Interview with Stan Rogers

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
In so many ways. Obviously I read a lot. I 'play' on Facebook and I have recently discovered Yahtzee on my iPad. I am addicted :).
What is your writing process?
Many and varied. I have to get the idea first but then I am very disorganized. I may start my story at the end,middle or beginning. All of my books started out originally as short stories.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Yes I do. I was at school in first grade and read the Janet & John books. From then I progressed quickly to more advanced story books until I was way ahead of the rest of my class. The book that had the most impact on me was Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings. I actually heard it first at school in 10th grade when a teacher read it to us. I had to have the book and I have read it so many times.Middle Earth is a creation beyond compare. It will never be equaled.
How do you approach cover design?
Bearing in mind the laws of copyright I use my own artwork or copyright free pictures.My first Novel, Love Sex and Time Travel actually used a stock picture from Lulu's library. I wish I could change it now. Maybe I can. But obviously I hope my front cover jumps out at you and shouts... "BUY ME"
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1) J R R Tolkien's The Lord Of The Rings. For it's mind blowing lands and characters and also Tolkien s spellbinding prose.
2) Jack Kerouac's On The Road. Great characters and gritty writing.
3) Thomas Hardy's Jude the Obscure. Fantastic story. Very allegorical as is the Title. Such beautiful description of the times and landscapes. Everyone should read at least one Thomas Hardy book.
4) Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'urbervilles, for the same reasons as above.
5) Finally Isaac Asimov's Foundation trilogy. Fantastic science fiction from the writer of I, Robot.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything that interests me. From books to blogs. I have not read newspapers for years though. Too much political orientation.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have the new Kindle Paperwhite. I did have the original Kindle until it was stolen last year. Apart from the lit screen on the Paperwhite I much preferred the original Kindle. I occasionally use my iPad but it's nowhere near as good.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Social Networking I find to be pretty much useless. Too much and it becomes spam. My blog as been the best marketing tool for me along with word of mouth.
Describe your desk
Currently small as we are staying with a friend at the moment. Just about room for my laptop and iPad... oh and my Boofle.. :)
When did you first start writing?
Originally in my teens at school although none of that survives now.
What's the story behind your latest book?
That is Faffy the Leprechaun. It is only a short story but started out as a bit of fun on my blog at www.stanmrogers.com. I found that as I was getting so many hits on it I may as well publish it as a novelette.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Simples. The love of writing.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It has helped me to publish my books in electronic format easily and for free. You can't beat that can you.
Published 2014-02-06.
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Books by This Author

Faffy the Leprechaun.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 6,510. Language: English. Published: February 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General, Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Imagine turning up for work one day to find the place in chaos. Deliveries have gone to the wrong addresses for no apparent reason. It has to be sorted out ... and quickly. You need help and you need it fast but it comes from an unexpected quarter. Enter Faffy the Leprechaun and his helpers including a Zombie from Yorkshire and various other strange characters.
Until the End of Time
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 26,490. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Contemporary Poetry, Fiction » Romance » Short stories
I love to write poetry and many friends suggested I publish an anthology of my work. Here it is.Dark bittersweet and atheistic.
The Seer Of Albion.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 90,950. Language: English. Published: August 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » General, Fiction » Romance » Action/adventure
There are doors out there,hidden doors between worlds long forgotten by all but a few. And those that can use them are fewer. Seers know their secrets although demons would try to steal them.Only seers can travel through these doors and one such is known by some as Gerros. It has been pre-ordained that he and a young knight shall meet in one of these worlds where their destinies are to be entwined
Love Sex and Time Travel.
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 86,810. Language: English. Published: February 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Time travel, Fiction » Romance » Suspense
This story is based in 2007 and 1981. 54 year old Matt is leading a fairly humdrum life until one Saturday night when he dozes off while listening to music and seems to pay a visit back to 1981. The dream seems so vivid as he meets his first love Romilly again and experiences life 26 years previously. Is he dreaming or actually travelling back in time? Can he change his future from the past?