Odessa Rose

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About Odessa Rose

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Odessa Rose was born and reared in Baltimore City, which serves as the backdrop for her fiction. At a very young age she became an avid reader and writer of fiction, having been inspired by my mother, who is a voracious reader of horror stories, especially those of Stephen King. After reading a story in “Readers Digest,” Rose told her mother that she wanted to be a writer. Her mother’s response was, “Well, write, baby.” So she began writing short stories and tried her hand at a novel or two. But she wasn’t sure if she had what it took to be a “real” writer.

Then, while attending Coppin State University, Rose got an intriguing idea for a book. Three years after earning her B.A. in English, her first novel, Water In A Broken Glass was published by La Callie Nous, a small press in New York. Set in Baltimore, Water, through the artistic lens of sculptor Tonya Mimms, explores a woman’s inability to accept her homosexuality and the problems that arise in her quest to deny her own existence.

Shortly after the release of Water, Rose earned her M.A. in literature from the University of Maryland at College Park and began working on another novel entitled Kizmic’s Journey. But in the midst of writing that story, another tale emerged and took hold of her. She stopped writing Kizmic’s Journey and began writing In the Mirror. A Reginald F. Lewis Museum Book of the Month, In The Mirror is a provocative, suspenseful, compassionate, and oftentimes humorous tale that takes you on an unforgettable journey into the heart and mind of the other woman as she invades her lover’s home and becomes that proverbial fly on the wall of his life to bear witness to the fact that he is in love with her, not the woman he’s been married to for the past thirteen years.

Rose is fast at work on completing her third novel, Kizmic’s Journey. She is the owner of Cool Water Press and a member of the Black Writers Guild of Maryland. In addition to her writing, Rose, working alongside her husband, is also the co-creator, writer, and producer of “This Is Baltimore, Too,” a video project devoted to promoting the good in Baltimore neighborhoods. She lives in Baltimore with her husband and their two sons and daughter.

 

  • Rosalyn Burns says:

    Hi Odessa,
    I am not sure if this is the best way to get in touch with you but my email is long overdue and I wanted to let you know that I have not disappeared. I apologize for not getting back to you as I promised however, my schedule has not been my own lately. I would like to get to talk more about your upcoming book. Please email me with some dates and times that might work best for you.

  • Tanya Brown says:

    Greetings my friend,

    I was just checking you out, you all have been on my mind. When I came across your website address I decided to pay you a visit. I pray that all is well with every one. Tell my boy I said hi and that I miss him. On another note I a really enjoyed my visiting your website, I learned a lot of interesting things that I had no idea. You are a powerful lady! Thanks for sharing your talents. Now I am a fan of yours in more ways than one. I look forward to see you in the near future. Give my family, my love and enjoy your summer!

    Peace and love,
    Tanya Brown

  • admin says:

    Hello Ms. Brown,
    I’m glad you dropped by. Come back next Friday and you’ll see a video that you’ll enjoy. Everyone says Hello back. Enjoy yours summer and we’ll see you soon.

  • Sharon "imatellmuva" Childs says:

    Hi Odessa,
    We met at the Iccari Mid-Summer Fashion Event, 07/30/11. It was a pleasure meeting you, and conversing with you. I look forward to reading “Water In A Broken Glass”. Blessings!

  • admin says:

    Of course I remember you. We had the wonderful conversation about Sula.

  • Candace Crane says:

    There were many people you met at the bookfair and I was the young lady who asked several of you information about your publication process, I was impressed with your modesty. I can’t say all seem to possessed this trait, and I wanted to be on your mailing list and stay in touch if for chance you ever have an opportunity to ever steer along a young writer in regards to the publication process. I would always appreciate any direction and kind words as you so graciously contributed last Saturday. Thank you, I hope all is well.
    Thanks Again,
    Candace Crane

  • admin says:

    Hello Candace,

    I remember you very well. It was wonderful talking with you. I love helping other writers, especially ones who as kind as yourself. If you have any other questions, please don’t hesitate to ask. Someone helped me. I’m just passing it on. Keep writing and reading.

  • Hello Odessa Rose! I just so happened to come across your website through Black Writers Space via (a mutual friend) request. I joined the site months ago and had not been back on until now to accept this strangers friend request. After seeing you listed as her friend, I took the time to read your bio. I must say, lady, I am thoroughly impressed and inspired. I am just getting in the literary arena (2009) and have written (well, still editing) two books. It’s tough and I am learning something new everyday. God has given me fifteen titles and I’m on the verge of publishing my first fiction novel. Must of my learning has come from reading books by published author’s and my long hours of internet research. I say that because I know when I soon purchase your book/s, I will learn even more. Keep up the great work and do the darn thing with the kids. WOW! What a life! You go girl! I don’t think I have to know you to be proud of you. When I grow up, I hope to be like you. ;-) -Michelle (Aspiring Author)

    P.S. – If you get a chance, check out my website and let me know what you think of my soon-to-be published novel UNRAVEL.

    Many blessings to you and yours, Odessa Rose!

  • admin says:

    Hello Michelle, I’m glad you came across my website. I am very impressed with your website as well. And 15 titles! That’s a wonderful gift. Thanks you for purchasing my novel. As you said, this writing thing is not easy, but it sure is fun. I am still learning as well. I’m glad to hear that you read because that is the best way to learn the craft, other than actually writing yourself. You keep up the good work, yourself. And I can’t wait to read “Unraveled.” Thanks for the visit. Bless you.

  • Adrienne Hall says:

    Hola Senorita,

    We met todsy at the bookstore on Calvert Street. I can’t wait to see the video taping from the bookstore. I am glad that we met because your site is wonderful. Keep in touch!

  • admin says:

    Hello Senorita, I remembe you very well. The video is up. Click on the Blog tab. Thanks so much for visiting my site and for supporting the Book Escape. With customers like you, this location may not close. :)

  • Claudia Moss says:

    Hello again, Dessa!

    Wow! I am finally getting around to visiting your website, and what a blessing it is! Wholly and completely amazed, I am looking about, wondering what I shall read next! You are inspirational simply by showing up in the world. Gracias! Obrigado! Merci!

    I see I’ve got Langston Hughes’ Crystal Stairs to climb, so I’ll keep climbing on! :) But thanks for the light you shine, because those audio clips are intriguing!

    Claudia Moss

  • admin says:

    Claudia,

    You are making me blush and boosting me up to really give this writing thing a go.

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