Interview with J.D. Rogers

How do you approach cover design?
I look for images that grab your attention. And of course they have to tell you something about the story and its lead character.
What do you read for pleasure?
Science fiction, fantasy, mysteries. I don't mind the occasional legal thriller, but I used to practice law, so it would have to be special to hold my attention.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've always been a big fan of Robert B. Parker and his Spencer for Hire series. Probably because his writing is so nice and tight, no wasted words. And like any science fiction/fantasy geek, I love the Lord of the Rings.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My laptop. I have a couple of them. I use the smaller one for reading and the bigger one for writing.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Free giveaways. Everybody loves getting stuff for free. Myself included.
Describe your desk
Neat and tidy. When I was in law school, I noticed most of my classmates were like that. I guess it's a lawyer thing.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Montana. When you grow up in a small town, where there isn't a lot to do, you learn to use your imagination. And you spend a lot of time at the library.
When did you first start writing?
Right after I graduated law school. At the time, some states were looking at passing what were called plain English laws, which would've required legal documents to be written in simple English, so I started writing fiction just to improve my writing skills.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book I'm preparing for publication right now, Lost In Time, has the same lead character as another book I wrote called Princess Wars. She had some dramatic moments in that book, so I thought I'd lighten the mood a little, let her and the readers have a bit of fun.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The way traditional publishing houses operate. I had a friend send a letter to the White House a few years ago. He received a response faster than most authors and agents receive responses from the traditional publishing houses.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
They've made my work available to a lot more people.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Discovering what my characters are going to do next. I know where their story begins, and I know how it ends, but what happens in between those two points is left up to them. Sometimes they surprise me. And that's fun.
What do your fans mean to you?
People lead very busy lives these days, so when someone takes the time to read what I've wrote, well, it means the world to me.
What are you working on next?
A sequel to Dirty Little Mermaids. Low Campbell, my mermaid turned private detective, is going to butt heads with the world's oldest vampire, a guy known simply as the Count.
Who are your favorite authors?
I think I mentioned a couple of authors in a earlier question, aside from them, I guess it would be whoever wrote the book I'm currently enjoying.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The need to empty my bladder.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading. And I love sports, watching, playing, practicing.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I like to browse. If the story interests me, I'll read the book regardless of who wrote it.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a screenplay. I wrote about a dozen romantic comedies, which my agent peddled around Hollywood, but which never got made into a movie. Don't remember the title.
What is your writing process?
I come up with an idea for a story. A lead character. And an ending. What happens between those points is left up to my lead character. She decides how she'll tackle the problems I throw at her.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think the first story I ever read was in those Dick and Jane books they gave us in first grade. And to be perfectly honest, Dick and Jane weren't all that interesting. All right, Jane was kind of interesting. But Dick was a bore.
Published 2016-12-12.
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Books by This Author

Love in the Rough
Price: Free! Words: 46,130. Language: American English. Published: November 7, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Contemporary, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
Kate Tucker is a professional golfer that just can't seem to pick up a win. She's finished second so many times that the media has nicknamed her Second Place Kate. If that isn't bad enough, she's about to become golf's version of Eliza Doolittle. Her agent has come up with a plan to transform her into the hottest property on tour. Whether she likes it or not.
Deranged Little Mermaids
Series: Low Campbell Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until Oct. 24!) Words: 64,530. Language: English. Published: July 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
What would you do if you discovered that you had been cloned? Low Campbell, ex-cop, private detective, and mermaid, is about to find out.
Deadly Little Mermaids
Series: Low Campbell Adventures. Price: Free! Words: 64,350. Language: English. Published: May 31, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Women Sleuths
Low Campbell, ex-cop, private detective, and mermaid, has been offered a job that she can't turn down, protecting the city's oldest and most powerful vampire, from an even older and more powerful vampire, a man known simply as the Count. As powerful as the Count is, he's never had to face a queen of the sea.
The Competition
Series: Princess Wars. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until Oct. 24!) Words: 97,310. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Lila Marie Haran, dubbed Destiny's Queen, travels to the far side of the world to take part in a contest known as the Competition of Queens. At stake, the right to marry the King of the Voss. But the real competition takes place when Destiny's Queen squares off against a woman known as the Witch Queen. At stake, control of the World.
Destiny's Queen
Series: Princess Wars. Price: Free! Words: 67,980. Language: English. Published: February 9, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
(4.00 from 1 review)
Since her mother's death, Lila Marie Haran has avoided taking part in the Princess Wars. But some things can't be avoided forever, and whether Lila's ready or not, judgment day is coming. If Lila hopes to survive, she will have to master her powers and become the woman the prophet's wrote about long ago, the woman known as Destiny's Queen.
Princess Wars
Series: Princess Wars. Price: Free! Words: 71,110. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
(5.00 from 1 review)
When the Queen of Adah dies, her daughters battle each other for the right to become the next queen. These battles are known as the Princess Wars. The outcome is always the same. Only one survives.
Lost in Time
Series: Princess Wars. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until Oct. 24!) Words: 105,680. Language: English. Published: January 3, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Lila Marie Haran has been abandoned thirty-three years in the past and has to find a way back to her own time, even if it means traveling to the end of the earth as well as the end of time.
Dirty Little Mermaids
Series: Low Campbell Adventures. Price: $0.99 USD. (Free until Oct. 24!) Words: 86,000. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Urban, Fiction » Mystery & detective » Hard-Boiled
Low Campbell is an ex-cop currently working as a private detective. She also happens to be a mermaid, which means she gets the cases that nobody else can handle. In her first adventure, Low finds herself taking on the bogeyman.