Author: Roisin Black
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Formats: E-book and Paperback
Publisher: Rosemary Molloy
Cover by: Pro_ebookcovers on Fiverr
Editor: Rosemary Molloy
Pages: 110 pages
Date Published: September 2014
Flynn Murphy is head-turning handsome, mouth-wateringly sexy and incredibly rich. He’s also the new owner of Carra House, one of Ireland’s finest historical houses and the primary instrument of his revenge on those who have wronged him in the past. His wolf-like eyes hide a secret and the time has come to settle old scores and to ensure that those who barely remember him, will never be able to forget him again. But will his ruthless pursuit of vengeance for the past, cost him the chance of a future he never imagined possible.
Did you always wanted to be a writer? If not what did you want to be?.
My childhood assertions that I wanted to be a Formula 1 driver, a pilot and a doctor were greeted by much laughter in various quarters. The problem with the first two choices apparently was that I was a "girl" - said with much derision and I couldn't be a doctor because I was crap at maths. I knew I was good at English so I decided writing was the way to go. This decision was greeted by outright scorn.
When did you first consider yourself a “writer”?
When I published the three books - Remember Me, Unfinished Business and Over Your Dead Body.
How long did it take to get your first book published?
It's taken me all my life! However, as an indie author it took me just under a year to write the three novellas and get them up on Amazon.
Do you do another job except for writing and can you tell us more about it?
I'm a full-time mum - the hardest job in the world!
What is the name of your latest book, and if you had to summarize it in less than 20 words what would you say?
Remember Me - A Story of Secrets, Lust and Revenge.
Who is your publisher? Or do you self-publish?
I am self-published on Amazon.
How long does it usually take you to write a book, from the original idea to finishing writing it?
It took me about eight months to write the three novellas which, when combined, amount to the same size as a full-length novel.
What can we expect from you in the future? ie More books of the same genre? Books of a different genre?
I'm already a third of the way through my next book which is a full length novel and is along the same lines. It focuses on two people who don't have time for love but love just might have something to say about that. The book after that is about two people who are incredibly damaged and how they find a way forward.
What genre would you place your books into?
They are not classic romance stories but that is the closest genre I can put them into.
What made you decide to write that genre of book?
I'm fascinated with the human condition / mind and what makes ordinary people tick. Also, people can make crazy decisions that lead to all sorts of outcomes. I love exploring this in my stories and seeing where the characters end up. And I'm fascinated by the intervention of fate. So often we think we have everything under control and then something happens to show us how stupid we were to think that. I don't think there is a genre where you can explore all these elements to the extent to which you can in the romance genre.
Do you have a favorite character from your books? And why are they your favorite?
I love Flynn in Remember Me! He's so successful and self-assured but the past haunts him and he is now in a position to exact his revenge. However, for all his confidence he is still taken by surprise by some of the emotions that surface in his dealings with Annabel Smith. I love this - it shows that despite all he has achieved, somewhere in his psyche is a young man who still wonders what it would be like to be with the Queen Bee. Even though she is an uber-bitch - I have to admit to having a certain amount of respect for Annabel too!
How long have you been writing?, and who or what inspired you to write?
I've been writing all my life. Some people paint, some people sing, some people dance. I write. It has never been a case of inspiration as much as a compulsion.
Do you have a certain routine you have for writing? ie You listen to music, sit in a certain chair?
I'm very easily distracted and a natural born procrastinator so it's vital for me to get into the right headspace before I can write. I have defined my writing space with my own office. The children go to after school care on Mondays and Tuesdays and these are my long writing days and are non-negotiable. I try and get some writing done at night and also during the rest of the week but it's not easy.
Do you choose a title first, or write the book then choose the title?
As the story formulates in my mind so will the title which I find helps me to focus when writing the book.
How do you come up with characters names and place names in your books?
They literally pop out of my head! All three of my currently published stories are based in the west of Ireland so some of the place names are factual but everything else came from the nether regions of my imagination.
Are character names and place names decided after their creation? Or do you pick a character/place name and then invent them?
It's a bit of both.
Do you decide on character traits (ie shy, quiet, tomboy girl) before writing the whole book or as you go along?
The characters are like real people to me - they come pretty much fully formed so I do my best to describe / draw them in my stories as I go along.
Are there any hidden messages or morals contained in your books? (Morals as in like Aesops Fables type of "The moral of this story is..")
Which format of book do you prefer, eBook, hardback, or paperback?
I do most my reading on my tablet - mostly because I read at night in bed. I still love the feel of a paperback though.
What is your favorite book and Why? Have you read it more than once?
Book? As in one! Oh I have so many. The Twilight Series because they made me feel seventeen again. The Hunger Games due to the sparsity of the prose and the unflinching subjec t matter and the punch at the end of the series. Tess of The D'Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy for its richly drawn imagery. Atonement by Ian McEwan for its powerful imagery and the depiction of the harsh realities of war and it's subtle observation of human emotions. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo because Lisbeth Salander made sense to me on so many levels.
Do you think books transfer to movies well? Which is you favorite/worst book to movie transfer?
It all depends on the producers and the director. I think The Hunger Games trilogy has been done exceptionally well and the Outlander series on T.V. is amazing, as is Game Of Thrones.
Your favorite food is?
Fresh Lobster caught in the Atlantic waters off the west coast of Ireland, served with lemon or garlic butter. Steamed new potatoes and carrots from my Dad's garden would be perfect on the side and for dessert you can't beat my mum's apple pie!
Your favorite singer/group is?
There is an endless list! However, two red-heads top it at the moment - Adele and Ed Sheeran.
Your favorite color is?
Red! I'm a red fiend.
Your favorite Author is?
Oh there cannot only be one! I love Ian McEwan for the richness of his prose and imagery. I love Kaylea Cross for her tight plots, thorough research and great sex scenes. Suzanne Collins for her brutal and unflinching subject matter. Thomas Hardy for his beautiful imagery, George R.R. Martin for his incredible world-building and Stieg Larsson for Lisbeth Salander.
Róisín Black comes from the West of Ireland, a place where storytelling is a way of life. She's a dreamer, a wanderer and a writer. In amongst extensive wandering and dreaming she has managed to carve out a successful career as a journalist, hold-down a marriage, produce two amazing children and spend her time with some pretty cool dogs. She currently lives in Queensland, Australia but probably not for long.