I wanted to start a series of Author Spotlights to help fellow authors get noticed. Today’s Spotlight interview is with fellow Indie Author Rosalyn Briar! Rosalyn is a great writer and has a real passion for writing! Please enjoy the interview:
Let’s get to know you!
Who are you and what meal would you gladly eat forever?
Rosalyn: Hello! I’m Rosalyn, a wife, mother, and a dark fantasy author. I enjoy reading, crafting, walking in the woods, boating, and playing with my children. Health reasons aside, I would gladly eat pizza forever! You can always change the toppings and sauces up to suit any craving.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Rosalyn: Start earlier! I’ve only been writing for about 2 & ½ years. I always had a knack for it and dabbled in poetry for a while, but when my youngest child was born, I needed a creative outlet that wasn’t loud (I used to do crafting and metal stamping which is a no-go when a baby is sleeping). I had a few stories bouncing around in my head and decided to start typing one day. I wish I had realized sooner how wonderful and therapeutic writing is. Otherwise, I have no regrets writing-wise. I think any mistakes I’ve made are necessary steps to becoming a better writer.
What would you say is the best thing about you?
Rosalyn: Oooh, this is a hard question! I would have to say my dedication and loyalty to my family. I love them so much and will do anything for them.
Favorite movie and why?
Rosalyn: I’m terrible at picking my favorite anything—even my favorite color changes on a daily basis. Having said that, I do enjoy scary movies! Films like The Ring, Secret Window, The Village, The Rite, and The Exorcism of Emily Rose, and also the Netflix series “The Haunting of Hill House” are my jam.
Let’s get to know your book?
Tell us a little about your book and inspiration for it?
Rosalyn: A Sea of Pearls & Leaves is a dark fantasy fairy tale retelling with an atmosphere that is both opulent and haunting.
My short, elevator pitch is: “Princess Ingrid of Norella Isle does not want to get married, so her sorceress girlfriend drafts a wicked marriage contract: should the princess die first, her husband must be buried at sea beside her. This backfires when all seven suitors agree and a competition for her hand ensues.”
It was inspired by the Grimm’s Fairy Tale “The Three Snake-Leaves” about an eccentric princess who wishes to avoid marriage, a young man who agrees to her ridiculous marriage demands, and magical resurrection leaves that cause more problems than they solve. I love fairy tales and wanted to put my own spin on this one!
What message would you like readers to get from your book?
Rosalyn: That love comes in many forms, and love is the reason we live.
Which character was the easiest to write? Who was the most challenging?
Rosalyn: Soren was the easiest to write because, of the three MC’s, he is the most like me: an introvert with anxiety. I’d say the most challenging was Lilura because of her magical abilities. Lilura can read Ingrid’s thoughts and emotions—and it really affects her physically and emotionally. It was difficult, at first, to get inside her unique head to write her chapters. Once I got a sense of her abilities and voice, she was a delight to write. I absolutely love Lilura!
Rosalyn: Pretzels and hummus
Rosalyn: Currently, forest green
Book you’re currently reading?
Rosalyn: Round of Applause by Marilyn Barr which is a paranormal romance. By the time this goes out, I might be onto my next read which is River Magic by M. A. Phillips.
Rosalyn has also written The Crown of Bones, which I have read and wrote a review about!
Check out Rosalyn’s website or give a follow on social media to learn more about this amazing author!
Rosalyn’s Twitter: https://twitter.com/RosalynBriar
Rosalyn’s Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosalynbriar/