Interview with Timothy Rodgers

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Petaluma. I had a normal public education for the most part and I struggled with English going through school. Growing up, I never would have imagined becoming a self-published author.
When did you first start writing?
When I was little I wrote some fan fiction off my favorite comic and movie characters. I have on and off, kept journals since fifth grade. In sixth grade I barely dodged a metaphorical bullet writing a joke in my personal class journal. I remember my teacher not often looking at my writing, she did that day.
What motivated you to write "United States Human Expedition"?
Homelessness has been a problem since as far back as I can remember. There are many variables we do not understand about economics and how certain mechanics keep people from being able to advance in life financially. There is so much unfulfilled need that something like this is coming. Social security and food stamps is not a viable check and balance on money. If we do not start thinking about what it will look like to make it happen...we will not have the answer we need when we need it. Many people say the problem is the vast gap between the rich and the poor, but the real problem is the fact there is nothing to help people recover when they financially bottom out. Propaganda incites the mentality that if people find themselves in this position, it is because they deserve it which I believe is not so. We need a system that gives people the best chance to recover possible, not one that encourages disability by crippling the people at that level with the process.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Being able to simply publish and reach out to various devices is a huge marketing crutch. It is not hard to do and anyone can do it. It is also far more cost effective than paperback publishing.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The stir of thought and emotion.
Who are your favorite authors?
R.L. Stine when I was growing up. I read "Goosebumps" throughout school. I had hoped that Tom Clancy would continue with "Rainbow Six" in writing. I like "a Song of Ice and Fire" by George R.R. Martin. I learned quite a bit from Howard Zinn's take on history. Comics have also played a major role in my ideas.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The opportunity to make a difference in the world. A difference not just anyone can make.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
With friends when I can be. I play a couple online games and a trading card game from time to time. I have so many interests I could take all day to list them.
What do your fans mean to you?
People are why I do what I do.
Describe your desk
A black PC with a 17 inch monitor. Keyboard and mouse included.
What is your writing process?
Many of the stories and books that I will be publishing in the near and even distant future are dialogues that have long been thought about. A vast majority of my literature is handwritten and is still in a raw form. There is more to come soon.
How do you approach cover design?
I create my own covers. I like to keep them simple because it is the dialogue that counts.
What are you working on next?
"White Widow's Web" opens up a vampire based trilogy that will lead into "White Widow's Duet" and conclude with "White Widow's Redemption."
"Echoes of the Labyrinth" opens up a minotaur and Roman mythology trilogy that will lead into "Scars of the Labyrinth" and conclude with "Ruler of the Labyrinth."

The Human Expedition concept will be portrayed in "The War to End All Wars". It will be an extensive series that helps illustrate how the concept can be applied and maintained.
"The End of the Beginning" gets it started, followed by "Masks of Division" and will end with "Keepers of Secrets" as Theo and Charles being the main characters.
Charles's son, Kyle will become the main character in the following trilogy story along with a new character that will be introduced in "Keepers of Secrets".

"Grazing Among the Cosmos" opens up a trilogy where humans are not on top of the food chain. This story will follow a man who is taken from his normal life and discovers that there is an interplanetary civilization that raises humans for agricultural purposes. "Grazing Among the Creators" will be the second title and this series will conclude with "Grazing Among the Generations".

More short stories and other mythical full length eBooks are also in the works.
Why are the prices on your eBook stories lower?
My introductions of series are written around being able to fit into a movie. It is my way on seeing that the stories begin the way I intend them to be seen. Since my series openers are between 20-40k words each and the sequels will all be between 120-200k+ words each, the prices are being adjusted to proportion.

Series openers will now be priced at $1.99 while their far larger sequels will be $2.99. If you purchased any series openers for original price of $2.99, you will get the rest of the future titles in that series for free. E-mail me at thoughtreaperx@gmail.com for redemption code.
Published 2015-02-24.
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Books by This Author

Operation: Crucified Serpent – FTCA Battle For Veterans' + Civil Rights
Price: Free! Words: 8,330. Language: English. Published: July 4, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Law » Civil rights, Nonfiction » Law » Tort and liability
This is the true story effort of a man who took the U.S. Government to Federal Court through the Federal Tort Claims Act over rights violations on several literal and metaphorical fronts. '17-CV-02954-KLM Timothy Rodgers V. United States Government
13 Open Letters to the People of the United States of America
Price: Free! Words: 6,540. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Ethics & moral philosophy, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
In these 13 Open Letters addressed to the People of the United States, I talk about a range of current events and rights issues still facing us today. All of these issues are not going to fix themselves and if we could have trusted the government to get it done, it would have all already happened.
13 Open Letters to Famous Individuals
Price: Free! Words: 5,390. Language: English. Published: July 1, 2018. Categories: Nonfiction » Inspiration » Personal inspiration, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
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I write these letters in case for some reason, those mentioned are curious about the influence they have had in my life. Who knows, these letters might even find one of them that thinks I happen to be a meaningful person.
13 Open Letters to Lost Loved Ones and Friends
Price: Free! Words: 9,030. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Relationships and Family » Conflict resolution, Nonfiction » Law » Ethics & Professional Responsibility
As hard as good-bye is to say, sometimes it does need to be said and said the right way.
Born on the 11th of September
Price: $9.11 USD. (Free!) Words: 28,720. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs
The autobiography of Timothy Rodgers. The man who challenged the on-going rights violations involving the United States Government and "Sovereign Immunity". He authored the concept behind the United States Human Expedition and carried out Operation: Crucified Serpent ('17-CV-02954-KLM) alone. "One of the biggest mistakes anyone can make is supporting the government when it is wrong."
Warp Space: Original Concept
Price: $9.99 $5.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 9,350. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » Software development & engineering / general, Nonfiction » Computers and Internet » User interfaces
This is a written layout and explaination of the concept for Warp Space, which will be a free-to-play application game with some purchasable goods and perks. As the player, you rise as the leader of an intergalactic society. You can explore for new worlds or send your star fleets to conquer the planets of other players.
The Shadows of Haystack Landing
Price: $0.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 13,760. Language: English. Published: June 17, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Horror » Occult
These three short stories follow the same timeline of a property located on the outskirts of Petaluma, CA. Accidents plague this area and most structures built within this zone, burn to the ground. Unexplainable injuries and deaths occur on such a regular basis, that "Haystack Landing" is known to many locals as a place you stay away from.
Pieces of the Big Picture: Poetry
Price: $3.99 $2.00 USD. (50% off!) Words: 24,820. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Poetry » Epic
This collection of poems is based around life experiences and self-guidance. Each set was individually written out and published separately.
Chaos Variables - Taking A Closer Look at the Bill of Rights
Series: Chaos Variables. Price: Free! Words: 9,520. Language: English. Published: April 30, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » US Constitution, Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Civil and human rights
This free eBook will offer new perspective on how we see the Bill of Rights. Many face rights violations on a daily basis and have no options or defense from not only the government among other organizations; but, other individuals. Many people demand respect for their rights while they manage to lose sight of respect for the rights of others.
Grazing Among the Cosmos
Series: Grazing, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 31,950. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
On a massive space vessel only few know about, there exists an artificial world that hosts an intelligent species that has no respect or regard for human life. They not only see human beings as lesser creatures, they are their livestock and property. Here the humans have no rights, no clothes and are given only what they need to survive.
The War to End All Wars - The End of the Beginning
Series: The War to End All Wars, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 30,770. Language: English. Published: April 20, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Adventure » War & military adventure
Join Theo, Grace, Charles and his family as they live their lives in a world being changed by the United States Human Expedition. The U.S. Human Expedition is created by the government to act as a check and balance on the monetary leverage over people by alleviating unfulfilled need.
Happy Go Lucky
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 9,320. Language: English. Published: April 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Visionary & metaphysical
Come see through the eyes of a puppy named Lucky as he grows up in the world. He faces many hardships having become lost. You will experience how not all pets have it easy in this adventure.
Echoes of the Labyrinth
Series: Labyrinth, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 21,060. Language: English. Published: January 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Alaximus is harshly welcomed into a unique kind of prison, one not made for ordinary inmates. He was born a minotaur and the world treats him differently. He has already spent most of his life isolated and still found that he had to face his destiny. Experience life through his perspective as he learns to live with the Echoes of the Labyrinth.
Cruel Twist of Fate
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 8,950. Language: English. Published: January 6, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Coming of age, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Psychological
Join Will in this short story as he struggles with the challenges of growing up as a 13 year-old. Will is just a normal young teen who ends up facing difficult choices after making a serious life and death mistake.
Hero For A Day
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,030. Language: English. Published: December 23, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Holiday » Family, Fiction » Inspirational
Join seven year old Phil in this short story on an unforgettable Fourth of July. The story takes place in the early 90's.
White Widow's Web
Series: White Widow, Book 1. Price: $1.99 USD. (Free!) Words: 40,490. Language: English. Published: August 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Sci-Fi Erotica, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Duncan Belvadear is a vampire hunter in a time frame going into the dark ages that will face a unique kind of threat. The white widow is a legendary vampire he has yet to encounter. Duncan finds himself cursed by a white widow and struggling to maintain his humanity, sanity and identity.
United States Human Expedition
Price: Free! Words: 20,550. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Categories: Nonfiction » Social Science » Political science, Nonfiction » Social Science » Developing & Emerging Countries
This title covers the systematic flaws of the leverage over human need held by money. I discuss some viable options of ways to deal with social and economic inequality. There are countless differences between natural selection and what is happening for profit.