Today I’m delighted to welcome Deborah Rogers, author of The Devil’s Wire, to my blog.
Please tell my readers a little bit about yourself.
Hi Hayley, Thanks for having me on RatherTooFondofBooks. I’m a New Zealand based writer of contemporary crime fiction. Over the years, I’ve had a wide variety of jobs including working as a motel cleaner, door-to-door pizza salesperson, carer for the elderly, waitress, and a senior government investigator. But no matter the day job, writing has always been my one constant. I have a strange fascination for the darker side of life, and this tends to make its way into my work in various guises. My big news is that I have just been made redundant, so while I may not know where my next meal is coming from, I’m pretty excited about all the writing time I’m going to get!
How did you first come to be a writer?
I can thank my parents for my love of stories. They read to me when I was small, and the house was always full of books. I especially remember trips to the local bookshop with my Dad where he’d browse the shelves for the latest John le Carre or Wilbur Smith. Best of all, he’d let me pick out one for myself.
I think I began writing because I want to be part of that storytelling world. I believed it would give me the same wonderful sensation I got from reading. To begin with I don’t think writing did that for me – it was more like hard work and my stories never quite measured up. However, over the last few years writing has become more and more like the reading experience. I love this and hope it continues.
What is your book about?
The Devil’s Wire is a psychological suspense thriller about how Jennifer Blake’s life is turned upside down when a mysterious new neighbour, Lenise Jameson, moves in next door. Everything Jennifer ever thought she knew about her husband, Hank, is destroyed when Lenise tells Jennifer she has witnessed a disturbing incident involving Hank. Once the secret is out, the two women form a strange friendship that leads to obsession, betrayal and an untimely death.
Where do you get your inspiration from?
I have a very long list of ideas that just keeps growing. I’m certain I will never be short on a plot idea for a book. I get my inspiration from all around – it could be from a snippet of an overheard phone conversation, a story in the newspaper, or something I observe when I’m out and about. For example, the other day when I was driving to work I saw a school girl sitting at a bus stop, crying. She was holding a skateboard and had a bloody knee. An old man walking his dog stopped and said something to her (I suspect he was asking if she was okay), and I immediately think, Oh, that would make a good story – what if the old man seems like a good guy and offers to take her home to call her Mum but he ends up holding her captive instead? Yes, that is how my mind works.
What is your writing routine?
I am a stickler for structure and routine. During weekdays I get up at 5am, have a coffee in bed until 5.30am, then get up and go to my writing room and write until 7.00am. After that it’s the dreaded day job. I also write for half a day on Sunday and when I’m on leave from my job. Unlike some writers, I don’t focus on word count, I focus on time spent writing – that critical 1.5 hours each day when my thinking is clearest and the house is quiet. Over time, it builds up, and before I know it I’ve got a book!
What has your journey to publication been like?
My journey to publication has been a process of constantly up-skilling, writing, reading and developing a critical eye for my own work. I started out writing short stories, then moved on to novel length work. Over the years, I’ve done a couple of creating writing courses and even dabbled in scriptwriting. Also important is that I made the most of opportunities like getting published in small, local journals and taking part in competitions. This helped build my author profile, as well as give me confidence. The Devil’s Wire is actually my third psychological suspense novel, but the first to be published. The other two unpublished manuscripts are in the bottom drawer (literally). I have the best intentions of one day dusting them off to take another look to see what needs fixing. But there are just so many new and interesting ideas to work on!
What’s your favourite book of all-time?
We Need to Talk about Kevin is the best book I’ve ever read. I didn’t know much about it when I picked it up and was totally engrossed from the first page. I ended taking two days off work to read it. I think what captured my imagination was how this woman, the mother, kept on trying to love her son but just couldn’t because he was so completely unlikable (perhaps even evil). I was total sucked in and lost in the world of the story. I just love it when that happens!
What are you reading at the moment?
I am currently reading Black-Eyed Susans by Julia Heaberlin. It’s a suspense novel set in Texas. It’s about a lone survivor of a serial killer, an incident that took place when the lead character was a teenager. Now an adult, she’s faced with the prospect of the killer coming back to finish her off. It’s a slow-burn but intriguing and well-written. So far so good.
Is there a question that you wish an interviewer would ask that you’ve never been asked? What’s your answer to that question?
Great question! I have never been asked – what’s the best piece of advice you ever received? My answer would be – We all have an end date so don’t take life too seriously.
If you were to be stranded on a desert island, which three things would you want to have with you and why?
If I was stranded on a desert island, the three things I would take are:
- My dog – because he loves adventure, and he would give me something to cuddle should I get lonely.
- A box of notebooks and a box of pens – sorry, pretty obvious. But, hey, I like to write.
How can people connect with you on social media?
Contact me: www.deborahrogersauthor.com
Follow me: www.goodreads.com/DeborahRogers
Connect with me www.facebook.com/deborahrogersauthor
If people sign up to the Deborah Rogers Reader’s Club from my website I will send them my next book as a wee thank you (I’m hoping for a July release date).
About the Author:
Deborah Rogers is a fan of all good suspense, mystery and true crime books. She has a Graduate Diploma in Scriptwriting, and graduated cum laude from the Hagley Writers’ Institute. When she’s not writing American psychological thrillers, she likes to take her chocolate Labrador for walks on the beach and make decadent desserts.
About the Book:
Jennifer’s new neighbour, Lenise Jameson, is a liar. Lenise claims to have witnessed a disturbing incident involving Jennifer’s husband, Hank, but as far as Jennifer is concerned, the forty-something single mother is a vindictive backstabber out to make trouble.
But Jennifer soon discovers this is no sick joke. Hank has a dark side she knew nothing about.
As Jennifer’s life spirals out of control she has no one to turn to, apart from Lenise, who appears only too willing to help. But who is Lenise? What does she want from Jennifer? And just how far is she willing to go to get it?
A tale about secrets and obsession, and what can happen when you forget to keep your friends close and your enemies closer.