1- Can you tell our readers more about you and your books?
I am Ryma Rosette. I was born in Algiers and lived there until 2014, the year I moved to the US. I recently published on Amazon my first book “For the Love of Fashion”, a comprehensive fashion and style guide that deals with issues of beauty and style in a profound way. Right now, I am working on a second book, still about beauty and fashion (and I’m revealing this for the first time here!). I’m halfway done and I expect it to be ready by the end of this year. The work on this book involves extensive traveling for research, photoshoot sessions in different locations and illustrations, which I am preparing myself. This book will be different from the first one: not exclusively for women and with some interesting historical insights.
2- Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with bad or good ones?
Yes, I do read my book reviews. So far, fortunately, I only received positive reviews but I welcome opinions of every reader as long as they are constructive.
3- Do you google yourself?
Who doesn’t in this day and age? But seriously, I think I googled myself once or twice since the publication of my book to see what kind of a profile I have on the internet and to see the splashes that my book created.
4- What one thing would you give up to become a better writer?
I already gave up much of my Netflix time to focus on my books, does that count? Well, with one book published and another on the way I believe I established a good balance between writing and other daily activities. So far I have not faced difficult choices to strike that balance and I hope it will remain the case.
5- How did you become involved with the subject or theme of your book?
I’m an engineer by profession but my family has a long history in the business of couture. Since the era of French Algeria and beginning with my grandfather there has been great interest in my family for clothes manufacturing. This background gave me confidence to embark upon a book on this subject.
6- Can you share some stories about people you met while researching this book?
I did not really research this book by meeting people but compliments to my style, particularly from women in the US, boosted my motivation to go all the way to the end. In a metaphorical sense, this book, as it deals with the French style, plunged me into memories of people I met in the past in old Algiers with their timeless fashion sense.
7- Are there vocabulary or concepts in your book that may be new to readers? Define some of those.
There are not many new words or concepts per se but since most of my fashion vocabulary derives from French language I had to sometimes find equivalents in English and sometimes leave the phrases as they are and explain them in a note or between brackets. For example, there is an expression in French that I used in my book: le noir est une valeur sure. It literally means “black is a sure value”, by which we mean that choosing the color back is a choice without risks. I left this phrase in French and just provided an explanation for it in the book.
8- Who are some of your favorite authors that you feel were influential in your work? What impact have they had on your writing?
One of my favorite authors is the French playwright Moliere. I evoked in my final chapter Moliere’s play “The Imaginary Invalid” as a metaphor for women who feel insecure about their body and appearance. Moliere’s focus on human psychology in his plays might have indirectly affected my choice to consecrate several parts in the book on feelings and emotions related to appearance such as self-confidence, comfort, jealousy etc.
9- What are some day jobs that you have held? If any of them impacted your writing share an example.
As an engineer, I worked on optimizing cellphone coverage and call quality. The subtitle of my book is “The Optimized Guide to an Epic, Timeless Wardrobe” because I applied an engineering way of thinking to optimize fashion choices.
10- Where can our readers find about you and your books?
I have an author page on Amazon under the name RymaRosette.
I am also on Facebook, my page is: Ryma Rosette.
My Instagram account is: @rosetteryma.