Grant Kearney: What made you choose to write stories about angels?
Rose Oliver: I’ve always believed in angels, especially the guardian kind who watch over you and step in at what seems the exact right moment to help you through the roughest spots in life. And I wanted to help people – people who have problems that are sometimes tough to deal with. When I decided to write the Guardian Angels series, it just seemed logical.
Grant Kearney: Do you believe we all have an guardian angel?
Rose Oliver: I believe we all have some higher presence watching over us, yes. There have been too many times in my life when I’ve felt that presence step in to believe otherwise.
Grant Kearney: Why did you choose to write about children?
Rose Oliver: Hmm. I think I chose children because … because there is a “special connection.” Their view is so much more simple than ours. We tend to over-complicate things, but kids — they don’t. So with the Guardian Angels stories, I wrote about kids dealing with the issues because their understanding often tends to broaden our own.
Grant Kearney: What is the significance of the feathers on the covers?
Rose Oliver: To angels? Oh, on the covers. When the designer asked about my vision for the covers, I knew right away there must be feathers because so often people tend to visualize angels as having wings. Personally, I believe angels need no wings to “fly,” but I wanted readers to instantly connect the cover with the content.
The single feather seemed more impactful, and the different texture and curl of the feathers chosen for the cover of each story seemed significant to the “type” of story behind each of those covers.
Grant Kearney: I have heard of angels leaving feathers as a message. What message would that be?
Rose Oliver: You are not forgotten. If angels leave feathers as a message, I would say that message is a simple reminder that you have not been forgotten and that someone is there, looking out for and watching over you.
Grant Kearney: Don’t angels just watch over children?
Rose Oliver: We are all children, aren’t we? I mean, we may be “grown” adult children, but we are children all the same.
Grant Kearney: In your opinion, where do angels come from?
Rose Oliver: I believe “angels” are the spirit of God. We tend to think of them as separate beings when we think of angels, but I feel they are simply God’s spirit speaking with us in a way we will accept and listen to.
Grant Kearney: Why can’t we talk directly to God?
Rose Oliver: Who said we cannot talk directly to Him? If it is not allowed, I am in trouble because I do it all the time.
Grant Kearney: In your stories, the children can see their guardian angels…
Rose Oliver: Yes. I believe children often see things our “adult” eyes no longer comprehend because we’ve clouded our vision with the cares and worries of the world.
Grant Kearney: Is it an innocence we lose as adults?
Rose Oliver: Hmmm. It’s not so much we lose innocence as adults, but rather our inborn honesty. Children see things and they say what they see. Adults see things, analyze them to death, then say what they think other people would most prefer to hear about it, depending on to whom they are speaking.
Grant Kearney: And lastly, what do you want your readers want to get from your stories? What is your message you want to share with your readers?
Rose Oliver: I would hope readers realize that, no matter how bad stuff gets or seems to get, you are never alone – you have angels to watch you and guide you and to protect you. I would hope my readers understand that we are all worthy of Gods love, that we are born with an angel assigned to us whether we believe or not, no matter our religious beliefs and preferences or where you are born. Angels walk beside you – not behind, not on top but beside you – holding your hand. You may not see them, but they are there. They are speaking to you and guiding you … and above all, I hope you are listening to what they have to say.