I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Rose Fall, regarding her short story collection Heart, available on Amazon today.
The book includes five romantic short stories, as well as the first three chapters of How to Get Your Heart Broken, an upcoming novel by Rose Fall. The stories are written in a sort of chronological order, with characters getting progressively older and their perspectives maturing throughout the collection.
After hearing the premise, I had several more questions about Heart. If you’re curious, please read on for the full interview:
Q: It sounds like the stories all share characters, then?
Rose: The stories do not share characters, and they don’t cross paths because they’re all in very different places (both physically and emotionally). I will say I have imagined the conversations some of the characters would have if they met each other but I didn’t want to be limited by a need to tie all of the stories together. I think that’s part of the appeal though, I wanted there to be a story for everyone and I think the fact that all the characters are so different means that anyone can find one to relate to.
Q: And are the characters in the stories the same as the ones in your upcoming novel?
Rose: No, these are not the same characters in the upcoming novel.
Q: How did you make the decision to include three chapters (say, as opposed to one or five)?
Rose: The first three chapters of How to Get Your Heart Broken are really the introductory chapters. You get to learn all of the background you need, and the premise of the book gets set-up. I wanted to give enough of an excerpt that people would understand what the book is going to be about, so it was really the perfect place to stop.
Q: Is there a special/interesting revelation readers can look forward to in either the short stories or novel excerpt (without revealing too much, of course)?
Rose: When I was going through the short stories, I definitely found a couple of common themes. I think the thing that connects all these characters the most, is that they have very little figured out. I think I like to write about characters that are sort of lost because it’s something I can relate to! I think that feeling is characteristic of most people’s teenage years and some of their twenties.
So I suppose readers can look forward to the realization that it’s perfectly normal to not know what your future holds, and to want to be loved, and to occasionally drown your problems in alcohol. If you can relate to any of these things this book will help you realize that you’re not alone.
Q: I’d also like to ask a little about the publishing side of things, if that’s alright. Such as: what are the different ways you plan on promoting this collection? Have you self-published before?
Rose: This is my first real endeavor into the self-publishing world, so I’ve had to do a lot of research on promotion. Based on my research, I’ve come to the conclusion that reviews are really the best form of promotion (ideally, positive ones). It’s been my mission to just get as many reviewers as possible for this work. Interviews also help, guest posts, and twitter is a great resource as long as you don’t bombard people with promotional messages. I’ve also used my own blog to get the word out to people that have previously followed my writing journey.
Q: How long have you been writing?
Rose: I’ve been writing since I was 11 or 12. I started out in the world of fan fiction, and I would write about Twilight and One Tree Hill. I’m not opposed to the traditional publishing route, but the internet really is more welcoming of different mediums (i.e. short stories) and I think it’s sort of fitting that I’m publishing digitally, through the same channel that sort of helped me began writing creatively in the first place.