Writing Insights with Rosey Lee

Thank you for having me! I’m Rosey Lee. My stories are usually about relationships between family members and friends–the ups, the down, and everything in between. Most of us are dealing with heavy things in real life, so I try to make my stories hopeful but real. My author’s tagline is “Uplifting stories with a little bit of hope, faith, and love.”

What do you love most about the writing process? I love that writing often helps me process things that I see happening in the world every day. I kind of think about life as a story. Maybe that came from reading parables when I was growing up. I frequently think about what my story would be if someone told it. It seems a narrative perspective is always with me, so I try to put it front and center when I write.

If you could give advice to your younger writing self, what would it be? I would say to listen the inner voice that said, “Hey, you’re pretty good at this writing thing.” I always knew that I wanted to write books, but there was a part of me that wondered if I was good enough to do it. So I wasn’t proactive about writing. If I’d believed that I was good enough at some pivotal moments, I’d have sought opportunities to develop myself as a writer when my schedule was more flexible.

What are common traps for aspiring writers? I think it’s easy to get stuck ruminating on the obstacles we’ve faced and what we haven’t done. We should give ourselves more grace. So often, aspiring writers are too hard on themselves for not taking their writing seriously in the past, and they get stuck there. They don’t write because they’re disappointed in themselves for not writing when they were younger, when they had more time, when they didn’t have such a demanding job, when they didn’t have kids, when they didn’t have so many responsibilities, or whatever. That type of thinking becomes a barrier and can prevent us from getting started or prevent our work from being more impactful.

What was the best money you ever spent as a writer? I’ve taken some amazing writing classes. My first online writing class taught me about flash fiction, which eventually led to my new flash fiction collection – Beautiful, Complicated Family. I’ve since participated in an online writing boot camp and several online writing workshops that helped me to learn about flash fiction and provided a supportive environment and feedback on the stories I created during the sessions.

Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with good or bad ones? Yes, I do. Of course, it’s important not to fixate on positive or negative reviews. But so far, I’ve found book reviews to be helpful overall. As a new writer, its motivating to see which themes resonated with readers and that I’m hitting my target of providing uplifting content. I want readers to enjoy my stories, but I also hope the stories impact them on a deeper level. If those things aren’t happening consistently, I need to make some tweaks. Of course, you can’t make everyone happy, and I also like to understand why someone doesn’t like something about my stories. But I always remind myself not to take it personally. As they say, “everything ain’t for everybody.”

What is your current WIP? I’m working on a novel about a family that’s forgotten what family is about. I suppose it’s still in keeping with the overarching theme of my flash fiction collection, because the family in my WIP is beautiful yet complicated. Then again, aren’t most families?


Click to tweet: I’m Rosey Lee. My stories are usually about relationships between family members and friends–the ups, the down, and everything in between. Most of us are dealing with heavy things in real life, so I try to make my stories hopeful but real. My author’s tagline is “Uplifting stories with a little bit of hope, faith, and love.”


About the Author:

Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.

Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

Book Blurb:
Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them. The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes and get Volume 2 of the collection for free using a link within Volume 1.

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