Rozsa Gaston approaches her writing with energy and a love for life. She has also invested time in a unique marketing technique involving bookmarks and reverse psychology, and she shares some of her ideas here.
1. Tell me briefly about your books – what are they about and what motivated you to write them?
They’re about self-discovery and self-acceptance. Paris Adieu, my latest book, has two themes: 1) how to be comfortable in your own skin and 2) how to fake it till you make it. Paris Adieu’s heroine, Ava Fodor, is clueless about both at the start of the book. By the end, she’s figured out a thing or two – thanks to the insights living in Paris has given her. Ava studies French women, French food, French attitude – while French men study her. By the end of Paris Adieu, she’s more or less transformed herself into the woman she wants to be. And if she hasn’t entirely, at least she’s learned how to fake it till she makes it. But where to take her act? Back to New York, of course, where Ava grasps that her newfound sense of self will work for her in a way it never will if she stays in Paris. After all, she’s not French. What she is, is fabulous. I’m still working on both themes.
2. How have your sales been?
Slouching toward fabulous, darling. Why do you think I’m doing this interview?
3. Have you sought a traditional publisher?
I have and will continue to seek one. In the meantime, I want to spend my time writing books, and sharing with like-minded people in cyberspace – which means all over the world – instead of sending out query letters that never get a response. No interaction dulls my interest.