Interview with Felicia Rogers

Jen: We continue ours spotlight on YA authors by welcoming Felicia Rogers to the blog. Felicia, will you please share a short bio with us?

Felicia: I was born and raised in the southern part of the United States. I am a Christian wife and mother. I’m just your average, ordinary woman, with a side interest– writing. For eleven years, every waking moment of my life has been consumed with changing diapers, wiping noses, and kissing scrapes. But now that my children have grown and I enjoy a modicum of freedom, in addition to taking care of hearth and home, I write! I enjoy adding a flavor of realism and humor to my all too real romance stories. For what is love without a little laughter?

Jen: Tell us about The Key and where is can be purchased.

Felicia: The Key is a YA paranormal romance novel. Here is the blurb:

A teenage girl suffering from a family tragedy, Maddie Clevenger is oblivious to the ancient mystery surrounding her. She’s young and incredibly unlucky, in life and in love. She should be enjoying her senior year of high school, but instead she is tormented by a reoccurring nightmare and a very real stalker. But all that changes when Chase Donovan, an Air Force brat with a protective streak, shows up at school. Will Chase be the key to helping her solve her stalker problem? Will he be the key to solving the mystery surrounding her family’s past?

Places to purchase include: Amazon, Solstice Publishing, Smashwords, and Fictionwise

Jen: At what age did you discover writing? When where you first published? Tell us your call story.

Felicia: The age that I discovered writing happens to be just recently. In fact it’s been about two years. Now that’s not to say that I didn’t write little things off and on growing up, it just means that I wasn’t seriously writing until now. As for being published, I was first published December 2010 when I won a spot in Solstice Publishing’s Celebrate the Season contest. My call story was The Holiday Truce. It is all about a couple that go on a business trip and get in a whole heap of trouble. While in the middle of said trouble they stumble across something special. But you’ll have to read it to discover what happens.

Jen: Are there any other writers, published or not, in your family?

Felicia: Yes, there are several. I have a great aunt and an aunt that self-published works about family members. I also have a cousin that is a virtual artist with words but has yet to publish. Although I believe one of these days it will be in her future.

Jen: Do you have any “must haves” with you while you’re writing?

Felicia: In the beginning of my writing, I was able to sit anywhere with a pen and paper and get down a basic story but now as time has progressed I’m realizing it is much simpler to use the computer and not have to type in what I’ve written. So I need a computer and silence. The silence of early morning, before children wake, is also a plus to getting writing accomplished.

Jen: Do you struggle with deadlines? How do you deal with the pressure?

Felicia: Deadlines are an odd thing for me. When I know I have to get something done, I just do it. I can’t stand to have a deadline looming over my head.

Jen: Is there a genre you’d like to write? Is there a genre you’ll probably stay away from? Why?

Felicia: I believe after writing a few different works, two contemporary romances, a YA paranormal, and a historical suspense romance that will be coming out in late summer or early fall, that I like to write suspense more than anything else. A good mystery can make or break a story no matter whether it is YA paranormal or just simple romance. As far as staying away from a genre, I’m not sure. At the moment, I’m just writing the stories that come into my head.

Jen: What’s the most challenging aspect of writing? Easiest? Most rewarding?

Felicia: The most challenging aspect of writing is editing and promoting. The easiest and most rewarding part is when you first put the story on paper. When the words fly from your mind and your fingers can’t keep up with the thoughts racing between your ears. The struggle doesn’t come until you go back and realize that one part won’t work with the other part. Or that you’ve used too many words that an editor considers taboo. Then when all that is complete you realize you have get people to read your story. Not only do you have to get yourself into every venue possible but you have to do so and then get people to tell others about you.

Jen: How do you pick character’s names?

Felicia: I love this question! Names in The Key are extremely important. Every name was chosen for a special purpose. I believe I spent almost as much time picking the names for this story as I did my other research. But you’ll just have to read the story to see what I mean.

Jen: If The Key was made into a movie, which actors would you cast as the main characters?

Felicia: Casting the characters from my novel is a bit of a struggle for me. I had certain people in mind when I wrote the character descriptions but only so I could get them down on paper. Most of those were not one person but a combination of several people.

But if I had to pick, I would say Christian Bale or Ian Somerhalder as Dougal, because they both have the dark looks and the bad boy ways. As for Chase, I would say Jake McDorman from the “Aquamarine” movie or Tom Welling from “Smallville” when his hair was blonde. They both have the good boy attitude and the protective nature. As for Maddie, this one was very hard to pick. And fortunately a friend helped me out. I think for Maddie I would have to say Mandy Moore from “Because I Said So”, mainly because the looks fit my image of her.

Jen: Who has inspired you as an author?

Felicia: One person that has influenced me has been an author, Francine Rivers. Her honesty about her conversion from the secular writing world to the world of inspirational writing was very interesting and moving. She was able to keep it ‘clean’ and still succeed.

Jen: What’s the most interesting comment you’ve received about your books?

Felicia: A portion of a review by Bitten Books: “Maddie cringed at the fierce sound. It was him. He was coming for her. She would die one way or the other, because she couldn’t breathe or because the dark one would rip her apart. I think this is the first paranormal I’ve read with asthma!” See the entire review here:

http://bitten-books.blogspot.com/2011/04/review-key-by-felicia-rogers.html

This was clearly the most interesting comment I’ve ever received!

Jen: What’s next for you?

Felicia: The next thing for me is a historical suspense romance that will be coming out in summer or Fall of 2011. This was the first story that I wrote and I can’t wait for it to be published.

Jen: Where can you be found on the web?

Felicia: I can be found at my website: www.feliciarogersauthor.webs.com

My facebook fan page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Felicia-Rogers/115490501841225
Or my email: feliciarogersauthor@yahoo.com

Jen: Is there anything you’d like to ask our readers?

Felicia: My question for your readers is how do you decide what you want to read? I’ve always asked friends or strictly kept to authors that I’ve known for years, but with the invention of ebooks and so many self-published authors offering so many new works, where do you look to find new reading material?

Thanks Jen so much for having me visit. This has been lots of fun. I love to hear from readers so feel free to drop me a comment at my website, on my facebook page, or in email. Have a wonderful day!

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