Interview with Suzanne Rogerson

Published 2015-10-31.
Who are your favorite authors?
David Gemmell will always be my favourite author. Coming in second would be Robin Hobb, and then possibly Anthony Ryan.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Lately getting everything ready to self publish my first novel has been responsible for getting me out of bed in the morning. Now that that is mostly done, I'm planning to participate in Nanowrimo 2015. That is going to mean a lot of writing, and with no real plan I'm not sure how that's going to go. I also can't wait to start editing my next book and hopefully getting that ready to publish at the end of 2016 or early 2017.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I spend most of my time writing, but when I'm not its usually because I'm ferrying the kids to their various clubs, reading or watching films.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
One of the first stories I remember writing was of a girl dreaming of being chased by a bear on her way home. Only when she woke up in her bed, she was covered in bloody scratches.
What do you read for pleasure?
Thrillers and P.I's. I've also enjoyed chick lit.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I love my kindle, but also use the kindle app on my tablet and phone. I do have a kobo as well, but that doesn't get much use,
When did you first start writing?
I remember sometime in junior school discovering I could create stories. I was hooked. My favourite class was always English and I loved when the homework was to write a story. I would rush home and sit in front of the TV writing. It was magical, and I still get that excited feeling sometimes. There's just nothing better than writing stories.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I am impatient and I don't like waiting. Why wait for others to make decisions on my career when I can take charge of it myself.
I did try going to agents in the past, but I was hell to live with while I waited for the inevitable rejection. The novel wasn't ready then, but when I knew it was as good as it could be I decided to go for it myself. I've invested a lot of time and money into this book, why let someone else take control of it now?
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The characters. Creating people so real that you feel their pain and suffering.
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