Rosalyn McMillan is a dedicated wife and devoted mother of four, and grandmother of five, who is currently surviving both rheumatoid arthritis and Alopecia Totalis, a disease that causes bodily hair loss. Rosalyn worked as a sewing machine operator at Ford Motor Company for nineteen years before medically retiring. She used the challenges in her own life as inspiration to become a successful novelist. Rosalyn loves to research newsworthy stories and use them as sub-plots in her real-life novels.
Her first novel, Knowing, debuted as a highly successful initial achievement. Knowing sold over 70,000 hardcover copies and over 400,000 paperbacks. It was a national best-seller and charted admirably on many book lists.
Rosalyn then followed the success of her first book with One Better, then Blue Collar Blues, The Flip Side of Sin. This Side of Eternity was Rosalyn’s fifth novel; the plot centered around the sanitation workers strike in 1968.
Rosalyn remains a loyal student of her profession by reading two to three hundred books a year. She feels that it’s imperative for an author to keep abreast of the New York Times best-sellers as well as fresh voices of fiction.
Currently, she lives in Memphis, TN, with her husband, John, where they relax fishing in their stocked pond.
Some of her favorite authors are John Sanford, Alice Walker, Maya Angelou, John Grisham, Toni Morrison, Eric Jerome Dickey, Kimberla Lawson-Roby and Terry McMillan.
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One on One with Rosalyn
Q. Rosalyn what made you choose to enter the literary industry?
A. I was always an avid reader, and so when my sister, Terry's, success in Waiting to Exhale became a phenomenon, I chose to enter the field, too.
Q. What relief, if any, does writing provide for you?
A. I've always been very creative. Writing lets me expound on several subject matters and plots that constantly bombard my mind.
Q. What do you want readers to get from reading your books?
A. Enlightened about a subject. They get inspiration and motivation. I also want them to feel the emotion that my characters feel.
Q. How many books have you written? Name them.
A. Seven. We Ain't the Brontes, Midnight Pawn, Knowing, One Better, Blue Collar Blues, The Flip Side of Sin, and This Side of Eternity
Q. You haven't been on the literary scene in a while. Why? What was the deciding factor for your return?
A. I couldn't get a contract. I was blacklisted. My return happened because a publisher decided to take a chance on me.
Q. What future plans do you foresee in your literary career.
A. I see myself as a New York Times best-selling author, and as a publisher of e-books.
Q. Is this book based on true events?
A. Some. Like Charity in the book, I couldn't get a contract and had to sell my house. The rest is fictional.
Q. What advice can you offer to aspiring writers?
A. Be consistent in your work habits. Work it like a nine to five job. Do your homework about writing fiction or non-fiction. Take Creative Writing and Advanced Creative Writing classes.
Q. Where do your story ideas come from?
A. From the newspaper and the nightly news. I also get story ideas from my friends who want me to tell their unique story.
Q. What is your definition of success in the literary industry?A. Making the New York Times best-seller list and commanding a large fee for speaking engagements
About the Book
The relationship between Charity Evans and her sister Lynzee Lavender brings new meaning to the term “sibling rivalry.” Lynzee writes science fiction, and her New York Times bestseller status gets her into A-list parties and fattens her bank account. She can’t stand the fact that Charity is a published author too, though she swears that Charity is nowhere near as good.
It seems like the publishing industry might agree, because Charity is having trouble getting her contract renewed. Is it possible that Lynzee has had her blacklisted? With her savings dwindling, Charity struggles to pay her bills, and the pressure is putting incredible strain on her marriage. Things only get worse when Lynzee drops a bomb: she reveals that Charity’s husband is the father of a child she gave up for adoption years ago.
Charity’s life goes into a tailspin as she struggles with the shocking news. Should she tell her husband about the child he never knew he had, or would that be more drama than their already fragile marriage can handle? Charity chooses to fight back against her sister in a very creative way, but the fallout from all this drama might leave plenty of casualties in its wake.
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Charity and her sister Lynzee are both writers but instead of having each others’ backs, they are at constant odds in more ways than one. Charity, inspired to write because of her sister’s great success, hopes to gain the respect and support of Lynzee, a successful, millionaire, bestselling New York Times author. Instead of finding support from Lynzee, Charity is faced with blackmail, kept secrets and being blacklisted in the literary industry, by none other than her sister.
We Ain’t the Brontes is more than a book about sibling rivalry, it reveals the depths of jealousy, deception, anger, betrayal, and non-forgiveness. It shows that your worst enemy isn’t always on the outside looking in, they can be as close as the air you breathe - and true friendship can come from the most unlikeliest sources.
It's good to have Rosalyn McMillan back on the literary scene with We Ain't the Brontes.
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