Rossandra White
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  • Laguna Beach, CA
  • United States
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Rossandra White commented on the blog post 'Marketing Tip: Always Carry a Book with You'
"Good to remember! Thanks for the reminder. And the dentist's a great idea too, Betsy Teutsch,"
May 5
Rossandra White left a comment for Diane Shute
"Hi Diane, thanks for friend request! "
Apr 14
Lene Fogelberg liked Rossandra White's blog post The Final Reckoning--LOVEYOUBYE
Mar 5
Lene Fogelberg commented on the blog post 'The Final Reckoning--LOVEYOUBYE'
"Inspiring post Rossandra, I can relate to your journey! Thanks for sharing! "
Mar 5
Rossandra White liked Celine Keating's blog post [SWP: Behind the Book] Learning to Be Bold
Feb 11
Charlene Diane Jones left a comment for Rossandra White
"congratulations Rossandra on getting published last year! And your travels on this fiction journey sound interesting enough for a book by themselves. THanks for friending me and welcoming me to this group. "
Jan 17
Rossandra White commented on the group 'She Writes in California'
"Hello there, Charlene! I live in Laguna Beach, about 50 miles down the coast from LA. An artist's town, quite gorgeous, if a bit of too touristy for my liking. If you're down this way, would love to hook up with a sister SheWriter. We…"
Jan 17
Rossandra White commented on the group 'Bloggers: Let's Make It Work!'
"Welcome Diane! "
Jan 15
Rossandra White liked Jean P. Moore's blog post [SWP: Behind the Book] My Journey with the Spring Authors of 2014
Jan 13
Rossandra White commented on the blog post '[SWP: Behind the Book] My Journey with the Spring Authors of 2014'
"Great post Jean!"
Jan 13
Rossandra White commented on the blog post 'It's 3AM. Do You Know Where Your Blurbs Are?'
"Big emotional drama publishing my memoir, am I really going to hang myself out to dry? Okay, so I did (in April) but I didn't know the hell that awaited with promotion before, during, and after. And now with my second book poised on the brink…"
Dec 9, 2014
Rossandra White liked Pamela Olson's blog post The First Draft as Scaffolding
Nov 13, 2014
Rossandra White commented on the blog post 'The First Draft as Scaffolding'
"I really related to this. The first book I wrote started out as a memoir: 500-pages of events told in flashback. No clue whatsoever as to what I was doing. I then converted the whole mess into two YA novels, which turned out a little better.…"
Nov 13, 2014
Rossandra White commented on the blog post 'The Mindsets that Keep You From Starting (and Finishing) Your Book: Part I'
"Great comments everyone. I'm inspired."
Oct 22, 2014
Rossandra White commented on the blog post 'The Mindsets that Keep You From Starting (and Finishing) Your Book: Part I'
"When I read the title to your article, I jumped on it. After writing two novels, half of a fourth, a memoir (published in April) and the beginnings of a fifth (a disastrous NaNoWriMo last year), I'm totally stumped. I'm so afraid I'm…"
Oct 21, 2014
Rossandra White liked Bella Mahaya Carter's blog post [Body, Mind & Spirit] Gifts of Spirit: Knowing When to Write, When to Pause & When to Begin Again
Oct 15, 2014

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Who I am:
I'm a fourth generation South African who finally made it to America, country of my dreams where I now write about the wild old days of my childhood as well as the wild new days of my chosen life.
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Books I've written, anthologies I've contributed to, and any scripts or plays I've authored:
I’ve written two YA novels set in Africa, Monkey's Wedding and Mine Dances, and a memoir: Loveyoubye. An excerpt of the latter appeared in the anthology, Interstices in May of 2010.
Media outlets that I currently write for:
My writing is:
Fiction, Memoir, Blog Posts
Outlets where I review books, TV, or film:
Not yet!
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Rossandra White's Blog


Posted on July 18, 2014 at 1:19pm 0 Comments

I'm giving away ONE AUTOGRAPHED COPY of my memoir Loveyoubye: Holding Fast, Letting Go, And Then There's The Dog on Goodreads. The giveaway ends on Sunday morning at 8am GMT Good luck! …


The Final Reckoning--LOVEYOUBYE

Posted on February 10, 2014 at 4:30pm 3 Comments

Three weeks ago, I arrived home to find a box tossed just inside my gate. The beasties (my two Staffordshire Bull Terriers), can make a fuss if they spot a delivery man. I hadn't ordered anything, it had to be for my body shop neighbor; it happens. I hefted it up, headed back out the gate and stopped. The box was addressed to me. From She Writes Press.  My book Loveyoubye: Hanging On, Letting Go, and Then There’s the Dog, in print: Advance Reading Copies—ARCs…


How and Why I Began Writing

Posted on August 1, 2013 at 4:30pm 2 Comments

At 49 I felt compelled to write a book. Not something I’d always wanted to do. I figured maybe it was just time to finally record all those stories about my ancestors who had been in South Africa since the 1800s, as well as my own stories about growing up in a small Zambian copper mining town, plus a two-year stint on a sisal plantation in Zimbabwe. This was before the two countries were independent, when colonial power held sway, when the bush was full of animals. And then there were all…



Posted on July 29, 2013 at 8:00am 34 Comments

By the time I was ready to submit my memoir, Loveyoubye, for publication I was already burned out from my efforts to get my two YA African-based novels, Monkey’s Wedding and Mine Dances, published. A real sob story, that one. At the last moment my publisher merged with another house and I was…


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At 9:16pm on January 17, 2015, Charlene Diane Jones said…

congratulations Rossandra on getting published last year! And your travels on this fiction journey sound interesting enough for a book by themselves. THanks for friending me and welcoming me to this group. 

At 8:45am on October 5, 2014, Lene Fogelberg said…

Thanks for all your excellent advice and encouragement Rossandra! I appreciate it very much. And I need to get my hands on your book as well. Looking forward to reading it!

At 5:14am on August 15, 2014, Pat Roa-Perez said…

Thanks for welcoming me. I'm happy to be here. Not so alone anymore....

At 6:14pm on February 13, 2014, Rita Gardner said…

Hi Rossandra - thanks - delighted to be one of your friends, as we go through this journey (gulp!) together.  I look forward to reading your book too!

Yes, Kaye's working away on my project - thank goodness; I can't do any of that publicity stuff myself!

At 7:20pm on November 19, 2013, Laurie Buchanan said…

Thank you. I'm glad to be here. I came by way of Leanne Dyck.

At 3:11pm on October 29, 2013, Francine Huss said…

Hi Rossandra. Glad to be in your fine company for April 2014 book launch by SWP!

At 9:27pm on October 15, 2013, J. Dylan Yates said…

Hi Rossandra. Nice to see you here!  I really like your book title and cover as well. This is very exciting and I'm looking forward to my next steps.

At 3:25pm on October 15, 2013, Mary Adler said…

Hi Rossandra,

Thank you for thinking of this.


At 8:32am on October 15, 2013, Kay Rae Chomic said…

Hi Rossandra,

Thanks for being my 'friend.' I really like your book title and cover:-)

Looking forward to sharing this exciting publishing process with SWP authors!


At 6:56pm on July 30, 2013, Linda Rosen said…

Thanks! Now if only an agent/editor/publisher would get hooked. Keeping SWP in my head though.



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