Today I’m joined by author Rosey Lee as she talks about why she writes to uplift & also discusses her new flash fiction series…
I’ve always enjoyed that books offer an escape from the challenges and frustrations we experience in everyday life. I’ve spent hours engrossed in characters’ lives, and I feel comforted, energized, and hopeful after reading a good story. But I’m frustrated if I reach the end of a story and find that the ending isn’t a happy one. After investing my time in characters and their journey, I don’t want to be disappointed.
I don’t expect a fairytale ending, but I want the characters to be happy.
The author Toni Morrisson once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” I can’t control a lot of things about real life. But as a writer, I can create happy endings in my stories. My stories are intentionally uplifting. Their positive focus makes writing them even more therapeutic for me than they would be otherwise, and I also receive a gift from writing that extends beyond myself–the opportunity to share comfort, positivity, and hope with others.
Rosey Lee is the pen name I use as I pursue my passion for writing.
My alter ego is a physician, so health is important in my writing. I am guided by the definition of health that incorporates physical, mental, and social well-being, and they are common themes in my stories. I try to write my stories so that these themes resonate with readers and help them find comfort, positivity, and hope through my characters’ experiences.
I know that families can be the greatest sources of both joy and stress in people’s lives. That’s why I named my new series of short stories Beautiful, Complicated Family. You can read Volume 1 of the collection using the links below (TIP: Depending on your country, some vendors provide the book for FREE). If you like it, I hope you’ll check out Volume 2 of the series. (TIP: There’s a link in Volume 1 to download Volume 2 for free from my website).
Here’s a summary about the books:
Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 and Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 2 explore the connections that can hold people together or tear them apart. The stories in this collection capture struggles that are common in today’s families—secrets, mother-daughter conflicts, coping with aging family members, and a more subtle question of what makes a family. The issues will seem familiar to you, but there are unexpected twists when you least expect them.
The relatable characters and endings may pull at your heartstrings, so don’t be surprised if you laugh or cry along the way. Like most families, the relationships in this uplifting collection consist of intricate elements. Sometimes things get messy, but it’s always beautiful. Each volume contains five flash fiction stories (very short stories of 1000 words or less each). Read each story in about 5 minutes and get Volume 2 of the collection for free using a link within Volume 1.
Get Beautiful, Complicated Family: Volume 1 from the vendors below.
Rosey Lee writes uplifting fiction stories about family and friendship. A native of the Westbank of New Orleans, Louisiana, Rosey is a fan of good food and a good time. As a child, she dreamed of a career in writing, fashion design, and acting. She uses the pen name Rosey Lee as she pursues her passion for writing. Her alter ego is a physician who has dedicated her career to individual and community-based approaches to health equity. She enjoys cooking, flower arranging, listening to live music, and occasional bursts of fanatical bargain shopping.
Rosey’s flash fiction has appeared in Necessary Fiction, Bending Genres, Barren Magazine, Turnpike Magazine, The Wellington Street Review, and elsewhere. Her work has also been nominated for the 2019 Best of the Net anthology. Connect with her at roseyleebooks.com and @roseyleebooks on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.