Watch Out: Roz Lee

WATCH OUT: Roz Lee Interview

SC: I want to welcome you all to another edition of Watch Out. This week I’m excited to bring you author Roz Lee.

Welcome to Watch Out, Roz, it is so great to have you here.

RL:Thanks so much for inviting me over for this little chat. As a writer, I don’t get out as much as I’d like to!

SC:For the readers out there who might not know about you or your work, can you please tell them a little about yourself.

RL:I guess I’m as far from what one would expect when they think about an erotic romance author. I’ve been married to the same wonderful guy for thirty-two years, and I have two beautiful and wonderfully gifted daughters, and a ten year old black lab. I’ve done the stay at home mom thing, the troop leader and softball team manager things, run church fund-raisers and worked as a teacher’s aide when the kids were little. Now that the girls are on their own (mostly) I’ve reinvented myself as an erotic romance author—primarily to embarrass the heck out of my kids!

SC:Can you tell us a little about your current release?

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RL:I’m so excited about the release of SHOW ME THE ROPES. This is the second book in the series based on the fictional cruise ship, the Lothario. The ship is owned by two very handsome young men who made their fortune with an internet dating service they created. The first in the series, THE LUST BOAT, told Ryan’s story. SHOW ME THE ROPES, released on March 1st, is Richard’s story. I had a great time creating the cruise ship and helping these two hunky guys find true love.
Both are available in multiple eBook formats from www.eredsage.com .

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SC:What influences the topics, and genre’s that you pick to write a story in?

RL:I only write romance. I’m a sucker for a happy ending, and I refuse to write anything that doesn’t leave me with a smile on my face, or a happy tear in my eye. Picture Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone. Well, picture it in a generic sort of way! I can only wish I looked that good. I don’t have the imagination needed to create a futuristic, paranormal, or sci-fi world, so all my stories are set in present day. I do have an idea for a historical I may get brave enough to write sometime. We shall see. I wouldn’t hold my breath on that one, if I were you!

SC: First romance novel you ever read?

RL: Good heavens! I was supposed to remember that? I sure wish someone had told me that a long time ago. I guess you’ve figured out that I don’t have a clue – right? Truthfully, I’ve read so many I couldn’t possibly remember. When I’m not writing my own, I can devour as many as five a week.

SC: So I read that you are addicted to chocolate. Any particular chocolate?

RL: Dark chocolate. The darker, the better. I’m a chocolate purist though. I don’t want my chocolate flavoured with anything else, except mint. I adore chocolate mint. I also make an award winning Chocolate Mousse Cake that is to die for. Chocolate and I have an understanding.

SC: If you were not a writer what other career would you like to have?

RL: I always wanted to own a bridal shop. I don’t know a thing about running a small business, or the fashion world, but I’ve always thought the most fun part of planning a wedding is selecting the right dress. I still think it would be about the best thing ever, but not likely to happen.

SC: One thing readers might be surprised to know about you?

RL: I once saw a UFO. Seriously. You can ask my cousin Cathy. She saw it too. Of course, we were only about nine years old, but it made a lasting impression on both of us!

SC: Your favourite part about being an author?

RL: I love inventing characters. It’s kind of like having children, except they arrive full grown and you can make them say and do anything you want them to!

SC: What are you currently reading?

RL; Well, I’m trying to get through my TBR (to be read) pile from last year’s Romance Writer’s Conference. I’ve got everything in there from vampires in outer space to Amish romances.

SC: We authors are faced with writers block every so often. How do you work through writers block when it hits?

RL: I’d like to say I take a sledgehammer to it, but actually I just walk away for a while. I find that writer’s block for me happens more when my mind is cluttered with too many other things, so I do something that doesn’t require me to engage my brain, like going to the gym, or sweeping the floor, or one of my personal favourites – going on a car trip with someone else driving. I can empty my mind and soon, ideas start coming in, then I can’t get to my computer fast enough.

SC: Are there any genre’s you have not written yet and would love to write?

RL: Yeah, remember that historical I mentioned? I love reading historical and someday I’d like to give it a try myself. I’m working on getting up the nerve to try it.

SC: What do you think sets your stories apart from other authors?

RL: I wish I could say something really witty here, but I really don’t know. I try to make my characters as real as possible, people you might know or meet in real life. They’re the kid you grew up with or the person next door, or the person you wish lived next door! I try to create people I would like to know in real life, and I hope my readers feel that way about my characters too.

SC: Is there anything you’re currently working on that you can give us a taste of?

RL: The third book in the Lothario series is with my editor at Red Sage, but here’s a short excerpt.
“Let’s flip a coin and see who gets her first.” Drew stepped between her and Sean. He pulled a coin from his pocket and turned it so she could see it had two distinct sides. Neither one of them were cheaters. Small consolation.
“Heads, I get her. Tails, you do.”
Sean nodded his agreement. Drew flipped the coin in the air and caught it as it spun downward on its invisible axis.
Celeste watched in fascinated horror as the two men she loved flipped a coin for her as if she was a carnival prize. Drew’s hand closed over the coin, and she jumped as he slapped it on the back of his outstretched arm. It was like watching a train wreck in slow motion. One by one, Drew peeled his fingers away. Then he lifted his hand to reveal the coin, gleaming silver against his sun-bronzed skin. Sean sat forward, and Drew leaned toward him.
Drew scowled.
Sean grinned.
It took less than a few seconds, but it seemed her life passed before her eyes. God help her. They were right. She did want this.

SC: What is the best advice you ever got with regards to writing?

RL: Someone once told me not to fall too much in love with my own words. They were so right. I still find it hard to cut out a chapter, paragraph, or even a single sentence sometimes; even though I know the story would be better off without those brilliantly written words. I wonder how many times Rembrandt painted the smile on the Mona Lisa before he got it right?

SC: What is one pet peeve you have when it comes to publishing?

RL: I guess my pet peeve would be that everything is changing at such a rapid rate that it makes my head spin. I think the publishing world is on a fast ship to a new galaxy, and everyone is trying to hang on by their fingernails so they won’t be left behind. It’s an exciting time to be a part of, but confusing as well. I just hope that when the ship finally lands in the new galaxy, I’ll be on it!

SC: Any advice for new writers out there?

RL: Rejection isn’t personal. When an agent or publisher says no, it isn’t about you as a person. It probably isn’t even about your writing. It just isn’t right for them at that time. Sulk for a day or so, then get back on the horse and ride, it’s the only way you’re going to get anywhere.

SC: Where can readers find out more about you and your work?

RL: I think I’m everywhere, but the easiest way to find me is on my website – www.rozlee.net  I’ve got links to all my pages there, as well as links to purchase my books. I love to hear from my readers, so don’t forget to sign the guestbook when you drop in!

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Comments (26)

Roz LeeMarch 15th, 2011 at 9:58 am

Thanks Savannah for having me over to chat today! I’m offering a copy of one of my books to the first person who leaves a comment and can tell me the BIG mistake I made in this post. Yep, it’s a big one! Who noticed?

Roz Lee

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Roz you are very welcome. The pleasure is all mine.

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KarenMarch 15th, 2011 at 10:27 am

Can’t have been too big, cause even the #1 fan couldn’t spot it….

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Karen I did not notice it either…You are not alone…Thank you for comign by to support WO and Roz….

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KarenMarch 15th, 2011 at 10:37 am

Ok, here’s a guess….the exerpt you used is actually from the second book, not the third…???

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Talina PerkinsMarch 15th, 2011 at 11:04 am

LOL!!! Roz, how could you! That is so funny. I had to read the interview twice and take a second cup of coffee, but that little tidbit hit me in the face as the caffeine kicked in.

I see a recipe swap in the future! I’d love to know how you make a Chocolate Mousse Cake. Anything chocolate related is welcomed at my table.;-)

Congratulations on your newest release! How many releases will there be for The Lothario Series?

Don’t count me in on the giveaway, please. I’m here to support a friend! :-)

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Talina thank you for coming out today to support Roz and for taking the time to check out the interview. It is so nice to have you here…

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desireeMarch 15th, 2011 at 12:00 pm

was when you ask about gene she only write romance

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Desiree nice guess…I wanted to say thank you for taking time to stop by for WO and to check out my interview with Roz.

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Roz LeeMarch 15th, 2011 at 12:15 pm

Keep looking folks. So far, no one has found it! Trust me, it’s there.
Talina – You’re welcome to the recipe. Maybe I’ll post it on my website for everyone. It’s ubber delicious!

Roz

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KarenMarch 15th, 2011 at 12:24 pm

I want the recipe too!! And I know what it is….Should I tell???

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TamiaMarch 15th, 2011 at 12:34 pm

Well, I’m truly at a loss. Oh well. Let me know when you decide to share.

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Tamia welcome to WO. Thank you for coming to support Roz.

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Tammy WhiteMarch 15th, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Could it possibly be your cousin’s name? It’s not Cathy?

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Savannah Chase Reply:

Tammy thank you for coming by to check out the interview with Roz. Nice guess…

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Cassie ExlineMarch 15th, 2011 at 2:19 pm

First it’s was a great interview. I could hear you through your words Roz, which means you must be a very talented author. But I hope I’m not too late, but the Mona Liza was painted by Leonardo Da Vinci. I wouldn’t have caught it even you hadn’t said something.

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Cassie ExlineMarch 15th, 2011 at 2:20 pm

I’m out of breath and light headed. I need chocolate -STAT!!!

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Roz LeeMarch 15th, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Congrats Cassie!! Yes, that’s it! Now, how did that happen? I plead fatigue. I wrote out the answers for Savannah, knew that wasn’t right, but saved the document. I went back later and changed it, saved it as a new doc. When I emailed the answers, I attached the wrong doc. LOL Oh well, now you know what our fabulous editors do for us. It’s their job to catch things like that, as well as the missing and misplaced commas.
Let Savannah know the email address you’d like your download sent to, as well as which book you’d like to have.
Kudos to my art savvy friend!!

Roz Lee

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Roz LeeMarch 15th, 2011 at 2:35 pm

Oh, and just so no one thinks I’m being mean. Karen did know the answer, as did Talina, but they are personal friends who I disqualified for that very reason. They also all ready have my books! Thank you very much my friends!
What could have been a very embarrassing guffaw, turned out to be a lot of fun.
Roz Lee

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Cassie ExlineMarch 15th, 2011 at 2:52 pm

Thank you Roz. It was a lot of fun. Gotta love editors.

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Kissa StarlingMarch 15th, 2011 at 3:11 pm

I love the theme of your books and the covers as well. I am a dark chocolate lover myself. Have you ever tried lavender chocolate? Weird taste at first but I love it and they sell it at Publix!

Thanks for sharing Savannah!

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Roz LeeMarch 15th, 2011 at 3:57 pm

@Cassie – You are welcome!

@Kissa – Thanks! I love cover artists almost as much as I love editors! Haven’t tried lavender with my chocolate. Hmmm… I’ll have to look for it. No Publix in SoCal or NJ. Got a brand name?

@Desiree & Tammy – Great guesses! Cousin Cathy does exist, and so far, Romance is my only genre. LOL Thanks for trying!

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Savannah ChaseMarch 15th, 2011 at 5:30 pm

Go Cassie…Congrats on getting it right….

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Savannah ChaseMarch 15th, 2011 at 5:31 pm

Kissa, lavender? Wow that must be an interesting taste…

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Eden BayleeMarch 16th, 2011 at 9:13 am

I love the advice Roz was given about not falling in love with her words too much. It’s so true!
Sometimes, more isn’t necessarily better, but it’s so hard to edit out words because they’re like little children. How do you choose which ones to get rid of?
By the way, I don’t have kids!

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Savannah ChaseMarch 16th, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Eden I agree with you. The more time we spend with our work the harder it is to cut back and change it.

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