Rosemary: I think my novels are very relevent to today.  My novel "The Great Canadian Adventure" spoke of "cultural genocide" before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission did. "Mission Mururoa" highlights radionuclides leaking into the Pacific Ocean from a Greenpeace warning many years ago.  Imagine, if they are leaking and are being added to the ones from the Japanese Nuclear Reactor disaster.  My novel Journey Great Barrier Reef warns of a Cyanide spill, also into the Pacific Ocean, from a Greenpeace warning.  Add 600,00 pounds of Cyanide to the radionuclide mix and you have a potential for great damage.
"Alaska Now" is about The Alaska Native Wildlife Refuge.  It and "At Eagle's Edge" tell much about the attitudes of oil executives who value money more than wildlife or eco-systems, given the horrendous Gulf Oil Spill.  One in the Arctic if they drill off shore will be even more disastrous.  So much for Engineer assurances they have everything under control.  What happened with the Gulf spill and the Japan Nuclear Plant. Such arrogance.

My Hawaii novels are all about Aloha and Identity as a Native Hawaiian (Do I want to become American or retain my native culture).  Today the Akaka Bill which would give the same status to Native Hawaiians as Native Alaskans and Native Americans is still trying to pass Congress.
"Last Wild Place" and "Timber Sale" are about past and present unbridled Capitalism, a problem still obviously happening in the world.  

"Return of the Canoe Societies" is about British Columbia's First Nations people still trying to reach agreement about land claims after one hundred and fifty years.

Even my funny novels, "The Wager" and "Healing Khadijah" explore contemporary issues.  "The Wager" explores how to live well past mid-life while "Healing Khadijah" explores the relevence of such things as incredible culture-clash between extreme Islamic values and extreme Tea Party values.
"Alias the Tank" talks about identity for disabled individuals, and real inclusion in schools and society, pressing problems in today's world.
"An End To Innocence" explores young, bright women dealing with love, identity, culture and politics in today's world.
"Money Child" explores the loss of God in today's largely secular world and the substitution of seeking only happiness instead of service to a higher cause, one of the causes of losing personal meaning in today's world.

Yes, it has been quite a journey. I have been delightfully busy. At the age of 55 I first officially retired from my career as a School Psychologist only to return later. I had many mishaps along my journey of retirement and back with a lot of unexpected events. I decided to write a narrative story about my journey in the "Freedom 55 years" which then with the help of two of my colleagues was expanded in a self-help book for Baby Boomers who wanted a new type of retirement in which they could strike the perfect balance between leisure and purpose. The book we wrote is called "The Way of the Supernova: A New Baby Boomer Retirement Era That Will Change The World." 

I've released a riveting action/adventure novel set in West Papua on the Island of New Guinea that highlights the plight of West Papuan tribesmen called "Last Wild Place" and I've finished "Liliha and the Sacred Mission" Moana type Young Adult novel exploring a young Native Hawaiian girl's worry about the loss of everything Hawaiian in her country.   Imagine a planned Air Force runway taking up most of the island of Ni'ihau, which has remained Hawaiian in nature despite foreign ownership since 1850.  I've written two Metaphysical books "No Need To Say Goodbye" and "Not Really Coincidence" as a result of unexpected, mind-altering contact after passing with my dear partner Dr. Edward Bird (Ted).  I can't wait to see what I might right next, the world is becoming such a complicated place.



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1) Rosemary, how did you first become interested in  writing historical fiction novels?   And what is your latest novel.
Rosemary:  My latest novel is a Literary History about Canada called "The Great Canadian Adventure:  From Indian Country to Nation State.  In this novel, Katherine Golden Eagle, a graduate student becomes horrified as she is hired to help with a documentary glorifying Canada's treatment of Plains people after 1867.  Her efforts to instill the real truth into the documentary result in a huge growth experience as she tackles the stereotypes so many Canadians have of their Native Peoples.

       I am a School Psychologist fascinated by Identity Achievement in what has become a very diversified world. I started to write when I visited Hawaii back in 1988 and I thought about the culture clash that existed between the Native Hawaiians and the Americans. Since I had Psychology training, I explored how Erik Erikson's Adolescent Identity Achievement Task (who am I and what do I want to do with my life) would apply to all the multi-cultural teenagers such as those in Hawaii. Do they, for instance, decide to identify with their American counterparts, or people from their own cultural backgrounds (in Hawaii people can often be a mixture of Hawaiian, Japanese, European, Chinese, Portugese, etc.) as a result of four hundred thousand people who came to work the sugar plantations in the 1900's. The result of this musing and travels has been twelve novels about multi-cultural people growing up with their cultural backgrounds and becoming involved in issues involving injustice in their countries. 
2) Where in particular have you set your novels? 
Rosemary: So far I've set novels in Hawaii, Tahiti, Malaysia, Australia, West Papua on the Island of New Guinea, Canada, Alaska, and California. 
3) What are some of your most successful moments as an Author of your novels? 
Rosemary:  My Hawaiian novel "Aloha and Mai Tais" received a 5 star review from Midwest Book Review and my Australian novel "Journey Great Barrier Reef" became a winner in the 2003 Telluride Indiefest Contest when I turned it into a Screenplay.  Also my audiobook "Kula Keiki Ali'i was nominated for a Hoku (the equivalent of an EMMY).  It did not win the Spoken Word category but it was an honor to be nominated.
4) Is it true that you have added genres and made a partial transition from Historical Fiction Writer to Non Fiction, Reading Instuction, retirement and after-life issues.issues? How did this happen? Also, do you think your novels are relevant to 2015.