Interview With The Author: Robert Roseth


John Dwaine McKenna


Our interview today is with an author whose self-published debut, Ivy Is A Weed, is reviewed in MBR No. 417.

Thanks for agreeing to an interview with Mysterious Book Report, Mr. Roseth.  Our readers and fans are eager to hear your thoughts, writing tips and opinions, so lets begin.  Our first question is:

Why do you write?

I started writing my first novel when I retired at age 65.  For a long time I dreamed of writing longform fiction. I like the feeling of creating characters and then watching what they do. It is magical.

 Where do you write?

 I write in my son’s former bedroom which has become my office.

What do you write about?

My first novel was based on some of the experiences I had when I worked at a university. My second novel started with me wondering, What goes on in the mind of a person with dementia?

Are any of your characters autobiographical?

I think all characters are based to some degree on people we know. So yes, the protagonist had a job similar to mine. As for his personality, it is quite different.

When do you write?

I try to write in the morning. When I’m in gear, I have a goal of writing at least 1,000 words a day, a goal I usually meet.

Who’s your favorite author?

One of my favorites is Ann Patchett, for her writing and also for her independent book store, Parnassus Books. 

Do you plot-outline or wing it?

I tried outlining, but when I brought my characters to life on the page they refused to conform to my instructions.  They have a life of their own.

Do you use humor in your work?

My first novel was an unusual creature, a funny mystery. Many of the scenes, characters, and even the titles for people at work were satirical. 

Do you have any other comments, suggestions, tips, anecdotes, quotes or inspirational material you’d like to share?

It took me until I was 65 to realize I had something to say. So you’re never too old. But remember: Writing is easy.  Editing is hard. 

Where could you be reached on the World Wide Web?

Thx again for your insights and expertise, and for taking time out to speak with our audience today.  Please keep us in your contacts list and let the MBR know about your next literary project.


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Robert M. Roseth

Robert Roseth was raised in the Chicago area and moved to Seattle in 1977. He holds a bachelor’s degree from MIT in political science and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. He worked at the University of Washington from 1977 to 2015, starting as a science writer and becoming director of the campus news office in 1984. Ivy is a Weed is his first novel.