Boston author and poet Paige Love-Rose began writing poetry at the age of eight, her avid love of reading from a young age leading to an interest in writing. A short story she penned, inspired by friends and family, evolved into her first published novel, Beauty. Her second novel The Other Side followed. Her work has been described as dark, mysterious and compelling.
What made you want to be a writer? How did you begin writing?
I was an avid reader. Then, I started to become interested in writing. Writing was a form of expression. It was so exciting for me. I entered poetry contests and won most of the time. That's when I got deeper into writing and wanted to do more. It was such a cliche for me. Everyone saw me as being this quirky person. It was predictable.
What inspires you to write?
Everything. Life in general.
Is there any particular incident that has happened along your writing journey that you’d like to share?
I come across humorous incidents all the time. I approach people in the industry with my resume and sometimes I will have my work in my hand. They are instantly in shock. They'll say "You? A writer? How?"
Most people would take that as an insult. I always laugh it off and never take things to offense. I use my sense of humor to make things easier. I would usually respond with. "Yes, sir. I'm smarter than I look."
Do you have any advice for aspiring authors?
Write the book you always dreamed of writing and be confident in yourself and your work. Those are the two things that will inspire you to never give up.
Any advice for approaching publishers?
That is very hard. Every publisher has its own expectations. Then, there are publishers that don't have any expectations at all. There are some publishers that are looking for a quick best- seller, so they will look for accomplished writers or people who are known. Then there are publishers that are looking to mold new writers. So, I guess the best thing you can do is be organized with pitching yourself.
How do you handle rejection as a writer?
I believe that when you are rejected from work it’s a sign that it wasn't meant to be. It wasn't good for you. It might mean there is something better and greater on the way.
What separates you from other authors?
I write everything that's in my heart.
What do you think is the biggest marketing challenge for new authors?
The biggest challenge is to find readers. It is so important to have your work seen by book clubs, libraries, and women’s groups. The thing that always works for me is speaking to people. It's old fashioned but it works.