Dee Rose ~ Author Interview

Today I would like to welcome Dee Rose, author of The Death Brothers: A Supernatural Awakening, to my site!

Let’s start by finding out a little bit about you…

  1. What is your name and do you write under a pen name? My name is Dion Rosborough and I write under the name Dee Rose.
  2. Where do you call home? I reside in Denver, Colorado.
  3. Obviously, we know you are an author, but some writers have other jobs as well. Do
    you have another occupation? Do you believe you’re any good at it? Do you like what you do?
    Yes, I do have another occupation. I am a supervisor at a delivery company. I think I am decent at it, but no, I do not like it.
  4. If it doesn’t bother you, can you let us know what your childhood home looked like?
    My childhood home was a duplex. It was ok because my mother’s landlord lived
    upstairs from us. She still lives there, by the way. She has lived there for forty-six
  5. Do you have any hobbies, other than writing? What do you enjoy doing? My other hobbies include rapping and being a movie buff.
  6. What is your greatest dream? My greatest dream was to become the first black president. Obviously with Obama, that won’t happen.
  7. Not to pry too much, but do you remember your first love? Yes, I do remember my first love. I was in high school. I asked her out and she said
    no. It broke my heart.
  8. What is the most terrible thing that ever happened to you? The most terrible thing that’s ever happened to me was being shot twice in the back at the Aurora Theater shooting in 2012. I was there watching the midnight premiere of The Dark Knight.
  9. What or who inspired you to start writing? And how long have you been writing? Stephen King inspired me to start writing. I enjoy his work. I’ve been writing for about
    thirty years. However, I took a long break after I joined the military. I began writing
    again in my late twenties.
  10. Who is your role model? One of my role models was Bill Clinton.
  11. What is your greatest fear? My greatest fear is a tie between heights and snakes.
  12. Do you prefer e-books, paperbacks, hard-covers or audio-books? I prefer paperbacks. I can pack them up and take them anywhere to read.
  13. Have you ever read a book more than once? And if so what was it? No, I have never read a book more than once.
  14. What is your opinion of novellas? At first, I’d never really had any thoughts about novellas. But now, as an author of novellas, I’ve come to like them.
  15. What is your favorite film based on a book? My favorite film based on a book is The Color Purple.
  16. What is your favorite book genre at the moment? My favorite book genre at the moment is fantasy/magical realism.
  17. If you could invite any four (4) celebrities (alive or dead) to your dinner party, who
    would you invite and why?
    I would invite Al Pacino because he starred in two of my favorite movies, Scarface and The Godfather. I would invite Denzel Washington because I believe he is the greatest actor of his generation and he is very intelligent. I would invite Magic Johnson because he is my all-time favorite basketball player. And last, by not least, I would invite Dr. Martin Luther King Jr just to pick his brain to soak up everything he felt and knew.

Let’s shift somewhat to talk about your latest story!

  1. What is the name of your most recent book and if you had to sum it up in 20 or fewer
    words, what would you say?
    The name of my most recent book is entitled, The Death Brothers: A Supernatural Awakening. To sum it up, it is about the vampire slayer, Jericho Caine and the demon hunter, Father Tom Padilla as they come to terms with being the reincarnated Death Brothers.
  2. Is the above book part of a series? Yes, the book is part of a series called the Hangman Universe (HMU). It is the eighth book in a planned ten book series.
  3. How did you come up with the cover? Who designed the cover of your book(s)? I found a designer of the website Fiverr. She has done the cover of my last five books.
    I adore her. She is from Australia. I found pictures that I wanted to use that illustrated
    both lead characters (a cross for the priest and sword of the vampire slayer) and the
    menacing face in the background of the main villain, Thaden.
  4. How did you come up with the title for your book(s)? Once I came up with the two main characters roles in the book, The Death Brothers, I thought about what the book was about, which was the awakening of several supernatural beings.
  5. In your latest novel, who is the lead character and can you tell us a little about
    There are two lead characters in my book. The first is Jericho Caine, the vampire
    slayer. He is the one true slayer who loves to drink, have sex, and steal pickup trucks
    while fighting evil, mostly vampires. Father Tom Padilla is a demon hunter and the other half of the Death Brothers. He is a renown exorcist, but a former priest. He is regarded as the brains of the operation and the sensible one.
  6. What is your character’s greatest strength? Jericho Caines greatest strength is his loyalty to Tom and his friends. Tom’s greatest
    strength is his it’s either “right or wrong” mentality. There are no gray areas for Tom.
  7. And what are his/her greatest weaknesses? Jericho’s greatest weakness is his trust of humans no matter their flaws. Tom greatest weakness is his belief that people can’t change.
  8. What’s a positive quality that your character is unaware that he or she has? A positive quality Jericho has is that he cares more about people than he lets on. A
    positive quality that Tom is unaware of is that his faith guides his decisions.
  9. Will readers like or dislike this character, and why? I believe readers will like the character Jericho Caine because he is funny, witty and
    cares deep down about people. The think people will be just ok with Tom. He is the
    normal one out of the two. Some might say, boring.
  10. What first gave you the idea for your latest book? The Death Brothers were introduced in fifth book in the series called The Bad Angel: Redemption. I came up with the idea of brothers, one who fought vampires and one, who fought werewolves in eighteenth century Europe. I thought I would have their legacy continue by having them reincarnated over and over throughout time to fight the forces of evil.
    Let’s talk now about your writing process.
  11. What is your writing style like? Are you a pantster or a plotter? I believe I am a panster. I come up with my characters and decide what they are going to do while writing. Nothing is planned.
  12. Have you come across any specific challenges in writing or publishing? What would
    you do differently the next time?
    My initial problem that I’ve come across was trying to find an agent. Then I tried to find a publisher. As the rejection letters mounted, so did my frustration. I knew I had a story I wanted to get tell, so I decided to self-publish. If I could do it differently, I would have skipped the mission to find an agent and went directly to self-publishing.
  13. Are you a self-published/Indie author or did you publish through a traditional
    publishing company?
    I am a self-published author.
  14. What’s the best advice that you have been given when it comes to writing? The best advice I’ve been given when it comes to writing, is get out the story and worry about the editing later.
  15. What advice would you give someone who wants to start writing? I would just tell a new author to not give up if they believe in their imagination and writing abilities. I believe that time will tell a person if they should continue or not.



Dee Rose was born on July 5th and resides in Denver, CO, where he studied Political Science at Metropolitan State University. He has two children, Nadia and Nicole. He started writing when he entered a writing contest at William A. Wirt high school in Gary, IN. “My goal is to blow people’s minds.” He says. “But sound cool doing it.”

The Hangman laughed at Sariel. “Looks like Caine and Padilla have finally pissed off more than just the underworld.”

Two weeks have passed since the events of the Hangman Returns. Jericho Caine and Father Tom Padilla, the Death Brothers, return to The Reefs in the Gulf of Mexico to settle a score with the vampire sirens. However, a female angel, Sariel, with romantic intentions toward Jericho, plans to separate the brothers and seduce the slayer. Sariel strikes a deal with the Hangman to distract the brothers by casting a spell that resurrects vanquished supernatural beings in New York. In return, Sariel agrees to help the Hangmen bring back his wife and son, who are Heaven.

Sariel also recruits a vengeful scientist, Dr. Ranken, to create a monster, who is a combination of a rare male vampire siren, and a werewolf. Sariel wants the doctor and his creation, Thaden, to only eliminate Tom, but they have other plans. They hire a hitman, to acquire a mystical weapon called the Takara Dagger. It has the power to kill any living being, including angels and demons. They intend to kill anyone that poses a threat to their ascension to power. As the new threat grows, the Death Brothers must face the danger without their allies. Susan Taki, Tom’s girlfriend, is still in a coma in San Diego. The Grand Librarian, Alexander Merryweather, is in Chicago tending to his new family.

The Death Brothers: A supernatural Awakening is the eighth novella in the HMU series beginning with; The Hangman; The Grand Librarian: Life of an Immortal; Father Tom Padilla: Mark of the Demon Priest; Jericho Caine, Vampire Slayer: Dakota Rises; The Bad Angel: Redemption; The Hangman Returns; and The Grand Librarian: The Future Wizards.

The Bone Cutters by Renee S. DeCamillis

The Bone Cutters by Renee S. DeCamillis
Genre: Psychological Horror, Supernatural Thriller

Horror, Psychological Thriller, Supernatural, a novella from the 2019 New Bizarro Author Series from Eraserhead Press:

Dory wakes up in the padded room of a psychiatric hospital with no recollection of how she wound up there. She soon finds out she’s been Blue-Papered–involuntarily committed. She gets sent to the wrong counseling group and discovers a whole new world of psychiatric patients she’d never known existed. At first she just thinks they’re cutters, all marked by similar scars, but then she finds out that those scars are from carving into their bodies where they chisel and scrape their bones. They harvest bone dust, and this dust is highly coveted and sought after, as well as highly addictive. When they realize she’s never been”dusted”, Dory becomes their target. After all, dust from a “freshie” is much more valuable than theirs. Frightened for her life, she desperately tries to prove to the psych. hospital staff that she’s not delusional about these particular patients wanting to slice her open and scrape her bones. The staff doesn’t believe her. They all think she’s crazy. Dory ends up on the run, fighting for her life, trying to avoid getting “dusted” by The Bone Cutters.

Like Girl, Interrupted and “The Yellow Wallpaper”, The Bone Cutters is one woman’s dark and surreal experience with a madness that is not necessarily her own.

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Renee S. DeCamillis is a dark fiction writer, an Editorial Intern with Crystal Lake Publishing, a member of the Horror Writers Association, a lyricist and poet, a life-long musician–hard rock/blues rhythm guitarist and singer, & a tree-hugging hippie with a sharp metal edge.

Renee earned her MFA in Creative Writing from the Stonecoast Graduate Program, she has her BA in psychology, and she attended Berklee College of Music as a music business major with guitar as her principal instrument. Music has been a huge part of Renee’s life ever since she was a young child. She has been in a number of bands where she took on various roles, including hand percussionist. Renee is also a former model, school rock band teacher, creative writing teacher, private guitar instructor, A&R rep for an indie record label, therapeutic mentor, psychological technician, and pre-school teacher. (Yes, she loves to wear many hats; she is known to have worn thirteen hats all at once–literally.) She is also a former gravedigger; she can get rid of a body fast without leaving a trace, and she is not afraid of getting her hands dirty. Renee lives in the woods of Maine with her husband, their son, and a house full of ghosts.

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Interview with the author…

1.) What inspired you to write this book?

It all started with a nightmare I had. I was at a Portland First Friday Artwork with a friend I’d had since high school. She asked if I would mind if we made a quick stop to see one of her friends. I agreed. That’s when we walked into a large open room with a group of people all sitting around in a big circle. First I noticed that they were all grotesquely scarred. I thought they were all cutters and that this was a therapy group. Then I realized one guy was talking to the group—he is now Slug Man in my book. As I focused on what he was saying, I discovered that those scars were from carving into their bodies to extract bone dust that they would then use to get high. I was horrified. What shocked me even more was that Slug Man was the friend my friend went there to see. When I woke up I knew that twisted dream needed to get turned into a story. I began writing it that same day.

2.) What can we expect from you in the future?

I do have some short stories coming out this year in various anthologies, but nothing I can officially announce just yet. But the big project I’m working on right now, which is almost complete, is a comic book. I’m writing for Phi3 Comics. I am currently writing Book 4 of the Spiralmind Muses’ Rise story line, and there’s a potential to co-write the screenplay.

The other big project I’m working on is the sequel to The Bone Cutters. I hope to get that written and published by 2021. This one will come from various points of view, including at least one bone cutter.

I am also working on a novel, with the first draft nearly done, about the evil intentions behind the invention of the iPhone. Teaser: Meat suits are involved.

3.) If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?

I do think I could play the lead very well; I can relate to some of her anxieties and the pent-up anger she holds inside, but I think it’s very egocentric for an author to play their lead character in any type of film or stage adaptation, so I would have to say no. I actually love it when the writer steps in as an extra with only a line or two, especially in the role of a quirky, eccentric character—like a gravedigger.  When I write a book/story with a gravedigger protagonist, that’s when I’d like to play the lead.

4.) Where did you come up with the names in the story?

The protagonist’s name—Dory—is short for one of my favorite names—Dorian.

Tommy, the janitor, is named after the first person who befriended me at Berklee, and that Tommy is a drummer. The topic of drumming comes up in a scene with Dory and Tommy, and he is the first person who befriends Dory in the psych. hospital. Some people think he was named after Tommy Lee, but that is not the case; Tommy Lee never crossed my mind while I was writing this. Though his name came from someone I know, Tommy’s character is actually inspired by Danny Trejo’s character in Rob Zombie’s Halloween II, the psych. tech. who befriended Michael Myers in the asylum. I love Danny Trejo! He’s a badass!

Arie is named for the Jamaican meaning of Irie—all right—as in “Every little thing’s gonna be all right” from Bob Marley’s song “Three Little Birds”. That song has special meaning for me. I’m a big Marley fan and I wanted to incorporate that somehow.  Also, the meaning of Arie is lion of God, and my girls here are a force of good, so there’s that link as well.

Nurse Hatchet was named that way because a hatchet is a weapon. (I have a slasher story—which still needs to find a home—where the street where the killings take place is named Cleaves St. I love to play with words!) My nurse was not inspired by the nurse in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, though many people think she was. But in hindsight, she does bring that character to mind, so I understand why people assume that. I worked as a psych. tech. in a psych. hospital, and Nurse Hatchet was slightly inspired by a co-worker of mine, but not a nurse—a psych. tech.

Dr. Headstrom, the psychiatrist who plays a very small though important role, was named that way because he’s a head doctor.  After I named him, I couldn’t help but recall Max Headroom from the 80s, and it made me laugh. It also made me consider changing the doctor’s name, but I laughed. I decided it was the perfect name for this character. 

5.) How did you come up with name of this book?

I will admit that the title of my book is not the original title; it is a title my publisher recommended. The original title was Chiseled High. My publisher was concerned that title would make people think the book is about a high school with a bunch of buff dudes or something, so she suggested The Bone Cutters. When she told me what my original title made her think of, I couldn’t help but laugh. I had never even thought of that, but I could see her point, which made me laugh harder. I had come up with a different title idea, but my publisher had reasons for thinking that one wasn’t a good fit for this book. I saw her point, and agreed, and now I am saving that title idea of mine for the sequel to The Bone Cutters.

6.) If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

I do sometimes think about a certain confrontational scene in the book that I might like to make different, and perhaps a little better, but I can’t dwell on that. I still like how it’s written because it fits certain aspects of the book and the characters. I think some of my rethinking about it is partly due to reader responses, but I also know that when I wrote that scene I was also wondering if I should write if differently. I was writing for a submission deadline, and, honestly, I also didn’t think I had enough time to revise the scene and get it tight by the deadline. So I left it alone. Again, I can’t dwell on that now. I just take that forward with me while I write the sequel. Who knows, maybe one day I will rewrite that scene with a reissue of the book. You can’t always tell what the future will bring.

7) Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?

Less is more—that is the big lesson I learned. I’m normally an all-in sort of writer. Everything in my head goes on the page. But not everything in my head is pertinent to push the story forward and for the reader to get pulled along through the story. I hear some people complain about Stephen King and how his stories can often go on and on with scene descriptions. Some readers love that. Some readers hate that. (Many readers don’t care at all—if it has Stephen King’s name on it, they’ll read it no matter what. Personally, I’m a big S. King fan.) I’m trying to find a happy medium—enough scene description to give the reader a visual image and to set the mood, but not so much that the reader loses the sense of the actual story. My biggest fear with my writing—Here it comes!—is that a reader will come to a section in my book that makes them want to close it and set it aside. I want to be able to hold the reader’s attention long enough for them to read the whole damn book. (Then, hopefully, they’ll post a review somewhere online and share my book. Maybe it’s a good review. Maybe it’s not such a good review. But reviews are gold, and getting them is always a struggle for beginning writers like me.) 

Pacing: writing this book made me think long and hard about the pacing and rhythm of a story. I love reading out loud; it helps me really set the mood with my voice, and it helps me get to know the characters better. It also helps me hear the rhythm and pacing better, and it always helps me discover where things are off, or clunky, or too slow or too fast, and where the rhythm falters and makes me trip over the words. Then I know what needs tweaking for a better flow. In my mind—everything makes music, and I want my stories to roll off the tongue like a song you can’t help but sing along with every time you hear it. (But not like one of those simple, crappy formulaic-catchy songs you hate but can’t get out of your head.)

8) Is there a writer which brain you would love to pick for advice? Who would that be and why?

Joe Hill: I love his work! His writing is a superb mix of heart and horror. When I read his work I can feel how much care he puts into creating each character. I also love his sense of humor. Not that his stories are comedic, but he does drop some little laughs here and there throughout his stories, and I really enjoy that. I also love his musical references he sometimes includes, as well as some throwback references to 70s/80s/90s pop culture. We grew up around the same time, so I immediately pick up on those little nuggets of nostalgia, which satiates the nostalgic side of my brain.

Paul Temblay is another one whose brain I’d love to pick for advice. He, like Hill, writes with a lot of heart. And both Tremblay and Hill can pump out work like crazy. They are very productive writers, and their work never reads like it was a rush job. Tremblay in particular—when I read his horror it’s like he’s in my head. He writes the type of endings I love and that I try to write—the non-ending that’s not tied up in a neat and pretty bow. I love it when stories make people think, they don’t answer all the questions, they don’t spoon feed the meaning to the readers; instead they set your creative mind to work trying to imagine what could come next, or what just went down—like real life. The meaning can be very subjective. I strive to write stories like that, similar to Tremblay.

Elizabeth Hand, Mary SanGiovanni, and Kelly Link: Three women who write very differently, but whose work I love just about equally. I still need to read more from SanGiovanni, but I instantly fell in love with her ability to tell a superb horror story in Behind the Door—no filler, all killer, and a lot of heart. She, like Hill and Tremblay, creates characters that I can sense she truly cares a lot about, which makes me care for them as well. SanGiovanni also writes like Tremblay—horrors happening in the real world. She has the ability to bring supernatural horror into the real world and make it believable, and I admire that and strive for that in my own writing. Elizabeth Hand is another writer, like Hill and Tremblay, who is extremely productive, and, again, her work doesn’t ever read like a rush job. There is so much advice I’d love to get from Elizabeth, and I have—since she was one of my writing mentors in graduate school. She is an all-round kickass woman and kickass writer. Kelly Link—her writing is so extremely magical and imaginative that I can just loose myself in it, and I’d love to know how she weaves such magic without confusing her readers and without having any of it sound like a Disney tale.

Chuck Palahniuk: I love his work, his humor, his cynicism…everything! He is very different from the others I mention here, but I love his work just the same. I think he’s a kind of love him or hate him sort of writer, at least that’s what I get from the responses I hear from others when his name or works are brought up in conversation. His writing is fearless, biting, snarky, and darkly humorous. I greatly admire that and strive to be just as fearless with my work. With that goal of mine, I realize that I have to accept the fact that I will have haters, but that’s fine—it’s nothing new for me. I have an innate and uncanny ability of pressing people’s buttons just by being outspoken-me. I often joke that I inadvertently bring out the worst in people, though that is not my intention. I’ve heard and read interviews with Palahniuk where he’s said things about what a horrible person he is. But when he gives an example of why he thinks he’s so horrible, often that example is exactly how I imagine I would think or act given the same situation. We seem to think in a similar way and have a similar sense of humor and similar cynical perspective of certain subjects, and I’d like to find out how he weaves in those perspectives of society and characters without sounding too preachy or hateful.  Who knows—maybe that’s not a concern of his, and maybe that’s why he’s a love him or hate him sort of writer.

9.) Have you written any other books that are not published?

Yes, I have. The first book I wrote is a novel titled Diagnosis. It is complete and revised and edited, but after getting beta reader feedback I have come to realize that the second half of the book needs revision work. I now see that the real story was polluted with an additional theme that convoluted the book as a whole, and I no longer want to have that additional theme prominent in the story. I veered slightly away from the supernatural horror of the beginning, adding in drug addiction horror in the second half that just isn’t working with the main character. I absolutely love that story and love the characters and I do plan to go back and revise that, but right now I am in the middle of a few other big projects: a novel about the true intentions of the invention of the iPhone, the sequel to The Bone Cutters, and a comic book I’ve been commissioned to write.

I’m excited to be one of the many tour hosts sharing information about The Bone Cutters by Renee S. DeCamillis.