When she isn't writing, Rose enjoys spending time in the mountains and hills. She loves looking up to nature. For several years, she liked spending mild winters in the Appalachian Mountains of the Tri-Cities area in Northeast Tennessee with her husband, Rob. One of her favorite places was Roan Mountain during the peak of Rhododendron season in late June.
In 2013, she and Rob decided it was time to return to her birth home. They remembered hiking up Harney Peak and viewing the Black Hills. The couple enjoyed the view they saw during several summer vacations. Rose has said, "We tried moving back, but winter of 2014 changed Rob's mind. Yay! We're back in Tennessee! I love the Black Hills, but winter is my least favorite season."
Rose's desire to be a writer was solidified when she took a creative writing class at Rapid City High School. Later while attending Dakota Wesleyan University, Rose continued her educational journey to become a skilled writer. She earned her cum laude Bachelor of Arts in English with an emphasis on creative writing. She received her Bachelor of Science in Business from Excelsior College in Albany, New York.
Additionally, Rose has a graduation certificate from the Long Ridge Writers Group's Breaking Into Print writing course. This course showed students how to combine fiction and creative nonfiction techniques.
Throughout the years, Rose has attended several Writers Center Workshops. These seminars took place in:
- Blountville, Tennessee
- Memphis, Tennessee
- Oak Ridge, Tennessee
- Abingdon, Virginia
- Bethesda, Maryland
- Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
In 2010, Rose founded PST-NE, a branch chapter of the Poetry Society of Tennessee. Not only is Poetry Society of Tennessee - Northeast (PST-NE) affiliated with the Poetry Society of Tennessee (PST), but with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies (NFSPS). She has also been a member of the following organizations:
Through hard work, Rose was even instrumental in bringing Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser to the Greenbelt Writers Group program at the Greenbelt Arts Center. She continues to help different writers' groups today.
Technical Writing Experience
In addition to poetry, fiction, and nonfiction writing, Rose has also worked as a technical writing specialist. For over 20 years, she held procurement positions with two military branches and three Washington, DC, agencies. Throughout her career, she has used her skills in writing standard operating procedures, contracts, and supporting documents. As a procurement analyst, she wrote procurement regulations for one government branch.
After she retired from civil service, she pledged to devote her time to more creative writing. Her ambition has been to write. However, she has learned there are only 24 hours in a day.