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Book Interview: Me, Cinderella?

Aubrey Rose author of Me Cinderella

Aubrey Rose author of Me Cinderella

Interview with Aubrey Rose about Me, Cinderella?

Welcome Aubrey Rose, New York Times and USA Today best selling author of romance novels.

Hi Aubrey, how are you?

Aubrey Rose:

Doing great, thanks for having me for this interview!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

It is our pleasure to have you here today. I would like to get to know more about your recent novel Me Cinderella? Can you give us a brief overview about the story?

Aubrey Rose:

Sure thing! It’s a romance between a college student and a professor…before she knows who he is, she buys him a cup of coffee, and they fall in love immediately. They both have troubled pasts to work through, so it’s kind of a dark romance.

Charles Author’s Promoter

Interesting. Is there a large age gap between the professor and the college student?

Aubrey Rose:

He’s in his early thirties, she’s in her twenties. About ten years, I’d say.
My dad was ten years older than my mom, so I kind of saw that romantic dynamic growing up.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

So you had a frame of reference for your novel?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, it actually drew from my personal life quite a bit. Brynn (the main character) is hoping to go to Hungary to visit her mom’s grave. My dad passed away when I was young as well, and I’ve never been back to visit his grave in the country he died in. Part of the story was me working through some of those emotions.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Excellent, readers will find themselves being taken through some very real feelings and emotions. I love the title of the book: Me Cinderella? Does the story have a fairy tale feel to it?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, there are lots of references to fairy tales, especially Cinderella. The math professor turns out to be descended from Hungarian royalty, and when they first meet she gives him a false name, so he has to go searching for her. The allusions are hidden all through the story.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Beyond fairy-tale elements do we find any mild erotic elements in the book?

Aubrey Rose:

There is a sex scene at the end. It’s not as explicit as Fifty Shades of Gray, but this book is certainly not just a sweet romance. I actually got a review from someone saying there wasn’t enough hot sex in it, so take that for what it’s worth!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

We will. :) You mentioned the professor is descended from Hungarian royalty and working through some issues of his own. Can you elaborate? Are these two related?

Aubrey Rose:

Eliot was previously married to another woman. When he lived in Budapest, he was driving his wife and they were chased by paparazzi. He crashed the car and his wife died, so there is a lot of guilt hanging over his head because of that. He’s pretty much isolated himself from the world by the time we meet him in the story.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Is Elliot a stunner or your average Joe?

Aubrey Rose:

He’s very handsome, but he has scars all over his face and body from the accident. So he’s a damaged stunner.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

What about our main sweetheart Brynn?

Aubrey Rose:

She’s a curvy girl with a lot of insecurity. Her dad abandoned her after her mom died, and her stepsisters (heyo, Cinderella!) are much more beautiful. She’s not used to a lot of attention from guys, but I think she’s very beautiful.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Would you say there is some Beauty and the Beast elements to the story?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, and the “castle in Hungary” setting certainly adds to that. She’s the one who brings him out of his shell and teaches him that he can love again.

Charles Author’s Promoter

Wow, I am rather intrigued, I see quite a few elements of a great story here. Would I be correct in saying that the story also has a sprinkle of Fifty Shades of Grey due to the age difference and the royalty element which I am assuming leads us to some level of wealth?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, it’s a Cinderella story after all! Brynn is a poor girl but Eliot isn’t one to flaunt his wealth.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Would you elaborate a little more on the Cinderella elements of the story?

Aubrey Rose:

I used a few elements of the older Cinderella legends. She has a tree in the backyard that she speaks to as though it were her mother, and the “evil stepmother” is mentioned a few times, although the sequel will have more of them. The structure of the story is all Cinderella – the prince sweeping the poor girl away to a castle – but it’s somewhat inverted, as Brynn is more of an intellectual than a princess.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

It is clearer now, especially considering the other sisters you mentioned earlier. Elliot is also quite the intellectual I assume being a professor. Does their level of intellect play an important part in the story?

Aubrey Rose:

I was a math major, and so there is definitely a lot more math in the story than you’d expect! I wrote one of the scenes about using love as an equivalence relation…they go through how love is transitive, symmetric, and reflexive. However, you definitely don’t need to be a math person to understand what they’re saying. I tried very hard to make the math accessible to the average reader!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

For making the math accessible to the average reader, I personally thank you. I did have a T-shirt once that said something about love being Math. I think you took it a little further. :) Does their intellectual connection help them bridge other issues in the story?

Aubrey Rose:

It’s actually the thing that keeps them apart! Brynn wins a math internship in Budapest that Eliot oversees, so they are forced to keep their distance from each other. But yes, they definitely share a connection because of their love of math, and that’s expanded on more in the upcoming sequel.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

So the Professor is from a Royal family and whisks our little princess to his castle. I must ask; does he have a flat screen TV?

Aubrey Rose:

Haha, no. They’re both more book people than TV people. He does have a piano, and they bond over their love of Erik Satie.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

What I guess I am asking is: are the main characters real twenty first century people with normal lives or is the castle bare of all technology?

Aubrey Rose:

I tried to make the castle timeless. That setting contrasts highly with the tech-heavy setting on the college campus where they first meet. So no, no TVs, nothing like that.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

There is a wedge between the characters with Brynn’s internship; how does this play out?

Aubrey Rose:

Eliot ends up realizing that the divide between them is more of his own construction than anything else. It’s a convenient excuse for him not to let himself hope for love. So as the story progresses, he ends up letting go of that excuse.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Do we totally hate the step-mother or do we get to know her?

Aubrey Rose:

We don’t actually meet her in this book; we just see Brynn’s perspective. I’m hoping to get to know her more later on, and hopefully they can reconcile a bit.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Excellent and do we come across any pumpkin carriage or glass slipper like elements? Does our Cinderella have a fairy god-mother?

Aubrey Rose:

The glass slipper is Brynn’s math assignment. Since she gives Eliot a fake name, he has to match her handwriting from the internship test with the homework he steals from the math department.

No fairy godmother, although Brynn’s grandmother is a sympathetic character.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Clever.
Do we fall in love with Brynn or is she the character most readers envy?

 Aubrey Rose:

She’s too insecure for us to envy her; I hope readers will fall in love with her character!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Excellent so we find ourselves cheering her on and whilst I am sure some readers would love to wear her glass slipper they are still happy for her. Is that a correct assumption?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, that’s my hope!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

You have received a lot of great feedback about your book and it has done very well. Your box set with other amazing author also seems to have gone through the roof. To what do you attribute your success?

Book Me, Cinderella? by author Aubrey Rose

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Aubrey Rose:

I’ve been self-publishing for two years now, but it’s the writing communities I belong to that have made me succeed. They’re full of such smart and caring people. I would never have succeeded half as much without being able to ask for their help and advice.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

So your novels are created with reader feedback along the way?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, I send my finished drafts out to 5-10 different people to beta read.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Wow, this seems to be becoming a common theme and I believe EL James took a similar approach. Are you an avid reader yourself Aubrey?

Aubrey Rose:

Yes, although my favorite genres to read are actually literary fiction and scifi. Romance is much more fun for me to write, though, I’ve found.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

You mentioned you have been self-publishing for over two years, a lot of readers hold back from purchasing books from self-published authors in fear of grammatical mistakes and poor quality writing. I have read a few samples of your work and do not find that to be the case. So I have to ask how come your work is so well polished?

Aubrey Rose:

I tutor grammar as part of my job, and I have a few people read over my work for typos before I publish it. I try to make my books as polished as they would be if they went through a traditional publisher.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

From what I saw, your mission is accomplished. I believe your grasp of the English language especially as a Grammar Tutor might be why what I read was flawless.

Some self-published authors do not put as much effort into perfecting their work prior to publishing. Do you believe this gives dedicated self-published authors a bad rep?

Aubrey Rose:

Well, even Fifty Shades had mistakes in it. As long as it doesn’t detract from the reading and you have a good story, readers will enjoy it. Sure, there are a lot of bad self-published books, but they usually have bad covers to go along with them, so you can tell before you buy!

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Don’t judge a book ONLY by the cover! However as you put it you can get a general idea of the level of effort that went into the book.

Me Cinderella sounds like an utterly lovable romance; what else have you written that our readers might enjoy?

Aubrey Rose:

I just finished a couple of novellas that follow a werewolf romance! It’s my first venture into the paranormal and I had an absolute BLAST writing them. The first two are called Blind Wolf and Perfect Mate.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

What’s next? More werewolves or more Cinderella?

Aubrey Rose:

Maybe one more werewolf, but I’m halfway done with the sequel to Me, Cinderella? already.

That manuscript is being sent off to my literary agent to see if I can get a decent traditional deal.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

I have to ask. Why would you go down the traditional route? Especially now that you have established yourself as an indie author?

Aubrey Rose:

I’m not sure that I would do traditional publishing unless it’s a great deal. But unfortunately, trad publishing is just about the only way to see your book in bookstores or in certain foreign countries. I’d love to take a print-only deal for Me, Cinderella.

Charles Author’s Promoter:

Aubrey you have been utterly delicious. I would like to thank you for joining us here today and ask you if you think there is anything else that you would really like our readers to know about your recent release Me, Cinderella? and other upcoming works.

Aubrey Rose:

Nope, just a big thank you to my readers!

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