Linda Rosen: Author Spotlight

 
Meet Linda Rosen and get to know her books here!
Book club fiction set in the “not-too-distant” past about women reinventing themselves despite obstacles thrown their way – and they always feature a piece of jewelry!
 
“Engaging and mysterious, The Emerald Necklace sheds light on that inevitable time when lovers, family, friends and circumstances change and force you to reinvent yourself whether you want to or not.” –Rebecca Rosenberg, award-winning Champagne Widows series

 

 

 
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Tell us a little bit about yourself and your published book (s).
I’m a Fitness Professional turned writer, though I still teach aquacise classes three times a
week in the summer when I’m home in New Jersey. I’m a snowbird, living in my home state
of NJ during the warm months, but when I have to swap my sandals for shoes and socks my
husband and I head to our condo in South Florida. I am fortunate that I can swim, play
pickleball outdoors, and read with my feet in the sand, the Atlantic’s waves my background
music, instead of shoveling snow. I’m happily married for 51 years and have two sons and
two grandsons, two grand dogs, and an extended “family” which is a theme reflected in my
novels – family is more than blood. In addition to the “family” theme, my novels are set in
the not-too-distant past and examine how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles
thrown their way – and they always feature a piece of heirloom jewelry! In The Disharmony
of Silence, it was a cameo brooch, in Sisters of the Vine a three-caret diamond, and in The
Emerald Necklace, well…an emerald necklace.

Tell us about the genre you like to write, and how is it similar / different from other women
fiction genres?
When I started writing, I first learned of the genre women’s fiction. I didn’t even know
that these genre labels were important. I learned fast and came to understand that WF
includes many types of stories – romance, thriller, mystery, dystopian, to name a few –
and historical, which is what I write. The one specific aspect that places a novel in the WF
category is the focus on the main character’s emotional journey to a more fulfilled self.
Therefore, I’d have to say, other than being historical, where I do tons of research, it is

similar to other women’s fiction. My novels are layered stories that make for great book
club discussions. Is that the same for a dystopian WF or WF thriller? Maybe.

Given the ongoing popularity of chick lit, where do you see hen lit ten years from now?
Well, I certainly hope I’ll still be writing in ten years! And readers, as well as authors, age.
Tastes change. An engaging story will find its readers no matter the genre. Let’s just keep
writing the stories we love to read.

When did it dawn on you that you wanted to be a writer?
As I was nearing my sixtieth birthday, I felt the need for a new creative outlet. I had been
choreographing exercise routines to music for many years for my business and had done
the usual needlepoint, crewel, and crocheting. I gardened and dabbled in photography.
But I felt a pull for something more and decided to look for an in-depth photography class
near my home. As I perused the catalog, I noticed a writer’s workshop. Being an avid
reader, I always imagined it would be wonderful to write a novel though never thought I
actually would. I signed up for that workshop, my fingers found the keyboard, and they
haven’t stopped pounding it.

What kind of message do your book (s) convey to readers?
I enjoy examining how women reinvent themselves despite obstacles thrown their way.
Each of my characters has done that and as a woman who became a published author
later in life, I certainly have. I hope women see that no matter what stage of life they’re
in, or what obstacles are in the way, we can always “wear a new hat.” We are never
done!

Any advice you’d like to give for aspiring writers at this stage in life?
Yes. Go for it! Don’t let anything or anyone stop you. It’s not easy, but when you hear
from a reader that they’ve enjoyed your book, your characters, all the angst and hours are
worth it.

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