We had the good fortune of connecting with Isabella C. Rose and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Isabella C., we’d love for you to start things off by telling us something about your industry that we and others not in the industry might be unaware of?
Writing a book is harder than you think it will be. You think all I got to do is sit down and write. Well, that is the gist of writing, but writing professionally was something I had to learn the hard way. There is a multitude of work other than writing that goes into creating a book. My first pitch to an agent was one of the worst! He basically told me once I write the book and get it out there to come back for him to represent me. So, he wanted me to do all the work and sit back and rep the profits. That alone almost killed my dream. But something amazing happened. I meet fellow authors who, like me, had unpleasant experiences. They showed me that agent was one of the bad ones. Since then, I have met some pretty great people.
Especially if you are a self-published author. You have the task of being a Jack of all trades. Edits and more edits! Work count (length), formatting, cover design, and ton more.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Writing was a dream from a young age. Once I finally sat down and wrote my first book, that sits on my laptop, someday maybe to be read after a lot of work to make it readable. My first book was a learning experience and a magical dream come true. It taught me a tremendous amount about writing. My first book is one I hope makes it to more than one reader, my mom, because the story was one that would not leave me alone until I wrote it. A tragic love story.
It has taken a few years to get where I am today. Life has a way of getting in the way if you don’t make your writing a full-time job. The road was hard, but got easier when the writing world changed. No longer where you stuck in a slush pile on some ones desk to never be read. Self-publishing changed that, but is it work if you want to put out a worthy book.
I have an amazing family who pushed me along the way to keep writing.
Today, I have found my niche. My daughter wanted to read my work but was still too young for the adult romance. I told her, let me write you a book. I wrote her a young adult, and it was the best thing to happen. I found my voice as a writer.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Alaska is one of the most beautiful places. A week is not enough time to see all the sights, and with the state being as large as it is, travel takes time. The first thing Id take anyone would be Denali National Park. It’s a few hours drive from Fairbanks or Anchorage. Here on a clear day you can see Denali. The small town that sits outside the national park is only open in summer. They have a restaurant that has been there for over 35 years, Denali Park Salmon Bake. They have some great Alaskan salmon. The visitor center would be next.
Matanuska Glacier is one of the bigger and popular glaciers that is visible from the highway. The Artic Circle is a few hours from Fairbanks that is a treat to see, and the drive through the wilderness usually has the chance of seeing wildlife. Moose, bear, musk ox, lynx, and so much more.
The Great Alaska Bowl company is a interesting place because the bowls are made out of knots the trees here form naturally.
And I would defiantly take anyone who visits to the Santa Claus House in the North Pole, only 20 minutes outside of Fairbanks.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister has always been the one to push me harder to get the book written. Without her, I might still be writing scribbles on paper everywhere.