Hi, Martha, I’m so excited to have you back to talk about your book “Faces of Her Past.”
Peg: You mentioned in the ACFW (American Christian Fiction Writers) email loop a while back that this was a departure from your usual writing genre. I suspect there’s a story behind this, so . . . what made you decide to dip your toes into the waters of Romantic Suspense?
Martha: It was something I started years ago as an entry for a short story contest. It did well, and I put it aside to work on something else. In 2013 I picked it up again and decided to expand it to a novel. I love romantic suspense and mysteries, so I decided to give it a go. When Cynthia [Hickey] asked if I had such a manuscript, I jumped at the chance to finish it.
Peg: Tell us about your main character, Claire Dennison. Where did she come from?
Martha: Several friends of mine have adopted daughters who searched for their birth mothers. One turned out well, one didn’t. I started with the “what ifs” and came up with the initial story.
Peg: What about your male lead, Grant Warren?
Martha: LOL. He’s entirely a figment of my imagination, but I wanted a love interest who had known Claire most of her life and would go to any lengths to help her.
How much research was required to write this story? I mean, you’ve got the FBI involved. That can be somewhat tricky, I would think.
Martha: Author DiAnn Mills and my former critique partner, Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner helped me with that. I also live ½ mile from the Houston FBI headquarters, and a clerk there answered some questions for me.
Peg: Oh wow, how fortunate for you!
I’m always curious about other writers’ work space. Describe your writing area for us.
Martha: You really don’t want to know. I’m the most disorganized person you could know. It’s a wonder I can ever find anything. Two walls are floor to ceiling bookshelves crammed to overflowing with books. I have stacks of them on the floor as well. I keep giving them away, but they keep multiplying like rabbits. Thank goodness for my Kindle or I’d be drowning in books.
Peg:I can so relate to that! Now, about that book:
- Title: Faces of Her Past
- Author: Martha Rogers
- Publisher: Winged Publications
- Release Date: January 2017
- Genre: Romantic Suspense
- Purchase Link: Amazon
- Give us the back-cover blurb or synopsis for Faces of Her Past.
Peg: Will this be a stand-alone book or do you see it as part of a new series?
Martha: Right now it’s a stand alone, but I could see writing the stories of the two secondary female characters.
Peg: After writing THE END, and looking back, did you enjoy writing this story? Would you write another?
Martha: I loved writing the story, but not sure I could do another romantic suspense. Love reading them, but they’re hard to write and do it well.
Peg: Is there anything else you’d like to share?
Martha: I’m working on another story right now that has a concert pianist with a secret love of Elvis Presley music and plays them for her own enjoyment. It’s to be part of a collection to commemorate the life and death of Elvis.
Peg: Ooh, that sounds fun and exiting, Martha. I’m an Elvis fan, too, and love it when I run across a video or two on Facebook or elsewhere. I hope you’ll keep us updated on this!
♦ ♦ ♦About Martha:
Martha Rogers is a free-lance writer and multi-published author from Realms Fiction of Charisma Media and Winged Publications. She was named Writer of the Year at the Texas Christian Writers Conference in 2009. She is a member of ACFW and writes the weekly Verse of the Week for the ACFW Loop. ACFW awarded her the Volunteer of the Year in 2014. Her first electronic series from Winged Publications, Love in the Bayou City of Texas, debuted in the spring of 2015. Martha is a frequent speaker for writing workshops and the Texas Christian Writers Conference. She is a retired teacher and lives in Houston with her husband, Rex. Their favorite pastime is spending time with their eleven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Thank you so much for sharing your new writing adventure with us, Martha. I’m eager to read it.