Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
I’m E.Rogers and I just turned 60.
Fiona: Where are you from?
Mississippi – or Tennessee, or – I’ve lived in every state in the south at one time or another.. I think of myself as a “Mississippi Boy” but I’ve lived primarily in Tennessee for a long time.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
One wife, one dog, one house. I live a pretty pedestrian life and that’s how I like it!
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
Starting my thirdd book “Jones Generation: The Lost Tribe”. I think it will be one of the most wonderful books of all time. A “must read”, “the bomb”, ect. Actually it’s about the generational sub-set of people born from 1956-1968 and their motivations, influences, fears and desires. I’m a fellow “Joneser” so I’m writing about my own generation.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
I guess I’ve always written in some form. At a company I used to work for I sent out a daily blog of funny work-related stories. It went out to about 1500 locations all around the country. I did it for about four years and I developed all sorts of fictitious persons and places. I became know more for that than my actual work.
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
Well for me always. I guess a lot depends on what others think. That’s true of a lot of things.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
I just thought it was a good time to start getting more of my thoughts on paper. Testing the waters so to speak.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
For “Mirror, Mirror, Off The Wall: A Journey Through Narcissist Personality Disorder” the title explains whats in the book. It’s a self help book.
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style? Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging?
Most everything I write reflects a lot of my personal thoughts and observations and ideas. If you read a lot of my writing you probably get to know me pretty well.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Most everything I write is realistic , first-hand accounts heavy on my own thoughts and feelings with some some history and data to help explain to the reader.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
I have traveled a lot but not now as much as I used to. I don’t have a “bucket list” and I haven’t been many places that didn’t remind me of some part of Mississippi.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did. The cover for “Mirror, Mirror” was arranged from stuff I gathered around my garage and I staged and photographed it in about 15 minutes total. The “Recycler” cover was a stock photograph of a man facing a field of clocks with no hands. It conveyed the dreamy feeling of the writing.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
In my last book, no, not really. It is written to help them understand and cope with a specific problem. there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you? I read a lot., everything really., probably three books a week. I have a soft spot for Mississippi writers. I’ve read everything Faulkner has ever written but also Eudora Welty, Barry Hannah, Willie Morris, all of them really.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
Mainly other writers. I never seem to get useful feed-back from non-writers or casual readers.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
I wish. Probably not. It’s one of those things like deciding to become a professional athlete or actor or entertainer. For now it’s just self gratification.
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No, not really.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
I learned a lot through doing the research for the book.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
That’s hard to say but I like the old guys so maybe Gregory Peck or Jimmy Stewart.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
Just read my stuff….then tell someone else.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
I’m one of those people that has a book in every room so I’m actually reading several things at any given time. I do recommend one I just finished “Small Data” by Martin Lindstrom
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Yes I do! “The Secret Of The Old House”. It’s a book from the 1940’s. I’m the youngest of six kids and it was the first read for all of us. It was a family tradition. It was not planned to be, but it was. That’s how real traditions happen.
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
I never cry but I like to laugh. I laugh at the most goofy things. That you might imagine.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
Jesus Christ and all the people from the Bible. People walking around here now? Not so much. I stopped being impressed with rich or famous people a long time ago. They’re just people like me (except they’re rich and famous).
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
All the guy stuff. Sports, eating, drinking, more sports, mix in a little hunting and fishing.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
I like the old black and white stuff. The old glamour Hollywood. The movies where all the men wore hats and the women wore dresses.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Never met a food I didn’t like. I like all colors except maybe yellow. I’m a person that loves song lyrics so I go for the singer/songwriters.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
A friend of mine died recently. His wife was with him at the time of death. She said his last words were “See ya’ later”. I like that.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
It has short stories and information. I can also be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org