Interview with James Rogers

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Writing, blogging, researching. I spend 15 hours a day at my computer looking for ideas and subjects of interest. I have a facebook page for authors and publishers. My other activities are minimal. I have a small workshop that I sometimes spend time in fixing things or thinking about things to do, but that is a small part of my time. Usually an afternoon or two per week. When I first got into computers in the early 1980's I would spend long hours studying how to write programs in Basic. I've owned computers for many years. Actually I have lost count on how many I have owned. I started with MacIntosh and in the late 1990's I switched to PC's. I have gone through many of them since then.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. When I was in grammar school I became fascinated with pirates and treasure. I believe that was brought about by my having read "Treasure Island" in third grade. I tried my hand at writing about pirates for a while. I don't know what ever happened to those writings because that was a long time ago, the 1940's, and my mom probably couldn't keep everything I wrote so it was probably disposed of.
What is your writing process?
Since I worked for three different newspapers over my lifetime, I get inspired to editorialize in my blog. I enjoy occasionally writing very short tongue in cheek, humorous stories about what ever strikes my fancy. Sometimes an experience during the day won't mean much to me until I lay down to go to sleep then I will suddenly have an idea of what I would like to write about. While I have two incomplete books in my computer, my most recent novella was inspired by my wife. We recently celebrated our 58th anniversary and I wanted to write a short chapter in honor of her and the love we share. A few weeks later the idea to expand it into a romantic fiction entered my mind and I spent a couple of months writing it. The title is "In Love With An Angel". The cover of the book is a black and white photo of us dancing when we were in our twenties which I converted into a tri-tone in photoshop.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
The biography of Joe Lewis when I was in second grade. I think schools were much better back in the 1940's. We were taught cursive writing and penmanship and required to read and make reports. Mrs. Kennedy, my second grade teacher, asked me to read Joe Lewis biography and write a report on it. For those too young to remember, Joe Lewis was a great boxer back in those days and I have memories of my dad and I sitting in front of the radio listening to his fights. I remember from his biography that he gained his upper body strength for fighting from climbing trees. He was the World Heavyweight Champion from 1937 to 1949. He is considered to be one of the greatest heavyweights of all time. Nicknamed the Brown Bomber,
How do you approach cover design?
Since I was a photographer for many years and have a lot of experience in photoshop, I look through my files of the many photos I have taken. If I don't find a suitable one there I search the many photo websites and find something suitable. I'm really critical when it comes to finding type faces that are attractive to me. I don't like the standard, everyday fonts I see on most self-published book covers.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I got hooked on Mickey Spillane detective stories a long time ago then Ernest Hemingway. Then in University I was required to read classic literature, I remember Herman Melville was a favorite of mine as was Edgar Allen Poe. I couldn't really get into Shakespeare though even if he was a great writer. Romeo and Juliet was a good story but kind of depressing.
Describe your desk
In a word: cluttered. I have notes from self publishers, notes of ideas that might develop into stories and photos of possible book covers stacked in files to go through and see if any thing develops.
Published 2014-07-23.
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Books by This Author

In Love With An Angel
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 13,670. Language: English. Published: July 23, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary
In Love With An Angel, a mildly erotic romantic fiction about a young man who falls madly in love with a beautiful young woman he meets while working in a city away from his home town. A second chance meeting brings about a romance which leads to marriage, family and happiness. The young woman is so beautiful he calls her his Angel.