My guest today is award-winning novelist, S.G. Rogers. I’ve fallen in love with her sweet historical romance novels and I’m excited to share more about her and her current project. Her books are clean reads and come highly recommended. My favorite of her books is Ruse and Romance. She also writes YA Fantasy Adventure.
Right now she is writing a full-length Victorian romance sequel to her novella A Gift for Lara, called A Gift for Fiona, set in 1876 England. You can follow her on Amazon here Amazon Author Page and receive updates on new releases. She currently has 16 titles and was a RONE Award Young Adult Finalist, RONE Award Young Adult Paranormal Finalist, The Readers Crown Award Finalist, and an EPIC’s eBook Awards Fantasy Finalist.
Originally from Southern California, S.G. Rogers has also spent time in New York, Florida, North Carolina, and Mississippi. Currently residing in beautiful Savannah, Georgia, S.G. Rogers writes historical romance, fantasy, and romantic fantasy stories. She’s owned by two hairless cats, Houdini and Nikita, and lives on an island populated by exotic birds, deer, and the occasional gator. Tab is her beverage of choice, but when she imbibes, a cranberry vodka martini doesn’t go amiss. All of her work is ‘sweet,’ (as in little overt sexual content and PG language).
My interview with S.G. Rogers:
Do you write full-time or have a set routine?
I do write full-time, but I don’t have a set routine. I sit down at my desk after I take my son to school, after I pick him up from school, after dinner, and all weekend. In fact, it’s a little difficult for me to carve out time for household chores! I enjoy writing, so it’s not something I have to force myself to do.
What kind of research do you do for your books?
I try to be as meticulous as possible with research for my historical romances, but the focus for each book is different. For Duke of a Gilded Age, for example, I did a tremendous amount of research on steamship travel, Iceberg Alley, and what New York City was like in 1890. For each of my historicals, however, I research the language of the time, clothing, food, music, landmarks, and culture. It’s a bit challenging, but I try to be as accurate as possible.
Do you have a favorite of the books you have written?
There are scenes and characters in all my books that stand out in my mind as highlights, but I don’t think I could pick out a favorite title. My Yden fantasy books are meaningful to me because they were my first titles and I worked so hard to create them. I stretched my imagination during the creation of Tournament of Chance, so there are parts of Tournament that I recall very fondly. I suppose my all-time favorite moments in my books would be the poignant shipwreck scenes with Wesley and Stephen in Duke of a Gilded Age. My favorite supporting character in that book was Cavendish.
What are some of your favorite books written by other people?
Great Expectations, A Separate Peace, Sister Carrie, The Dragonriders of Pern, The Bartimaeus Trilogy, The Chrestomanci Series, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Howl’s Moving Castle, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court, and The Wind in the Willows.
What authors have influenced or inspired you?
Favorite authors include: Diana Wynne Jones, Jonathan Stroud, Anne McCaffrey, J.K. Rowling, Charles Dickens, L.M. Montgomery, Mark Twain, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Charlotte Bronte, C.S. Lewis, Ursula K. LeGuin, and Theodore Dreiser. Of these, I think fantasy author Diana Wynne Jones has influenced me the most with her creativity, the breadth of her storytelling abilities, and her memorable characters. In terms of historical literature, Dickens has always been very inspirational. Nobody writes despicable villains as well as he did, or such sympathetic and complex protagonists.
These are her current titles:
Larken, Ruse & Romance, The Ice Captain’s Daughter, Duke of a Gilded Age, Jessamine’s Folly, and the Victorian Christmas novelette, A Gift for Lara.
Young Adult Fantasy Adventure:
The Druid, The Accidental Immortal (both novellas in the Asgard Adventure series), Tournament of Chance, Kira, The Last Great Wizard of Yden, Children of Yden, Secrets of Yden, and the paranormal novel Dancing With Raven.
Romantic Fantasy Novelettes/Novellas:
Magical Misperception and Clash of Wills.