Nashoda Rose: Interview with a New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Author!
Updated: Aug 25
We are honoured to present you in this interview an author which made it on the probably most important bestseller lists out there:
New York Times and USA Today Bestseller Author Nashoda Rose!
Nashoda wrote several steamy and sexy novels, among them the famous and well-known Dark Erotic Romance Tear Asunder Series, its spin-off the Unyielding Series and the Paranormal Erotic Series Scars of the Wraiths.
Read about her dreams, inspirations, her feelings when she realized she had made it on the bestseller lists; but also her challenges struggling with rejections and confidence.
And discover why writing has sometimes to be raw, passionate and without rules and expectations for her to produce stories which keep us glued to the pages!
You want to be convinced why we love Nashoda's sexy dark stories?
Then you really should not miss to read the FREE excerpt of "With You"! We guarantee that it will make you to look for more from Nashoda.
I knew I’d write his book one day, but I had to wait until he spoke to me. Well, he did and boy did he have a lot to say. Not only that: he insisted on a series!
- Nashoda Rose about her character Vic Gate -
What did motivate you to become an author?
I’d write stranded on a desert island with no pen or paper, lol. It’s always been that way. I have a journal from when I was nine or ten and I’d written "my goal is to be a veterinarian and my dream is to be an author".
My parents always said, "being an author is a dream. You need a career to support the pursuit of your dream". And they were right. I didn’t become a vet, but I worked for one for twenty years while I continued to write.
Was there a defining moment when you knew that you want to become a published author?
Publishing one of my novels was a dream and I never considered it would happen. I wrote because I loved it and I needed to write.
It was when I wrote the Scars of the Wraith about twenty years ago (originally they were called the Senses) that I thought I’d try and get published.
And then came the rejection letters, haha.
It was years later when self-publishing became an option that I decided I was going to publish myself.
What was the most difficult part of becoming an author?
The business side of writing and self-publishing. I watched countless YouTube videos to learn how to design my own website and I’m still wrestling with how Facebook ads work, lol.
Oh, all the government paperwork and trying to figure out how to go about it, that was really hard. It’s much easier now, as many generous authors have posted the steps and link on how to do it which is helpful.
You are a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author.
First of all: congratulations! Secondly: how does this feel like to find one of your own books on these lists?
Thank you so much.
It was surreal when it happened and I had no idea of the impact it would have on my career.
I’d never considered the possibility of hitting USA Today, let alone the New York Times. I didn’t even know it happened until someone messaged me. What an honor and a dream come true.
What keeps you motivated to push forward each day as an author?
Characters are my driving force. I have so many characters in my head dying for their own book and I normally can’t write fast enough. But the last two years have been challenging and my confidence took a nosedive, which left me uncertain of my words and my focus skewed.
Characters are my driving force. Like Vic Gate who demanded that I write his book!
It’s been a slow process getting back to trusting my words. I had to let go of characters and books I’d promised which was really hard for me, as I hate to disappoint readers.
It was the character Vic Gate that opened the floodgates and allowed me to "feel" the story and the characters again. He demanded I write his book and you don’t say no to Vic Gate.
Do you have yourself favorite authors or books, which deeply inspired you as a person and as an author?
I rarely re-read a book as there are too many I have yet to discover, but I’ve read "Outlander" by Diana Gabaldon numerous times.
Not only that, I’ve listened to the audio book twice (the narrator Davina Porter is mesmerizing). Ms. Gabaldon’s writing evokes all the senses and I feel as if I’m there with the characters.
Both series are about finding the strength to climb from the depths of despair. To repair. To conquer demons and at the same time fall in love.
The Tear Asunder series is dark romance and not for the light hearted.
Each book focuses on a member in the rock band Tear Asunder. If you like angst and an emotional roller coaster ride with suspense then this series is for you. Prepare to be broken then put back together again.
Remark: The Tear Asunder Series is also available as Audiobook!
The Unyielding is a spin-off of the Tear Asunder in that a few characters appear in both series. However, you can read either series first.
The Unyielding series is dark and twisted romantic suspense.
Ex-special Forces. Tortured characters. And Alpha males that will do anything for the woman they love.
Each book focuses on a new hero and heroine, but the storyline continues, so I recommend they be read in order.
You also wrote the Scars of the Wraiths Series, a Paranormal Romance Series. How did it come that you wrote in the Paranormal Genre?
The Scars of the Wraith series is my baby, probably because I started writing and developing the world twenty years ago, so they’ve been living in my head a long time.
I still have notes from when I began creating the world and it’s fascinating to see how they’ve developed over the years. I used to read a lot of paranormal and fantasy and likely why I was drawn to writing it. Plus, it’s so much fun to create a world where you can let your imagination run wild.
Please tell us a little more Scars of the Wraith Series.
The Scars are immortal warriors with enhanced sensory abilities:
Trackers, Sounders, Healers, Tasters, Visionaries and the rare Reflectors.
They have a tattoo, an Ink, that can be called forth to fight for them. They live by an oath to protect humanity from vampires and other races that walk in the shadows of darkness whilst their existence is unknown to those they’ve sworn to protect. Power struggles. Politics. Sacrifice. And of course, undying love.
You already entered in different genres, from Dark Romance to Paranormal. Is there another genre which fascinates you in a way that you could imagine to once write a book?
I’m open to exploring wherever a character takes me, Young Adult, dystopian or maybe even a historical romance with a swashbuckling pirate.
Where do you get your inspiration from? Are your characters solely based on your imagination or do you let inspire yourself by real people or stories?
I walk the dogs with a recorder and keep a notebook beside my bed and another in my car for those inspirational moments. You never know when they’ll hit and often it’s when you least expect it. And when they do, it’s like being handed little gems.
Yesterday, I was outside fixing my sprinkler system when the title of my upcoming book popped into my head. I ran inside and texted one of my beta readers and my Mom as I’ve been struggling with it for over a month, so it was an exciting moment.
My characters are largely based on my imagination and of course they usually have pieces of me in some form like Emily in "Torn from You" and her love of horses.
What are your next goals as an author? What’s your dream to achieve?
Finish the next book, lol.
What do you want to give to your readers with your books?
Strength. Hope. Love. And an escape.
Let's have a deeper look into you books:
Which book would you suggest one absolutely has to read to get to know you best as an author? Or which is the book you’re the most proud of and why?
There were no expectations and I just wrote. It was raw and passionate and often painful. But I think that’s where the best writing comes from. When you throw away expectations, rules and just go for it.
On what are you actually working? Can you tell us on what you’re actually working?
Vic Gate’s book.
Finally. He spoke to me. Vic Gate is my most asked after character. Mysterious. Hard. Driven. Ex-special Forces. Need I say more, lol.
I knew I’d write his book one day, but I had to wait until he spoke to me. Well, he did and boy did he have a lot to say. Not only that, he insisted on a series.
Vic Gate’s story will kick off the “Underground Horsemen Series” and each book will be a standalone.
We want to thank Nashoda from the bottom of our heart for this interview and the work she does.
And in order to give you an overview over all of Nashoda's Books, we curated a short list showing the books and the according series.
And do not miss to have a look at Nashodas profiles and follow her - not that you miss her new releases!
If you are looking for more interview with Erotica authors, you really should have a look at our Author Interview section. Or do you need some reading ideas? Then check out our Top Lists of all the different genres of Erotic Literature as well as our FREE stories section!
Books by Nashoda Rose
Find all the books of Nashoda in the foreseen reading order per series below:
Tear Asunder Series - Dark Romance Series
With You (novella)
Torn from You
Overwhelmed by You
Shattered by You
Kept from You
Unyielding Series - Dark Romance Series
Scars of the Wraith Series - Paranormal Romance Series
Irish Crown - Standalone Romantic Suspense Novel
And as promised, find here the blurbs of Nashoda's books "With you" and "Torn from you" and the FREE excerpt!
Sculpt is an illegal fighter.
He’s also the lead singer of a local rock band.
No one knows his real name.
And from the moment I met him, he made me forget mine.
In order to convince Sculpt to give me self-defense lessons, I had to follow his one rule - no complaining or he’d walk. I didn't think it would be a problem. I could handle a few bruises. What I hadn't anticipated was landing on my back with Sculpt on top of me and my entire body burning up for him.
I tried to ignore it.
I failed of course. And having a hot, tattooed badass on top of me week after week, acting completely immune to what he was doing to me—it was frustrating as hell, so I broke his rule -
Then he kissed me.
Warning: Huge cliff-hanger. Like huge! However, the next novel "Torn from You" is released.
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Torn from you
Love is like an avalanche. It hits hard, fast and without mercy.
At least it did for me when Sculpt, the lead singer of the rock band Tear Asunder knocked me off my feet. Literally, because he’s also a fighter, illegally of course, and he taught me how to fight. He also taught me how to love and I fell hard for him. I mean the guy could do sweet, when he wasn't doing bossy, and I like sweet.
Then it all shattered.
I was alone and fighting to survive.
When I heard Sculpt's voice, I thought he was there to save me.
I was wrong.
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*All books mentioned here can contain triggers, sexual scenes and are therefore not advised for readers below 18 years.
FREE Excerpt from "With You" by Nashoda Rose
When Sculpt began to play, his voice completely knocked me flat on my ass, captivated me from the second he started singing. It was deep. It was graveled and raw. And it was sexy as hell. His eyes closed while the music pulled him in, soft bedroom hair drifting across his forehead as he lost himself in the words.
God, it was stunning. It was beautiful. And he held me hostage with his voice. It was like the wind was carrying me on his words, and I floated in a realm of captive magnificence.
If he could do this to me, I could only imagine what happened when he got on stage with his band.
He stopped, and my mind was still replaying the sound over and over again. I was lost within his voice, the beautiful way his fingers skimmed over the guitar strings with ease. It was so natural and raw.
His hand lay flat against the guitar, and his eyes were on me. I licked my lips then moved in close until I was a breath away from his mouth. We were both breathing heavy as we stared at one another. I felt like I was sucking him into my lungs, tasting him on my tongue.
“You’re the reason music exists,” I whispered. I pressed my lips against his and heard him groan against them. It vibrated into me, and the butterflies in my stomach did a drunken dance.
I couldn’t get close enough with the guitar between us, but at that moment it didn’t matter as long as Sculpt kissed me. His mouth swept me up into him like his voice had, bringing me to a place of no return. I was lost to him even if I thought I could stop it. I knew this was it. If he hurt me, I’d be shattered crystal. He could do that to me, and yet, I didn’t care. It was worth the risk. He was worth the risk.
“Mouse,” he moaned pulling back. “You wet? Is your pussy throbbing?”
I felt the heat in my cheeks inflame, and I lowered my gaze from his. He knew exactly what was happening to me, and yet it was still embarrassing to hear it aloud.
“God, you look sexy as hell shy and sweet. Now answer the question.”
He groaned then kissed me again, but this time it was quick and soft. “You ever had sex before?”
I shook my head and lowered my eyes from his. Why did that feel embarrassing? Probably because he’d had sex numerous times with girls who knew what they were doing.
“I like that. I like that a lot. Means you’ll only ever be mine.”