“Whenever I’m against a brick wall, I remember how beautifully my favorite rose blossoms. Then I know the petals in my life definitely outweigh the thorns!”
~ Rose Klix
Rose’s Roots: Rose Klix (nee Catherine Ann Rose) grew up in Rapid City, South Dakota, in the heart of the Black Hills. Her father Harmon Lee Rose was a career National Guard mechanic, her mother Evelyn Mae (nee Swinehart) Rose created, owned and operated Pioneer Quilt Shop where Rose and her mother taught beginning quilters and co-authored how-to-quilt books and patterns. James Orion Rose, her brother, was an over-the-road truck driver. “We called ourselves the ‘Four Roses.'” Rose is now the last of that bouquet.
Current Location: Rose enjoys mountains and hills. “I love looking up to nature even when their heights make me feel small and insignificant.” For several years she has enjoyed milder winters in the Appalachian Mountains of the Tri-Cities area in Northeast Tennessee with her avid golfer husband Rob. One of her favorite places is Roan Mountain during the peak of Rhododendron season in late June.
In 2013 Rob and Rose decided it was time to return to Rose’s birth home in Rapid City, South Dakota. They remembered hiking up Harney Peak and seeing the Black Hills. “We enjoyed that view during several summer vacations.” See the following pictures. “We tried moving back, but Winter of 2014 changed Rob’s mind.
A Rapid City High School Creative Writing class solidified her desire to be a writer. At Dakota Wesleyan University, Mitchell, South Dakota, Rose earned her cum laude BA degree in English, with an emphasis on Creative Writing. She received her BS degree in Business from Excelsior College in Albany, New York. Or as her son Scott says ,she now has “a BA in BS!” Rose graduated from the LongRidge Writers Group’s Breaking Into Print. The writing course combined fiction and creative nonfiction techniques.
Rose also attended several Writers Center Workshops in Bethesda, Maryland; Blountville, Bristol, Johnson City, Kingsport, Memphis, and Oak Ridge,Tennessee locations, Abingdon, Virginia, and Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. “I loved networking with fellow writers and learning from their successes.”
In 2010 Rose founded PST-NE, a branch chapter of the Poetry Society of Tennessee, affiliated with the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. She has been a member of Lost State Writers Guild, Appalachian Authors Guild (affiliated with Virginia Writers’ Club), the Poetry Society of Virginia, the Watauga Chapter of National League of American Pen Women (NLAPW), the Black Hills chapter of NLAPW, the South Dakota State Poetry Society, and Black Hills Writers Group. All are listed as favorite LINKS on her website www.RoseKlix.com.
Rose was instrumental in bringing the Maryland Poet Laureate Michael Glaser to the Greenbelt Writers Group program at the Greenbelt Arts Center, in Greenbelt, Maryland.
Rose is an award-winning and published writer of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, and a produced playwright. She started writing as a pre-teen in 1962 (more than fifty years). A short story collection “My Short and Long-Stemmed Stories” compiles 16 fiction works written over the years. She was curious about past lives and discovered several through regression. Her experiences and lessons learned are in her book “Past Lives Before Now.” See the BOOKS page of www.Rose Klix.com for more information.
Rose retired from civil service after more than 20 years, including procurement positions with two military branches and three Washington, DC agencies. Throughout her career, Rose used her skills such as writing standard operating procedures , contracts, and supporting documents. As a procurement analyst Rose wrote procurement regulations for one government branch.
After civil service retirement, Rose pledged to devote her time to more creative writing. Her ambition has been to write, write, and write. “I will keep writing until I have nothing more to say.” She has learned there still are only 24 hours in a day!