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Interview with Martha Rogers

Martha Rogers dreamed of being an author from the time she could hold a pencil but didn’t see her first story reach publication until she was 73 years old, proving you are never too late to follow your dreams. She and her husband Rex enjoy spending time with their grandchildren and attending football, baseball, and basketball games when one of the grandchildren is playing or performing. Martha loves to cook and experimenting with recipes and enjoys scrapbooking when she has time and isn't on a deadline.

Welcome, Martha! I’m thrilled to introduce you to our readers. To start us off, share something your readers wouldn’t know about you.
I started out in college as a nursing student in 1953, but in the fall of 1956, difficult circumstances caused me to transfer back to the Baylor campus and change my major to what was then called Home Economics. I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in it and taught homemaking for over twenty years.

If you had to describe yourself in three words, what would they be?
Christian, encourager, friendly

What was your favorite book when you were a kid? Did it play any part in your writing style today?
My favorite book was Little Women. I so loved Jo and wanted to be a writer like her. She became the one I wanted to be like. I even have a Jo doll that was created by Wendy Lawton. I still love that book.

Jo is my favorite character from Little Women as well. What book is currently on your bedside table?
Every Day in His Presence by Charles Stanley

I looked it up, and it looks like a beautiful devotional book. Let’s talk more about your writing. Is this your full-time career?
I am retired so I can spend my time writing, so I guess it’s my full-time job.

Have you always wanted to be a writer?
Yes. For as long as I can remember I’ve been making up stories and began writing them down as soon as I could hold a pencil, and I made up stories for my dolls and paper dolls. They all had very full lives.

That’s how I got my start as well. Tell us about your first published book? What was the journey like?
My first published fiction was a novella for Barbour in a collection with DiAnn Mills, Janice Thompson and Kathleen Y’Barbo Turner in 2006. After many years of rejections, the novella was a fun project with three talented, multi-published authors who gave me a chance to see a dream come true. Then for the next four years I faced rejection after rejection until my agent sent it to a publisher who at that particular time decided to try historical romance and my proposal was on the desk. My first full length novel came out in 2010. I was 73 at the time, and it was all God’s timing. Since then, I have had close to seventy novels and novellas published.

How exciting to see your dream finally become reality! God’s timing is perfect! What books or authors have most influenced your own writing?
Writing resources: James Scott Bell, Brandilyn Collins, Jill Nelson, Donald Maas

When planning a new story, what comes first for you — the plot or the characters — and why?
The germ of an idea with names of characters comes first then I begin thinking about scenes and then put it together for a plot.

Your new book, A Merry Cowboy Christmas, released in October. Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Kayla has been attending rodeos since childhood and is very familiar with them which is why she is so concerned about Tyler being a bull rider and even more hesitant with her heart.

Do one of the main characters hold a special place in your heart?
Kayla--because of her loss. I wanted her to have a happy ending, but it had to come with complete trust in what God wanted for her life.

What were the key challenges you faced when writing this book?
Making sure I got the rodeo parts right and making the progress of the relationship believable.

What was the highlight of writing this book?
Being able to tie it in with two novellas about rodeo stars and make it a trilogy.

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
My website crashed and hasn’t been updated this year, so the Winged Publications website and Amazon are the best places to learn more about me and see the other books I’ve written.

As we finish our interview, do you have any current or upcoming projects you’d like to tell us about?
I am working on Book 2 of my Treasure Quest series. Book one is Treasure for the Heart released in July, and book 2 is Unexpected Treasure will be released in late spring, book 3 is Treasure Worth Finding.
Gina Holder is an indie author and stay-at-home mom. She’s had an infatuation with books for as long as she can remember. She loves sharing uplifting messages from God’s Word and introducing readers to new and new-to-them authors on her blog at When she’s not writing, Gina enjoys playing the piano, cooking, reading, watching Hallmark mysteries, and solving “escape room” puzzles. She’s been a member of ACFW for several years, and loves growing in her craft as an author. She published her debut novel in 2017. Gina lives in Colorado with her husband and daughter.

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