Hi, everyone! Today, Rosa Temple is here to offer some insight on her newest novel Natalie’s Getting Married, which follows a career-oriented lady who has never experienced love. That is, until she meets Jackson Humphries at university, an encounter that leaves her helplessly infatuated and leads to a breathtaking resolution. Ms. Temple is here to answer the questions we all want to know. And mind you, she is very tongue-in-cheek about it!
What was the inspiration for your book?
Natalie’s Getting Married was really the result of me letting my imagination go with the flow after the idea for the character of Natalie came to me one day. I pictured her in my head, what she looked like, who her friends would be and then I placed her in the context of a university with an idea that the reader would grow up with her. Once I put pen to paper, the storyline came. I tend to write like that sometimes – by letting the characters speak to me about who they are and what they want to do and say. The title came much later when I realized that focusing on her wedding, what led up to it and what came after it was the way to go. It was a very liberating way to write this book.
If any, which characters resemble people you know?
Without being able to stop myself, I do put tiny characteristics of people I actually know into some of my characters. But hand on heart, none of the characters are exactly like anyone I know. If I was pushed, I would say that there is a little of my own mum in Natalie’s mum. It’s probably because my mum is so dramatic, like Natalie’s. But she might not be as prone to fainting episodes like Natalie’s mum.
What was the scariest part about writing your book?
Well, apart from wondering if I could finish it and be really happy with it, my biggest fear was whether the readers would like it. Once I’d gotten to a draft that was readable, I sent it out to beta readers to get some honest feedback. I was well chuffed when all the reports gave me the thumbs up – they liked Natalie, the other characters, settings, dialogue and more! Who was I to argue? I forged ahead, paid for an editor, proof reader, cover designer. Now I have to wait and see if the beta readers got it right! Scary 🙂
What advice do you have for authors trying to expand their online presence?
Be patient. It doesn’t happen overnight. First off, build a website or blog before you write your book and try to engage with people on all the platforms you can comfortably handle. I’m on Twitter and I have a Facebook page and blog. For now, that’s all I need. It’s important to blog often and stay in touch with your readers. Don’t post or blog if you have nothing to say and if all you’re doing is telling people to buy your book. I’m far from having a large fan base because I’m just starting out. But I’ve got faith in my writing and bags and bags of patience.
What writing advice do you have for aspiring authors?
Be true to your own writing style and develop your voice. Don’t try to copy the famous writers because you will only ever be a copy cat. Developing a confident writing voice is the thing that will make you stand out in an ocean filled with brilliant and popular writers. If
you are just starting out it might be a good idea to join a writing critique group and get
some feedback. Don’t be in a hurry to publish without a good editor and proofreader to
check your work and help you improve. We can’t do it all on our own. Trust me.
If you could be any author, who would you be?
I’m a big fan of Terry McMillan who isn’t a Chick-Lit or Romantic comedy writer at all. But what she does do is create convincing characters who come to life with vivid, but not overly done, description and cracking dialogue.
What is the biggest lie you’ve told?
Who me? Tell lies? Never. Although … I lie to myself every time I say Danish pastries
have no calories and that I’ll get back on my spin cycle one of these days!
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Who Is Rosa?
Rosa Temple began writing chick lit and romance novellas out of a love for the old films she watched as a young girl. As a ghost writer, she gained experienced writing romantic novellas both sweet and on the slightly more steamy side. A passion to write self penned novellas in this genre, as opposed to being a ghost writer, gave rise to the completion of Sleeping With Your Best Friend and the soon-to-be-published novel Natalie’s Getting Married. Rosa Temple is a Londoner and married with two sons. She is a reluctant “keep fit fanatic” and insists that writing keeps her away from such strenuous tasks. Drinking herbal tea and munching biscuits help her create characters and story lines.
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