Hello, my name is Felicia Rogers, and I’m an author. Or so they tell me. About two years ago, after reading book upon book, I decided that perhaps I could write my own. My original plan was to write a historical romance novel. My focus was going to be on Scotland, because I hate to admit it but I have a thing for kilts. I love plaid.
My family and I began to go on long hikes in the woods around our local area and this brought inspiration. The story is infused with hints of dark woods, for example:
She was turning around and around in a dark wood, when she heard it. The growl, the snarl, the flap of wings, the creature landed in front of her and she took off running.
The branches smacked her in the face, opening her skin. She was wearing a long flowing white dress that billowed behind her with every step she took. The tree limbs snagged her dress as she raced to get away.
She could feel the hot putrid breath as the beast drew closer and closer. She looked behind her to see her pursuer, and screamed. The horror of its dark form terrifying...
Then of course, during writing this story I went on vacation and I had to add hints from there into my story as well. For example:
Before Maddie knew what she was doing, she had pushed the craft out into the water, grabbed and oar, and stepped inside the canoe. She used the oar to push off, heading down river as the sun began to lower. After about an hour of paddling, it didn’t take her long to realize her mistake. No one knew her location, and she wasn’t sure if she could get back home.
Maddie tried to paddle back towards the dock but the river’s flow was against her. The sun was setting quickly. The river noises were becoming more pronounced. The mosquitoes were feasting on her lily, white skin but she was unable to stop paddling to slap them away. Then as if matters couldn’t get any worse, out of the corner of her eye, she spotted a huge shape slide into the water. Fear shot through her sluggish limbs. What had caused her to believe this was a good idea.
She began to yell, “Help!”
In the end, the setting of The Key is in my fictional towns of Coal Creek and Wheeler’s Landing. It is a mixture of many places I’ve visited.
How I became an author is an interesting story. Sometimes I think it happened by chance, by accident, completely without my help. Although if I calculate all the hours I’ve invested into my writing, I realize that’s not exactly true.
About two years ago, I told my cousin I wanted to write a romance novel. I’ve read romances in every genre for years. At one time about five years ago, I’d tried to write one, but it never made it past the editing stage. When I informed my cousin of my plan, she encouraged me. Said it would be a joint effort. I didn’t know at the time she would become unable to help me and I would be completely on my own. I went on to finish that manuscript and I sent it out to several agents and publishers but it never made it past the first stages. Disgruntled and looking for new ways to get my work out there, I stumbled across a forum post for Solstice Publishing’s Celebrate the Season contest. I was waiting to hear from a publisher on my manuscript at the time so I set all my other ideas aside and started work on a submission. In two weeks I had written a novella of about 13,000 words and submitted it for the contest. Now all I had to do was cross my fingers and wait.
Within a few weeks I discovered I was one of five winners and my novella was going to be published! This gave me renewed hope that anything was possible. Currently my published works include, The Holiday Truce (included in the Celebrate the Season book), The Key (YA paranormal romance novel), and The Perfect Rose (a contemporary novella). Coming in late summer or early Fall 2011, will be my historical suspense romance, There Your Heart Will be Also.
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Felicia Rogers, born and raised in the southern part of the United States, is a Christian wife and mother. She is just your average, ordinary woman, with a side interest-- writing. For eleven years, every waking moment of her life was consumed with changing diapers, wiping noses, and kissing scrapes. But now that her children have grown and she enjoys a modicum of freedom, in addition to taking care of hearth and home, she writes! She enjoys adding a flavor of realism and humor to her all too real romance stories. For what is love without a little laughter?Official Website
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