Roo Phelps is a 4th generation broadcaster, and multi CCMA and BCCMA On Air Personality Of The Year Award Winner. Roo is a passionate advocate for epilepsy awareness and education, as well as an avid weight lifter. She spends her free time talking to her dogs as if they were humans and attempting to learn the drums. No surprise, she is single.
Please tell our readers about yourself.
I'm Canada's only fourth generation broadcaster in an unbroken line. I am a two time Canadian country music association on air personalty of the year award winner and a two time British Columbia country music association on air personalty of the year award winner. In may of 2018 I departed radio to fulfill my lifelong dream of writing a book. I have two dogs who I talk to as if their humans, and I'm a horrible drumming who is attempting to get better.
Tell us a bit about your book and why it is a must-read?
"11 Weeks - The Real-Time Chronicling Of A Breakup" is a day by day account of the most devastating breakup of my life. It is a true story. While attempting to sort through the loss of Wes and his two children I was tumbled down a rabbit hole where I confronted the death of my best friend, the end of my marriage, the traumatic impact of an elevator accident, and my own hang ups about sex and morality.
What inspired you to write your book?
Being dumped by the person I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with.
Where is your favorite place to write?
I wrote this entire book on the back deck of my tiny little farm house property in beautiful West Kelowna. I would wake up early, hit the gym, grab a Starbucks, and then be out on the porch for hours and hours just writing.
Who are some of the writers who have influenced you?
Joan Didion is my biggest inspiration, her beautiful and heart-wrenching depictions of real life showed me that writing about the truth can sometimes be as poetic, magical, tragic and deep, as fiction.
Who is a creative person (not a writer) who has influenced you and your work?
My parents are incredibly funny, creative, wonderful, silly, playful storytellers. Their belief in the arts has been the backbone of my success in both broadcasting and writing.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors who may be reading this interview?
Write. Write, write, write, write, write. In the beginning just find a place that you are comfortable, and write
What’s next for you? What are you working on now?
My second book will be out later in 2019
What is your preferred method to have readers get in touch with or follow you (i.e., website, personal blog, Facebook page, etc.) and link(s)?
Instagram @roophelps twitter @roophelps Facebook: Roo Phelps
"11 Weeks - The Real-Time Chronicling Of A Breakup" By Roo Phelps
This emotionally evocative memoir takes us on a journey through each day of Roo’s 11 weeks attempting to heal from a breakup. As we might expect, Roo’s path out of heartbreak is anything but linear. As we see Roo struggle, grow, and—in fits and starts—heal her broken heart, we ultimately feel less alone in our own heartbreaks. Roo’s chronicle of healing is genuine, vulnerable, and wholehearted. Her account reads like an honest, at times hilarious, chat with a close friend. Even in her darkest moments, Roo expresses great love and a sense of hope. She could have wallowed through her breakup alone, but instead, she gave us all a gift—the knowledge that we’re not the only ones going through this.
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