Welcome to BackStory! I’m Rosa DeBerry King, the author of House Key, my debut novel. Patterns emerged in my early drafts that remind me research involves more than verifying facts and dates. It’s also about connecting words and images to new ideas that lead to bigger discoveries. That’s why I want readers to know more about the topics I touch, about all the things that inspire me throughout the process of writing. Things I want to know more about, too.

The topics are wide and varied. Random, if you will, but still essential to the House Key story. A lost key found unleashes secrets that force its multi-faceted characters to confront one another’s cultural differences. That’s tough on a normal day, but it only escalates as they travel through tumultuous historical times. They face their challenges by sharing art, cuisine, literature and poetry; the stones that pave the arc of their journey. The novel represents a collection of backstories that we peel back in layers of time to get to the heart of the matter. Backstories with stories of their own. A blog is the perfect way to open a dialog about topics that are unique but cross over into other areas. Because, ultimately, I’m convinced all things are connected.

The artist and teacher in me sees this as a great way to learn, share ideas, and grow. This forum lets us explore myriad areas that pique our curiosity in as much depth or breadth as we choose. That said, perhaps the best way to start is by chapter, as things come up in House Key. Looking ahead to the sequel, I’ll include new research from my travels to favorite places like art museums. That makes this blog pretty eclectic. I’ll include links for further reading, as well as images I’ve taken or found along the way that illustrate ideas that elude words. Please note that I do not own the copyrights to many of these images, but will cite their sources wherever possible. I hope you enjoy BackStory and will contribute your own thoughts and ideas!

The latest story behind the backstory

My New Fort

So the reason for the radio-silence lately is that I’ve actually been working on an audio project for the last few weeks. I’m creating a voice-over version for House Key, or what my... READ MORE

Hemingway on Country

Another big take-away from Hemingway on Writing, edited by Larry W. Phillips — along with making characters real — is knowing Country. Living and writing in Africa and Spain allowed Hemingway to write compelling novels... READ MORE