Thursday, July 05, 2012

Seven questions... with Rosemary Jones

  1. Who are you and what do you do?
    Rosemary Jones. I'm a writer, and I write. No matter what the job title or assignment, that's how it boils down. I once had a job where everyone joked that my title should have been "Rosemary will write that..." because that's how every meeting ended.
  2. What are you working on at the moment?
    A young adult novel set in a shared world filled with superheroes and ordinary people, an ongoing column on the arts in Seattle, and some crazy short stories. That's my "down" time. At work (and I have a fulltime job), I'm writing content for six blogs and multiple fan pages with followings of 2 million or more.
  3. Who inspires you?
    1. Name an artist who has inspired you.
      For almost two decades, I've written a "arts in Seattle" column for a variety of local publications. Every new interview inspires me—because these are always people willing to put their heart and souls into creative projects.
    2. Name a place that has inspired you.
      Seattle. It's my hometown, and it's such a crazy mix of people, natural beauty, and world class institutions. We've also been a "boom and bust" town since the Klondike Gold Rush. Our current "boom" is internet retail and philanthropy with and the Gates Foundation practically neighbors. We're also celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the World's Fair here—so our famous Space Needle has gone retro and is sporting an orange roof.
    3. Name some "thing" that has inspired you.
      It's bit cliché, but the lovely "user friendly" aspect of Apple's computers. Even though you can have a steep learning curve, at the end of the day, the machine does not get in the way of the creative process in publishing, movie making, theater, and so on. These days, I'm fascinated by what you can do on an iPad, such as William Joyce's interactive picture book.
  4. What drives you to do what you do?
    Curiosity. Much of what I write begins with a wish to know more. This is most true of the fantasy and science fiction—I most frequently read the type of literature that delves into the motivations of characters. Why hang around when the werewolf is howling at the door? Why save a library when the world is drowning in more important troubles?
  5. What values do you wish your creativity to express? That ordinary people are capable of extraordinary things—and that "extraordinary" doesn't necessarily mean famous or rich. I see it every day, but it's a story that needs to be told again and again.
  6. What role does community play in what you do?
    Whether it is the “twribe” on Twitter or the friends at the coffeeshop, I love hearing about other people's adventures in writing. It inspires me to go back to the keyboard.  And I try to do what I can to support that community by publicizing what they do.
  7. What is next for what you do?
    Possibly I will write a fairytale. I'm playing around with a book idea for a publisher. You can see what's current and what's coming next at

My thanks go to Rosemary for completing my wee blog interview. For more on Foreshadows... go here >

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