E.M. Rowe, the author of Hello Gorgeous released her book in February 2020. We wanted to catch up with the new author and see how life had been treating her since she was published.
Did you always dream of becoming an author?
Not really, no. I was always more interested in reading other people’s stories than in writing my own.
What was your first job?
I was a retail sales assistant for a cosmetics and beauty store.
How did you come about writing your book? Was that your intention or did you start writing for fun?
Being a full-time carer and not being able to earn a living, I was trying to think of something I could do at home in the (very) little spare time that I had, that might be able to earn me a small income. I took several online courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre and thought I’d give it a go.
What was your life like before you became an author?
It was the same as it is now. My life has not changed at all.
Did you face any struggles before becoming an author? If so, how did you overcome them?
Finding the time to sit down and write. I am still working on overcoming this. Because of the nature of my days, having to care for elderly parents with health problems and run the household, I have to grab a few spare minutes when I can, and some days (a lot of days actually), this doesn’t happen.
Also, learning how to write a book. It’s not as straightforward as simply writing your story down, as I so naively thought. There are so many technical aspects like structuring, pacing, character development etc. It felt overwhelming, but taking the courses with the Australian Writers’ Centre did help me understand the process and work on developing my skills.
Now that you are a published author, how has your life changed, if at all?
My life hasn’t changed at all, except for the good feeling I get when I realise what I’ve accomplished and that I am a published author.
Can you please describe a typical day in your life now?
I am a full-time carer for my mother, and my father is in a nursing home. A typical day for me revolves around doctor’s appointments, nursing home visits and all of those fun household chores and errands like cleaning, cooking, grocery shopping, mowing the lawn etc.
What is the most memorable moment of your life as an author?
Receiving the email from Pegasus Publishers saying they would like to publish my book. The best feeling in the world!
In a few words, how would you review your experience with Pegasus Publishers?
Pegasus Publishers have been lovely to work with. They are there supporting you every step of the way and make you feel at home, comfortable and part of the Pegasus family.
Why did you choose Pegasus Publishers?
The name Pegasus Publishers is what initially grabbed me. It sounded magical and mystical and full of possibility, and it has proven to be so!
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