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Carol Rose Doss

by Regina Richards

Carol Rose Doss began writing twenty-five years ago on a Commadore 64. She joined NTRWA in 1990. A Golden Heart finalist, Carol writes Contemporary Romance as Carol Rose.

How has being a writer changed the way you experience the world?

I no longer view books, movies and television the same. Very plot and character aware. I’m also more conscious of moments that would make a great scene.

Any domestic stuff you care to share?

Married thirty-six years ago, at the age of nineteen. (I still like him). Two adult daughters. One aged annoying cat to whom I am committed.

If you could go on vacation with one of your characters, who would you choose?

Can’t choose. I love them all.

When you aren’t writing, what is your favorite way to relax and recharge?

I read, watch television and spend time with my husband. My kids and he make me laugh. I love laughing.

Stories usually have multiple tipping points. Have there been any memorable tipping points in your life or writing journey you care to share?

Started writing fiction when I was in grad school and desperately needed some fun.

Plotter or Pantser?

Plotter. I don’t like major re-writes and when I “pants”, I wander afar.

What is your go-to solution for writer’s block, that sure-fire thing that takes you from stuck to full steam ahead in your writing?

I mull by myself and I brainstorm with my critique group and I read, watch movies and watch television—ideas come to me then.

Please share a little about where you are now in your writing journey.

After a brief stint in trad publishing, I am now joyfully self-pubbed.

What would the other members of NT be surprised to know about your past or present life?

The little hot yellow convertible sports car in the parking lot is mine. And damn, it’s fast.

Any writing eccentricities you care to share?

A former critique partner used to say she loved having written, not the process so much. I just love to write. Period. My husband says, it makes me a happier person.

If we popped in on you during your writing time, where would you be and what would we see?

A plotting board propped on my desk, I’m staring at my screen, totally engrossed. If one of my daughters’ kitties is visiting, I might be blessed by a lap occupant. I always have a glass of water next to me. I love (and need) a clean, organized desk—Felix style—but my life intrudes and the damn desk-top is cluttered lately. Silent—no music or television. When I peer around my office computer screen, I look out a broad bow window. Big trees. I love peaceful visuals. (Once wrote an entire book on my laptop while sitting out by the lovely canal in my backyard.)

If you could invite two writers (living or dead) to share a retreat with you, who would you invite and why?

Georgette Heyer—because I’ve read and loved her books for years and I’d like to ask her about her writing process. Kristan Higgins—because she cracks me up when I read her books.

Carol, thanks so much for agreeing to step into the NTRWA Spotlight! Sharing about yourself and your writing journey gives all the members of NTRWA a chance to get to know you better and deepens our sense community. We really appreciate it!


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