Authors, teachers, business-women, and so much more…
Our own Joan O’Callaghan presents a series of interviews with each of our Mesdames.
Our third, Rosemary Aubert, is the author of sixteen books, among them the acclaimed Ellis Portal mystery series and her latest romantic thriller Terminal Grill. Rosemary is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for crime fiction, winning in both the novel and short-story categories.
Joan O’Callaghan interviews author Rosemary Aubert:
JO What have you written?
RA Four books of poetry. Five romance novels. Five mystery novels (The Ellis Portal series). One novella. One historical.
JO When did you start writing ?
RA Before the age of ten.
JO Why write mysteries?
RA Because I started doing it and I can’t seem to stop. Blame it all on Nancy Drew.
JO Why do you think people like to read mysteries ?
RA Solving puzzles gives them a sense of empowerment.
JO Is there a favorite place you like to write or a ritual you go through when writing ?
RA No ritual. I always construct a very detailed outline before I begin the actual novel. I generally do a year or more research. I work in the dining room and the bedroom of our apartment.
JO How do you balance writing with the demands of a day job and/or family ?
RA I’ve done it all my life and it’s still a strain….
JO What awards or other forms of recognition have you received for your writing ?
RA Two Arthur Ellis awards. Several nominations of various sorts. The Alberta Poetry Prize. The best recognition is when a stranger hears my name, approaches me and says, “I’ve read all your books and I love them.”
JO What are you working on now?
RA A new mystery and a book of poetry.
JO As a writer, what is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?
RA Don’t sell yourself short.
JO What do you like about being one of the Mesdames ?
RA The intelligent, enthusiastic professional camaraderie.
JO Is there anything you’d like to add ?
RA Yes. My thanks to the Mesdames for including me.
Visit Rosemary at her Website for more information.
Joan O’Callaghan is the author of educational books and short stories, including Sugar ‘N’ Spice in the anthology THIRTEEN (Carrick Publishing, 2013). Her short story George is available for e-readers everywhere, including Amazon Kindle.