Rose Padrick is a Brevard County author and freelance writer born in New York City and raised on Florida's Space Coast. Her experiences as a mother and a grandmother served as an inspiration for her column, 'Rose's Room' in Florida Today and has also been featured in Woman's World Magazine, RV Life, Pet Gazette and many other popular publications as well.
Born in inner city New York I moved at an early age to Florida, landing in Angel City, a small tight-knit community in Merritt Island.
Although I had not yet started school I enjoyed telling my new friends about the rides and funhouses of Coney Island, and what I couldn't remember I made up. So began my lifetime love of storytelling.
A childhood of having one foot in the big city and one running free in pre-air-conditioned Florida also affords me a unique perspective I use in my short stories such as Ties That Bind, and an upcoming autobiography.
My husband of 49 years and I still make our home very close to the neighboorhood where we were raised and would raise our five children. Shaving time from my 40 hour a week job and busy weekends to write isn't easy, but my love of story telling keeps me at the computer till the wee hours.
Rewarding myself with a 'Grammy fix'- grabbing a hug or a walk on the beach with one or more of my 19 grandchildren – keeps me in stories…and in smiles.
I draw upon my experiences as a mother and a grandmother as inspiration for all my writing, but especially for my column Rose's Room' which ran weekly in Florida Today newspaper for three years. In a newspaper readers survey Roses Room was voted as one of two most popular columns in the entire newspaper. Rose's Room then became Rose's Corner and ran for a year in Seniors Today magazine.
Previously appearing monthly in Home Town News-Forever Young magazine Rose's Room is now appearing monthly in the Port Saint John Happenings newspaper.
My short article on how to handle adult children and their families moving back home appeared in Grandparents magazine. Woman's World magazine ran two of my 'Ordinary people overcoming adversity' stories as feature articles -the first ran three pages with pictures and the second a two page spread with pictures.
My short stories have appeared in such venues as Literary Liftoff – the official magazine of the Space Coast Writers Guild, and in various monthly magazines; Senior Life, The Best Of Times, Camping Today, Coastal Angler, Quiltworks, GRANDS!, RV Life, and Pet Gazette to name a few.
My yet-to-be published children's book ran as a monthly chapter feature in the Pet Gazette magazine and as a weekly cliffhanger in the Deland Beacon newspaper. I hope soon to change Sparky's Adventures status from 'yet-to-be published' to 'recently published'.
'Open Letter to New Grandparents' was my contribution to the book The Art Of Grandparenting' (Nightengale Publications). 'Prayer of Gratitude' was my contribution to the book 'Gratitude' compiled by the Space Coast Writers Guild and published as a fund raiser, available on Amazon and Kindle. 'How To Make The Holidays Stress Free…Almost!' is my first self published book and also available on Amazon and Kindle.