Her book credits include the novella "Sugar and Grits" seven Bible studies, contributions to compilations by Wayne Holmes, Karen O’Conner, and Debbie White Smith. Martha has contributed devotionals to several anthologies including soon to be released Whispers of Wisdom for Step-Moms from Barbour. Martha served as editor of an eight page monthly newsletter for the writer’s organization, Inspirational Writers Alive! for six years and is the state president. She is also the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer’s Conference.
Martha and her husband live in Houston, Texas where they enjoy spending time with their grandchildren. For more information, visit her website at http://www.marthawrogers.com/.
We are all about journeys...unique ones at that. How convoluted was your path to your first published book? Share some highlights or lowlights from your path to publication.
Do you still experience self-doubts regarding your work, or struggle in a particular area such as writers block or angst driven head-banging against walls? Please share some helpful overcoming hints that you’ve discovered.
What mistakes have you made while seeking publication? Or to narrow it down further what’s something you wish you’d known earlier that might have saved you some time/frustration in the publishing business?
What is your favorite source for finding story ideas?
Have you ever had one of those awkward writer moments you’d like to share with us, the ones wherein you get “the look” from the normals? Example, you stand at a knife display at the sporting goods store and ask the clerk which would be the best to use to disembowel a six foot man…please do tell.
With the clarity of experience, what advice would you offer up to the wet-behind-the-ears if beginning this writing journey today?
What event/person has most changed you as a writer? How?
What piece of writing have you done that you’re particularly proud of and why? (Doesn't have to be one of your books or even published.)
Do you have a pet peeve having to do with this biz?
Share a dream or something you'd love to accomplish through your writing career.
What gives you the greatest writer buzz, makes the trip worth the hassles (besides coffee or other substances, or course )?
What is one of the more unique or strange life experiences that has really given you an extra oomph in your writing?
Describe your special or favorite writing spot or send a picture if you'd like.
What aspect of writing was the most difficult for you to grasp/conquer? How did you overcome it?
What is the first thing you do when you begin a new book?
Pray for guidance to get the story idea complete. Then I write a synopsis of what I want to do and go from there.
Good advice! Tell us about your writing rituals. Do you have to sit somewhere specific, complete a certain number of words, leave something undone to trigger creativity for the next session? Some other quirk you’d like to share?
Plot, seat of pants or combination?
What is the most difficult part of pulling together a book? Ex. Do you have saggy middles, soggy characters, soupy plots during your first drafts…if so, how do you shape it up?
Have you received a particularly memorable reader response or peer honor? Please share.
Have you discovered any successful marketing/promo ideas that you'd share with us?
Parting words? Anything you wish we would’ve asked because you’ve got the perfect answer?
My biggest fear has been that I would be too old before an editor took a chance on one of my novels. I have over a dozen complete or nearly complete manuscripts, and at age 73 I was beginning to lose hope, but God’s timing is always perfect and when the time was right, He acted. So I am living proof that we should never give up on our dreams no matter how old we are. That is a part of my platform.