Interview with Frankie Rose

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Frankie Rose is the author of The Hope series. The first book in The Hope series, Soverign Hope, is set to release on July 1, 2012 (two days before me birthday…eek!!!) Frankie was kind enough to do an interview with me for yareads.com. You can find more about Frankie Rose at her website.

If you could go back in time, what advice would you give to your 14-year-old self?

Wow. I was a nightmare when I was fourteen. I’d probably tell myself to stop terrorizing my poor grandparents, who I was living with at the time. I made a whole bunch of pretty poor decisions in my teens, and I think I would definitely want to tell myself to work hard at school instead of giving up. I ended up getting my education the hard way, and it didn’t really need to be that way. I could have saved myself a lot of time and energy if I’d just done it right the first time round. That may sound lame, but I regret not pushing myself.

 Favorite milkshake flavor?

I’m not one to limit myself. I like a combo of vanilla, caramel and chocolate. For those of you who feel like giving this a try, persistence is king! The waitress may give you a dirty look when you order this, but stick with it. A hard stare and firm eye contact will get you what you want.

 Favorite colored M&M?

This question is hilarious, mainly because my husband and I were at the movies the other night, and he was getting really mad with me as I made him pick out all the yellow M&Ms for me. I won’t eat the other ones. He keeps insisting that the colour makes no difference to the flavor but that’s irrelevant. Obviously, yellow M&MS are the best.

 What is the first green item you see on your desk?

My favorite color is green, so nearly all of my stationary is green strangely enough. But right now, the first thing I see is the file for Eternal Hope, the second in my series. It’s got the plot layout and all of my research notes in it.

 Sweet or sour?

Sweeeeeeeet!

Sovereign Hope is your debut novel. How does it feel that your book is finally going to be available to the public?

Scary! And amazing, and so, so gratifying. I only hope that people like it. That’s why I wrote the book- to entertain others. It’s really wonderful when someone contacts you to tell you that they’ve enjoyed your work.

Describe your book in three words. Ready. Set. GO!

Dark! Action! Swoon!

You actually self-published Sovereign Hope. Was that difficult for you?

Not really. It’s just getting yourself organized and having the time, I think. If you have all of your dominoes lined up, then once you knock that first one over it’s just a case of being there to make sure the others fall in the right directions. I’m sure there are thousands of people out there who might disagree with that sentiment, but it’s what I, personally, found. The difficult part for me about self-publishing was deciding that was the pathway I wanted to go down in the first place. I had a publishing deal on offer with a traditional small publishing house, but the contract they were offering wasn’t really leaning in my favour, y’know?

I wanted to retain my artistic license for every aspect of the book, and there was no way I was signing my rights away. Most publishing houses, unless you’re with one of the Big Six, of course, don’t have the time or resources to carry out majorly important things like marketing and publicizing on behalf of authors today. I decided if I was going to be putting in the hard yards (on top of having written the book!), then I wanted to feel that the huge wedge being taking from my royalties by the publishing house was justified. I didn’t feel remotely close to that when I was considering the deal that was on the table, so I thought, ‘you know what? I’ve done or organized everything else myself. I’m doing this, too.’

I’m incredibly glad that I did make that decision now, although at the time it was very nerve wracking. I’ve learned so much about every aspect of the industry by publishing my own work. It’s time consuming, but, in the end, extremely rewarding. In the future, I might consider traditional publishing, but I would definitely recommend going the self-pub route to any aspiring authors out there that want to learn about the industry they’re trying to break into. The ways in which books are being published and sent out into the world today aren’t changing slowly- they’re changing by the hour, and in the future there will be no right or wrong way to be heard.

 Would you say that you relate at all to the main character, Farley?

I don’t think so. Not really. Her life is far more complicated than mine. I don’t think I would have let Daniel get away with everything he does in the book, either. I have very little patience for arrogant people, and I think I probably would have beaten Daniel to a bloody pulp before I’d let him talk me into going anywhere with him. I kind of like that about Farley though. She’s rational and patient for the most part, and she really does try and think before rushing into situations. She’s got a good head on her shoulders, which is more than I can say about myself! The only thing Farley and I really have in common is the hair, and I’ve been considering chopping mine off, so we might not even have that before too long.

 Was there a specific message your wanted to get across to your readers in the book?

Hum. A specific message… I considered hiding subliminal messages in the text when I was writing the book. Y’know, fixing it so that the first word of each line on a page created a command that would turn my readers into unwitting assassins, or break out into flash mobs without even realizing why they were doing it. In the end I decided it was too much like hard work. Mind control takes a lot of effort.

 As you may know, plagiarism has been a major topic in the book blogging world lately. What are your thoughts on the matter?

The concept of plagiarism is just crazy to me. Why would anyone spend the time it takes to write a book (and trust me- it takes a while) only to recycle someone else’s thoughts? When I decided I wanted to write a book, I wanted to do something different. I wanted to be set apart from everything else on the market. I don’t know if I’ve achieved that goal, but I sincerely hope I have. The idea that a writer would destroy their own art by copying someone else’s just seems stupid.

 The book blogging world is going crazy anticipating the casting for The Mortal Instruments Movie. Do you have any casting choices of your own that you would like to share?

Ha ha! Okay, there’s a part of me that wants to act all stoic and pretend I have no idea what you’re talking about right now. But I can’t. I LOVE Cassandra Clare’s books, and I’ve read and re-read them. I have to say, when I heard they were bandying Alex Pettyfer’s name around for Jace, I was a little thrilled. He would have been perfect. I’ll admit that Jamie Campbell Bower wouldn’t have been my first pick, but the more I think about it I’m sure he’s going to be wonderful. He’s a great actor, and I’m sure he’s going to rock the part.

Lily Collins for Clary is a superb casting, and I’ve heard that Isabelle might be played by Phoebe Tonkin, who would be amazing in that part!

What is currently on your To-Be-Read-Pile?

I am so lost in all the books I’m supposed to be reading right now, I don’t even know where to begin. You know what the really sad thing is? I spend so much time writing that it’s really rare I get chance to sit down and read a book. I think I’m going to have to start making that time for myself.

I really want to re-read The Great Gatsby before the film comes out. I loved that book and the movie looks phenomenal. Aside from that, I’m addicted to Neil Gaiman’s work, and I haven’t had chance to read The Graveyard Book yet, so that’s has to be on the top of my list. If I see a fantastic review for YA novel, I generally can’t help myself and I’ll have to buy it. I often find myself waiting with baited breath for books by Holly Black and Maggie Steifvater.

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