Featured Interview With M. Rose Peluso
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
My full name is Maryanne Peluso. Rose is my Confirmation name. I am using a Pen Name to protect the identity of many of the individuals mentioned in my memoir. I am a devout Catholic and a former Franciscan Religious Sister. Prior to entering the Catholic Convent, I was a graphic artist for nearly 10 years. While in the Convent, I earned a Masters Degree in Pastoral/Spiritual Theology. When I left the Sisters in 2007, I went to work for a Parish in Northern New Jersey as the Director of their Religious Education Program. However, because I’ve been a chronic pain sufferer for over 22 years, I had to stop working full-time and applied for SSDI. I now work part-time as a Senior Caregiver/Companion. I was born and raised in Newark and Irvington, New Jersey. I now live in Central New Jersey with my 82 y/o mother and my pet lovebird, Cheekie.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I wasn’t a good reader while in elementary school. I needed some help with my reading and received some special assistance. After this training, my reading improved a lot and ever since I’ve just really enjoyed it. I now read probably about 100 books a year. Well, maybe not that many but close to it. I love true crime stories, memoirs and mostly crime fiction. I began my memoir in the fall of 2015.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
As I stated in my last answer, I love to read mostly crime fiction. But I also enjoy true stories, true crime stories and memoirs in general. Every now and then, I like a good “clean” romance story. My favorite authors are Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell, Debbie Macomber, C.J. Box and I enjoy books of the same genres written by self-published, indie authors. The inspiration to write my memoir came from the Lord Jesus Christ.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My first, debut and only book is my memoir about the time that I spent 8 years in a Catholic Convent. While there, I had to deal with a mysterious illness that caused widespread, intractable pain. I didn’t know what my condition was for quite a while following my entrance into the Sisterhood. Being in a lot of pain and not knowing what was causing it created a lot of fear, anger, and depression. At first the Sisters were compassionate and understanding but then after some time passed, their compassion seemed to depreciate. The memoir is the compelling true story told from behind Convent walls of all that I went through in order to “make peace” with my chronic pain and the loss of my Religious Vocation. It took me from mid-October of 2015 until the end of January of 2021 to completely finish the manuscript, have it edited and proofread, printed, published and “advertised” online at Amazon and other online retailers.
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