I’d like to welcome Rosemary J. Kind to my website and thank her for taking the time to answer my questions.
Rosemary is the publisher of the book, By My Side.
1. How many books have you published?
I surprised myself when I checked the answer to this, it’s 53 so far.
2. In my research I found that you have a strong background in business. Does it help you in the publishing world?
Enormously. I’m very lucky really as I have experience in accounting, law and all aspects of computing. It means I can tackle most areas myself or at least know when I need to call in extra help.
3. By My Side, has 20 short stories is that a typical amount for a collection?
Yes, I found that around 40,000 to 45,000 words works well for a short story collection and as many stories are around the 2000 word mark, it generally works out to be about 20, but not always.
Rosemary is a publisher, but she is also an accomplished writer.
4. How many books have you written so far?
I’m up to fifteen now. It’s a wide range of both fiction and non-fiction.
5. Out of those books, do you have a favorite?
I think that would have to be New York Orphan. I am very proud of what I achieved in writing that book.
6. Do you have a favorite character that you’ve created?
The answer to that can vary according to what mood I’m in. However, in my Tales of Flynn and Reilly series there is a wonderful woman known as Miss Ellie. She doesn’t let anything stand in her way and is a very strong and competent woman. If we have a difficult situation at home now my husband will say to me, ‘What would Miss Ellie do?’ It always gives me a lift and helps me to face difficulties.
7. I believe I read that you went to law school. Is that correct? If so, did that experience help you learn research skills?
I did indeed and was fortunate enough to work as a research assistant the summer I graduated. Much of my work was by assessment rather than exam and I spent many hours researching a broad range of topics. I love undertaking research. I just have to remember at what point to stop researching and start writing.
8. Do you have any tips about research skills you’d like to share with writers reading this interview?
Research is much easier in this day and age with the internet, but it is important to remember that not all sources are equally reliable and fact checking can be very important.
9. Can you share with the readers, a little about your latest book, Justice be Damned?
This is the fourth in the Flynn and Reilly series, although each story stands on its own. This one follows William’s story as he sets out to fight for justice following an arson attack on his sister’s farm. When he can’t find justice through the courts for the man who died, essentially because the man was black, William sets about standing for Congress so he can work to bring about justice and equality for all those around him, regardless of race or sex.
10. How can readers learn more about you and your books?
The best place to start is my website http://www.rjkind.com
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Thank you, Rosemary. I appreciate your time. I am forever grateful that you chose my short story to be included in the book By My Side.
Miss Ellie is my favourite of Rosemary’s characters too. She’s very modern in some of her thinking, yet still completely believable for the time period – and she’s just such a nice person, despite having plenty of reasons to be less kind and understanding.