Allirea’s Realm: coffee and conversation with Imogen Rose

 

I met Imogen Rose many years ago and have since questioned her several times, sometimes using techniques devised for Guantanamo Bay inmates. Faced with another round of water boarding, she’s agreed to answer a few more. Having read and loved everything this author has written, I was excited when she finally appeared from her boudoir to publish her latest novel, Domination. The title makes me wonder what the heck she has been up to.

We haven’t seen nor heard from you in over a year and your fans (well, me anyway) are not happy. Where the heck have you been?

Blame Yoko Ono. Well, my Yoko, anyway. His name is Joe. Isn’t it always about a boy?

Why have you NOT been writing?

Writing is all consuming for me. I practically live in the heads of my characters. I wanted to give myself the time to be just me while diving into the new relationship, so that Joe got to know me, and not Cordelia or Faustine.

Do you drink coffee?

Occasionally. I used to drink it all the time, but ever since I discovered chai and Matcha lattes, I’ve converted.

What is your favorite coffee drink?

Caramel Macchiatos

Please tell the story of how you started writing Portal.

It was eight years ago, in the spring of 2009. My younger daughter was around eight at the time, and, to keep her entertained, I’d make up stories. Portal started that way. The story is loosely based on my life, which is why it enthralled my daughter in the first place. And she kept asking me what happened next. So I kept going, and it eventually turned into a rather long tale that I decided to print out for her. I found a site that could print the story into book format, which I thought was very cool. So I went ahead and did that, sticking a picture of the moon, that I had snapped in my back yard, on the cover. When I noticed that publish button on the website, I thought, why not…

What is your favorite book that you have written?

My favorite is usually the book I am writing in the moment. So right now it’s my current WIP, Chasing Fireflies.

Why?

It’s giving me an opportunity to be someone else. I’ve been Arizona, Cordelia, and Faustine for so long that it’s fun to explore a different character. A boy, this time.

Name your most favorite character you have created.

Fergie. I do love that little troll. 😀

But Rea is your second choice, right?

For sure!

Why?

I love my troll characters, in general. They have absolutely no filter.

Name one character from your books that is most like you. You can only name ONE, so don’t even try to give me more.

Olivia

Have you ever been banned from a public place?

No (although you almost got us thrown out of the Elvis museum!)

Waaaaiiitttt…….in my defense, I blame you and BigAl.

If you had a warning label, what would yours say?

Walk away.

How would you describe yourself in one word?

Loyal

Please ask your daughter how she would describe you in one word? (go ahead. we’ll wait):

Independent

What is the craziest thing you have ever done for somebody?

I do crazy stuff for my teen everyday, lol.

What has been your worst present?

A feather boa… I mean, seriously… a boa?

Are you willing to tell us who got you that present?

I better not, lol.

How many hours a day do you write?

Depends… when I am deep into it, it’s usually 5-6 hours.

Have you ever thought about jumping into another genre?

Yes, doing it right now.

What is it?

I am writing a coming-of-age story. No supernaturals.

What is the best way to your heart?

Being loyal, having my back.

If you were a super hero, what powers would you have?

Invisibility cloak!

Do you consider yourself a nosy person?

Compared to you? Nope.

*Snooty sniff* I am inquisitive!!!

Are you a good dresser?

*Glances at Allirea’s crocs* I guess so.

My crocs are quite comfortable, thankyouverymuch!

Do you hold grudges?

Oh yes!!!

When can we expect your next book?

Hopefully this summer.

Name all of your books and please list in the order they should be read.

Portal Chronicles: Portal, Equilibrium, Quantum, Momentum, Fusion

Bonfire Chronicles: Faustine, Initiation, Integration, Uprising, Retaliation, Domination

You can get Imogen’s latest book, Domination, from Amazon US or Amazon UK.

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