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Interview with author of Road to Eugenica, A.M. Rose!

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Blurb:

Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages, and she can fight. Like a boss.

Seriously cool.

Drea has no idea where her encyclopedic knowledge has come from, but she’ll take it when she discovers someone out there knows her secret and wants her badly. And that they’ve been searching for her since she was born.

Since she was created.

With the help of her best friend Dylan, who just wants to keep her safe, and Maddox, a mysterious new boy who is prepared to get her answers, Drea will have to push her new skills to their limit as she uncovers nothing is quite what it seems.

As she uncovers…Eugenica.

Interview

Where are you from? Tell us a little about yourself!

Thanks for having me.

I’m Ann, but I write under the name A.M. Rose. Believe it or not people can never seem to get my name right, so I thought this would make it easier. (So far the jury’s out.)

I’m the author Road to Eugenica, writer of young adult novels of all genres as long as they have a hint of romance, the drinker of too much coffee (with way too much coconut creamer), and lover of all carbohydrates.

Currently, I live in Houston, TX with my three boys (yes, my husband is in that count) and three cats. However, originally I’m from California, and I’ve never lost my laid back California attitude. When I’m not writing about swoony boys or ways for my MC to get into trouble, I’m an avid reader, literary agent intern, Snap Chatter, critiquer, (is that even a word?) and trampoline enthusiast.

I’m a graduate from San Diego State University with a BA in Communication and a minor in underwater basket weaving. (Okay, maybe not the basket weaving part.)

Tell us about your book? How did it get started?

Road to Eugenica is an action packed story about a girl who’s created in another dimension on Earth—Eugencia. She’s desperately trying to uncover the origin of her super-human abilities while being hunted for those very traits. Luckily, her best friend (and secret crush) Dylan is there to help. Or at least that’s the super-basic gist.

 

I know that for a lot of writers they’ve always had some kind of inkling early in life that writing is something they were meant to do. I, however, am not one of them.

 

It kind of all started when my niece asked me to read books with her. She’s a vivacious reader, and her friends aren’t, but she wanted someone to talk books with her. So she’d tell me what to buy, and we’d have our own little book club. It was a really great way for us to bond, but it also opened my eyes to the world of YA. I found out how much I really loved these books. How real and raw they could be.

After she finished reading one of her favorite series that ended in a way she was NOT happy with, I promised her I’d write her a book. And that’s what I did. Road to Eugenica is her story.

While my niece doesn’t have super-human abilities and isn’t from another dimension on Earth like the MC, Drea, the two do have similarities. A part of Drea’s character arc is her coming to realize she’s so much stronger than she gives herself credit for.

In Road to Eugenica, I explore this idea of what a “perfect society” could be, which is where Eugenica comes from. What would the world be like if we made more of an effort to preserve what the Earth has given us? If conserving nature was more important than destroying it. A lot of times, I don’t think people realize the repercussions of their actions. How a single pebble thrown into a pond still creates a ripple.

Where do you write? Is there something you need in order to write (music, drinks?)

If I do get some quiet time at home, I like coffee (of course) and music to help set the mood of the story I’m trying to create. Or I’ll put a movie I’ve seen a million times just for some background noise.

But since I’m also a mom getting that quiet time isn’t easy. So I usually have to sneak in any time to write that I can. Normally I get my best writing done while my kids are in jui jitsu class. I cart my laptop with me and sit on the bench with very minimal interruptions and no wi-fi. There’s just enough noise so it isn’t too quiet which for me is worse than too much noise.

How do you get your ideas for writing?

My story ideas come from me asking myself questions. What happens to someone after they die? What happens when someone doesn’t have any concept of home? What would happen if Cinderella wasn’t a poor girl, but something entirely different?

The same thing is what gave me the idea for Road to Eugenica. I was at work when an ad popped up on my computer from an electric company with a picture of The Home of the Future. And while staring at this image I asked myself, how would our world be different if we did more in our past to preserve the environment? And with that Eugenica was born.

What do you like to read?

So of course my favorite thing to read is YA. It doesn’t matter the genre either, as long as there are great characters, and well established stakes. Maybe it’s because I get to be an adult every day, so that to me is boring.

 

I also love unlikeable characters and books that will bring me to tears. If I start getting that tingly feeling in the back of my throat when I’m reading I know it’s a winner.

What would your advice to be for authors or aspiring in regards to writing?

I think the best advice I can offer is to try not to compare yourself. It’s easy to look at other writers and think, “Why didn’t I get that.” Or, “Why couldn’t that be me.” But once you start going down that path it is very easy to get stuck.

The truth is everyone’s path to publication and even their publication journey is going to be different. What works for one person might not work for someone else. So the best thing any writer can do is just be true to themselves. Don’t try to be like anyone else. Just be yourself. Listen to your own voice. And you will find your audience.

 

Good luck to all of you!

Anything else you’d like to share?

Maybe people know this, maybe they don’t so I thought it’d be worth mentioning. If you love a book the best thing you can do is leave a review on Amazon. Reviews are like the life blood for authors, how the good books get noticed on a site where there are millions of books to choose from. So if you have a couple minutes to spare, consider doing this for an author you love. Trust me, they thank you for it!

 

 

About Road to Eugenica:

 

Two dimensions – And the girl who connects them.

Yesterday, Drea Smith couldn’t do anything spectacular—even walking and texting at the same time was a challenge. But today, she suddenly has more answers than Google, can speak and understand numerous languages, and she can fight. Like a boss.

Super freaky.

Drea has no idea where her encyclopedic knowledge has come from, but she’ll take it when she discovers someone out there knows her secret and wants her badly. And that they’ve been searching for her since she was born.

Since she was created.

With the help of her best friend Dylan, who just wants to keep her safe, and Maddox, a mysterious new boy who is prepared to get her answers, Drea will have to push her new skills to their limit as she uncovers nothing is quite what it seems.

As she uncovers…Eugenica.

 

Buylinks: https://entangledpublishing.com/road-to-eugenica.html

About A.M. Rose:

A.M. Rose holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Communication from San Diego State University, is a member of SCBWI, RWA, NJWR and YARWA. She participates in several writing groups and is co-founder of All Write by Us, an online YA writing/critique group.

 

 

Author Links:

Author Website: www.amroseauthor.com

Author Twitter: https://twitter.com/annmrose

Author Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/A.M.RoseAuthor/

Author Instagram: totally_anntastic

Author Pinterest: https://www.pinterest.com/annmrose/

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Author Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/4596718.A_M_Rose

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