Today we’re joined by Rose Titus. Rose is an author whose novella, “Night Home,” was released by Bathory Gate Press and is available through Amazon, Smashwords, and Barnes & Noble online. Rose tends to write mostly horror and has a regular feature in Blood Moon Rising, an online horror magazine. My thanks to her for taking the time to participate in this interview.
Please, tell us about your art.
I am a writer, but not a full time writer, I have a day job to support myself since I don’t make much from writing … like most writers and artists! Anyway, I’ve had short stories published in literary magazines such as Lost Worlds, Lynx Eye, Bog Gob, Wicked Wheels, Weird Terrain, Blood Moon Rising, The Dead River Review, Mausoleum, and many others… I have a regular feature in Blood Moon Rising called “The Rose Files,” which is basically “True Scary Stories From Life.” My novella “Night Home” has recently been published with Bathory Gate Press and is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble .com, and Smash Words. I write mainly fantasy and horror fiction, but also since I’ve had the experience of restoring a classic car I’ve had articles published in antique car magazines as well. I also consider the old car project sort of a creative endeavor, by the way.
What inspires you?
Everything … every small thing that occurs in life is an inspiration. Every little thing in life has significance, even if most people fail to notice.
What got you interested in your field? Have you always wanted to be an artist?
I’ve always loved to read, but while reading someone else’s story or book, I often found myself saying, ‘I could have done this better.’
Do you have any kind of special or unique signature, symbol, or feature you include in our work that you’d be willing to reveal?
Not really, but perhaps you would like to refer to my Author Rose Titus Facebook page.
What advice would you give young aspiring artists?
It sound like a cliché, but, “don’t quit your day job, kid.” Work all day, do creative stuff at night. Stay sober, don’t get into drugs. Too many creative people go down that path. It leads to nowhere. And just because you’re talented is no guarantee you’ll be famous overnight.
Where on the spectrum do you identify?
Have you encountered any kind of ace prejudice or ignorance in your field? If so, how do you handle it?
I am aware that there is so much horrible ignorance out there, and the stories I have heard from others, threats of rape, threats of death … I just don’t tell very many people. I let people believe I’m nothing but a tragic spinster … with a cat. I’d rather they simply just pity me than waste my time trying to explain. I don’t anticipate many people of my personal acquaintance will be aware of the “Asexual Artist” project since very few people (in real life) that I associate with are even aware that asexuality exists, and probably won’t see this online anyway … 🙂 That is, I don’t anticipate many people of my acquaintance will even notice this, so go ahead and put it on your website, girl … (Oh heck, most people in my life don’t even know I had a book published because they will say, ‘you write about vampires! Eeek!’ and wave crosses at me!)
What’s the most common misconception about asexuality that you’ve encountered?
That we don’t exist, that we have no emotions, that we can’t be creative because of the myth that creativity “comes from the sex drive” – maybe for some people it does, but creativity can exist on its own, also … plus the usual stupid stuff, ‘you just need a good rape to straighten you out,’ etc. People are terribly uneducated, so this is why these projects are important.
What advice would you give to any asexual individuals out there who might be struggling with their orientation?
Just be yourself, don’t worry about trying to be like everyone else. And be careful who you tell. People can be a lot stupider and more vicious than a lot of young people realize.
Finally, where can people find out more about your work?
Please look up Blood Moon Rising magazine online (http://bloodmoonrisingmagazine.com/index.html) to see some of my work – it’s a great online horror magazine that’s been around for about ten years with a lot of good writing. Please look for my book on Amazon. And if you would like, please visit my author Facebook page.
Thank you so much Rose for participating in this interview and this project. It’s very much appreciated.