Do you write in different genres?
Yes, I have written two published series. One is a time travel mystery series, Legends of Graham Mansion, and the other is a fantasy series that slants toward magical realism, The Enchanted Journey.
If yes which is your favorite genre to write?
I cannot really say that I have a favorite, but I do enjoy writing time travel.
How did you come up with the title for your latest book?
The title sort of came to me in a dream when I met the main character, Tremble.
Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?
For me, most of the time, the title comes first with the main concept of the story.
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The message is a classic one—good always overcomes evil.
What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?
My current work in progress is a heartwarming romance a la Nicholas Sparks tentatively entitled I Still Do.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
His fingers slowly rubbed the small piece of gold. The movement made his arthritic joints throb, but not having the trinket in his hand made his heart ache. Harry had carried it with him for over fifty years. To him, it was hard to imagine being anywhere without it.
Looking up at those around him, he only saw strangers. Except for the guest of honor, that is. She would not greet him today. She would remain silent.
He had not taken off his rain coat when he sat on the long bench. Harry looked down at the pewter grey material that was slightly damp and began to feel uncomfortable. He had owned the coat for over 25 years. It had become like an old friend. Harry wondered how much longer it would last, the same way he wondered about his own body coat. Age spots dotted his once strong hands and face. His skin was loose like he was wearing someone else’s. He always thought his skin would get tougher as the years passed. Now, it seemed almost paper thin in places. It did not protect his insides near as much as it once did.
Looking up from his hard seat, Harry watched as people walked back and forth in a slow hushed procession. Some spoke in quiet tones to the man and woman standing in front. Hugs were exchanged with some, pats on the back from others, some shook hands and nodded their heads in acknowledgement of the day’s occasion.
It was mesmerizing—the constant procession, the endless stream of people. He did not walk through the line himself. Harry chose to slip in through the back of the room and sit quietly alone. He was so caught up in his own thoughts that he almost did not notice as a young woman appeared beside him.
“May I sit next to you, sir?”
Harry looked up and the young woman smiled. He was reminded of his Catherine. Dark brown shoulder-length hair framed her ivory complexion. Her eyes sparkled as she smiled, reminding Harry of the day Catherine was married. She seemed to have a permanent smile that day.
“Sir, am I bothering you?”
“Oh, no, my dear.” Harry waved his hand over the seat next to him. Being able to call any woman under sixty “my dear” was a benefit of living to be his age. He used the term every chance he got. “I just had to reminisce for a moment. You resemble my daughter, Catherine. Please sit down.”
The woman took off a long black all-weather coat revealing a black business suit with a white blouse. A single strand of pearls hung at her neck. Harry thought he might have caught a glimpse of pearl earrings as well. No other jewelry was visible, no rings or even a watch. How does she ever know the time? Harry wondered. His silent question was answered as the woman pulled a slim cell phone from her small black purse, pushed a few buttons, and turned it off.
“I thought I was going to be late.” The woman leaned toward him and whispered. “Traffic was horrendous.” The woman fingered her pearls around her neck as she looked in the direction of those arriving in front of them. “Are you a friend or a family member?”
It was not a question that Harry was prepared to answer. “Well, actually, I suppose that I am neither, at least not in the present tense.”
Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?
I usually find ending the story to be a challenge. I do not want to say goodbye to my characters. I think that may be why that many of my stories have the potential for spin-offs or sequels.
Who designed the cover of your latest book?
All of the covers of my latest series, The Enchanted Journey, including Tremble, were designed by the multi-talented Cassy Roop of Pink Ink Designs.
Do you have any advice for other writers?
Write every day. Even if you only write a few words, do it every day. You will be surprised how much you can put down on paper by little consistent steps. You are not a writer if you don’t write.
Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?
I heard a lot of Stevie Nicks in my head as I was writing all of the books of The Enchanted Journey. I consider all of her music to be magical.
The Enchanted Journey
Rosa Lee Jude
Genre: Fantasy -magical
Publisher: Ink On My Fingers Publishing
Date of Publication: September 18, 2015
Number of pages: 262
Word Count: 67,916
Cover Artist: Pink Ink Designs,
There’s magic in the air.
Tremble Dawson thinks her biggest worry is completing her college internship at a mega successful advertising agency. That is, until she discovers her seemingly normal upbringing has all been an illusion. Her life is turned upside down when a handsome stranger pays a visit and offers to be a special kind of bodyguard to protect her from an evil force bent on making her fulfill a twisted prophecy.
Perhaps, she should have paid more attention to her unusual bosses or the sparks that uncontrollably fly out of her fingertips. Despite the clues along the way, Tremble is not prepared to learn that her existence is full of secrets—secrets from another world. As she discovers her true identity and the mystery that surrounds her heritage, Tremble realizes there’s a bounty on her future and she is the one who must pay the price.
Join Tremble on a bewitching adventure as she begins her journey to another world full of enchanting surprises.
TREMBLE is Book One in The Enchanted Journey trilogy. Book Two, JASMINE, and Book Three, NEVERWRONG, are also available.
Available at Amazon
About the Author:
Rosa Lee Jude began creating her own imaginary worlds at an early age. While her career path has included stints in journalism, marketing, hospitality & tourism and local government, she is most at home at a keyboard spinning yarns of fiction and creative non-fiction. She lives in the beautiful mountains of Southwest Virginia with her patient husband and very spoiled rescue dog.
The Enchanted Journey is Rosa Lee’s second series. She is also the co-author of the award-winning time-travel series, the Legends of Graham Mansion.
Learn more about her writing life at www.RosaLeeJude.com