Having developed an abiding love for anything connected to Ancient Rome, Rosie Chapel decided channel her passion into fiction, which culminated in her first novel ‘The Pomegranate Tree’. Based around archaeological excavations on Masada, this is book one in the ‘Hannah’s Heirloom’ sequence. The sequel ‘Echoes and Stone and Fire’ has recently been released, with the final novel of the trilogy in the process of being edited!
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Interview with Rosie Chapel:
Matthew Toffolo: What is the general theme and tone of your novels?
Rosie Chapel: I would say that historical fiction with romance and a twist is the easiest way to describe my novels. The twist in this case, being time travel, although not in the conventional sense. My modern heroine doesn’t physically travel back through time, more her mind or soul melds with that of her ancient ancestor, becoming, I suppose, like an extra sense or an added voice. Each novel is loosely based around a disaster of some kind – such as the massacre on Masada in The Pomegranate Tree. Then there are the challenges faced by a modern woman adjusting to life in antiquity, at the same time as coming up with a plan to save those she loves without changing history.
MT: Why should people buy your novels?
RC: To learn something of the ancient world and be inspired to look beyond the novel into our fascinating past. To travel back to another time; to be involved in the lives of my characters; to see, touch, taste and smell the ancient world without ever leaving the comfort of your chair. I love to lose myself in the world a story is set in and my aim, when I write my novels, is to have my readers do the same. Also, despite all the adversities, there is always a happy ending
MT: How would you describe your novels in just two words?
RC: Historical romance
MT: What movie have you seen the most in your life?
MT: Was being a novel writer something you’ve always dreamed of doing?
RC: Absolutely. Years ago I had tried a few times to write, but nothing ever came from it. Then, recently, when my husband suggested I might like to channel my love for ancient history into a book, I thought I was probably way too old. Then I decided that even if whatever I wrote never saw the light of day I had to give it a go. I’m so glad I did!
MT: Do you have an all-time favorite novel? Have you read a novel more than once?
RC: Yes to both! ‘This Rough Magic’ by Mary Stewart.
I rarely only read a book once, especially if it’s by one of my favourite writers; and I have several ‘go to’ authors, whose novels I can read until the books themselves fall apart.
MT: What motivates you to write?
RC: Love of ancient history and being a hopeless romantic. I cannot get enough of Roman history and to be able to share that love in a relatively light hearted format is a joy.
MT: What artist would you love to have dinner with?
RC: Andrea Bocelli
MT: Apart from writing, what else are you passionate about?
RC: My hubby, our rescue pets (2 cats and dog), photography, history (obviously), classical music, my friends, reading and books – oh so many things
MT: Any advice or tips you’d like to pass on to other writers?
RC: Believe in yourself, don’t let anyone discourage you or convince you that you can’t do it. Write as much as possible, even if some ideas seem ridiculous, eventually they will coalesce into something you can use. Do your research, set goals. Don’t let criticism drag you down, accept it and move on; most people who criticise have never even tried to write, never mind published anything. Most of all, enjoy the journey!
Interviewer Matthew Toffolo is currently the CEO of the WILDsound FEEDBACK Film & Writing Festival. The festival that showcases 10-20 screenplay and story readings performed by professional actors every month. And the FEEDBACK Monthly Festival held in downtown Toronto on the last Thursday of every single month. Go to http://www.wildsound.ca for more information and to submit your work to the festival.