Monday, April 28, 2014


Meow, my guest this week is USA Best-selling author Rose Pressey!

Rose Pressey is a USA TODAY bestselling author. She enjoys writing quirky and fun novels with a paranormal twist. The paranormal has always captured her interest. The thought of finding answers to the unexplained fascinates her.
When she's not writing about werewolves, vampires and every other supernatural creature, she loves eating cupcakes with sprinkles, reading, spending time with family, and listening to oldies from the fifties.
Rose lives in the beautiful commonwealth of Kentucky with her husband, son and three sassy Chihuahuas.


R:  Welcome, Rose! Tell us a bit about yourself and how you became interested in writing.

 Thanks,ROCCO!  I’ve always loved reading. Eventually I realized that I should write out all the stories that were in my head. I write humorous mystery with romance and a bit of paranormal.

R: You are so prolific!  How long does it usually take you to write a book, from first idea to finish?

 I write the first draft in about thirty days. As long as I stick to a schedule then I can make that deadline.

R:  Tell us about your latest release!

My latest release is Dead Girl’s Guide to Style. It’s about a down-to-earth vampire who finds herself in the middle of a mystery involving all vampires of her hometown.

R: Out of all the series you’ve done (and there are quite a few) which is your favorite? Were any easier to write than others?

 That is a tough question since I love them all. I’ll always have a special place for Larue Donavan because it was my first. I am excited about my new series from Kensington Publishing that will be out this winter. IF YOU’VE GOT IT, HAUNT IT is the first book in the Haunted Vintage Series. Rocco, you will be happy to know that there’s a beautiful white cat in the series. I don’t think any of the series have been harder than the others. I just let the characters take control.

R: What writers in your genre would you say have made the greatest influence on your writing?

There are so many great authors that I don’t know where to even start. I enjoy Mary Kay Andrews, Janet Evanovich, Molly Harper, Dakota Cassidy and so many others.

R:  Do you have an “how I got my agent” story you’d like to share?  How did you feel when you got the call your first novel had sold?

 I had been envisioning the day for six years. When I got the call about my first novel being sold I cried tears of joy. It was kind of surreal. I’d sent out hundreds of queries and even signed with an agent four years ago. She was unable to sell my book, so I started over again. It took another two years before I found another agent. A year later she sold my first book. A few months after that I was approached by Thomas and Mercer about acquiring my Maggie Thomas, P.I. series.

R: What’s a must have for you when you are writing? What aids the creative process? Chocolate is always nice. I eat that only occasionally though to avoid expanding my waistline. Diet soda gets me through nicely too.

 R: If you had access to a time machine, which historical moment would you travel to and why?

The 1950s because I love the music, clothes, and cars.

R:  If a movie were to be made of one of your books, which one would you want it to be and who would you pick for the lead roles?

I think the Mystic Café series would be fun as a movie with magic and food. I’d pick Timothy Olyphant as Tom. I’m not sure about the other characters. I would make a terrible casting director.

R: What is one thing your readers would be most surprised to know about you?

 When I was fourteen I won the talent portion of a beauty pageant.

R: What is the craziest thing you've ever done? 

Not much. Ha-ha. I let my characters do all the crazy stuff. I rode the Greyhound bus across country. That was kind of crazy.

R: What do you hope readers will most take away from your writing?

 I hope they laugh and just get a few hours of fun and escape from their hectic day.

R: What are you working on at the moment / next?

I’m working on Lost on the Bayou and Honeysuckle Homicide. One is a romantic suspense and the other is a cozy mystery.

R: Are you a plotter or a pantser?

 I used to be a pantser, but now with such a tight writing schedule I have to plot.

R: What do you do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies or party tricks? :)

 I enjoy reading of course. My husband and I just bought a home that was built in 1851, so the renovation/restoration is taking up all of my free time. I also love home décor and anything historic or haunted.

R: Where can we find out more about you and your work?

 Visit or find me on Facebook and Twitter. and 

R: Do you have any advice for beginning writers?

Write! Having a critique partner is good. That person can help push you to make your writing its best.

R: If you weren’t a writer, what would you be doing?

 I love home décor, so maybe design. Definitely something creative.


Just for Fun:

Night or Day?  Day

Dog or Cat? (answer carefully)  Both.

Beach or Pool?   Beach

Steak or salad?  Salad

Favorite Drink?  Lemonade

Favorite Book?  Too many to decide

Favorite TV Series?  Ghost Adventures

Favorite Movie?  A Summer Place

Favorite Actor: Timothy Olyphant

Favorite Actress: Not sure.

Dirty Martini or Pina Colada? Pina Colada

Hawaii or Alaska? Hawaii

Finish this sentence:  If I could meet anyone in the world, past or present, it would be __Elvis Presley_________________

If I had just one wish…it’s hard to think of what that wish would be. ______________________________________

If I could trade places with anyone in the world, it would be… I really can’t think of anyone.___

Thanks for a great interview, Rose!

Rose will be giving away a $10 Amazon gift card to one lucky commenter! To enter, leave a comment with your email address below.  For extra entries, you can:

* Follow my blog (+ 1 point)
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* Mention the contest on Facebook (+ 1 point)
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Entries without an email address will be disqualified.  Winner will be chosen at random by Contest ends midnight, May 4!  Good luck!





  1. Rose, you are high on my tbr list as I love a good paranormal-fun read. You are downloaded on my tablet, ready to go.I wish you continued success! I can only imagine that people confuse/misspell/ask about your name and "Presley", so no wonder the fascination.(We actually have "Presleys" on my father's side.)
    Rocco, you know I am a Fan
    You know I follow here and on Twitter,
    I am a Friend of the Human
    I posted the contest on FB
    I tweeted about it
    and I now follow Rose on Twitter

  2. I have done all of the following
    Follow my blog (+ 1 point)
    Follow me on Twitter (+ 1 point) (Link:

    * Follow Rose on FB and Twitter
    * Friend the HUMAN on Facebook (+ 1 point) (Link:!/

    * Mention the contest on Facebook (+ 1 point)
    Mention on Twitter

    My email address is bluepooh1 at homail dot com

  3. What a prolific writer!
    And fun, too.
    I follow the blog, I've friended both "the human" and the author on FB.
    I don't tweet and I don't have a blog

  4. pretty nice blog, following :)

  5. A great interview and captivating series. saubleb(at)gmail(dot)com