Today I would like to welcome author Rose Castro to the Desu Beast Blog. Thank you for taking the time to sit down and talk with me tonight.
- Have you always wanted to be an author?
I’d always dreamed of writing something that others could enjoy. So, yes, I guess I have.
- What inspired you to write your first book?
Life. My health challenges one of which is losing my eyesight. This reality has pushed me to aspire for what matters.
- What genre(s) do you write?
Young Adult Fantasy & Contemporary Inspirational Romance
- What is the name of your latest novel?
Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy series
- How did you come up with the concept for your novel?
Jesus Helguera was a Mexican painter. His work possibly among the most reproduced and or reprinted throughout the homes of Mexican descendants, especially popular in the Chicano community.
The ‘Grandeza Azteca’ fueled my curiosity as a child. I’d often see this print in calendars; many in which my family owned, and didn’t even realize the impact it had on me. Then I came across ‘Caballero Aguila.’ This painting sealed the deal for me. I was determined in learning more about the people depicted in his art, about the civilization, the Aztecs.
Through my limited research, I found out of the artist, and I’d come to know ‘La Leyenda de los Volcanes.’ There are many wonderful pieces he created, but these three were my official foundation.
- Who is your favorite character and why?
Viviana is the protagonist of the story, and for reasons, you’ll learn as you read the series, holds a special place in my heart. I don’t want to reveal too much too soon.
- Who is your least favorite character and why?
Mr. Anderson. His role isn’t a breakthrough in Elemental Linx, but, the seed is there. Those who are reading between the lines might grasp it. In the next book, Five Pendants of Creation, I think many readers will find Mr. Anderson as detestable as me.
- Which character do you relate to the most and why?
Zoe. I know she’ll be someone many will find insufferable in book one. And I’m OK with that. But as the series moves forth, Zoe inadvertently lets you in, and readers will catch a glimpse of the very guarded teenager. Underneath it all, she’s just a girl who’s had to deal her entire life with serving as a reminder of something she had no control over. Rejection has always clouded her, and I find myself, personally, akin to the feeling.
- Is there a certain message (s) that you desire your readers to grasp?
Everyone has a story. Although this series is of the fantasy genre, it serves as a reminder that at every moment of every day our fellow humans are dealing with highs and lows.
- What books have influenced you the most? Why?
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho. This story of Santiago’s journey spoke to me on a deeper level that I’ve never experienced from any other book. It was very transforming and liberating in so many ways.
- Who are a few of your favorite authors?
Paulo Coelho, of course. Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Dan Brown, and Pearl S. Buck. There are others, but these take the top spot for me.
- With what author would you love to have a conversation?
Probably Dan Brown. He does a lot of research for his stories, and I’d like to know what if any formula he uses to sift through good and bad research for his books.
- Any future projects you would like to talk about?
I’m currently wrapping up Anika’s Way, which will be my second contemporary inspirational romance novella. Then I start on Five Pendants of Creation, book two of The Tetrad Prophecy series.
- If you could start again, is there anything you would change in your latest book?
No. I’m a firm believer in things happening for a reason. It’s all part of a learning process, and although I have more than my fair share of cringe-worthy moments, I accept these because without them I might not appreciate the process as much as I do.
- Is there a short excerpt of your current book that you would like to share?
“I sat pensively trying to form a correlation between the Lummi tribe and Aztecs. Both had myths or legends centered around the sun and the moon which I found quite interesting. I’d have to give it more thought later, as Ollin’s eyes were now open and staring right at me.”
- Do you have a favorite quote from one of your novels?
This is a small excerpt from A Shining Star. I love it.
“She took the crystal in her hand once again, recalling the first time she’d set eyes on the shining star—the very day she’d almost lost her life and, oddly enough, the day that had allowed relationships to mend and begin to heal.”
- Do you have any advice for up and coming authors?
Stay the course. If you are anything like me, you’ll have many ups and downs and people doubting you. But you owe it to yourself to do it.
- Are there any future events you would like to announce?
I’ll be sharing events via my website and Facebook page. I have a speaking event happening in April, but the details of this are still being worked out. Just stay plugged into those two sites to be in the know.
Thank you for visiting the Desu Beast Blog. I enjoyed reading A Shining Star, and cannot wait to read Elemental Linx of The Tetrad Prophecy.