Crossroads Blog Tour: Rosemary Clement-Moore

Posted 28 October, 2010 | Mary @ TheBookSwarm | | 4 Comments

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OMG-OMG! It’s Rosemary Clement-Moore! She’s the bestselling author of the MAGGIE QUINN: GIRL VS EVIL series and THE SPLENDOR FALLS, y’all! And she’s dropping by this little ole blog to chat. On her website, she says, “I’ve been writing stories all my life, even when I should have been doing other things, like studying Algebra. My first paying job was Chuck E. Cheese. I worked in theatre for years, and now I’m writing full time, which is my dream job, because I get to work in my pajamas and take a break every afternoon to play Guitar Hero.” Read more about her and her books  on her website HERE.

What character traits do you share (or wish you shared) with Maggie?

Her self-assurance. Even though she has normal insecurities, when Maggie sees something that needs doing, she jumps right in with a plan. Even in her normal, pre-supernatural life, she’s very certain of what she wants, and how she plans to achieve it.

What was the inspiration behind your MAGGIE QUINN: GIRL VS EVIL series?
I pitched the series as “Nancy Drew meets Buffy the Vampire Slayer” but I actually had an older series that inspired Maggie: Kolchek the Night Stalker. He was a newspaper reporter who investigated supernatural things–vampires, werewolves, zombies–and always getting in trouble with his editor. I envisioned Maggie as a girl version of him.

You’ve written a series as well as a stand-alone. How is writing a series different than writing a stand-alone?
With a series, you have to think about tying up the story in a satisfying way, but still leaving yourself someplace to go in the character’s personal journey and the overreaching story arc. And when you invent new parts of the world, you have to make sure it goes with everything else you already wrote. With a stand-alone, you can tie up all the loose ends. Especially where relationships are concerned. 

Where do you do the majority of your writing?
I have an office with a desk and a couch. You can guess where I actually spend most of my time. I usually do rewrites at the desk and write new stuff on my couch, when my dogs let me.

Here’s a picture:

(Aw! Look at them–so cute and innocent-looking!)


What’s your writing routine?
I do my best writing late at night, after everyone goes to bed. I usually write between 10 pm and 2 am. I’m not sure why those are the magic hours, but they are. I admit I’m not the most consistent as far as daily page/word count goals go. Some days are gangbusters, some less so. But I work every day.

Rosemary’s newest (out July 2011)
looks great! Can’t wait.
Favorite writing fuel:
Coffee, coffee, coffee… and occasionally some coffee.  And Smarties candy.

Finish this sentence: When I’m not writing, I…am thinking about writing!


Amy Goodnight’s family is far from normal. She comes from a line of witches, but tries her best to stay far outside the family business. Her summer gig? Ranch-sitting for her aunt with her wacky but beautiful sister. Only the Goodnight Ranch is even less normal than it normally is. Bodies are being discovered, a ghost is on the prowl, and everywhere she turns, the hot neighbor cowboy is in her face.

Rosemary gives a quick teaser of TEXAS GOTHIC on her blog–click HERE to read it.

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