The Who, What, When, Where and Why with Jane L. Rosen

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By Jade Craddock

With her debut novel, The Dress out now, Jane L. Rosen has dropped by to answer WHW’s Who, What, When, Where and Why.

Who has been the most important person in your writing journey?

I can’t pick out a particular individual who has been most important to me but instead a group of people- my cheerleaders. They are a few friends and family members who read whatever it is I am working on at the time and encourage me with love and great exuberance to continue. Weathering criticism and managing to write with abandon is very important for a writer. Having someone else affirm that your work is of value is really invaluable.

What motivates you to write?

I write because a story came to me and I want to share it with as many people as possible. Getting an idea out of my head and on to the paper is my greatest motivation. There is almost a sense of unrest in me when I have a story to tell that I have not yet gotten down. It can be a bit frustrating, as if you constantly have an incomplete to-do list. But I guess that’s a good thing. Having nothing on a to-do list would be really frightening.

When did you first start writing?

I began writing as a young girl, around 11 or so. I had a teacher, Mr. Conyers, who really enjoyed my stories. He would send me around the school with them for the other teachers to read.

Where do you write?

When it is coming easy to me I write at my dining room table in my apartment in Manhattan. When it’s not coming easy to me I force myself to sit in a New York Public Library. Although they are naturally supposed to be quiet places they are filled with hushed or silent distractions. There is something about the atmosphere that forces me into my work.

Why did you write this book?

This book came from an urban legend of sorts. The story of a dress in the 1980s being returned to Bloomingdales covered in formaldehyde. I have no idea if the story is true or not but it left me wondering- “What happened to that dress before that?” I worked my way backwards from there and The Dress was born.


Jane L. Rosen is an author and Huffington Post contributor. She lives in New York City and Fire Island with her husband and three daughters. She often takes inspiration from the city she lives in and the people she shares it with. She is the author of a young adult novel, The Thread, which she self-published. In addition to writing she has spent time in film, television, and event production and is the cofounder of It’s All Gravy, a web and app-based gifting company.

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