Happy Monday, everyone! I’m delighted to bring you my interview with author Rose Fresquez today, looking at a couple of her series & specifically her latest release Choices!
About the Author
Rose Fresquez is a stay-at-home mom, with a husband and four kids. In her free time, she likes to spend time outdoors with the family, sing gospel music and plotting her next writing project.
Rose’s writing projects include both Christian non-fiction and Christian fiction.
Carrie: Hi Rose! Thanks so much for chatting with me today 😊 Let’s start out with something fun!
Q: What’s your favorite song currently?
Rose: I have so many favorite songs, that It’s so hard for me to decide. At the moment, I will go with Mended-by Matthew West. The song, inspired my next book in the Eron Series. ‘Beyond Repair.’
Carrie: Matthew West has such great songs!
Q: What’s your favorite Bible verse currently?
Carrie: If you’re like me, it changes based on season of life lol
Rose: I agree, my favorite verses, are based on certain seasons in life, but I do have some at my fingertips all the time, and one of those is Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your steps.
Carrie: I love the way you said that – having some verses at your fingertips all the time. What a great thought!
Q: If I asked your characters to describe you as an author, what would they say?
Rose: Vibrant most of the time, loves to socialize and interact with people.
Carrie: Which makes it great that you get to interact with your characters too 🙂 Before we chat about your latest release Choices, I wanted to say how much I enjoyed your Christmas short story New Light which is part of your Buchanan series.
Q: Who is your favorite character in the Buchanan series?
Rose: I love all the characters, but I will go with one of the Firefighters. Ezra Buchanan from First Site. He’s the kind of friend anybody would love to have in their life. He constantly puts his life on the line to help his friends and loved ones.
Carrie: I love that, yes!
Q: What inspired the plot of New Light?
Rose: Having written New Light during Christmas time, I thought about how Jesus brings Light in the Darkness. I then envisioned one of the struggling Firefighters, who was surrounded by a group of loving friends yet he was not willing to let them into his life. With that in mind, I wanted to portray that even in the darkest times, Jesus’ light shines through friends and loved ones. He sometimes uses them to draw us close to Him.
Carrie: You did that beautifully – very touching story! Now on to Choices, your latest sweet romance which released on February 5th as part of your Eron Outsiders series.
Q: What can readers expect from the Eron Outsiders series as far as themes & characters, etc.?
Rose: Love triangles, fugitives, billionaires and several unique characters will be coming up in the near future. Pretty much most of the side characters mentioned in Complex and Choices, will come back with their own stories.
Q: Describe Eron for us.
Rose: The entire series of Eron Outsiders is an inspiration of the setting from the remote town where I grew up. Although Eron is a bigger town than my hometown, I still envisioned a peaceful town, where everyone with a busy lifestyle will want to come and settle. Being a quiet place, the residents, are always intrigued about the new outsiders to their town. Social media, is one of the main ways they spread word across the town.
Carrie: I love that you modeled it after your hometown!
Q: What surprised you about the story or the characters as you wrote Choices?
Rose: I found Chloe surprising. The fact that she had major abandonment issues was a reason enough to not fall in love with an outsider, who was always on the move and had only stopped in Eron to sell the family estate and go on his way.
Carrie: Yikes – that would be a difficult & emotional situation for her to deal with!
Q: What is one of your favorite quotes from Choices and why do you love it?
Rose: His voice was low when he spoke. “From the first time I saw you in December, I felt as if I knew you. Even the last two months while I was in the Philippines, my heart kept pulling me back to you, as if you held something I needed to know.” His soft eyes found hers, and his voice fell to a whisper. “It’s like I found a part of me in somebody else. Like I found my new best friend, and something more at the same time ‒ someone I can confide in…Thank you for coming…for going through this stuff with me.”
I have several quotes, but I chose this one, because it’s the time when they discover something unique from their past.
Carrie: “It’s like I found a part of me in somebody else.” – oh i love that!
Q: What is something God taught you while you wrote Choices?
Rose: That Life is full of choices. Every choice you make can change your life forever. The fact that God knows the future, it’s important to present my plans to Him, before I make a final decision.
Carrie: Yes, so true!
Before we close out, how can we pray for you & your writing?
Rose: That I can continue to Glorify God through my writing and to be an encouragement to my readers. More importantly, to find a good balance for God, family and writing. It’s easy to get caught up in a story, especially when I have a new story screaming in the back of my head, and I need to jot it down.
About The Book
Love By Design!
Chloe has finally returned home to stay, embracing the simple lifestyle of Eron. She opens her own fashion boutique and is contemplating a relationship with a guy who has plans to start a family. Chloe’s own plans to settle for her local suitor are disrupted when a charming doctor walks into her boutique, opening up new dating options.
Dr. Zach has never been a man to settle in one place. When Zach’s unknown grandparents leave him a house in Colorado on forty acres of land. Eron is supposed to be just another quick stop. That is until the town’s only doctor gets hurt.
When the town starts depending on him for their medical needs, Zach finds himself getting more involved in the town than he’d bargained for. Especially when he falls for the beautiful fashion designer who knows more about his grandparents than he’d expected.
What interests you most about Choices and/or Rose Fresquez from our Q&A? Have you read any of Rose’s books yet?