When an aptitude test labeled her suited for librarian or clergy, Rogenna Brewer joined the Navy. Ever the rebel, she landed in the chaplain’s office where duties included operating the base library. She’s served Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps personnel in such exotic locales as Midway Island and the Pentagon.
“From Navy Vet to Romance Novelist. Not just a job, thirteen years of Navy SEAL research.”
What inspires you to write?
I love reading. I can’t remember not wanting to be a writer. But I can remember falling asleep to the sound of my mother typing at the dining room table on the old electric typewriters when work from home for typists was the real deal. I remember thinking I don’t want to learn how to type because that’s what women were expected to do. I was resistant throughout high school until just before I entered the Navy. But it was a very pleasant sound to fall asleep to. Years later my fingers on the keyboard became the escape route for my inner thoughts and dreams.
Tell us about your writing process.
I wish I had one. Seriously, I might write faster. Every book has been a different process. Some come slow, other fast. Some need plotting. But mostly I just write by the seat of my pants. I see it in my head like a movie and I can never get it down on the screen or paper exactly right.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I would have to say I listen to my characters. Though when I need to puzzle something out I set the scene before going to bed and let the characters take it from there. I don’t know what other writers call it, but I call it dreamscaping. It’s intentional dreaming.
What advice would you give other writers?
Practice finishing. It’s easy to start a novel. Harder to finish it. Don’t worry about anything, but getting it all out of your head and down on paper. You can clean it up later.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I’m a hybrid author. I’ve been traditionally published for fourteen years. Over the years I accumulated a lot of rejection and about 36 partial manuscripts that I still wanted to write. I’m in the early stages of self-publishing right now. I’m still fulfilling contracted books while trying to self-publish.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I’m in love with epublishing and hope the bubble never bursts–or that it’s at least around for a long, long time. I even design covers for myself and others. I’m in control of my writing and my career for the first time ever. That’s really exciting.
What do you use?
Professional Editor, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
I’m published in Contemporary Romance.
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print