Ask the Author: Ben Rose
What would you like readers to know about you?
I am a middle-aged relatively woke author. In such areas where I am not woke, I am waking. I am represented by RhetAskew Publishing. I am a recovering addict who has Aspergers, PTSD and is a #metoo. I have survived more than a body should have to, and have climbed the ladder of success only to be kicked down the rungs several times. It has made a writer of me. I have an upcoming novel, EVERYBODY BUT US, in the works with RhetAskew that is due some time in 2020. There is a box set upcoming in which my novelette, LOVE ON THE RUN, will be included. Information on the box set can be found at:
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This will bring future news via my newsletter and provide a free serial short story titled SAND ANGELS. I have seen America via boxcar, bus, walking, hitchhiking and airplane. Trust me America is already great. I have been homeless, I have experienced wealth, and I have to say both have their attractions. I believe in live and let live as long as you don’t hurt others. Love is something we need more of in the world, so why judge it?
What is your book about for those who haven’t read it?
EVERYBODY BUT US is the saga of 15-year-old Destiny Wilbury who, in 2011, is kicked out of her home and church for being bisexual. On her way north, she meets three college students who befriend her and help her. After reaching New York City, Destiny meets 14-year-old Mackenzie Guevara, a runaway from #metoo, and also bisexual. Destiny and Kenzie fall in love at first sight.
The girls build a found family with the three college students, as well as a wealthy teen female who has her own family baggage, and a 15-year-old male grifter and con-artist with a compassionate heart and soul. The foundation of the co-dependent life Destiny and Kenzie build-up is threatened by Kenzie’s alcoholism and Destiny’s domineering behavior.
What has been your inspiration for writing it?
I met people in my travels, and at recovery meetings. Some of these people have inspirational stories. Others have lived lives that could be Lifetime Movies. In exchange for my solemn word never to out them, certain people have agreed to let me novelize their stories in part or in full.
What was your favorite scene or part of your book to write?
I enjoy writing emotionally heavy scenes and throwing in bad puns, innuendo, double entendre, or other comic relief.
What books or authors inspired you to become a writer?
Daniel Pinkwater was one of the first. Lee Child has inspired me. Liz Murray’s BREAKING NIGHT did. I don’t know the answer in whole. I’ve wanted to be traditionally published since I was a miniature adult. I believe Skip Schmidt’s SHATTERED GLASS, K.Kibbee’s FOREST OF FAE trilogy, and the authors at RhetAskew Publishing are all great reads for those seeking literary inspiration.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who want to write a book?
There is a certain air of spontaneity that emerges around the 25th draft. Stay away from mentor contests on Twitter. These are soul-killing popularity contests and no assurance of success. Don’t give up. Rejection hurts, but the big five are not the end all be all of publishing. Small presses are a fine option. Once your novel is accepted, the truly hard work begins. Writing is the fun part. Marketing is the work part.