🗣️ Come listen to — or watch — Episode 18 of my podcast, 12 Minutes (or less!) with the Author. In this episode, Rose J. Fairchild, author of multiple dark tales, talks about her latest work in progress that she is posting on Patreon (a fae romantasy), why she is drawn to writing darker stories, and what’s coming in the future. A transcript and link to the Spotify podcast episode are below. The podcast is also on YouTube (video below).
Episode 18, on Spotify: https://spotifyanchor-web.app.link/e/tbXYDJFK2Fb
This podcast episode is also available on YouTube. Find it here: https://youtu.be/Gd7zay-CCdM
Find Rose J. Fairchild and Her Work:
- Author Website: https://www.rosejfairchild.com/
- Patreon (a fae romantasy, A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow, is being released in chapters): https://www.patreon.com/user?u=105837729
- Find more of Rose’s work on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/stores/author/B08L8T5TXH/allbooks
- TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@rosejfairchild
- Twitter (X): https://twitter.com/rosejfairchild
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/rose.fairchild.96
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/rosejfairchild
My Review of They Walk Among Us: Malarkey’s ImaginOmnibus #1 on Goodreads — the first several paragraphs are dedicated to Rose’s short story contribution, Other: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/123017968-they-walk-among-us
My Review of chapters 1 – 13 of A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow on Amazon (before Rose switched to Patreon): https://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-reviews/RBP9MAWMOOKLX
About A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow, by Rose J. Fairchild
Cast out for her ability to expose true colors, Aura is on the run after a last-straw incident with her mother. She longs to disappear and escape past mistakes as much as she craves acceptance. Then, a chance encounter and a new mission bring her face to face with her past, though it isn’t what she thought. And now, its future lies with Aura, herself, if she can face her fears, shatter the cage she’s fallen into, and embrace the light within. New episodes every Monday and Friday!
Welcome to 12 Minutes (or less!) with the Author. I’m your host, T.L. Brown, but you can call me Tracy. Let’s get started.
T.L. Brown: Hey everyone! Today I’m joined by the lovely Rose J. Fairchild, author of multiple dark tales, and we’re going to talk about her latest work in progress that she is SHARING while she writes it, A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow.
Rose is a dark fantasy author who writes stories of blood and beauty, gifting fangs and claws to those who need them most. She juggles writing around family, pets, and a library job in the mysterious Catskill Mountains of Upstate New York, where all things magical (and sometimes terrible) live. She’s previously had short stories published in anthologies by Fae Corps Publishing and Malarkey’s ImaginOmnibus. She is currently working on too many projects to count.
Welcome, Rose. I am such a huge fan, and I am delighted that you are making time for us today.
Rose J. Fairchild: Hi, Tracy. Thank you so much for having me. I’m so excited to be here and talk about my little baby in progress.
T.L. Brown: Awesome. Let’s get started. First of all, this right here [points to an image on screen] is this beautiful A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow, and it can be found on Patreon, which is really one of the things that I want to talk about today — because it’s exciting! You’re writing an adult dark fantasy novel with fae — or fairy — creatures and other magical beings as your characters. Initially, those chapters were being released on Kindle Vella, but now you offer readers a more intimate way to connect with you as you write it and release it on your own Patreon account.
Could you tell us about the story you are writing and why you chose to share it with readers one chapter at a time?
Rose J. Fairchild: I decided to share it one chapter at a time because it is a work in progress. It came to me as an image of a fairy dripping colors from her hands — like a rainbow of color. I happened to share a little bit on Instagram. I had a handful of chapters that I’d written, and there was interest. I decided to share it as I went along and, essentially, earn some alpha readers along the way. You guys are my literal alpha readers on this story!
The story, itself, centers around a character named Aura, who exposes true colors with her touch. That is her power. She views it more as a curse because she’s always changing things and exposing people and things for what they really are. It’s earned her some ire over her lifetime, including from her mother. After a particularly turbulent incident when she thought she had things under control — with her mother — she ends up on the run. It’s her default. She runs every time she changes something.
We find her on the run, and she meets some interesting characters. She’s basically trying to be invisible and failing. She meets a special friend who rescues her — a bird. I love him.
There’s a shadowy male she allows to seduce her while she’s on the run. And then she ends up being…I don’t quite want to say captured but persuaded to go along with a very decadent, sort of smarmy, redheaded, dragon-winged — like her — fae male. From there, chaos ensues, and she ends up — through him — meeting up with another piece of her past. It’s going to end up that the piece of her past’s future rests with her, but she has to get over her fears and break out of the cage she’s let herself be trapped in and embrace her inner light, if you will.
T.L. Brown: Fantastic. For those who are listening and watching, I am reading these chapters as they come out, and they come out twice a week right now. The characters are amazing. Before we started recording today, I told Rose, “I’m not even sure which good guy is the bad guy or vice versa!” They are so layered and intriguing, and there’s a little bit of steam going on. I am loving the story and all those characters that we don’t know quite who they are yet.
You explore a lot of dark and shadowy subjects when you write, whether it’s this story that you’re writing now or Other in Malarkey’s ImaginOmnibus #1. It’s always beautifully written, but can you tell us, as a writer, what draws you to these ideas and why do you believe they resonate with readers?
Rose J. Fairchild: I’m drawn to them. I’ve always been drawn to them in reading. I used to write poetry before I started writing stories, and they were always centered on very dark things. As a quick preface, I had some rough stuff as a kid. I know a lot of people do, but that’s how I channeled that. I use my writing a lot to heal myself. I am able to explore the darkness safely and often am immersing my characters in far more horrible circumstances than I went through, which kind of helps. I embellish. I enhance and turn it into a more interesting story.
But I always found comfort in the fact that they would go through all this stuff and end up in a place that was actually pretty happy. So for me, in that darkness, there was safety. There was comfort, there was hope, and that is what it always comes down to for me is that there is hope in that darkness.
I think my readers can see themselves in some of these situations, probably, again, more minorly like — they’re not going through these God-awful things. God, I hope not! But they can see themselves in it, and the darkness and the eventual hope and overcoming of these obstacles hopefully brings them some healing and catharsis as well.
T.L. Brown: I think you do a beautiful job of “gifting fangs and claws” to those who need them. I love that. Even the trauma ends up being something…Hope is never lost, and that is very hard to do sometimes, but you do it beautifully.
Tell us about your future writing projects. What’s coming after A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow?
Rose J. Fairchild: After A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow, and actually probably simultaneously… (pauses) For those who have followed me for a long time, I have been working on Hex and Healer for the last few years. It’s had many incarnations. It is probably my darkest story. It is my darkest story — ever. I am working toward self-publishing it somewhere over the next few months. I want to do that. I’m tired of waiting for someone else to validate it, and I just want to put it out there. I’ve worked so hard on it, and I feel like my characters are beautiful, and they survived. It’s really a lot of my own shadow work in that story, and I want to share it with the world.
Before I started A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow, I had another dark fantasy — but witchy — and it had this crow shifter. The main character was Anika. She was 35 years old, married, and had kids. Again, it was me exploring a deep-seated fear. I was at 23K or 25K words in that story, and then I was distracted by fairies. I’ll be going back to that again because I was super into that one before I got distracted. (laughs)
T.L. Brown: I totally get that. Sometimes you might have to set it aside and go with what’s pulling you in the moment. You can always go back and pick it up. I’ve done that. So many writers have done that, and you can always do that as well.
I want to thank you so much, Rose, for making time for us. We’re in the holiday season here. It’s a busy time of year. We’re grateful that you came on today’s show. Thank you so much for being here.
Rose J. Fairchild: Thank you for having me. It’s an honor and a pleasure, and I love your books so much. I get to fan girl for a little bit while I’m here — and actually meet you through the camera.
T.L. Brown: Thank you, I appreciate that. Listeners, readers, join Rose’s Patreon. The link is in the caption below. You can follow along as she reveals her steamy dark fantasy, A Shiver of Rainbow and Shadow. It’s fantastic. And again, you can find more of Rose’s dark tales in Malarkey’s ImaginOmnibus series and Fae Corps Publishing on Amazon. Again, the links are below. Definitely check that out. The Patreon is really great because you get to interact with Rose as she writes, and that’s a gift for a reader.
You can learn more about Rose and her writing on RoseJFairchild.com and also on her socials: TikTok, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. All those links leading directly to her social profiles are down below. Give her a follow. She’s a beautiful person to follow, and what she posts is uplifting.
Thanks for listening everyone, and I will see you the next time!
This has been 12 Minutes (or less!) with the Author. Thanks for listening to today’s episode. Hope you can join me for the next one. Until then, this is Tracy, AKA author T.L. Brown, signing off.