Hi C.K. Thanks for having me as a guest on your blog. Sunshine Boulevard, a mystery/horror novella, is a fun, entertaining story packed with mystery, suspense, light horror with a few chuckles thrown in. It takes place in a Florida retirement community. The senior residents on Sunshine Boulevard are dying from unknown causes surrounded by mysterious symptoms. Usually enjoying fun and games in Florida’s warm winter season, Michigan snowbirds, Jim and Gloria Hart, become involved in the death investigations in the Florida Citrus Ridge Senior Golf Community. Even in the midst of the deaths on Sunshine Boulevard, the Harts try to carry on the usual winter activities of golfing, parties and games with friends. The neighbors are in a dither over the deaths, but perhaps more intrigued by the gossip. And then there’s this lady who is found lying in the geranium bed….. This novella is a snapshot into the world of active seniors who trade the wintry North Country for the playgrounds of sunny Florida.
Are there any authors that have influenced your own writing?
I like writers with a sense of humor and great story telling so I appreciate Mark Twain, Jan Karon, and Janet Evanovich.
If you were stranded on a tropical island, what three things would you need with you—excluding spouse, friends and family cause they are a given.
I would have to have books to read, pencil and paper for writing, and our favorite game, Pegs and Jokers, so I could teach the natives to play it with me.
What normally occupies your desk while writing? Silly question but mine is always littered with photos and sticky notes.
Definitely my glasses. I cannot write at my laptop with my glasses on. So I take them off and shove them around the desk instead of putting them on a shelf. However, if I don’t keep them on the desk, I won’t be able to see to find them in a different location.
Do you have any new projects that you are working on? If so, what are they?
My projects are diverse. I write non-fiction articles for newspapers and magazines. I am working on a mystery/romance with a strong woman as the main character, and I am beginning to research a real woman to present her biography for middle school age children. I am looking for a publisher for an inspirational, non-fiction book for girls.
What have you learned in this process of publishing?
Rejections are a good thing. I know that is a jaw-dropping statement, but with each rejection, I re-worked and re-evaluated my manuscript making it a much better book for the reader.
What tip would you offer to a new writer who is just beginning their submission journey?
Study the publishers. Be sure you submit to a company who is looking for your kind of story. Don’t submit a children’s picture book to a sci-fi, paranormal publisher.
Please tell our readers where they can find your book and more information about you.
The e-book is available at Muse It Up Publishing Bookstore http://tinyurl.com/2c53noz and
Amazon.com http://tinyurl.com/4czwr6has well as at many online booksellers.
J Q Rose Website http://www.jqrose.webs.com
J Q Rose Blog http://www.jqroseauthor.blogspot.com
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I am so excited to have this novella, Sunshine Boulevard, now available as an e-book. We are pioneering this new e-reading technology and I am thrilled to be a part of it. I am educating many people on e-books and e-readers and getting those people who love to read interested in trying out an e-book.
Thank you for the opportunity to share my story and information with your readers.
J Q Rose