K.D. Rose is an inspired poet and story writer. She seem to be in focused on all things new and exciting. Music is her passion as well as six sense for all things tech.The written word seem to always be her best friend. K.D. has a lot of stamina as a writer and shows no signs of letting up. In the coming years we will have plenty to read from the talented wordsmith on "Lycaon Press"
Thank you so much! It’s a pleasure to be here!
When did you first know you were going to be a writer?
I tried to write a Nancy Drew book when I was five years old. I seriously started writing at about 13 keeping journals which I have done my whole life. Both dream journals and idea journals and then journals with poetry and stories. I still have tons of blank books everywhere around my house for jotting ideas down.
Your first book “Heavy Bags of Soul“ truly started you on your way what can you tell us about that time in your life?
Heavy Bags of Soul was my first book and it is a very dense book. Very few people “got” it, although one reviewer did, which is the review I have up on Amazon and on the book. That book was the product of twenty years of journaling and during that time I took up self study on all the major disciplines (I have a B.S. and an MSW) but I wanted to learn the other disciplines so I spent a very intense five years of study on philosophy, quantum mechanics, higher mathematics, and cross-cultural spirituality. That book is filled with what I learned, but it is very dense to read. Even I go back and have to look up things now that I put in the book because I don’t remember it anymore. Its a very nuanced book with a lot of subtle information in there.
I still keep up on new developments in those areas as well as technology. I love for example that they found the Higgs-Boson but its hard to write stories anyone wants to read about things like that LOL.
Who was your favorite character in your first story?
Well, there were no characters or not many in my first book, it consisted of mainly poetry, socratic dialogues and short stories. I guess my favorite character from that book would be in the short story I wrote about Heisenberg and Schrodinger. There was a lot of dry wit in that one.
Can you tell us about your later books and why they are special to you?
My next two books were poetry. The first one, Inside Sorrow was all poems and won a silver medal for poetry. It was very bare bones poetry. The second one I wanted to mix media and purposely put images and graphics in with prose and poems to create a more dynamic and powerful reading experience.
“I Am (Poetry in motion)” was deep and thought provoking how did you come up with that title?
Hmm how did I come up with that? I think because as a declarative statement that is one of the most profound things you can tell the universe and your world. I AM! I exist. I am here and I count. I matter. The book is very much about empowering girls and women and the title fit with that.
Are you going to work mostly in New adults genre now, or is this a stop over for your next writing adventure?
Ha! Well I don’t want to confine myself as a writer but since this is seven book series I will be in New Adult for awhile. This series was meant to use media in an interactive way so you will see in the book a link at the end that takes you to a website that has pictures of all the characters. That website is all about the series and it also has biweekly updates for the series on the website itself so readers can keep reading in the Erasing Universe even when there is no book out. I am at work now on Erasing: Shattered, Book Two. But the website will cover scenes and stories of the characters and the High Five Gang that you won’t find in the books.
Who truly inspires you as a writer, and what are you currently reading?
Oh my- current reads are “The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green and Dear Life: Stories by Alice Munro. However, the things that inspire me most as a writer were the books I read when I was younger and they were mostly science fiction- like Philip K Dick, Harlan Ellison, etc and then poetry is always near and dear to my heart so ee cummings and Jorge Borges and Cesaire and Rimbaud- they all inspire me. And then music inspires me greatly as well.
What can you tell our readers to watch out for in the new year?
Yes, well here is the thing: I have another pen name (which is not a secret) but I have it because I wanted to draw a clear line between my works that are literary and for New Adults ( a younger audience) and works that are more adult oriented and may have things not suitable for younger readers. So under that pen name (which is H.K. Sterling) my publisher is putting out two of my short stories in an anthology and a mystery/suspense that I wrote as well. All of that is coming out this winter.
Then for my New Adult audience I will be doing the biweekly updates on the web and will probably put out a short “in between” Erasing book while they are waiting on Book Two. The readers had a lot of questions and wanted more information about certain characters and their dynamics so the short book will address those things, as well as the biweekly web updates.
Then I am writing another mystery under "H.K. Sterling" as well.
I also still write poetry, only now I am busier writing for a publisher so the poetry I write I am submitting individually to magazines now rather than going the indie publishing route. I was accepted into two magazines that published some of my poetry this month.
Then once in awhile I write an article about something and look for places to publish that. So basically, busy writing lots of different genres!
Wow! Well thank you for your time, you sure seem busy. Everyones please check out her new books, The review for "Erasing: Shadows" is coming in the new year.