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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Texas Author Kathleen M. Rodgers Uses Military in Writing

Hi! I am Carolyn Howard Johnson, your trusty New Book Review blogger and author of the multi award-winning HowTo Do It Frugally Series of books for writers. This blog has heretofore been exclusive for reviews but I thought I’d do a special series of interviews after I chatted with Jeanie Loiacono, President of Loiacono Literary Agency – Where ‘can’t’ is not in our vocabulary!  I thought sharing the interviews would help the many subscribers and visitors to this New Book Review blog, including authors, reviewers, and, of course, readers who just might find a new favorite author among the featured books and authors.

So, today welcome Kathleen M. Rodgers.

Kathleen M. Rodgers
“Being a writer, that’s my job. At book signings and presentations, I am an author.
But when I am working, I am a writer.”
— Kathleen M. Rodgers

Texas based author Kathleen M. Rodgers is a former frequent contributor to Family Circle Magazine and Military Times. Her work has also appeared in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. 

  In 2014, Kathleen was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College/NE Campus. Three of her aviation poems are featured in a new exhibit at the Cradle of Aviation Museum on Long Island, NY.

She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Final Salute, featured in USA TodayThe Associated Press, and Military Times. Deer Hawk Publications reissued the novel in e-book and paperback in 2014.

Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately (Camel Press, 2015), was the winner of the Best Covers Award from Southern Writers Magazine, and has been featured in Stars & StripesFort Worth Star-Telegram, and on “The Author’s Corner” on Public Radio.

Rodgers is the mother of two grown sons: Thomas, a graduate of University of North Texas and a working artist in Denton, Texas, and J.P., a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former Army officer who earned a Bronze Star in 2014 in Afghanistan. Kathleen and her husband, Tom, a retired USAF fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot, reside in Colleyville, Texas with their rescue dog, Denton. Kathleen is working on the sequel to Johnnie Come LatelySeven Wings to Glory.

      1. What is your genre? Is it fiction or nonfiction? Contemporary fiction

      2. What made you want to be a writer? I am one of six children, the third one down. I became a writer to have a VOICE.

3. Of all the authors out there, who inspired you most? Southern novelists Pat Conroy and Mark Childress and the late novelist, Carol Shields. I admired how she wrote about day-to-day family matters in a dramatic style. She made the ordinary look extraordinary.

4. What is your writing style? Do you outline? Linearly? By scene? Why? My process is messy. I think in scenes, and sometimes those scenes appear in my mind out of sequence. Sometimes I write them first then go back and write other scenes that precede them. Other times, I’ll jot a few notes. I think and speak in circles so it makes sense that the story often appears to me this way.

5. Do you write every day? How much? How long? I used to write nearly every day when I was younger, but the older I get, I sometimes take days off to “think” about the story. While I’m thinking and daydreaming, I read, clean house, run errands I’ve put off, check on loved ones far away. But if I’m on deadline, I write all hours with little regard for the clock or calendar.

6. Do you think reading is as important to writing for an author? Why? Reading is essential if you want to be a writer.

7. What are some of the things you would like to share with budding authors? Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Let trusted beta readers look over your work. Attend a critique group and get another pair of eyes on your work. You’ll know if it’s a good fit. Sometimes it takes 24 hours for a critical remark or suggestion to set in. Use what works and discard the rest.

8. Do you have any marketing and promotional advice, referrals, tips you would like to share? The moment you promote yourself on social media, turn around and promote two or three other authors in various genres. By showcasing other authors and putting them in the spotlight, it can help take the “glare” off of your own self-promotion.

9. Do you think conferences are beneficial? If so, what have you learned? Which ones do you frequent? Yes, attending writing conferences are some of the best ways to network with fellow writers, agents, editors and sometimes readers. I’ve attended Military Writers Society of America’s annual conference for years, the Houston Writers Guild April conference, Ozarks Writers League conference in Branson, MO, a couple of local and regional conferences in the North Texas area, and a Romance Writers of America conference on novel writing held in Alexandria, LA in 1992.

      10.  Where can we find you, your books and when is your next event? I love to engage with my readers and followers on Facebook and other social media outlets. My books are available at all of the online book retailers. I just returned from the Ozarks Writers League November conference in Branson, MO where I spoke on perseverance and writing through adversity. With a looming deadline for my next novel, I’m cutting back on events for a while.  
            Represented by Loiacono Literary Agency, Jeanie Loiacono


Jeanie Loiacono, President, Loiacono Literary Agency
A facilitator of dreams, Jeanie Loiacono represents over eighty authors. Her forte is mystery, romance, thrillers, historical/military/southern fiction, and all quality fiction/nonfiction. Her passion is to see her authors succeed.

“There is nothing more rewarding than to hold one of my author’s books and know I helped bring it to fruition. I am so blessed and privileged to be able to work with some of the most talented writers in the world.”


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1 comment:

Kathleen M. Rodgers said...

Dear Carolyn,

Thank you for featuring me on your blog. Such an honor.