Interview with Mathis B. Rogers

When did you first start writing?
When I was a Freshman in High School, my English teacher said we could earn extra credit if we wrote something to put on the bulletin board. I wrote the poem, "The Man" and that started my love of writing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I found an agent for my novel, "The Mysterious Bed" and they weren't able to find a publisher for it. So I decided to publish it myself and discovered that I had crossed the genres so much they didn't know how to market it. Also, since the main character is gay and married a man and it was in the late 90s, no one was ready for that in a story yet, so I decided to publish it myself.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book was a re-release of "The House on Willow Creek Lane" — 3rd Edition.

In the '90s, I subscribed to an "Internet House" and spent a lot of time watching what was going on in the house. Most of the guys living there were college students. I decided it'd be fun to write a story set in an "Internet House"
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
With Smashwords, I'm able to publish my books to several different online retailers around the world. I also get to change the price, or make updates, without any trouble.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me, it's just daydreaming and writing it down. I love to daydream.
What do your fans mean to you?
The world. If it wasn't for my readers, I'd still be writing, but I love it when I get emails from my readers telling me what they like—or not—about my books.
What are you working on next?
I have a series called "Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top" and am currently working on the final book in it called "The Chronicles of Brad". I plan to have it out by October 14, 2018. I am planning to set it up as a Preorder.
Who are your favorite authors?
Danielle Steel and Charlaine Harris
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Doing research on writing, working on my website or other websites I maintain. I also visit with friends on the phone. Since I have two whiplashes and the only exercise I can get is by walking—because of back pain—I go to different stores to walk around. A friend of mine and I invented "Winder Shopping" which means we go somewhere for lunch, then go to a store and walk up and down every aisle and look at everything except the price. I also take a lot of pictures of knickknacks and other things while there.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Bookbub.com sends a daily list in the genres I signed up for. I have found several great books through them and recommend everyone who likes to read to sign up for the daily list.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
It was a short story called "Phillip and the Leprechaun." It was for my English III class. I think I have it in a box in the closet.
What is your writing process?
I go to a restaurant and have lunch, then I take out my iPad and write for a couple of hours. I try writing at home on my computer, but there are always too many distractions. On Wednesdays, I join a few friends from my critique group at a grocery store and we write for a few hours.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
No. But Mother used to read to my brother and me while we played with our toys on the floor at her feet. Although I don't remember any of the stories she read, I loved hearing her read to us. I loved reading the "Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys" mysteries. I do believe they had a big impact on my desire to write, and I did write 20 first drafts of my own "Nolan Mysteries" where 19 year-old Jim Nolan and his 18 year-old sister, Peggy were children of a renowned lawyer in Bloomfield, South Dakota. Their mother was a pilot and she and her plane disappeared when Jim was 11 and they never found her or the plane. I had a major problem with the first book and so it's in the top of the closet. I doubt that I'll ever pull them out and dust them off, though.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPad with the Kindle App
What do you read for pleasure?
Fantasy, Mysteries, and Paranormal
Of all the books you've written, what is your favorite and why?
The "Halloween Night/Golden Locket" Collection Series. My favorite TV show was "Bewitched" and I did buy the entire collection on DVD. Basically, I love anything with magic, witchcraft, and paranormal in it. So, one day I asked myself, "Why not a gay warlock?"

I had a blast writing this collection. It's got Witches, Warlocks, Ghosts, Poltergeists, Telepathy, Earth Witches, Wizards, and even a gay Warlock who has acrophobia. Can you imagine being able to fly but are afraid of heights?
Published 2018-07-03.
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Books by This Author

Family Reunion
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 34,440. Language: English. Published: September 28, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
The Petersons, and Kris, are joined by the Chestnuts as they take a plane to Miami, Florida for the Peterson Family Reunion. Upon returning to Jefferson, they help Garth move in with Dan and they celebrate Katherine Brown’s birthday.
Thunder in Paradise
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 28,140. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Jefferson Bank and Trust has a new accounts manager. Just what hold does she have over Brad? In a tearful rage, will Kris take the promotion that he's offered with ICC, even though it requires him to go to Switzerland for three months?
Rescue at Smuggler's Cove
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,170. Language: English. Published: September 15, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
When a storm hits Jefferson, the couple joins Kris' Dad in the helicopter and rush out to Smuggler's Cove for the rescue. They are surprised to discover who the victim is.
The Cruise
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,070. Language: English. Published: September 8, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Cliff and Rex take their wedding cruise to Hawaii. Gary Jones flies to Jefferson for his grandparents’ 56th wedding anniversary.
The Concert
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 33,980. Language: English. Published: September 1, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Brad and Kris go to Phoenix to visit Brad's grandparents and to see a concert put on by Cliff and The Cowboys. Brad's grandparents don't know he's gay, so they have to play "just friends" again. However, Cliff has a problem with a radio reporter and accidentally "drags Brad out of the closet." Will Brad leave Kris just because his grandparents don't approve?
The Honeymoon
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 46,190. Language: English. Published: August 25, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Sequel to Seashells and Climb to the Top. Gary Jones (from Climb to the Top) and his family visit his grandparents in Jefferson for Thanksgiving and afterwards, his cousin, Kris Brown and Kris’ lover, Brad Peterson, go to Redwood, Wyoming for their honeymoon.
Climb to the Top
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,990. Language: English. Published: August 18, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Country singer, Cliff Richmond is trying to make it in show biz when he is outed as not only being gay, but his lover, Preston Townsen, is a nude male model. Will the public let Cliff become the star he has always dreamed of becoming, will the homophobic rednecks kill him just because he's gay?
Seashells
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 19,380. Language: English. Published: August 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay
Brad talks Kris's father, who is a helicopter pilot for Kilgore Search and Rescue, into flying the couple out to Kilgore Island to celebrate their second anniversary.
Shipwrecked
Series: Shipwrecked/Climb to the Top. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 37,600. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Romance
Kris Brown and his lover, Brad Peterson go for a ride on Brad’s parent’s new house boat and get caught in a storm. Brad hasn’t informed his family that he is gay, so Kris and Brad have to pretend to be “just friends.”
The House on Willow Creek Lane
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 84,440. Language: American English. Published: June 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
College is out for the summer and Patrick Locke has no where to go, but back home. His parents can't come get him until Tuesday and he has to be out of the dorm by 5:00 PM Saturday. A friend invites him to take a room at "Boarding House" so Patrick won't have to give up his part-time job. What's going on in this house and why are there so many cameras--even in the bathroom? Gay Adult Content
The Cabin By the Lake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,340. Language: English. Published: March 15, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Clay Mason moves into the dorm for his freshman year at college and even his brother, Brody, knows he's doomed when the handsome Zachariah Phillips unlocks the door and steps in as his roommate for the semester. Perry Archer—Zach's life-long best friend, borrows his uncle's cabin and the three of them spend the week of Spring Break there.
Storm
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 32,630. Language: English. Published: February 22, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Gay, Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
When Lightning Strikes Two Hearts - Can Love's Thunderstorm Be Far Behind? When Scott Campbell pulls into an old hotel one dark and rainy afternoon, all he wants to do is get off the road, out of the storm, and into bed for a good night's sleep. But lightning strikes when David Bennett walks into the hotel lobby, also looking for a room.
Halloween Night/The Golden Locket Collection Series
Series: Halloween Night/Golden Locket. Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 476,650. Language: English. Published: April 23, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica, Fiction » Science fiction » General
This is a collection of nine of my stories. They are broken down in "Book" format in the order they were written. See extended description for more information. This eBook contains Adult content.
Texas Heat
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 35,810. Language: English. Published: April 12, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
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Just out of the Navy, Blain Bailey moves to Cactus Bend in the heart of West Texas, where his parents have recently moved from Amarillo. Blain has always considered himself straight and, although he is still a virgin by choice at 26, as he tries to grow accustomed to the desert climate, there is more causing his blood to boil than just the Texas sun. This eBook contains Adult content.
A New Town
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 20,390. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Novelist Jerry Marsh tries to escape from his adoring fans by moving to A New Town. He isn't expecting what he runs into, though. First, it's raining when he gets to his new house, and his furniture hasn't arrived. When it does, he has to spend the night on the floor with the delivery man and it seems that everyone is looking for the person who previously had his phone number. Adult Content
Communication
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,280. Language: English. Published: April 10, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Colby and Adam plan to spend the weekend in Adam's grandparent's cabin by the lake. It will be the first night since they got together that they haven't slept together. As Colby prepares to spend Friday night alone, he remembers how they got together. This eBook contains Adult content.
A Second Chance
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,800. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Lynn Anthony is working as an architect for Thompson, Chandler, and Borge, when he runs into Hunter Yates, a friend from high school, and old feelings are rekindled, but Lynn could never admit to Hunter that he was interested in him back then, or that he is still interested. This eBook contains Adult content.
Blizzard
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 22,550. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Romance Novelist Tracy D. Wilson suffers a head injury in a car wreck and wakes up with amnesia. As his past unfolds before him, he wonders if he really wants to remember what is hidden in the dark folds of his mind. In the arms of the man who rescues him from the accident, Tracy's emotions go wild and he can't figure out why this man and he are not lovers. This eBook contains Adult content.
What's Meant to Be
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 18,380. Language: English. Published: April 8, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Chance Cain loses his lover, Darvin, to the straight world. Will he find happiness in his future, or will the old saying "Whatever you do on the first day of the year, you'll do the rest of the year," doom him to sadness for the rest of his life? This eBook contains Adult content.
A New Job
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 51,850. Language: English. Published: April 7, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
The company that Robin Abernathy is working for packs up and moves to Detroit. Robin doesn't want to go because his family lives in Glacier Valley. Will he find a new job and the love that he's been looking for in Glacier Valley? Or will he go to Detroit with the old company and hope to find love there? This eBook contains Adult content.
Just Out Of Reach
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 27,260. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Cody Stewart falls head-over heels for a co-worker and, after getting snowed in with him on the way home from a training conference, finds a very special relationship. This eBook contains Adult content.
Out From Behind The Camera
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 24,870. Language: English. Published: April 3, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Cody's brother, Dave, brings a coworker over to play basketball. Afterwards, Wade talks Cody into making and selling "solo" videos on the Internet. Cody enjoys making the videos, but is not about to get in front of the camera. Find out what happens when Cody steps "Out From Behind the Camera" This eBook contains Adult content.
The Wrong Crowd
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 42,910. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Brett Webb is a computer specialist for a chain of hospitals. He gets transferred back to his home town, where he stumbles upon his brother, Brent, and his wife Swinging with the Dyers. Will Brett find his true love while Swinging with "The Wrong Crowd"? This eBook contains Adult content.
The Wedding
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 17,620. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Shawn Dennison agrees to be Best Man at his best friend's wedding. He is surprised who the bride turns out to be. This eBook contains Adult content.
Cold As Ice
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 26,820. Language: English. Published: March 25, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Colin's sister, Rebecca, wins the National Gold Medal in solo ice skating and decides to take up figure skating. Colin falls head over heels for her new partner, Chester, but Chester has a chip on his shoulder that Colin might not be able to knock off. This eBook contains Adult content.
Hot Sensations
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 141,520. Language: English. Published: March 22, 2011. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Gay Erotica
Marty Shelton, computer system design/technician for a Midwestern computer store, is moonlighting as an exotic dancer, when the club catches fire. Marty's best friend, Mark returns from L.A and as it seems their world is falling apart around them, they find a new relationship that they never dreamed they would have. This eBook contains Adult content.