Happy Monday and Happy December!
Can you believe 2019 is almost over? I hope you’ve done a lot of diverse reading this year. If you need some recommendations, well look no further. Toni is interviewing Rosey Lee today, so be sure to add her book to your TBR pile!
Toni: Thank you so much for joining me today! I’m so excited to talk about. How did you get the idea for this collection?
Rosey: Thank you for having me! I’m excited to share with you and your readers. I enjoy writing about all sorts of families–from families of origin to the ones we cultivate over time, whether through marriage, friendship, church relationships, or some other choice. I’d initially planned to just write a few flash fiction stories to put on my website as a writing sample and then return to working on novels. However, family members and friends encouraged me to keep writing the flash fiction stories. I loved the idea of providing a reading option for people who feel like they don’t have time to read, so I stuck with it. As I began to notice themes in my stories, I started thinking about putting together a flash collection as a way of introducing myself to new readers. I played around with the idea of bundling my very short stories into small packages. The result is Beautiful, Complicated Family. The collection has two volumes, and most people can read both volumes in about an hour total.
Toni: What a great idea! Is there a particular story in the collection that’s your favorite? Why or why not?
Rosey: My “favorite” seems to change with my mood. I have a special connection to each of the stories. Writing each of the stories challenged me in a different way, so each one represents a personal victory. I can’t pick an overall favorite. I’ve tried a bunch of times, but I haven’t been able to do it.
Toni: It’s so hard picking favorites! Now let’s talk a little about you. What’s your office look like?
Rosey: My office is pretty simple. It’s got a desk, where I sit with my laptop. I’m surrounded by writing utensils, notebooks, and nail polish (I love letting my nails dry while I type). I also have small speakers on my desk, because, I always need to have access to music. Sometimes I listen to music while I write. Sometimes I only listen to it during breaks. My office is decorated with two important things–photos of family members who inspire me and lots of books. All of these are helpful when I hit a rough patch with my writing and need a boost of motivation.
Toni: Nail polish and music. We have something in common! 🙂 If you have to sum up the collection with one verse, what would it be?
Rosey: This is a great question! I would choose 1 Thessalonians 5:11, “Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.” Most of us are dealing with heavy things in our lives, so I try to make my stories hopeful but real. Through writing, I receive a gift that extends beyond myself–the opportunity to share comfort, positivity, and hope with others. My author’s tagline is Uplifting stories with a little bit of hope, faith, and love.
Toni: I love that! Do you prefer winter or summer?
Rosey: Definitely summer
Toni: Agreed. Coffee or tea?
Rosey: It depends. Coffee when I need it, and tea when I want it. I prefer not to need coffee, but you know…
Toni: Such is life! Fiction or nonfiction?
Rosey: Hmmm, tough. I love them both, but I probably read nonfiction a little bit more right now.
Toni: Cool. Candy or chocolate?
Toni: It does have its perks! Last but not least, how can we pray for your writing journey?
Rosey: I love this question. Please pray that I continue to grow into the writer God wants me to be.
Toni: We certainly will. Readers, do you have any questions for Rosey?
About the Book
Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes and get Volume 2 of the collection for free using a link within Volume 1.
About the Author
Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.
Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.