Meet P.J. Roscoe, Author of Echoes
Echoes won best e-book in the Paris Book Festival April 2013.
Echoes won an 'Honourable Mention' in the New England Book Festival in Dec 2012
Echoes received a Five Star review from 'Reader's Favorite putting it into the semi-finals.
Her book 'Echoes' continues to receive five star reviews on Amazon.co.uk.
BBB: What inspired you to become an author?
PJR: I began writing at a very early age – as soon as I could form sentences I began writing stories. In English class my friends knew not to disturb me if the lesson was on writing short stories. This was always my favourite class. We’d have up to five titles to choose from and half an hour to write at least a page. I’d always write much more! It became a bit of a joke with the class – how many pages can Paula write today?!
I loved immersing myself in my imagination and found that I was good at producing stories that people liked to read. My interest in the paranormal honed my genre and as I grew, my passion for history was intertwined with my stories as I began doing articles for a Welsh magazine that entwined history and anything weird and supernatural, then all the better! Sadly, ‘Country Quest’ is no longer being published.
Writing helps me remain focused, happy and connected to myself. Writing stories is for me like breathing, I cannot be without it!
PJR: Echoes began as a short story that I began writing following the sudden death of our son, Jac who died at birth. I was sitting in my kitchen unsure how I was going to survive the day when I picked up a pencil and began doodling on a scrap piece of paper. Half an hour or so later, I went in search of more A4 paper and within the day a short story had emerged. As the weeks progressed, I began typing it into a book and ‘Ruined Echoes’ was born. Over the years and large quantities of rejections later, I went on a writing course that helped hone my skills and I realized I had found what I needed to do.
‘Ruined Echoes’ became ‘Echoes’ and it changed quite a bit over time, but the core was always about how our past can have a knock on effect on our present and I wanted to show how a woman can survive even her worst nightmare. Women are strong, we have had to be over the centuries and all of my characters are courageous women with a back story. Of course there is a supernatural and historical element to the story.
I self published it myself in 2012 and was blown away when it won the e-book category in the Paris book festival and was awarded an Honorable mention in the London and New England book awards. It was taken on my Christine F Anderson publishing last year.
BBB: Tell us about your main character?
PJR: Bronwen Mortimer is basically me! A strong willed, resilient woman who has been through hell and survived. She has a few defensive mechanisms but that’s hardly surprising considering her early life. I didn’t want to make her skinny, blonde and tall with perfect figure and perky breasts! I wanted her to be real, a slightly over-weight, golden brown haired, 5 foot something woman who likes a tipple and is going to eat whatever she fancies and worry about it later like most women in this world! I also wanted to show how it feels for women who have suffered abuse. We put on a smile and show fearless, but a slight move can put us on edge. Our defenses are up and it’s for the man to prove that he is a real man who can be trusted and that can take a long time. As with the relationship between Bronwen and Adam, her fear fights with her anger corrupting any chance of seeing past Adam’s own defenses, until he proves himself. For abused women it’s very difficult to see beyond their own wall and realize that other people hurt too.
PJR: I am working on my third and fourth novels, ‘Where Rivers Meet’ and ‘In-between Worlds’. Both have neared the first draft stage, it’s now research and going back to flesh it out. I think I’ll release ‘In-between Worlds’ first now as that is the one that is keeping my attention the most lately! Not to say the other isn’t as interesting, but this story came to me whilst listening to a piece of music and it was written in seven months. I am desperate to see the reactions to this one. I think ‘Where Rivers Meet’ is my more romantic story and perhaps more better suited for a spring release for young lovers out there!
I am also working on my next collection of faerie stories for young children. My first collection ‘Adventures of Faerie-folk’ was launched last week (March 2nd) and is four short stories for children 5-7years. Each story has a moral and teaches children to live in harmony with nature and themselves. I wrote them for my own daughter over thirteen years ago.
BBB: How can readers discover more about you and your work?
PJR: I have a website www.pjroscoe.co.uk where people can come and read my blog on all things supernatural. They can buy my books via my website, follow links to my blog tour and various other interviews I have done for both radio and other author’s websites.
I have a Facebook page
I’m on Twitter @derwenna1
And LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=235268492&trk=hp-identity-name
Readers can also buy my books on Amazon/Kindle .co.uk