Interview With Rosema Gonzales


Welcome to September and the third month of my bi-weekly interview series. I’m excited to share with you an interview of my good friend, talented writer, wonderful person, and wise woman: Rosema Gonzales from the Philippines. You can explore her blog at the following link: A Reading Writer .


Rosema
Rosema Gonzales

1. Rosema, Please Share With Us Some Things About Yourself?

I am my blog’s name: A Reading Writer. I read and write and in-between, eat cake and/or drink coffee.

I currently work for a small Public Relations firm as a Public Relations Associate and also a Public Relations Writer. I have a degree in journalism and I dream of becoming a news writer someday; a bonafide journalist. Although, I feel this goal could be a bit impossible, realistically speaking, but who knows?

When I’m not working, I’m blogging and writing. My blog, A Reading Writer , is my fortress and it has changed my writing-self dramatically. I used to only write book reviews and thoughts on books I was reading (wanted to read). Now, I write both poetry and fiction. I never thought I could write poetry or fiction until I joined the WordPress course: Writing 101, last year. Writing 101 changed my perspective on my writing abilities.

When I’m not writing or blogging, I have a thirst for reading. Mitch Albom is my  favorite author. I love all the novels I have, which Mitch Albom wrote, but it would take too long to name them all :D)

When I am not reading I am drinking a cuppa of dark coffee and wishing I could be eating cheesecake! 😀


2. When Did You First Start Writing and Blogging?

Technically, my first post was published on August 28, 2014, close to two-years-ago now. My first post was only the beginning of my ‘existence’ as a blogger. My ‘real’ more than existing as a blogger, began when I joined Writing 101 in September 2015. For me, this course offered by WordPress, somehow signaled the ‘rebirth’ of my A Reading Writer blog.


“My ‘real’ more than existing as a blogger, began when I joined Writing 101 in September 2015. For me, this course offered by WordPress, somehow signaled the ‘rebirth’ of my A Reading Writer blog.” – Rosema Gonzales


3. What Does Your Writing and Poetry Mean to You? Why Do You Write and Where Do You Find Your Inspiration and Motivation?

For me, writing is like breathing with words. No one can survive without breathing; that’s how vital writing and poetry are for me. My motivation and inspiration can come from anywhere. I had a writing piece which was inspired by a garbage truck once. Seriously! But the majority of my poetry and fiction are written while I’m riding the bus. I think my brain churns more when I’m commuting. Reading and music also inspire and motivate me, and have recently given birth to some unpublished poems, too. 🙂


4. Do You Find There Is A Time of Day You Most Enjoy Writing?

Hmmm. As I said before, I usually write on a bus so it’s either early morning or at night when  I write. Although, I think there is something about the silence and darkness of night that inspires more creative pieces as compared to when it’s daytime.


“For me, writing is like breathing with words. No one can survive without breathing; that’s how vital writing and poetry are form me. My motivation and inspiration can come from anywhere.” – Rosema Gonzales


5. Do You Have Any Current Writing Projects or Any Hopeful Writing Projects?

If hosting a writing challenge is a project then, I would say my most recent project called:  Word-High July has been my focus. #WordHighJuly featured thirty beautiful Filipino words as word prompts. Many poets and bloggers have written impeccable pieces inspired by these Filipino words such as halakhak, a noun which means loud uninhibited laughter, or kaulayai, a noun which means a pleasant and intimate companion. In terms of future projects, I’m dreaming of publishing my own poetry book in the future.


Below is an example of an image and word prompt used in Rosema’s #WordHighJuly writing challenge:


Pleasant Compnanion


6. Have You Published Any Of Your Writing Or Are You Planning to Publish Works of Writing In The Future? Can You Briefly Describe Your Publishing and Writing Process?

All my written works are published on WordPress only for the moment. It’s part of my future plan to publish them soon maybe on my own, because scouting for a publisher is a tough task. I’m still building up the courage to finally, begin writing my own book. 

Because I’m not even one step towards publishing my work beyond my blog, I think I’m not a good writer or blogger to describe the process of publishing my writing. HOWEVER, I have great blogging friends who have successfully published their books and I’m sure they will willingly help people who like me, will eventually need tips on the entire publishing process. I have been reading some online material about self-publishing. So, I have gathered a ton of information there.


7. What Is Your Writing Process Like?

I have an erratic writing process. I write anywhere and anytime, because story ideas sprout unexpectedly. There are times for instance, when I am just walking and I come across someone who I don’t know and a poem is born! It’s an unpredictable process so I always have my phone handy because it’s my stockroom for poetry and fiction.


” I have an erratic writing process. I write anywhere and anytime, because story ideas sprout unexpectedly.” – Rosema Gonzales


8. Do You Prefer Certain Areas of Writing or Reading Styles and/or Genres?

I prefer reading in bed. I’m a certified librocubicularist. 🙂

When it comes to reading genres, I love Young-Adult, Mystery, Thrillers, Contemporary Literature, Historical Fiction, Poetry, and Faith related books.When it comes to writing, my most chosen genre is Romance; love, and more so, unrequited love. I also write realistic fiction and about tragedy. My blog friend Mel, of In Media Res has been joking about putting a death toll counter in my blog. HAHA. I’m close to considering it !


9. Do You Have Any Helpful Advice for Other Writers?

First, I must say write for yourself not for anyone else. It is blissful to have many people follow and read your work, but it is unusual to have many followers and readers as a writer or blogger starting out. So, do not be discouraged by a lack of other people reading your writing; write for no one but yourself.

Second, I you cannot compare yourself to other writers. Other writers maybe talented but you are talented in your own way as well. Such as fingerprints, each author has their own individual perspective and niche in the writing world. So, be yourself; find your own voice and style, then improve on it.

Lastly, I believe you should always be the first person who believes in your characters, in your poems, in in all your writing. This advice, I often give myself, and is a lesson I’m still trying to learn.


10. Is There Anything Else You Want To Share With Us, Pertinent to Writing or Yourself?

Honestly, I’ve only just found my true writer-self. I think, this year is the first, I’ve finally embraced creative writing. My focus before this year, was on writing straight news, real-life nonfiction, becoming a genuine journalist. Now, I am loving what I’ve been discovering about myself through creative writing.

As well, it would not be possible for me to have had such personal growth through writing, if I did not have a great bunch of supportive and loving writers in the blogging community on WordPress. I would like to highlight the need for a friendly, honest, and interactive writing community.

Bloggers and writers (online and in general), need to be kind enough to read the work of the writers who read your own posts. Let’s be supportive enough to correct grammar mistakes or provide tips on how a writer can improve on his or her work. Leave thoughtful comments on other bloggers and writers posts.

I know life happens and we do not always have a lot of time. But if we have the time and make the time, we need to somehow harness the power of our words to encourage our fellow writers. High praises are not always needed, you can also give constructive criticism or disagree with what another writer wrote. What’s important is to let writers know how their work affects you, how you feel about their work.This is helpful, to all writers.

Writers should be the first to realize completely, the power of their words. I hope we can agree to use words to create an encouraging community. Let’s not underestimate the power of our comments. Comments on a writer’s work can change lives; I’m proof and I can testify to the truth of comments changing my own life and writing.


“I know life happens and we do not always have a lot of time. But if we have the time and make the time, we need to somehow harness the power of our words to encourage our fellow writers. High praises are not always needed, you can also give constructive criticism or disagree with what another writer wrote.” – Rosema Gonzales


11. Please Share With Us Some Pieces Of Your Fiction And Poetry:

“Writer’s Note”

No one,
nothing,
can take
my words
away
from me.

Break me,
confine me,
curse me,
abandon me,
my lines will bleed more
surely.

©2016 Rosemawrites@A Reading Writer. All Rights Reserved.


I would also like to share my first-ever fictional piece from Writing 101:


Thanks so much Rosema for filling out interview questions and writing them with your heart. It always comes through in your work, fiction, poetry, or talking about your favourite books. I’m encouraged you will make wonderful strides in creative writing and in your career aspirations.

Dreams are always possible, sometimes we only have to believe they can be a possibility!

Once again, here is the link to Rosema’s blog: A Reading Writer.


Many thanks for reading along in this bi-weekly interview series. If you would like to be interviewed and share about yourself and your writing aspirations, please let me know. You can reach-out to me through my Contact Page.


 

 

©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.

 

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53 thoughts on “Interview With Rosema Gonzales

    • mandibelle16 August 29, 2016 / 5:13 pm

      Thank you PJ. Glad you liked it. Rosema is a fascinating person to read about and a lovely person as well.

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  1. jacquelineobyikocha August 29, 2016 / 6:23 pm

    Rosema is one of my fave bloggers in this place. I enjoy her writing and she totally undermines her talent. Brilliant interview.

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  2. jademwong August 29, 2016 / 6:25 pm

    Amazing interview Mandi! Always a pleasure to learn about other bloggers, even more so when they’re a friend I admire! I learned a lot about Rosema thanks to this interview, and I love how her sincerity and compassion is so obvious through the words. Until next time :D!

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  3. clcouch123 August 29, 2016 / 6:41 pm

    Mandi,
    Thanks so much for posting this interview with Rosema. Rose’s observations and insights come through with even greater clarity due to your arranging and overall moderating.

    Rosema (https://areadingwritr.wordpress.com/),
    I’m happy to learn even more about you here. I often think of your composing on your long commute. I appreciate your being inspired by anything at any time. I try to keep from taking notes and driving at the same time. I trust through Mandi’s work your writing will be read by many more. Write on, sister!

    Christopher

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    • mandibelle16 August 29, 2016 / 6:51 pm

      I’m so happy you loved the interview. She’s a great friend. I can’t imagine how she writes such beautiful pieces on a crowded bus lol. My only thought when I’m on one is how long until I can get off : )

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    • rosemawrites August 29, 2016 / 11:34 pm

      I agree, brother! Mandi is one great interviewer. ❤

      It is fascinating to know that we both write when we're commuting. But hey, you should not type and drive! 😀 Maybe you can try voice typing app? 🙂

      Thanks again, brother!

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  4. kutukamus August 29, 2016 / 7:36 pm

    Then may the interviewer
    And the interviewee
    Be forever free 🙂

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    • mandibelle16 August 29, 2016 / 10:57 pm

      Thanks so much for stopping by. I’m sure Rosema appreciates it too!

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  5. rosemawrites August 29, 2016 / 11:36 pm

    Thank you very very much dear Mandi for featuring me and for interviewing me! ❤ You have been a great friend since our beginning and I am glad you stayed. You are one talented writer, too, don't you ever forget that! Thank youuuu again for this! Cheers!!!

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  6. hintstolifeblog August 30, 2016 / 2:40 am

    I love that you interview your followers, and connect with them!!I love your blog! It would mean the world if you checked out my blog and commented at hintstolifeblog.wordpress.com !! THANKYOUUU I just started so some tips would help.

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    • mandibelle16 August 30, 2016 / 2:44 am

      It’s a relatively knew thing I’ve been doing. You learn a lot about writing through other writers. I’ll take a look forsure 🙂

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  7. rosemawrites August 30, 2016 / 5:28 am

    Reblogged this on A Reading Writer and commented:
    I owe my two years of blogging to those lovely souls who never gave up on me! That includes my dear friend Mandi who has also interviewed me recently about writing, reading and blogging!

    Go show her some love! ❤

    P.S.
    Thanks again, my friend!

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  8. michnavs August 30, 2016 / 7:43 am

    What a wonderful way to share someone of great talent (like rosema) to the world…excellent interview to..

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  9. Melinda Kucsera August 30, 2016 / 9:14 pm

    are you really going to put a body counter on your blog Rosema? This is a wonderful interview. Kudos to Mandy and Rosema. And of course, any time you have publishing questions, I’ll answer them as best as I can. I’m working hard on mastering it over the next couple years 🙂

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  10. Deb Glover August 31, 2016 / 2:51 am

    I have always admired Rosema. I even dreamt of her once. That’s how much! I have learnt new things about her and it’s inspiring. I wish her the very best in her writing career.

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  11. GILDASPOEMS August 31, 2016 / 4:29 am

    Thanks for interview. So nice to read, and learn more about sweet and talented Rosema!

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  12. Kathleen Aherne (@CoolTweed) September 4, 2016 / 11:47 am

    Thanks for sharing this interview. Rosema is such a delightful young lady and I will go and read some of her writing. She mentioned that Mitch Albom was her favorite author. The third post in this link up is a review of one of Mitch Albom’s amazing books, he is so unique in his style. I will be interested to know if you have read this book.

    Kathleen
    Bloggers Pit Stop

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