Storytime for Grownups – Author Spotlight : Jamy Rosser, author of ‘American Princess Meets Homeboy’

In cooperation with Waldorf Publishing, we are proud to give you more insight into some of the finest authors of fiction and non-fiction in the literary world today. In this interview, we introduce you to Jamy Rosser.

How did you get your start in the literary world? As a college student in Psychology 101 the term assignment was relating to mind stretching exercise.

The task was to think of sometime that at the time seem impossibly for you to do. The point was to research the steps to achieved impossible task–then apply them to most possible extent to see how far into achievement to get. Just out of the blue for me it became to write a bestseller. I had no background in writing other than being a dedicated reader with quite a bit of faith in my imagination. For class assignment the requirement was to write: a query, synopsis, and first 3 chapters. I got a passing grade plus encouragement for Professor to keeping writing it into a novel. Banishment Of Drew NuBreed is title of my first novel that grew from Psychology 101 assignment.

Can you tell us a little more about what you do? Writing is my contribution to Society as artist. It validates connection to process of Americanization as creative written expression for me. Fiction in it’s purest form is the short story. I learned to write a novel by writing short stories–they’re fast and fun to read–easy to study. Most of my novel chapters with tweaking can be written into short stories. Hemingway’s Short Happy Life Of Francis Maycomber brilliant writing that solidifies his mastery of the craft. The challenge of staring at that blank Word doc–then seeing those black characters of print against white space fill the page as writing fuels imagination as drive to conjure character and conflict.

What is your favorite part about being an author? I like the feeling of being an island. You only get as much out as you put in is my theory of life–and writing. I started seriously applying myself in terms my development as writer at 30–after writing first novel. Up until that time I didn’t have a life goal. Nothing had appealed tome as much as writing did. It gave me a constructive outlet for ‘lonesome and alone’ by playing with my imagination. I get to create people and predicaments while studying social and family interaction more engaging than reality offers.

How do you get your inspiration? Reading. I write because I read. I’ve had a library card since 6 years old. My father was an avid newspaper reader (and Mr. Fix It–so he had a ton of manuals and instructional books). From my earliest childhood memory we got the daily paper religiously. My motivation to learn to read was being able to read the newspaper with him–it became a tradition that’s still a fond memory of my past with him.

Of all the characters you’ve created, which one would you like to see come alive on the silver screen? The characters from American Princess Meets Homeboy. Hope and Dave are my Scarlett and Rhett. For me there is a movie pulse to the reading of the novel. Would love to see my guys on the silver screen. They were the most fun I’ve ever had writing–I actually enjoyed going in and out of character as woman.

What is the funniest thing to happen to you in your career? Not a lot of exposure for me and my writing from previous publication of work so my funniest things as writer are yet to come

Can you tell us a bit about your book? With Hope as connection to culture of privilege, Dave develops into top salesman at Fashion On Fremont replacing menswear Manager she fired unbeknownst to father who favors Dave without her knowing it. After work one night while drinking at the bar in Golden Nugget Casino he admits he writes poetry to spell boredom. Hope laughs it off teasing him about being a working class guy–aircraft mechanic, writing poetry. The two of them are having dinner with Dad and Hope’s play Mom, Vanessa, visiting from Long Beach, when Sweet Pea (known by family), jokingly brings up his poetry writing. Her father’s girlfriend, a high school English teacher encourages him to let her read some of his poems. Nessa is impressed enough to convince Dave to have them published. When he does, his chapbook, Man Meets Woman readership grows in Long Beach Indie bookstore circles from selling 50 copies at initial poetry reading to more than 2,500 copies sold the summer of 1976.
 
Prior to Dave’s arrival on Long Beach poetry scene as Young Turk, Wilson White, a retired History Professor from Fresno State turned LA Times Best Seller with book of essays titled, Wilderness, was literary celebrity. Shadowed by success of chapbook poet, David Taylor, Mr. White decides to publish a book of poems. On same day Wilson White has meet-and-greet for Mother Nature Unchained at big box store (Borders) in Westwood Village, a block away, three hours later in The Village, David Taylor’s readers pack Book Closet (Indie store owned by female friend of Mr. White) for reading. It is his first recital of, Homecoming, his journo-poetry epic poem with National exposure published in American Poetry Review–the Bestseller Wilson White in attendance.

What is your next big project? Follow up novel, Matriarchal Bond. It’s the story of relationship between a Little League mom and her gifted athlete son. It explores family influence of mother, Teresa, in development of Johnny Grey as baseball pitcher and person empowered by husband a high school football coach, as fellow parent. Inspiration gained from having son and grandsons involved in sports. The mother’s role presents an interesting family dynamics not always recognized and respected as bond.

Anything else you’d like to add? I was 3 chapters into my memoir when seeds of inspiration were dropped by the Muse for American Princess Meets Homeboy–can’t wait to finish it. I’m really a boring person–I read and write a lot.

 

Several of the books published through Waldorf Press can be found at your local library. The Palm Beach County Library System has dozens of electronic books, printed books – both novels & non-fiction, audiobooks, and DVDs or Blu-ray discs to help you understand how powerful reading can be! Travel to your closest branch or find them on the web!