Thursday, February 7, 2019

Interview with Rosalind Abel, Author of the Lavender Shores series


Rosalind Abel grew up tending chickens alongside her sweet and faithful Chow, Lord Elgin. While her fantasy of writing novels was born during her teen years, she never would have dreamed she’d one day publish steamy romances about gorgeous men. However, sometimes life turns out better than planned.

In between crafting scorching sex scenes and helping her men find their soul mates, Rosalind enjoys cooking, collecting toys, and making the best damn scrapbooks in the world (this claim hasn’t been proven, but she’s willing to put good money on it).

She adores MM Romance, the power it has to sweep the reader away into worlds filled with passion, steam, and love. Rosalind also enjoys her collection of plot bunnies and welcomes new fuzzy ones into her home all the time, so feel free to send any adorable ones her way.

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Rosalind Abel Website:  http://www.rosalindabel.com
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Lavender Shores Website:  http://www.lavendershores.com
Twitter: @rosalind_abel



Lavender Shores is a charming little California town enclosed by the Point Reyes National Seashore. It has forests, wildlife, cliffs, beaches, and ocean views. At the center of it all is a fancy downtown of picture perfect restaurants and shops, surrounded by Victorian mansions and craftsman cottages.

The town was designed to be a safe-haven in the 1940’s by five families. The series follows the descents of those five founding families as they discover romance, redemption, passion, adventure, and love. Like all small towns, everyone always knows everyone else’s business. And when you’re ‘founding family royalty’ all eyes are on you, and that can make things… interesting.

While each novel is guaranteed to have you laughing, crying, sighing, and fanning yourself as you reach every happy ending, there will always be twists and turns along the way. Lavender Shores is pure storybook quality (of the grown-up variety) and the ultimate place to fall in love.


Title: The Palisade
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 230
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Garden
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 264
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Veranda
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 258
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Shipwreck
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 292
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Hideaway
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 258
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Glasshouse
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 304
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Alcove
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 312
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Wilderness
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 298
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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Title: The Victorian
Author: Rosalind Abel
Publisher: Wings of Ink, LLC
Pages: 336
Genre: Gay Romance, MM Romance, Gay Fiction

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What first inspired you to write or who inspired you?

The first inspiration to write was when I was fifteen. School had never been easy, a constant challenge in nearly every way. But during my sophomore year in high school, Ms. Hungerford assigned some short stories to write. I fell in love. She was sweet and encouraging, and it was the first instance where school wasn’t stressful or painful. Twenty-five years later, I’m still writing.


Do you take notes when reading or watching a movie?

I don’t. While I do try to learn the craft of storytelling from every movie and book that I watch or read, there are times where I’ll pick up on a particular aspect that I think works really well or not at all, in the midst of watching or reading. Typically, however it’s more of a reflection afterwords, trying to figure out why I enjoyed it so much so that I  can incorporate those bigger principles into my own craft, or parceling out why a particular story didn’t work for me so that I don’t repeat those same mistakes. For me, taking notes or analyzing too much while watching a movie or reading a book would steal some of the enjoyment and the fantasy and romance of it all. I feel like I would risk turning this long fought dream into a job instead of a career if I did that.


Do you have a day job?  What do you do?

I don’t! And I’m praying that remains true. I was a special ed teacher for fifteen years,  as I sought publication, and while that was wonderful, it was time for that to be over. There was a little bit of fear that once I became a full-time writer I would discover it wasn’t everything I dreamed it would be. Thankfully, the opposite is true. It’s even more wonderful than I could ever have imagined.  Granted, it’s full of terror, as there are no guarantees, and trying to pay bills while living your dream is a…  special sort of challenge, let’s say. But other than that, I am so very grateful, humbled, and ecstatic that I get the privilege of doing what I love most in the world.   I owe that to single person that gives my writing a chance,  there’s not enough thanks to be said!

Can you name three writing tips to pass on to aspiring authors?

1.       Make sure you truly want this as your career, and that it’s not just a passing fancy or  a romanticized idea of being a writer.  If it’s something you’re willing to give everything to, then go for it and don’t let go. It’s worth it!
2.       Make sure you love your characters. Make them imperfect, fallible, flawed, dark, whatever, just make sure you love them.  If you have evil characters, maybe you don’t love them, but make sure you understand them. Both of these things will come through in your writing, make it stronger, and help the reader connect with and care about the characters.
3.       Write!  Read! Work!   You’re putting words, lives, entire universes out to the world.  There will always be  negative reviews,  but if you create a novel that you’re proud of, then you can stand behind it no matter what. It doesn’t matter if only one person reads it or thousands over the next many years, writing / publishing is  a privilege and an honor. Treat it as such.

Do you let unimportant things get in the way of your writing, what hours do you write best, and how often do you write?

Though this is my dream career, I treat writing very much like a job. I get up at the same time I did when I was a teacher, I have set work hours every day, which, though spread out, add up to much, much, much more than forty hours a week. I’ve gone from writing one book a year to writing eleven.  I discovered that the more I write, the more ideas I have.  The more planning and devotion I give to the craft, the more inspiration comes my way. I have fought a long, long time for the privilege of having a writing career, it’s time to nourish it and help it bloom!

Are you an avid reader?

I am!  Though, as stated before, school was never easy for me, and that includes reading. I’m still a slow reader.  I read the old-fashioned way every night,  but throughout the day, I listen to countless audiobooks. I tear through them as I do house chores, workout, walk the dogs, drive here and there. I go through hundreds a year.  My love for the written word has only grown.

What are you reading now?

Currently, I am reading and/or listening to:

Be Fairy Game, by Meghan Maslow
Hiding in Plain Sight, by Bru Baker
The Witches of New York, By Ami McKay
Becoming, by Michelle Obama
Wedding Cake and Woes, by Agatha Frost

Waiting desperately for the newest JR Ward, JD Robb, and Kelley Armstrong installments.

And, of course, the Harry Potter series is a constant re-read


What are you currently working on?

I am working on the last two novels of the Lavender Shores series. Book 10, The Lighthouse, and Book 11, The Refuge.

Thank you so much for having me stop by today, and thank you to all of you for reading this interview and giving the Lavender Shores series a chance! Much love!


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