I’d like to introduce a new facet of my writing ~ Author Madeline Archer. As Madeline I will go to literary places Rose has often dreamed of. More on that in a moment.
When I became a novelist, I jumped right in. It’s a weird story really. I had been working on a wordy 5-book masterpiece for years (I call it my magnum opus or MO for short). When the end of the tale drew near, I began to fret. What if no one wanted to read it? What if I couldn’t get a publisher to even take it on? I had experienced sad rejections back in the early 1990s when trying to get my children’s books published. I mean, if publishers didn’t want my adorable children’s books, would they even want my adult fiction? Did I really want to go through all that self-esteem bruising again?
I determined what I really needed to do was to get inside the process so when the time came to pitch and publish my MO, I’d know what the heck I was doing. But how?
Well, something happened in the span of a week that set my feet on a different path. Several things came out of the blue to tell me just go for it, but not in any way I expected. First, my daughter asked me what I knew about ebooks. I knew nothing. Then later that same day I heard an interview on public radio that said ebook publishing was the next big thing. Two days later, I saw a TV interview with the guy who owns Amazon.com and he was talking about epublishing. The day after that I opened a writer’s newsletter and the topic was epublishing. That same email listed opportunities for writers, one of which was an epublisher looking for unsolicited manuscripts from unagented authors. Unsolicited and unagented? I read it and thought that’s me! The synchronistic bell rang in my head so loud I’m surprised my dogs didn’t start barking.
There was a problem though–that publisher was looking for erotic romance. While I knew erotic romance was different from erotica, I didn’t even write romance, let alone erotic romance. (My magnum opus is rather heavy fiction). Still, when the universe raps you on the forehead and says EPUBLISH in all caps, you just have to. It took exactly seven days to write an erotic romance about an online affair and I submitted it with fingers crossed. The story was accepted and I’ve been writing ever since.
Yes, Rose Anderson writes award-winning erotic romance and will continue to do so when the mood strikes. But I also write children’s and youth books, murders, mysteries, and high-concept fiction, not to mention environmental magazine articles for children and historical non-fiction. You just can’t mix that writing. And that’s where Madeline Archer steps in. Under Madeline’s name I’ll write the other flavors of adult fiction. As for my kids’ literature and non-fiction– Rose and Madeline and I will keep you posted. One day I may even finish my magnum opus!