Introducing C.J. Rose
RoseAnn Labriola, penning as C.J. Rose. I was born and raised here in Illinois, not far from Chicago. I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management.
Why don’t you begin by sharing a little about yourself.
I am a hairstylist, with a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management. I have a select group of friends that I care deeply for and together we make up a merry band of board gaming nerds.
Could you tell us a bit about your latest book?
The Ultimate Companion Cookbook-You will find some of yummiest recipes this side of the dimension. Each Character, each book, each actor, and each staff member has a recipe dedicated to them. Each chapter is a different adventure, from soups and salads, to desserts and drinks. Dive into the bbq lamb chops, or take a sip of the magic cocktail. Each one will entice your taste buds and bring you to a new world full of tastes and smells.
Who is your intended readership?
This book is written and designed for people of all ages. I wanted to write something the everyone could enjoy.
When did you realize you wanted to be a writer?
I have always loved writing, whether it was poems, song lyrics or stories. I decided it was time to sit down and put my thoughts to paper of a story concept I have played with for long time. In the process, it developed into the full length version that I am proud to call my first published book, Bridge of the Gods – A Generation Son Chronicle. Now I have 3 novels in the series as well as a companion cookbook.
Do you have a favorite author, or writing inspiration?
Growing up I was never a fan of reading. It wasn’t until senior year when I took a novels class that I started to find enjoyment in it. One of the novels we were to read was Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. It was then that I realized that the reason I didn’t enjoy reading was because I was reading the wrong thing.
What advice would you give beginning writers?
Don’t give up. Write for yourself first, then your audience. If you get stuck, don’t be afraid to take a break from it and come back.
What do you like to do when you’re not writing? Any hobbies?
I have a major love for musical theater and just recently finished directing my first children’s musical (Madagascar Jr.) I am now in Hunchback of Notre Dame.
What’s your next project? Any upcoming book secrets you care to reveal?
Book 2 (To Rescue a King)-France, 1633; a time when ladies wore tight corsets, men’s boots came to their knees, and weaponry was a common accessory. In book 2 To Rescue a King, Come along with Luthor and Gwen as they travel back to a world here hygiene wasn’t the greatest, but parties were incredible. Fresh off the battle with Hera, Luthor finds himself teaming up with four of history’s most loyal and trusted men. With a new team of heroes, it’s a race to the finish in order to save the one true king.
Generation Chronicles: Bridge of the Gods
Bridge of the Gods is the first book in the Generation Chronicles series. It focuses on Luthor and Gwen. Here is the blurb: Luthor McAlester is a teenage boy living in San Diego, California. His father died when he was a child. Leaving him to become man of the house, living with his mother and younger sister. On his 18th birthday he discovers a power that has been held dormant until now. He is unsure what to do with it in the absence of this father’s guidance. His best friend Gwen, who claims to be oblivious, knows more than she is telling. Can Luthor figure out how to use his power and help the Gods like they ask with just the help of his best friend? Or will the lack of guidance from his father prove to be more than young Luthor can handle?