such wonders. I fear their idea of a trip to the library will be sitting on the couch, browsing through the new releases on their tablets.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Sexy Chick Lit
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print