M.J. Rose on Writing, Reincarnation, and Aromas

In the last post we learned about M.J. Rose and her adventures in the publishing world. In this post, we'll learn more about her writing style and inspiration. What is the one thing that always puts you in the space or frame of mind to write when you’re working on a project—even if you’re not feeling particularly inspired? "I have a talisman for every book…an object that belongs to the main character. All I have to do is focus on it. Right now it’s an old silver and amethyst ring that I believe my character, a 16th century perfumer, wore on his forefinger all his life." How do you approach plot when you’re writing a new novel? Do you use an outline in your process? "I spend a long time on my main characters, creating scrapbooks for them filled with all the mementos of their life. I give about three months to this process not writing a word, but finding my characters in the...
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M.J. Rose on Books, Buzz, and Business

There are many contemporary writers that delve into interesting topics, but I believe few are as interesting as M.J. Rose. Her writing bridges the gaps between art and artifact, fiction and nonfiction. She weaves historical events with fictional characters, moves plot across and through multiple eras, and makes connections between eclectic and seemingly disparate things and people, to leave readers with a sense that everything is truly connected. M.J. is the international bestselling author of the novels:  Lip Service, In Fidelity, Flesh Tones, Sheet Music, Lying in Bed, The Halo Effect, The Delilah Complex, The Venus Fix, The Reincarnationist, The Memorist, The Hypnotist, and The Book of Lost Fragrances: A Novel of Suspense. She is also the co-author with Angela Adair Hoy of How To Publish and Promote Online, and with Doug Clegg of Buzz Your Book. Her newest novel Seduction, became available on May 7. She is a founding member and board member of International Thriller Writers and the founder of the first...
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