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Friday, July 7, 2017

Interview & #Giveaway: OVER THE IVY WALL by Rosa Sophia


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Please help me welcome author Rosa Sophia to Full Moon Bites for an interview! Also do not miss the giveaway below. Read on to find out more about Over the Wall!

Holly: Hi Rosa! Would you tell us a little bit about yourself? :)

Rosa Sophia: Thank you for having me here! I am an editorial consultant and freelance writer, and although my body was born in Pennsylvania, my soul was born in Florida. I live in Jensen Beach, and Palm Bay, Florida. My background is actually in automotive technology, and my guilty pleasure is electrical schematics! I’m also an amateur historian with a focus on Florida history, and I love going to the beach and hanging out with my zillions of cats. (Please note: I don’t bring my zillions of cats to the beach with me, but the structure of that sentence amused me, so I left it alone.)

Holly: What do you do when you are not writing?

Rosa Sophia: When I’m not writing, I’m thinking about writing, or considering my next project. I also work with a lot of wonderful clients, helping them to improve their own manuscripts, so that takes up a lot of my time. And in general, I just like to sit around and pet my cats, and listen to the Jack Benny Program.

Holly: Do you write an outline before starting a book or just write?

Rosa Sophia: I think it’s important to have an outline, but not necessary to stick to it. You have to give yourself a framework without being too rigid. If you don’t have an outline or at least take notes, it’s easy to get lost or forget something if you step away from the story for too long. On the other hand, if your outline is too involved, it might be keeping you from doing the actual writing. A good balance is always key.

Holly: When did you realize that you would like to write and publish a book?

Rosa Sophia: For me, there was never any realization to this. I grew up writing and reading, and I knew from a young age that it was all I wanted to do. It just made sense, as I grew older, to try to publish my work. I also wanted to make it better and better, so I started attending conferences, and for the last three years I’ve gone to the Eckerd College Writers in Paradise Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. So, for me, the realization itself has been lifelong, and it’s everything that drives me. My writing is the most important thing in my life.

Holly: What was the inspiration for this novel?

Rosa Sophia: “Over the Ivy Wall” was inspired by a dream I had. I dreamt that I was within the confines of this beautiful estate where the sun was shining and it was a spring or summer day. I was with a young man, and we were talking and enjoying each other’s company. At some point, there was a villainous entity, and we knew we had to flee. In order to get away, we had to escape over the ivy-covered wall that surrounded the estate. I woke up thinking, “Wow, what a neat dream!” So, I decided to write about it, and I was also inspired by a friend of mine, to whom the book is dedicated.

Holly: Where can we purchase this book?

Rosa Sophia: “Over the Ivy Wall” is available through Amazon, and so is the sequel, “Orion Cross My Sky.”

Holly: Can we expect more novels from you in 2017?

Rosa Sophia: On July 19, 2017, my novel “Listen for the Train” will be released by Less Than Three Press. It’s coming out in both digital and print formats, and I hope you’ll check it out! It’s a bit different than what I’ve written in the past, and it’s a story about a young woman whose cat goes missing. In the process of looking for her cat, she also finds herself. It’s an urban fantasy novel set in South Florida.

Holly: Are you reading anything interesting at the moment? If so, what is it?

Rosa Sophia: I’ve been reading Will Durant’s “The Reformation.” I’m working my way through the history of civilization. After all, a girl’s gotta have fun!

Holly: Do you have anything you would like to say to your readers?

Rosa Sophia: Yes! If you like my stories, please leave a review on Amazon. Every little bit helps. Thank you so much for reading my work, and I hope you enjoy it! I would also like to take a moment to direct readers to a very important organization, the Facial Pain Association: http://fpa-support.org

In my novel, “Orion Cross My Sky,” the sequel to “Over the Ivy Wall,” the main characters suffers from trigeminal neuralgia, which is a condition I have had all my life. I write about it to raise awareness. The Facial Pain Association accepts donations to further their research into conditions such as trigeminal neuralgia. If you have a moment, I would love it if you would visit their website and read up!

Random Quickies!


Holly: Cats or dogs?

Rosa Sophia: Cats. After all, I
have a zillion.

Holly: Favorite movie?

Rosa Sophia: “The Ghost and Mrs. Muir”

Holly: Favorite book to movie?

Rosa Sophia: “The Razor’s Edge” by W. Somerset Maugham; 1946 film version with Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney.

Holly: Favorite book or author? Yeah we know it can be hard to choose! ;)

Rosa Sophia: P.G. Wodehouse

Holly: Hardback/Paperback or eReader?

Rosa Sophia: Hardback or paperback. I cannot read on e-readers. I lose patience for some reason. I guess I just like paper!

Over the Ivy Wall

OVER THE IVY WALL

Rosa Sophia
Series: Clearwater Book 10 (multi-author series, standalone novel)
Genre: Romance, New Adult
Publisher: Sunshine Press
Publication Date: February 3, 2015
Her only escape is Over the Ivy Wall...
Clara Pendleton is a prisoner in her home. Always searching for new places to hide from her uncle, whose drunken attention terrifies and confuses her, she finds a tiny clearing in the back of the property near a disintegrating section of the ivy-covered wall that surrounds the estate.
Gaven Bridge has been sent to Clearwater to live with his Uncle Daniel. Never fitting in, he doesn’t believe he’ll ever meet anyone who understands him. But when he goes out for a walk in the woods, he happens upon a young lady sleeping soundly on a patch of moss.
A deep bond is fostered between them, helping Clara find the courage to change her life. When she finally decides to climb over the ivy wall and out into the world, there is no going back. Will Clara escape her horrible past, or will it destroy the love she and Gaven share?
"I fell in love even more with Clara and Gaven as their stories unfolded. To know where they came from, the downfall of their lives due to things beyond their control, captured my heart and mind and left me missing them once the final page was turned."
- Crystal's Many Reviewers

Purchase Links

Available for 99 cents only. Or FREE on Kindle Unlimited.

Other Books by Rosa Sophia

Be sure to also check out the sequel to Over the Ivy Wall:
Orion Cross My Sky
ORION CROSS MY SKY
Series: Clearwater Book 11 (Sequel to Over the Ivy Wall)
Tammy Pendleton thinks she’s broken beyond repair. Sheltered by her parents, a victim of sexual abuse, she wants to escape but doesn’t know how. Until her cousin Clara leads her away from the Pendleton estate, and into Clearwater.
Orion Bennett is a motor-head who works at Pete’s Service Station. At nineteen, he is battling depression. But he’s also suffering with trigeminal neuralgia—the suicide disease—and he’s desperate to escape the pain.
When Tammy wanders into the shop one day, she finds herself strangely comforted by the scents and sounds of the garage. Although the pain they suffer is very different, they discover comfort and understanding in one another. The companionship they share has the power to heal. The question is, will they let it?
Grab your copy today for $2.99 only. FREE on Kindle Unlimited

Giveaway

WIN $10 GC AND MORE!
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Prizes up for grabs:
$10 Amazon Gift Card
Over the Ivy Wall Signed Paperback
Orion Cross My Sky eBook Copy
Contest runs from July 3 - 15, 2017.

About Rosa Sophia

Rosa Sophia
Rosa Sophia is the author of several novels, including Meet Me in the Garden and The House Guest (Limitless Publishing) as well as Over the Ivy Wall and Orion Cross My Sky (Sunshine Press). Rosa is an automotive mechanic, but everyone thinks she is a librarian. She lives in Florida and hopes to earn an MFA in Creative Writing one day. As a trigeminal neuralgia patient, she also writes about her condition-- read Orion Cross My Sky and Meet Me in the Garden --in the hope that it will spread awareness of this rare disorder.
Connect with Rosa Sophia: Facebook

Book Tour Schedule

Follow the book tour from July 3 - 15, 2017.
Discover more features, excerpts, reviews, interviews, fun facts and other extras on the tour.
To check the latest tour schedule, visit the Over the Ivy Wall Book Page at Book Unleashed.

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