Pageonelit.com: Where did you grow up and
was reading and writing a part of your life? Who were your earliest
influences and why?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: I grew up in Lackawanna,
NY, a city right next to Buffalo, NY on the southern end. I have
always been an avid reader, spending most of my evenings either
buried in a book or holed up in my room writing poems and updating
my journal. I started reading as soon as I was taught and I still
haven't stopped yet. My mother has been my largest influence
in all the creative things I did. She is a retired Educational
Administrator from the Lackawanna School District, but she loves
language and shared that love with me as I grew up. Being an
avid reader herself, she always knew of interesting authors for
me to read. One of my all time favorites was Taylor Caldwell,
a woman from Buffalo, NY, though I didn't know it until after
I'd already become a fan. I read tons of Stephen King during
my teenage years because I've always loved supernatural and spiritual
avenues of all kinds, whether it be books, movies, religious
venues; all things like that.
Pageonelit.com: Tell us about your Vampire
series which includes Search For A Soul, A
Matter Of Conscience and Spiritual
Vengeance. What makes your Vampire characters/stories
different from others?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: With the Moral Vampire
Series I chose a main character, the worst type of being I could
envision and used him to teach others how true it is that it
doesn't matter how bad you've been or what you've done, all the
kind and right things in life are still there for you. That's
why it's called the Moral Vampire Series. Other vampire books
and series deal with the angst in the mere
existence of living such an existence, but in this series I have
brought together not only vampires and humans, but Catholic priests,
angels, and a witch. And I've had good vamps and bad vamps who
fought to destroy each other and the people around them. All
the books in this series are filled with ideas about growth and
spiritual development for the reader to lock into as they read
through a fictional story. The reactions have been more than
I could hope for.
Pageonelit.com: What is it about the Vampire
character that has been so appealing to readers and writers?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: The unknown; the mystery;
the dark side we all share and wrestle with in our own existences.
Pageonelit.com: Tell us about NOAH'S GARDEN -
Rosemarie E. Bishop:"Noah's
Garden" does the same thing as the Moral Vampire
Series, but on a level of fantasy to appeal to children and young
adults while getting the same message across. In this case, the
main character is a dog who loves to do all the bad things
a dog does, like run away, tear up the neighbor's garbage, trapse
through the swamps. This story involves animals, faeries, mythical
creatures, and new terrors. Throughout the story the reader is
given lessons in life in a normal, fictional way that will make
them think, but not feel they're being preached to I've had ten
year olds who were doing book reports on it ask me to go to school
with them the day their report is due. And I've had adults read
it and love it, then thank me for writing it.
Pageonelit.com: Why do you write?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: That's a loaded question?
Why do I breathe? Why do I meditate? Why do I walk through the
woods or sit in the middle of a lake in a boat where no one can
find me? Writing is healthy. I haven't met an author who would
ever say different. It helps release tensions and pent up emotions,
pent up frustrations. I write this "fiction with a message"
because I am constantly discussing these same issues about religious
and cultural differences and spiritual issues with people everywhere
I go. At least in a book format, those messages will reach more
people that I may never meet. I am a Reiki Master/Teacher/Healer,
so I am constantly discussing these subjects with my students
and patients because it is so important to keep our souls settled.
That's the foundation of the healing process. Writing, for me,
is one of the ways I keep my soul settled.
Pageonelit.com: What has been your feedback
from readers?What do they say to you about their interpretations
of your books? What do they like about the book?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: The feedback has always
been of gratitude for the messages they picked out while reading
my books. I haven't run across anyone at this point who didn't
get the gist of what I was doing in each book. I've felt very
grateful myself to know that these books are accomplishing what
I set out to have them do. What do they like about the book?
In the Moral Vampire Series, my readers have been surprised to
learn that they are not preachy as they might have expected.
They like the scenery, discriptions, things I do to pull them
in and hold them captive. Readers love that feeling. In "Noah's Garden", the folks who
read it are always concerned about Tolebit, the little sprite,
for a very good reason. It's quite endearing, actually.
Pageonelit.com: Are you working on a follow
up? Or something totally different?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: I am currently working
on an entirely new book entitled "Mrs.
Pope" which is about a woman who is many things.
She is a white witch, or wiccan, a Reiki Healer, born American
but lives on an island in Canada, is friends with some of the
members of the Ojibway First Nation, not so friendly with others,
and she is very intuitive. As all of my other books do, this
story combines beliefs and cultures, including faeries and angels,
Pageonelit.com: What was the last book you read?
Rosemarie E. Bishop: I am currently reading
a book called "My Road to the Sundance"
by Manny Twofeathers. Before that, I finished reading
the first three books of the Left Behind Series. I'm always looking
for books about different cultures, ideals, or beliefs.
Pageonelit.com: Do you have any hobbies?
What are they? (Your website mentions you are an avid activists
in animal rights).
Rosemarie E. Bishop: Gardening, playing
piano, creating promotional materials to help other authors.
I also do Faery Card Readings when I'm asked because people are
always looking for supernatural answers to their daily life issues.
And I work part time as the Assistant Animal Control Officer
in the town where I live.
Animals in my life are another method of keeping
my sanity in tact. My husband and I currently house a rabbit,
two cats, two Samoyed, and, my husband's favorite, a small Shih
Tsu/Poodle Mix that he just adores. She is his fishing buddy,
his shopping pal, his drive-around-town-and-visit-people companion.
Animals in our lives bring a new source of love that it would
be difficult to find elsewhere.
We have adopted humpback whales off the coast of Cape Cod and
wolves in Ipswich, MA.because of our fascination with wildlife.
My personal concern for all animals, domestic and wild alike,
is what led me to accept the part-time position of Assistant
Animal Control Officer. Animals embody life energy just like
everything else does, just like we do. They have feelings. They
experience emotions. They get sick. And they bring such joy and
companionship into the lives of their keepers, that it is a terrible
injustice to think of them as something we can abuse, neglect,
ignore, or mistreat the way so many people do, not only to the
animals but to each other. Animals teach us so much from their
actions and activities. Study the life of a pack of wolves and
see how much human beings still have to learn about interacting
with each other.