Sunday, January 25, 2015

Seniors Need Love, Too by Roseanne Dowell (Author Blog Post)

Seniors Need Love, Too by Roseanne Dowell

Yes, that’s right. Romance isn't only for the young. My books often are about older heroes/heroines. Not that I have a problem writing younger characters, I just thought there was a need for books with older ones also. After all I fit into that generation. 

  The idea of Geriatric Rebels first came to me when my father was in a nursing home. Unfortunately, he couldn't get out of bed, but he did refuse to eat or take meds. After years of working as a tile setter, it had taken its toll and he suffered with arthritis in his knees and back, so much so that he wasn't able to stand or walk.

During several visits, I noticed a little old lady walking past his room and always stopping to look in. She never spoke, just looked at us for a minute and went on her way. Something about her reminded me of my mother. Maybe it was her curly, silver hair, or her slight build. Whatever it was, she stuck in my mind and years later when I decided to write this story, she naturally came to mind. This story actually had several different drafts. The original was a nonfiction assignment for a writing course I took. It was strictly about my father and his incapacity to get out of bed. From there it changed to fiction, and I brought Elsa into the story.  While Elsa is based on my mother – especially her love of playing jokes and her sense of humor, my mother predeceased my father by three years. And while Mike is based on my father, my dad didn't have this sense of humor. He was more serious minded. While I could picture my mother doing this stuff, even in a nursing home, I honestly couldn't picture my dad. I think that’s what attracted him to my mother. 
Where I came up with these ideas, I’m not quite sure. I think Mike and Elsa thought of them. The story just took off on its own and flowed. I love when a story does that.

Blurb for Geriatric Rebels

Mike’s in a nursing home/rehab center because he fell and has no one to take care of him. A stubborn, 72 year old, set in his ways, he won’t cooperate with the nurses, refuses to get out of bed or take his medicine. At least he does until he meets Elsa. The tiny, spunky, Elsa sparks new life into him.

Seventy year old, Elsa is left in the home while her son takes a family vacation. She joins forces with Mike, setting the home on its heels. Later they discover deception and fraud.  Will they find happiness together?

Romantic Suspense Author, Gail Roughton says, “Who says life begins at 40? Life is wonderful at any age, as long you're willing to live it. Elsa Logan and Mike Powell prove it. And I want to be just like them when I grow up! One of Roseanne Dowell's best, and my personal favorite! 



Available from Amazon

Bio:
Roseanne grew up reading first Nancy Drew mysteries and soon moved on to Victoria Holt and Phyllis Whitney. She’s a big fan of Agatha Christie and always loved writing even as a teen, often making up different endings to books, and writing poems.
While working as a school secretary, she decided to take a correspondence course, writing for children. It didn't take long to realize that even though she had six children, it took someone special to write books for them. So, she tried her hand at nonfiction, but didn't care for that either.  That’s when she moved on to romance novels. But they sat in the attic along with her poems and journals.

In 2002 at a Book Club meeting, she confessed regret about not pursuing a career in writing. That’s all it took.  Her friends convinced her it wasn't too late. After giving it some thought, she decided they were right and took another writing course. Within a few months, her first article was published in Good Old Days Magazine. Since then, she’s had several articles published.
In 2006, Roseanne’s first book, Satin Sheets, was published and sold over 35,000 copies. Since then, she’s decided to go the way of the future – E-books.  She writes various types of romance – paranormal, contemporary, mystery and women’s fiction. Her heroines range from their early twenties to late seventies. Yes, seniors need love, too. 

Roseanne lives with her husband of more than fifty years, has six grown children, fourteen grandchildren and several great grandchildren. She spends her time between writing, quilting, and embroidering. She also enjoys blogging, tweeting, face-booking and posting on various writers’ groups and spending time with her family. 

Learn more about Roseanne Dowell’s books,
check out her website:www.roseannedowell.com
or her blog: http://roseannedowellauthor.blogspot.com/ 
Roseanne's page at Books We Love: http://bookswelove.net/authors/roseanne-dowell/# 










19 comments:

  1. Great book, so funny and true to life at the same time. Thanks for sharing this insight with us Roseanne, and thanks Val for hosting her!

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  2. I know from experience that love is certainly better the second time around. Your book sounds lovely. What a great idea.

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    1. That's wonderful, Tricia. You're very blessed

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  3. Sounds like a great story--love is for people of all ages!

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    1. I heard an older person say a long time ago - and it stuck with me for some reason - Just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there's no fire in the furnace." Now I know what it means.

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  4. Hi Roseanne,
    That is lovely that you based your story on your parents. That kind of personal involvement will always show up in your writing.

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    1. Thank you, Margaret. I so enjoyed writing this book and could picture my mother playing some of these jokes.

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  5. Loved this funny, endearing story with enough mystery and intrigue to satisfy the mystery lovers amongst us. A really fun read.

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    1. Thank you, Jude. It was a fun book to write.

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  6. I read this book a while ago and loved it. It's the right way to grow old.

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    1. Thank you, Shelia. Humor and laughter keeps you young.

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  7. What I loved most about this book was the fact that it did feature more mature characters and addressed problems that can arise for seniors. How they overcame it is what makes the story. Charming, sexy and a good read.

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    1. Thank you, Victoria, glad you called them mature characters and not old. LOL 70 isn't old. I think I heard recently that 60 was the new 40

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  8. A charming book about believable characters. Enjoyed every minute of it, and it's high time that older characters can be portrayed as still having hearts that still beat. :)

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    1. Thanks, Juliet. Just because we're older doesn't mean we don't have feelings.

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  9. Great post, Roseanne. After your articulate description, I must read this book! Hugs!

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  10. My very favorite of Ro's books! Though I have a feeling her current WIP, once completed, might tie with it. Speaking of older folks, wait till y'all meet Aunt Beatrice Lulu!

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    1. Thanks, Gail. t Aunt Beatrice Lulu was introduced in All in the Family.

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