Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Inside the Mind: Rosalyn Briar

Welcome to Inside the Mind where we here at The Faerie Review interview authors and creators.
Our guest today is Rosalyn Briar, the author behind Crown of Bones.

Lily:  Thank you so much for agreeing to this interview Rosalyn I really enjoyed reading The Crown of Bones. You started with a very chilling premise – what made you decide to go down that path?
Rosalyn:  Hi! Thank you for having me! For some time, I had been toying with the idea of using the darker themes of the Grimm’s Fairy Tales as the premise for an adventure. The original tales have always intrigued me! It was my husband’s Oma who really helped the idea grow. She told me about how in certain areas of Germany, in addition to obituaries, black-lined death notices would be sent out to those who knew the deceased. This idea rattled in my mind until I decided to flip it on its head—what if black letters were sent as an omen before someone dies? My first draft began with Gisela receiving this letter, and I had originally titled it The Black Letter.
Lily:  That sounds like great starting point, and I love the old Grimm stories! Gisela is a great heroine – was she inspired by anyone?

Rosalyn:  Thank you! Although no one character in particular inspired Gisela, I do believe other stubborn, brave, and hard-working heroines have definitely seeped their way into her. I love thick-skinned characters with a mushy, heart-melting interior.
Lily:  She's definitely someone to aspire to, a tough front, and soft insides.. The cover is perfect – was it hard to decide what you wanted on it?
Rosalyn:  Thank you! I am so happy with how the cover turned out. I knew I wanted a mashup between the floral crown and the crown of bones to be the focal point. I also asked the designer to add the dagger, key, edelweiss flowers, needle, and apple as little “Easter eggs” which would be fun for readers to discover as they read the book.
Lily:  It fits the book perfectly, and I love how you added the tie-ins. If this was made into a movie, who would you want playing Gisela?
Rosalyn: I never had a particular actress in mind and even when I made mood boards for the project, I mostly used artistic photos of redheaded models. I would say someone with a lovely yet fierce face, red hair, green eyes, and freckles.
Lily:  I must admit I imagined someone like Merida with slightly less frizzy and wild hair. Now we’d like to talk about you as a writer. How long have you been writing?
Rosalyn:  I began writing shortly after my youngest daughter was born, so for about 2 ½ years now. After a few projects I began writing this book and I just knew it was the one I wanted to publish.
Lily:  You've definitely honed your craft wonderfully in that time. Describe your writing space for us.
Rosalyn: It is nothing fancy. I usually write at my kitchen counter because I can see what my kids are doing! It’s also nice to have drinks and snacks within reach.
Lily:  Drinks and snacks are always a plus, I work in the next room over from the kitchen. What is your writing kryptonite?
Rosalyn: It can be hard to find the time for writing with kids. As a mom, I realize most days won’t go according to plan and that is fine. I try to wake up early to get my writing time in before they are up.
Lily:  I'm not a morning person, but I can understand stealing time whenever you can! Let’s finish up with some fun questions and get inside your mind. What are your favorite hot and favorite cold drinks?
Rosalyn:  Hot drinks: I have to wake up with hot coffee but throughout the day I also enjoy green tea. Cold drinks that I love are water, iced tea, and a guilty pleasure of mine is diet coke.
Lily:  I love tea, but I've never gotten very into green tea without some fruit added I must admit. Would you rather have skin that changes color based on your emotions or tattoos appear all over your body depicting what you did yesterday?
Rosalyn:  That’s a fun question! I suppose the tattoos would be boring for me (especially now during quarantine) so I’ll go with the color changing skin. That would be fun—like a mood ring for your skin.
Lily:  I'd definitely choose color changing skin too - quarantine has made a lot of things more routine than normal. What are three things on your bucket list?
Rosalyn:  Honestly, I’ve been blessed to have done many things I really wanted to do. I married my soulmate, traveled the world, wrote a book (well multiple now), and have two adorable children. I think my bucket list is now to continue living my dreams with my family and to help fulfill my children’s dreams. 
Lily:  That's wonderful! If you could time travel as only an observer, where and when would you go?
Rosalyn:  I would go to ancient Rome to study the history and culture.
Lily:  I'd definitely be interested in studying the religions back then, but I'm kind of in love with mythology and folk lore. If you had the choice between typing super-fast (and have a keyboard/computer that could keep up) or reading super-fast (and still understanding and remembering what you read) which would you rather have?
Rosalyn:  I would rather read super-fast! It’s been hard to find the time to read lately, so I would love to be faster at it!
Lily:  I agree with the reading! I feel like there's never enough hours in the day to read and get everything done. What’s one quirky thing about you?
Rosalyn:  Hmm, aside from being a former Latin teacher with an obsession for Disney movies and musicals? I always put my left shoe on first. It’s a habit I started when I was a dancer slipping on my ballet shoes, and it stuck with me.
Lily:  Now I'm trying to think which show I put on first hehe. Is there anything else you would like to add that I haven’t included?
Rosalyn:  Not that I can think of! Thanks for interviewing me!
Lily:  It's been a lot of fun having you! How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Rosalyn:  They can find The Crown of Bones on AmazonBarnes & Noble, and Goodreads. They can visit me on my website, check out my Amazon author page, or my Facebook. I'm also on Twitter and Instagram.

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