Monday, October 15, 2012

TBR welcomes Roseanne Dowell

TBR: Welcome to TBR, Roseanne. Will you share a little bit about yourself?
Roseanne: Sure, besides writing, I love quilting and embroidery, and especially combining the two. Mostly I enjoy spending time with my six children, fourteen grandchildren and great grandson. I’ve been writing ever since I can remember. Probably since I was old enough to write. I didn’t start submitting my work until 2002, when friends encouraged me to submit.

TBR: Tell us about GERIATRIC REBEL and where it's available.
Roseanne: Geriatric Rebel is available through Books We Love Publishing and is available from Amazon.

TBR: Please tantalize us with a story blurb or excerpt.
Forced to stay in a nursing home while undergoing therapy, seventy-two year old, Mike Powell refuses to get out of bed, won't cooperate with the nurses, and won’t take his medicine. At least not until he meets Elsa. The tiny, spunky little Elsa sparks new life into him.
Seventy year old, Elsa -left in the home while her son takes a family vacation - joins forces with Mike, setting the home on its heels, and later discovers deception and fraud.  Can they find happiness together?  

TBR: What inspired you to write about the theme?
Roseanne: Several things inspired me. One was my 75 year old father in law who met and married a lovely woman five years after my mother in law passed away and the other was my father who spent his last three years in a nursing home after my mother passed. A little old lady kept walking past his room and looked in every time. Unfortunately, my father couldn’t get out of bed, although there was nothing wrong with his mind. The woman reminded me of my mother, who was quite a joker and the story was born.

TBR: Are you a plotter or pantser?
Roseanne: definitely a punster. I know the beginning and end before I start the story, but the middle is as much a surprise to me as it is to the reader.

TBR: How do you develop your characters?
Roseanne: Before I start writing, I have character worksheets for each main character. I fill them out before I start. I like to know my characters inside out before I start.

TBR: Any tips or tricks for world building you’d care to share?
Roseanne: I often find pix of people who look like them and make up a story board of people, houses, and rooms that fit with the scenery. It helps me see them better.

TBR: Which of your characters would you most/least like to invite to dinner, and why?
Roseanne: Wow, that’s difficult. I really like the characters in this book, Mike and Elsa.

TBR: While creating your books, what was one of the most surprising things you learned?
Roseanne: If I told you that, I’d be giving away the whole story, but let’s just say it was about Elsa’s son.

TBR: What's next for you?
Roseanne: A book called Another Day, hoping to have a release date soon.

TBR: Any other published works?
Roseanne: Yes, several. You can find them all atAmazon. 

TBR: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Most rewarding?
Roseanne: The most challenging is promoting. Talk about work!!! The most rewarding is having a reader leave a positive review.

TBR: Where can readers find you on the web?
Roseanne: and

TBR: Thanks for visiting TBR, Roseanne. All the best to you.


  1. Welcome Roseanne! I love your book cover. And the premise!

  2. Roseanne, you touched a couple buttons for me. I've had parents in nursing homes and I've got a very spry 87 year old dad who re-married a few years ago after my mom passed. I think this book is for me.

  3. LD, sorry for the delay in answering. My parents were both spry and my 96 year old father in law still is. I hope I'm just like them when I grow up. Thanks for the comment and if you read the book, I hope you enjoy it.


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