Monday, January 17, 2011
Meet Roseanne Dowell
I’ve been writing ever since I could remember. Even as a young girl, I used to make up stories and write them down. And I love to read. I remember reading the Nancy Drew murder mysteries and then I moved on to Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney.
I can’t help it. I love mysteries and romance. So of course that’s what I write. I write sweet romance, mystery romance, and paranormal romance. My paranormal romance stories aren’t your typical werewolf or ghost stories. One involves ghosts, but no my hero or heroine doesn’t become involved romantically with them. Rather they play a role in the story. And another actually involves two people with a mind connection. In fact that’s the name of it.
I’ve learned a lot since I first began writing. I started writing seriously when my children were little, back before the internet and computers. In fact, I wrote on an old fashioned typewriter. I took a writing course for children. While I enjoyed the course, I didn’t have it in me to write for children. That takes a special kind of person. Some years passed and I took another writing course. This time for nonfiction and still before the internet and computers, but at least I had an electric typewriter. Well, I didn’t realize it was for nonfiction. I think I submitted one article I wrote, which wasn’t accepted. Not that it surprised me. I didn’t want to write nonfiction. I wanted to write novels.
So as it turned out, my writing career sat on hold for a good many years. Oh, I still wrote – just not stuff for anyone to see, mostly poems and a journal of sorts. I wrote a lot about my feelings. I started writing seriously again around 2002. I took another writing course, this time they required me to write one nonfiction article, but most of it was geared to stories.
Funny thing, after I wrote that first nonfiction article, I realized it wasn’t so difficult. Of course having the internet and a computer helped considerably. Doing research was so much easier, and of course I didn’t have a house full of kids to distract me. I also didn’t work outside the home and was able to write full time. It makes a big difference.
I remember that first sale. Hubby had to peel me off the ceiling. I was so excited I couldn’t see straight. I earned $50.00 for that piece. Since then I’ve sold over 40 articles and stories to places like Good Old Days, Nostalgia and Ohio Writer as well as several online publications. I was even an editor and senior editor for online magazines and wrote articles for online publications. My first book was released in 2006 called Satin Sheets. It sold over 35,000 copies.
Besides teaching several writing courses for Long Story Short School of Writing http://www.lsswritingschool.com/, I also taught several classes at our local Community College’s Encore program.
So I’ve learned a lot over the years, but mostly I learned if you really want to be an author, stick with it. Study the market and submit, submit, submit.
To learn more about me, check out my website http://www.roseannedowell.com/ or my blog at http://roseannedowellauthor.blogspot.com/
Posted by Roseanne Dowell at 9:03 AM