About Cathy Ann Rogers:
CATHY ANN ROGERS has a penchant for creating literary characters who imitate reality through their skewed sense of justice as well as their bittersweet victories.
Cathy attributes the shaping of her writer’s prowess to her solitary upbringing as an only child. Armed with a library card from her neighborhood branch in Cincinnati, she spent her childhood absorbed in suspenseful scenes depicted within the fiction of Christie and Conan-Doyle. Simultaneously, she built a mental library of potential plots while eavesdropping on the conversations of adults who discussed everything from Hollywood to History. The result of these blended influences is her fascination with plot twists and multi-generational storytelling in novels.
Following the dictates of her left-brain, Cathy pursued a degree and graduate certificate in accounting, establishing a tax and bookkeeping service for entrepreneurs.
Cathy weaves her tales from her Arizona desert townhome in the company of her Bichon Frises, Whitney and Sophie. She is currently working on the next installment of the Pilar Sagasta series Here Lies Hidden.
What inspires you to write?
One of my greatest inspirations is historical events, and how the people that lived through the event coped. Other times, I might see a stranger involved in an activity or a lively conversation, and I try to imagine what they’re saying or thinking. There have been times I write to inform, such as in my next book due out this summer that follows a woman’s journey through breast cancer. But the story line is still mystery. When you’re vigilant to other people, a writer can find plenty of inspiration.
Tell us about your writing process.
When I first started writing, I flew by the seat of my pants, but I soon found that I wandered off the path too much, taking the reader into irrelevant areas and causing distractions that took away from the story. I learned that a loose outline works best to keep me on point with the story.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t talk to my characters, but I do feel they are real sometimes. Once I create a character, I see them clearly and know how they will sound. I do become partial to certain characters’ point of views, and dislike others.
What advice would you give other writers?
The advice I have received from seasoned authors is that it is important to write everyday. I am not always able to since I have a full-time business, but I can see how much easier it is to write a couple thousand words a day when it is second nature.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I put a lot of thought into making the decision to create my own publishing company. Not every experience is the same for every writer, but hearing the stories of how some authors wait years to find a publisher, I decided that I would take the risk. I made mistakes on my first book, and not everyone is ambitious to learn the industry, or has the time, So this is a personal decision.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
What I enjoy from what I have observed is the public’s exposure to a wide range of talent through independent publishing. That includes music, film, audio, as well as books. The trend I find interesting is that print books are not disappearing as some worried when electronic books became popular. I believe every author should have their work in multiple format, but the public is not done with print.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: mystery, crime, history, women, romantic suspense
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print