is a 21 year old English major graduate living with her soon-to-be penniless
inventor father, Moe, in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. All that's waiting for her
in this 'bubble' of a town is a relentless suitor, Gage Aristade (son of a rich
accounting CEO and notable playboy), and a part-time job at the local Tattered
Cover. When she sees a job listing for a literature and poetry tutor for a
shut-in adult student in Aspen, room and board paid with a $1000 a month
stipend, she figures she has nothing left to really lose.
is a 33 year old eccentric artist, whose paintings' beauty is only matched by
their disturbing choice of focus. Scarred by a horrific childhood and holed up
in the mountains to keep from embarassing his wealthy and famous father, he is
beginning to lose all sense of reality. As a last resort, his personal nurse
Chip has put out an ad on Craigslist, under the guise of tutoring, for a new
friend for his patient. Will the beautiful young woman who answers the ad change
Adam and break the curse of his mental depravity? Or will the secrets he harbors
drag them both into madness?
About the Author
Elizabeth Rose is a twenty-something college
student in Denver, Colorado, double majoring in Religious Studies and English.
Though "'Till the Last Petal Falls" is her first full-length novel, she has been
published in poetry since her junior year of high school. To date, she had
appeared under her real name in over twelve journals, both in print and online.
DWED: First, tell us a little about
ER: Thank you for hosting me. In my fiction writing I go by Elizabeth Rose, and I'm currently twenty years old. I'm the
middle child of six siblings, and I have five nieces and nephews. (Can you tell
we're Irish Catholic?). I've been writing poetry under my birth name
professionally since I was in high school. I am graduating from Regis University
with a double major in English and Religious Studies. My favorite color is
purple. I love to line-dance. I also enjoy watching movies, a lot. Usually ones
in foreign languages. I run on coffee. I'm a very reckless person. My life is
very interesting- sometimes tragic, but never boring. I love to write.
you always aspired publish a novel?
ER: Not until recently. I've always been more of a poet than a fiction-ist,
and so it used to actually be this kind of 'oh, that would be nice' kind of idea
in my head. When I got into college, I began to branch out and challenge myself
with how far I wanted to take my writing- both in medium and in purpose. Poetry
has been good about portraying my own experiences in a way that is relateable to
my reader, but I wanted to make something that would have more of an impact on
not just my reader, but on the mainstream as well. And so I set off to write the
'Once Upon a Reality' series- where I modernize the fairy-tales that are
commonly told to young girls and apply them to woman's social justice issues,
such as domestic violence, childbirth and child-rearing, women with
disabilities, sexuality and gender identity.
you say the journey was easy or hard? Why?
Depends on the point of the journey. Conceptualizing and planning out the story
was easy, and it was fun to write the action-packed scenes. It was hard to write
the character development scenes, and it was hard getting the manuscript typed
up and then edited for submission. The submitting to small publishing houses was
both fun and hard- I got rejected a bit before being accepted for publication,
but the process was all so exhilarating that I don't begrudge
DWED: Who or
what would you say inspired ‘Till the Last Petal
Personal experience is what spurred on the narrative, but the idea for the
book came from reading a Tumblr post about critiquing Disney princess movies
through a feminist lens. I found myself agreeing with the poster on some point
and disagreeing on others- I was so involved with the idea of it that I drafted
several response posts. But in seeing other responses, I found that most people
in the conversation were having a really hard time relating to each other
(usually between those who had been very violently affected by sexism versus
those who had not), even though they were using the same stories as starting
points to talk about. So I set out to write a series in which I would explain
certain injustices or phenomenon using the very same fairy-tales that had
directly or indirectly led to their perpetuation- in this case, domestic
violence and the story of Beauty and the Beast.
you a part of a book club or organization?
Does my University count? I'm a member of Regis' poetry club, and I also do
most of my 'writing' talk with the English department here.
delve into your writing. Can you tell us more in-depth about ‘Till the Last
ER: The novel is a psychologically driven woman's fiction story that plays
on our collective memories of the Beauty & the Beast story in order to bring
forth new meaning from an old classic. A lot of the meaning comes from not
knowing what the characters will do next, so I can't give away too much, but
It follows the story of our heroine, Jolee, who has become exceedingly jaded with
her life in Highlands Ranch, Colorado. When she gets the opportunity to become a live-in tutor for a mentally deranged shut-in in Aspen, she jumps at the chance.
While living in mountain isolation, Jolee will be faced with many difficult
choices: love or her own safety, logic or romance, her old home or her new one;
her dignity or her beloved's salvation.
does ‘Till the Last Petal Falls stand out? What does it offer and more
importantly what can viewers find within it pages?
ER: I've read a lot of Beauty & the Beast re-tellings, and it surprises
me how few of them will even venture out of the 'magical transformation' device
in the plot. My version is entirely modernized, with no magic whatsoever. I
think that's one of the things that helps convey how a situation like the one in
Beauty and the Beast tends to play out in reality, and to show how much our
childhood imagination relies on the idea of magic to search for one kind of
ending without honestly looking at the way that the world is. I promise, it's a
lot less depressing than it sounds- another point of the novel is to recognize
that, sometimes, things can end up more 'magical' or miraculous than not, even
without all of the sparkly FX.
was the concept of ‘Till the Last Petal Falls
ER: Like I said, this novel was born out of a sense that a lot of the issues
that women face today are talked around in such an aggressive manner that hardly
anyone is listening. I've always been fascinated with different version of
popular fairy-tales (Gregory Macguire, Terry Pratchett, The Looking Glass Wars
series, Briar Rose) and the power of fairy-tales to open up to multiple,
powerful interpretations is something I've always believed in. So 'Till the
Last Petal Falls was born out of the marriage of those two ideas- wanting
to say something important in a way that has been proven to make people
can we look forward to seeing from you throughout 2013?
currently working on the second installment of the 'Once Upon a Reality' series,
tentatively titled To Dwell in Dreams.
installment will delve into the questions of post-partum depression, the
baby-boomer mentality, and prescription-drug withdrawal through the lens of
What other avenues are you using to promote your work and
ER: I have my own website (thesingingroses.com),
and of course I'm participating in this Book Blog Tour. I also have a LinkedIn,
a Facebook (facebook.com/thesingingroses), Twitter
(@thesingingroses) and Tumblr (singingroses.tumblr.com). It's
not just for promotion, though. I really enjoy being able to connect with
readers and other authors to see what kinds of things can be accomplished
would you say to all aspiring authors like yourself?
ER: In your journey to being a
writer, resist the urge to make yourself into an island. Put your work out there
for criticism. Even if you don't think you'll be taken up by the bigger
'traditional' printing houses, submit your manuscript to a couple of agents and
small presses. Learn from their rejections. Be surprised by their acceptance!
Talk to other authors, and don't forget to network genuinely. No one helps
someone who isn't willing to help others. Be prepared to pay your dues to the
industry if you want to make it a living. Treat this like a vocation, not a
hobby, and you'll be halfway there.
there anything we haven’t covered that you would like your readers and potential
readers to know about both your work and yourself?
ER: Feel free to e-mail me at any time. I really do enjoy talking to my
readers, whether that be about my writing specifically or about topics that they
think might fit well in the series and whatnot. I'm very approachable, I
promise. Also, 10% of all of my author royalties from 'Till
the Last Petal Falls will be donated to local battered women's shelters in
Colorado. So, read for a good cause! Get yourself a copy.