What happened to Rose by Helga Zeiner
A mystery so shocking it needs to stay hidden
Carola’s life is perfect – or so it seems. Her husband, her friends, her staff don’t see the emptiness of a loveless existence. Every day is the same, until the day when she has enough. Without warning she leaves her home country of Germany to start a new life in the Canadian wilderness.
But she is not equipped to handle the hardships of a lonely existence in a remote cabin. A five-day snowstorm brings her close to her breaking point. Searching for means to survive, she discovers the written confession of the previous cabin owner who wants to clear his conscience by admitting to a terrible sin he committed involving a girl called Rose.
When the storm subsides, Carola begins to ask questions but nobody is willing to talk. Nobody wants to tell what happened to Rose, but Carola becomes obsessed with finding out the truth.
Will Rose finally get justice? If you love mystery and suspense, with an added romance bonus, this new novel by an Amazon bestselling author will keep you turning the pages all night long.
Q: Welcome to the Fossend Publishing Blog Helga. Can you give the readers a brief overview of your Book, What Happened to Rose.
A: Hello, and thank you for inviting me to this interview. My new novel is an intense mystery about a little girl called Rose stolen from her family and place into a new home deep in the Canadian wilderness. I don’t want to explain too much – the nature of a mystery is to keep things hidden as long as possible, right?
Q: Can you tell us a little bit about yourself, and when your interest in writing began.
A: The day I read my first book – I was about nine, and my dad gave me the 80 volume collection of a German writer called Karl May – I fell in love with books, and with the idea of storytelling. Soon after, I began to experiment with words. My poor family suffered through exhausting times of having to listen to my literary trials and errors.
Q: What prompted you to write What Happened to Rose?
A: Believe it or not, but I had a vision of the incident of Rose’s disappearance while I walked along the shore of a picturesque lake in the Rocky Mountains. I saw it so clearly, I researched later on in newspapers and historic archives if such a crime actually happened. I found no reference, but like my protagonist Carola, I became obsessed with finding out Rose’s fate.
Q: What challenges did you face when writing What Happened to Rose?
A: To have the story so close and so clear in my mind became a bit overpowering. All my books have part of my life woven into the storyline, but none are as ‘autobiographic’ as Rose’s story. My challenge was to separate fiction from fact when I had to leave the computer and come back into this world.
Q: Do you have any specific writing routines?
A: Before I start, I count myself down from ten to zero. Then I imagine a door opening to my very private writing palace. I enter it, close the door, and voila – I’m in the zone.
Q: What is the best thing about writing?
A: Being in the zone.
Q: What is the worst thing about writing?
A: Having to leave the zone.
Q: Do you do a lot of research for your books? If so how important is research for you?
A: Research is a major part of all my books. I research as much as possible in advance, usually locations, historic dates etc. I travel to all the places I write about. But while writing, my story often takes me to a place or date I’m not very familiar with, so I need to research as I write along.
Q: Do you read? If so what type of books do you read?
A: A lot. I love psychological thrillers, like Gone Girl.
Q: Do you have a favorite author? If so, who and why?
A: I still love Stephen King.
Q: Tell the readers something interesting about yourself that others may not know.
A: I did a skydiving course in a British military camp in Netheravon. Three weeks, being trained and jumping with the finest soldiers, some of them holding world records in skydiving. I loved it.
Q: What’s next for Helga Zeiner?
A: Going into the editing stage of my next book, called ‘The Shadow Master’ … and building a new home for us. A cottage even deeper in the woods than our current home.
Quick fire round
Sweet or savoury – vanilla ice cream sweet
Beach or countryside – countryside, but with a lake
EBook or paperback - EBook
Classic or modern - Mixed
Sun or Snow – snow in the sun
Helga Zeiner is a German born Canadian author. She left her home town Augsburg at age eighteen to explore the world. In the following fourteen years she has lived and worked in Australia and Asia, writing in her spare time.
Several of her thrilling novels have been on the Amazon bestseller list and enjoy an enthusiastic fan base.
She now lives with her husband on a country estate in the wilderness of British Columbia, devoting all her time to writing.
Helga Zeiner has published five novels in German and two in English. She is currently writing her third English thriller
To learn more about Helga visit her website or follow her on facebook, twitter, LinkedIn and goodreads.