Book Review and Author Interview: BLANK MASTERMIND, Rosey Mucklestone

by | 14 December 2018 | Books | 19 comments

I am SO excited to be doing this post today because I love raving about my friends and their stories, and I finally have the opportunity to shout all about one of my good friends and her debut novel which releases TODAY.

Please prepare your applause and confetti for the amazing Rosey Mucklestone and her novel Blank Mastermind! 😍



The Author

Rosey Mucklestone is the oldest of nine crazy kids and the daughter of two awesome parents. She lives with her family and two dogs in Missouri, spending her time writing, reading, baking and waitressing. Topics she’s passionate about include: the ocean, the Bible, mountains, fandoms, stories and characters in general. She’s never gotten amnesia and doesn’t plan on it, but life is full of surprises, so who knows?

You can find her on Instagram, Pinterest, Goodreads, and at her website



The Book

Amnesia is annoying. The poor hero has to find out everything about his wonderful life again and re-meet all the lovely people he knew before, then go to stop the villain.

But what if the life that starts showing itself isn’t wonderful, the people aren’t lovely and the villain is… yourself?


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The Review

A man wakes up backstage of an opera, covered in blood and with no memory of where he is, why he’s there, or even what his name is. Slowly he starts piecing together clues and the more he learns about himself, the more he wishes he didn’t know.

I read this entire book in one sitting. It sucked me in right from the beginning and I was so engaged in the story I couldn’t put it down.


The main character, Wolfgang Dankworth, has such a unique character voice and personality and it affects the whole style of the book. He’s such a real character and all his struggles really pull you into the story.

The whole cast is so vibrant with individual personality, and the character arcs and everything is so 3D and realistic.


This book throws the feels punches out, so be prepared. There’s a string of mystery and suspense through the whole book that kept me turning pages as fast as I could. I was so engrossed in the story that I never saw the twists and turns coming, but I’m also not the sort of person who stops to make theories about how the book might end. 😛


Let’s take a moment to appreciate the humour. Blank Mastermind deals with some tough, dark stuff, but it has gems of humour throughout the whole story and it’s amazing. From having an adorable little girl called Cardboard (she was found in a dumpster labelled ‘cardboard only’), to belting out schoolhouse rock at odd moments, to the snark and sarcasm scattered all over, it’s just so priceless and engaging.

And the humour and feels are so perfectly balanced that they compliment each other in the best way possible.


Blank Mastermind is a memorable book with an amazing and creative story. Absolutely recommended to YA readers who enjoy a good dystopian or superhero story.



The Interview

It’s my pleasure to have Rosey here today to answer a few fun questions. Let’s jump in and get started right away. Enjoy!


Hey Rosey! It’s so good to have you here. First of all, tell us a little about yourself!

Hey Jane! Thanks for having me!

Oh boy a little about myself.

Weeelll. I’m the oldest of nine kids and love it. I can make chocolate chip cookies in record time. I have two dogs and live in Missouri. I love Mission Impossible, Han Solo and Captain America.

That enough? xD


I love your movie/character choices. They’re all amazing! (Fun fact: it was Rosey who got me into Mission Impossible and now I also love it.)

Can you remember what first sparked the idea for Blank Mastermind? Is the final draft of the book fairly similar to the first concept, or are there differences?

The Studio C sketch, “Evil Memory Lapse” is the uncontested winner for what gave me the idea.

As far as how much the original idea varies… there are a lot of little things, though the idea stayed generally the same.

Wolfgang was originally supposed to be a lot more classy and aloof of a villain, as opposed to the revenge fuelled rage-monster his villain persona ended up being.

Bad News almost represented the opposite end of the spectrum for the theme and was going to be the force trying to drag Wolfgang back to the side of evil. He was supposed to be a huge jerk. Thank goodness he didn’t turn out that way.

And the ending, in a few aspects. Spoilers, so I can’t say. But were it not for my dad’s advice, the ending could have gone a completely different direction.


I can’t imagine Wolfgang being classy or aloof, and definitely can’t see News being a jerk, so I’m totally on board with those differences. 😂

How does it feel now that your book is finally in print form and other people can buy it? Do you have any release day celebration plans?

It feels awesome. I’m so glad to actually get people the real books after promising for so long. I can direct people to an actual amazon page when they want to see my book instead of a few scattered blog pages of the first draft.

Hmm… other than just organizing the blog tour, I didn’t really.

But now that you mention it… I believe some ice cream is in order.


Yes! Ice cream all round. You’ve earned it, girl. 😛

What’s the number one thing you think readers should know before coming into Blank Mastermind?

Oh jeez.

I’m really not sure.

I guess just… buckle up? Things start out pretty humorous, but seriousness shall set in. Be forewarned.


I will shamelessly admit that I cried in the middle of this book, so everyone definitely needs to be prepped for a feels ride. 😭

Which of the cast are you most similar to?

More ‘oh jeez’. xD

Honestly I’ve got bits of me scattered throughout all the characters. The initial direction for Wolfgang’s character was decided by the “what would be most likely to turn me evil?” question, so we’ve got some big similarities there. We talk in a similar way and have the same sense of humour. Generally same thought process, though the actions differ. (Oh yeah. And liking Doctor Who.)

Dallas and I physically look the most similar. Brown hair, green eyes, freckles, and kinda short and babyfaced. We’re both Captain America fans, dog lovers and worry a lot about other people.

Bad News has my method of solving problems and keeping other people happy, plus the same breed of optimism. A little bit of the “sweep the problems under the rug, make a joke and eat some ice cream” mentality. Plus, I do like Schoolhouse Rock a lot.

I could go on with the bits and pieces, but I think I’ll stop there for now. There’s a lot of me in these characters, suffice it to say.


Schoolhouse Rock is such a classic soundtrack for this book, and I love how that just adds to the book’s unique style!

This question kind of follows on from the last one: Are any of the characters named after or inspired by people you know?

Ho boy, are they.

I draw inspiration for my characters from a lot of people I know. Bad News has a ton of my grandpa. Wolfgang has some of my dad and brother. Roy has a bit of my little brothers. A few of Wolfgang’s siblings have some of my siblings. Friends have teeny elements scattered in there.

Though I do try to not name characters after people I know. That just gets confusing, honestly.


And thankfully you don’t know any poor soul who was named Wolfgang Dankworth, so we can all be grateful about that. 😛

What’s your favourite scene/line from the book?



Dang, that’s hard.

Okay but if I had to pick a particular line that I was really happy with, writing-wise… off the top of my head, I’d pick this one. The image is just cool. Especially with the impact it had within the story itself.

The knife had opened an old wound.

I was bleeding. Bleeding memories. Words and images pouring out of the darkness and into my mind so fast my vision spun.


I mean there’s more to the paragraph, but… you know. –River Song voice- Spoilers, sweetie.


And finally…I know that ice cream is a big food in this book. Did you eat a lot of ice cream while writing or editing?

My family actually did eat quite a lot of ice cream during the period in which I was writing this. We found some cheap ice cream tubs at the store and would get them a lot for a summer treat, so I had a lot of ice-cream-fueled Blank Mastermind writing.


Thank you so much for dropping in, Rosey! And a HUGE congratulations on officially releasing Blank Mastermind!



I’m currently hosting a giveaway (INTERNATIONAL!) for a signed paperback of Blank Mastermind and some cool swag over on Instagram, so go forth! Enter! Win!

And if you don’t have Instagram…share this post somewhere (or just share about the book itself) and let me know in the comments below and I’ll give you a bonus entry anyway, because you’re the coolest. 😊


Previous Tour Stops

December 9th
A Story Detective – Short scene
Books by S.R. – Author interview
December 10th
Laurel Wreath – Cover reveal
December 11th
ReadingAnyone – Book review
Romantic Typewriter Gardens – Book review and character quiz
December 12th
Kinsey @ Over the Withers – Author interview
The Artful Author – Book review
Julia Witmer – Short scene
December 13th
Kate Flournoy – Liza Allister character interview
Write Owl – Short scene
Jane Maree – Author interview and book review



That brings us to the end of the tour and the end of this mammoth post, but don’t forget to snag yourself a copy of this amazing book, or at least try your luck with the giveaway. 😉 Three cheers for Rosey Mucklestone!


Your turn! Do you think you’d enjoy this book? What was the last superhero book/movie you read/watched? If you were a superhero or a supervillain, what would your name be?

Jane Maree

Jane Maree

Jane Maree is an Australian writer, adventurer at heart, beloved daughter of the King of Kings, and believer in at least six impossible things before breakfast. Raised on fairy tales, scraped knees, and makeshift swords, she has yet to outgrow any of them. In her day job, Jane teaches music and freelances as an editor, but by night she crafts daring stories of broken heroes overcoming extraordinary odds.


  1. Krystal

    EEEEEEEP YAS <3 Guys, yes, 100000000000/10 would recommend reading it, go find a copy. 😛

    I think Antman & the Wasp was the last superhero movie we watched. And, omw, that movie is awesome. XD

    Oh man, I have no idea what my superhero or villain name would be… That's….wow, yeah, no clue. *bewildered but amused look*

    *bc I'm curious* If you couldn't use "Pizza Ninja," what would your superhero or villain name be? 😛

    (I posted on Goodreads.)

    • Jane Maree

      YES, SAME.

      Nice! I haven’t seen any Antman movies yet. 😬

      I’m cheating because I’ve actually thought of this before, but my superhero name would be Igniter and my super power would be to inspire and ignite hope in people who have lost theirs. 😄

      (Sweet, thank you!)

      • Krystal

        Ooh, that’s a cool name and superpower. *nods*

  2. Daniel Hite

    I shared the blog post. Hope it helps.

    • Jane Maree

      Yess, let’s take over the internet with Blank Mastermind! 😛


  3. Emma

    I shared the post, hope it helps

    • Jane Maree

      Thank you so much! It’s so exciting to see the book getting out into the world. 😀

  4. Autumn C.

    (Goldensaber here XP) I shared the blog post ^_^

    • Jane Maree

      Hey, my girl! Great to see you. 😉

      Thanks so much!

  5. Kendra Lynne @ The Wanderling

    AH this sounds like a cool story!! And Rosey Mucklestone sounds like such a great person!! ESPECIALLY since she likes Han Solo. 😉

    • Jane Maree

      It really is! And she’s absolutely wonderful. 😉 Her Han Solo liking is only the beginning of a whole lot of amazing personality.

  6. MiddleEarthMusician

    The last superhero movie I watched was C.A. Civil War, and I have no idea what my supervillain name would be (’cause you know I would be a supervillain XD).
    Would yours be Pizza Ninja?

    • Jane Maree


      Ooh yes, nice. I…still haven’t watched past The Winter Soldier, but ONE DAY! 😛

      We all know you’d be a supervillian. 😂 I’d be torn between Pizza Ninja and Igniter. Giving out pizza left and right or having the super power to encourage and inspire people to never give up and to keep on hoping!

      • Aposhipolepo

        I thought handing out pizza *was* a way of inspiring and encouraging people! 🙂

        • Jane Maree

          True, but this broadens the horizons a little. 😛

  7. J.A.Penrose

    Blank Mastermind was so epic! *much excitement over it*

    And goodness. I can’t imagine Bad News being any different to how he is now.

    • Jane Maree

      YES! *even more excitement*

      I know right?? The best part about him is how huge and nice he is. 😛

  8. Lilian

    okay Jane expect a raid in your comment section since I haven’t commented on your posts in awhile and I NEED TO. XD

    okay, first of all… Evil Memory Lapse is what gave you the idea? oh my goodness that’s priceless >_< 😛 Yay for the giveaway! Thanks for doing it. 😀

    • Jane Maree

      Haha, that’s okay! I forget to comment on posts all the time, and it’s just so hard to keep up! 😬

      I love that it was a comedy sketch that inspired the whole concept. What a way to go. 😛

      It was my pleasure! I love giveaways more than my wallet is pleased with. 😂

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