What was an early experience where you learned that language had power?
Definitely in high school. Reading class we would go in to a small library and pick a book to read and at the end of the class we had to write about what we read that day. It was then that I truly fell in love with reading.
What is the first book that made you cry? Why?
A Child Called It. The story is so deep and at times it grabbed my heart and ripped it out.
Do you think someone could be a writer if they don’t feel emotions strongly? Why or why not?
Hmmm, Hard question. I would think that it would be hard to write a scene in a story if you didn’t feel any emotions about what you are writing about.
What genre do you write and why?
I write in many genres. I have Romance and Paranormal. I love writing in any genre. I love paranormal because there are no limits with what you can write whether it be vampires, wolves or anything else you can dream up. And I love Romance because I who doesn’t love a good love story right?
As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal? Why?
I haven’t really ever thought about that, but it would probably be something with a skull, just because I love skulls.
What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?
Bing is my best friend. I research anything I am not sure about until I know I won’t mess it up when I write about it. I will do research until I am sure about something.
Do you hide any secrets in your books that only a few people will find?
No. When I wrote my first book many pointed out that the lead character was described to look just like my husband and I didn’t realize I had done it. I guess if I had to pick out one thing it would be that A LOT of my stories are in Louisiana. I would pack up and move to NOLA today if I could talk my husband in to it. lol
What was your hardest scene to write?
I have found YA to be a pretty hard to write. It isn’t a scene but for some reason it’s been difficult for me to write. As far as a scene it would have to be sex scenes.
How did publishing your first book change your process of writing?
I learned a lot. I learned how to write better and editing tips to make the editing process a lot easier as well as formatting.
What’s the best way to market your books?
Hmm, I use Facebook and Twitter. But I am always looking for more places to market so if anyone knows any let me know. Lol
What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Be careful when looking for agents and publishers.
If you could tell your younger writing self anything, what would it be?
Don’t second guess yourself so much. Let the story flow.
Have you read anything that made you think differently about fiction?
What is your favorite childhood book?
Anything Dr. Seuss, I still love those even now.
What is the most difficult part of your artistic process?
I still tend to second guess myself and sometimes doubt myself even knowing I shouldn’t. Starting the story is usually hard for me. I will have the story in my head but end up writing the first chapter at least once or twice.
Is there anything you wish I would have asked? If there is what would you have liked to have been asked?
You can find Ms. Rodgers books on Amazon. Her current titles are:
Master May I
Surviving This Life (Co-wrote with N. Nieto)
The Deception of Annika
You can find her on Facebook as Author Salice Rodgers and Twitter: @AuthorSalice
My PA: Emma Lloyd
Ms. Rodgers is hoping to be going to the book signing in NOLA in November 2018, and since she loves NOLA so much she is looking forward to it.