Paige Love-Rose Interview – Writing Literally Saved My Life
Paige Love-Rose describes herself as an urban novelist, painter, graffiti artist, and closet singer.
Sam Hunter: Welcome Paige Love-Rose, thanks for sitting down with me and UrbanFiction.org
Paige Love-Rose: Oh, yeah. Of course! Thank you for having me here Mr. Hunter.
Sam: So let’s get straight to it, Urban Fiction, what’s drawn you to this genre of writing?
Paige: I think everyone has a personal dialogue. You know that little voice that’s inside your head? I used to read things like Harry Potter, Danielle Steele, Stephan King and Dean Koontz. That is weird right? The dialogues in those books didn’t match the voice in my head and neither could I relate to the characters. I learned and informed myself about different genres and I just started to write what I could relate to.
Sam: What do you think influenced that dialogue in your head?
Paige: When I was a little kid I was a contestant on so many beauty pageants for little girls and talent searches. I would win almost every year. I was so unhappy. Because I didn’t fit in. I remember one day I stood on stage to get a trophy for best hair and people were screaming racial things at me. Repeating the words would be too painful. I cried so bad that day. I also used to get bullied in school. And it wasn’t verbal bullying it was physical bullying. The girls would pull and yank at my hair and steal my things. I was bummed because the little jewelry that was on me was all I had. Eating in the bathroom and hiding was normal for me. I was a little nerd so I didn’t understand why this was happening. The bullying got so bad that I cut all my hair off and gave it to the girls. I thought it would make it stop. I tried to go back to pageants and I lost every time because I didn’t have any hair. Then I was dealing with a parent who’d played basketball overseas in the past, he had a drug problem. There was denial and he constantly avoided it. He became a DJ and so many women loved him. And he didn’t know how to live selflessly and think of other people. He was never around and never said “I love you”. I felt like nobody wanted me and I felt so alone. And I read a lot to get rid of that feeling. I started to get anxiety attacks, and I didn’t know how to control them.
Sam: I can’t imagine how tough that was for you. How did you move forward from that?
Paige: I met a mentor that was a huge hip-hop fan. He was such a cool person. And he taught me about music and poetry. He loved Tupac and told me about this really cool poem called the rose that grew from the concrete. He was like “I’m gon’ call you little Rose”. It was so funny and he was such a supportive person. I heard his voice in my head when I said that. I look back and think, wow I’m still here. Because I once asked myself why am I still here if nobody loves me? But me wondering if I could be like one of those poets that I love so much kept me here. It also made those ugly feelings go away. Art is such a powerful thing.
Sam: So you’d characterize this as a defining moment in your life?
Paige: My mentor’s support and getting into writing literally saved my life.
They wanted me to lie about my age.
Sam: So what’s your philosophy moving forward?
Paige: I go by one of my favorite sayings “live, love laugh”. It’s that simple and understanding. That’s what I want to do and that’s exactly what I’m doing. It’s such a beautiful feeling.
Sam: You’re already published, give me a quick run through of your works to date.
Paige: Yes, I wrote a short story in high school called “Ghetto Princess” that isn’t major. It was just a quick share. My first book was called “Beauty”. I also wrote for a couple of novels as a ghost writer, so the books aren’t published under my name. I can’t name the books because of confidentiality, but two of them are doing very good right now, making a lot of money. The name of the author does make a difference.
Sam: Why did you decide to self-publish?
Paige: It was random. In 2011 I published my first novelette. It was just supposed to be for my friends, family and people who were a part of the poetry community. I thought it would be such a good idea and I thought it would be fun. Then a year later someone from a major traditional publishing company contacted me. I’m not going to say the name of the company because I don’t like throwing people under the bus. They wanted me to be a teen sensation. I was a teenager at the time. I was nineteen. They wanted me to lie about my age and say that I was sixteen. And they also wanted me to change the nationality of the main character. They wanted me to change and make an image for myself that I wasn’t down for. I didn’t want to conform and be someone that I didn’t want to be. Also, I was problematic because I read the contract and didn’t understand why I was going to get paid so little. I turned it down. I was too rebellious. It’s funny, they didn’t want to deal with me anyways. There was a catch twenty-two. Then I was always approached by indie urban publishing companies. It was always like “I’m looking for a young hot sexy new author, your appearance with help us sell more books.” Then there were times nobody gave me a chance because they felt I wasn’t capable of being a good writer, although they never read my work. Other times people were pressuring me to do things I didn’t want to do just for a contract. I never did it but the pressure was there. I was that girl that legit said “No, I’m not going to do that.” That’s when people walked away from me. That pressure was coming from men and women. It sucks. I went in the industry as a naive young person. I thought that it was all about the work but that wasn’t it. It’s such an evil place and you have to have rhino skin to survive. I feel that self- publishing fits me. I have one hundred percent control over my work and I can be myself.
Sam: Okay, a couple of quick fire questions so people can get a sense of what you like.
Paige: Okay. Shoot.
Sam: Favorite book or author?
Paige: Now that’s hard. I can tell you my favorite genre of books. I like thriller, sci-fi, horror, romance, street lit / urban fiction and urban contemporary fiction.
Sam: Favorite film?
Paige: I have so many favorite films. Harry Potter, Jason’s Lyric. It varies. I love Vincent Price movies. I like scary, adventure and romance. Comedies are everything.
Sam: If you were going on vacation tomorrow, where would you be going?
Paige: I would go anywhere where there is an ocean with clear blue water.
Sam: Have you won any awards for your writing?
Paige: Nothing yet for my novel. Maybe in the future. Thinking back to 2005, what is memorable for me, was winning a silver medal for an essay. It was given to me by the Mayor of Boston, Thomas Menino. There was a bunch of us who got it. It was such a surreal feeling. Menino was such a cool person. He had a sense of humor on him. I remember him saying before giving out the medals “Everyone thinks I’m here to support the winners this afternoon, but I’m really just here for the sandwiches.” I started entering more contests and wining money. I was like, okay I think I want to do this for the rest of my life.
Sam: So, your novel, “The Other Side”. Give me the elevator pitch – meaning how you would convince someone to read your book if you only had twenty seconds with them while riding the elevator.
Paige: It’s about a woman that was corrupted by her past. What corrupted her was the way people treated her and getting put in a situation that she didn’t ask for. So, she decided to take that out on everyone she meets. She views the world as a playground and everyone else is beneath her. Then she meets someone that actually loves her and sees past her craziness. She eventually messes up and she starts to experience karma. This is the first time I heard about a man being the good one. It’s nothing like anything that I’ve written before. And it’s a verse novel, so I got to use poetry. People will love it. It’s different.
Sam: Great, and it’s on sale now?
Paige: Yes, available on Amazon.
Sam: Okay, we’ll stick the links in for everyone who wants to grab a copy. And I just want to throw a reminder out there for all the readers to support authors with reviews once you’re done reading. Okay, carrying on, where did the idea for The Other Side come from?
Paige: This is funny. I was already working but I got a Facebook message from someone who read my poetry online somewhere. She told me that she wanted me to write her story through poetry and well, yay! That’s what happened. It’s a good story. There is so much pain and anger in this story. When you read the first line you can feel her anger. I worked really hard to channel her voice in the poetry.
Sam: It’s been great sitting down with you and I hope you’ll do us the honor of coming back in a few months to update us on how things are going?
Paige: Yes. I’m open to that. I’m also on social media, but readers should know I’m not very good with it. I never really check my messages or notifications. So stick with me! I’ll post random music, books or articles. You can always see what I’m up to there. It was great sitting down with you. Hope you enjoy the rest of your day.
Books from Paige Love-Rose
More places to find Paige Love-Rose
Join Urban Fiction’s biggest conversation in the forums.https://www.urbanfiction.org/paige-love-rose-interview/https://www.urbanfiction.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Paige-Love-Rose.jpghttps://www.urbanfiction.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Paige-Love-Rose-150x150.jpgInterviewsBeauty,Ghetto Princess,Paige Love-Rose,The Other SidePaige Love-Rose describes herself as an urban novelist, painter, graffiti artist, and closet singer. Sam Hunter: Welcome Paige Love-Rose, thanks for sitting down with me and UrbanFiction.org Paige Love-Rose: Oh, yeah. Of course! Thank you for having me here Mr. Hunter. Sam: So let’s get straight to it, Urban Fiction, what’s drawn you to...Sam HunterSam Hunter[email protected]AdministratorFounder of UrbanFiction.org and supporter of all urban fiction authors. Author of the Makaveli’s Prince books. His first novel, Book One, was described by Street Literature as a “true tribute to hip-hop” and weaves a thrilling ride through some of hip-hop’s darkest secrets. You won’t be able to put his books down. They're packed with conspiracy, drama and often centered on strong female characters. You’re in for a ride. All his books are on Amazon Kindle and Google Play Books.UrbanFiction.org