The exceptionally multi-talented, multi-versed Rosa Sophia is here, and I’ve got to tell you all, she blows me away. I wish I had an ounce of her energy! Not only is she here with a brand new interview, but she brought an e-copy of her book to give to a lucky reader. Stay tuned to find out how you can win—for now, let’s get to know her.
Welcome, Rosa! I have to say, your bio blew me away. Can you share with our readers your many passions and how you juggle them all?
Thanks for having me, Sarah! I do have a very busy life. Everything revolves around writing, because everything that I do is something new that I can write about. I work in a library, I am going to school for Automotive Business (I started off as a self-taught mechanic), I have taught a fiction writing workshop for high school kids, I am currently the official Historian for my town, I have been a freelance editor for about six years, and I have worked for various publications since high school. People often ask me how I do it. I’ll tell you the same thing I tell them—I have no idea. By the way, what day is it, and where am I? Just kidding—I think.
I get the same question about homeschooling six kids and I think my answer is the same. I think it’s like typing … your fingers fly until you try to think about which letters you’re hitting, which is to say some things just aren’t mean to be overanalyzed, LOL! Will you introduce us to your latest release, CHECK OUT TIME? What’s something we might not learn from the blurb?
Check Out Time is dedicated in part to my father, who passed away on February 17, 2012. Until 2008, when we reunited, I hadn’t seen Dad since I was six years old. The blurb mentions that my main character, Naomi, is reunited with her father, but I should mention that Naomi’s character is not based on me. Her father, Roy Vogler, is based on my dad. Dad and I became very close, and I miss him very much. I have two little sisters, twelve-year-old twins, and I have decided that I want some of the proceeds of this book to go to them for basic needs. I missed out on so much time with my dad, but I want to do what I can for my sisters.
That’s an amazing, heartfelt story. Your sisters are lucky to have you! Let’s have some fun with CHECK OUT TIME. What’s the first sentence?
“The leaves on the oak trees rustled in a slight breeze.”
Very nice! Love the mood. ;c) What’s your favorite line in the book?
It’s a toss-up, but I really love this one: “You’re not having that dream about Farrah Fawcett again, are you, Frankie?”
LOL! How about an excerpt … three sentences long! Yep, that’s it. Three!
Fortunately for Naomi, she had already figured it out. “You,” she mumbled, almost breathless. And then, as he reached out for her, a devilish grin on his face, Naomi shot down the street, tripped on a fallen branch and tumbled headlong into the woods.
LMAO! I love the humor infused in these excerpts. Which scene would you most like to experience for yourself? From whose POV?
I would like to visit the Coral Reef Tavern for a Jargon show. Jargon is the band featured in Check Out Time, which was inspired by JAB, a local band in Pennsylvania. I would want to experience it from my own point of view. It would be so much fun to be inside my own story, watching it unfold!
Now *that* is a perspective I’ve yet to hear. What a great idea! What inspired the title?
When I first came up with it, the title seemed goofy to me, and I didn’t think it would stick. I ended up liking it so much that I kept it! It refers to “checking out” at the register in a grocery store, and it also refers to “checking out” of life in general—after all, this is a murder Mystery.
I adore the double meaning! And before we take a closer look at your book, can you tell us what you’re currently working on?
I’m working on a few things. One is a paranormal story set in Riviera Beach, Florida, entitled Crossing Roads in the Rain. I’m also working on a few other stories, which may or may not become novels.
CHECK OUT TIME | blurb
Naomi Vogler blames herself for her mother’s tragic death, continually reliving the accident in her nightmares. When she reconnects with her estranged father, he invites her to live with him in a little town called Witchfire. A simple job stocking shelves overnight at a local grocery store seems a perfect distraction. But when the manager of the store is found dead in the boiler room, Naomi’s boring job becomes something much more complicated. No matter how she looks at it, one thing is certain: retail is murder.
ROSA SOPHIA | about
Rosa Sophia is the author of Taking 1960 and Check Out Time. Rosa is a professional editor, and she currently resides in south Florida.
If you’d like to win a copy of CHECK OUT TIME, leave a comment with a valid email address and you’ll be entered in the giveaway. For fun — because the story takes place in a small town called Witchfire — share with us the most unusual, mysterious, or awesome small town you’ve ever visited. I love small towns so I’m looking forward to your stories! Thank you all for being here. Rosa, it has been a pleasure!