Gemma Rogers and Reckless
Gemma Rogers is a thrillers author.
Her novels are Stalker, Payback, and her most recent is Reckless.
The Blurb for Reckless
ONE LIFE CHANGING MOMENT OF MADNESS.
English teacher Izzy Cole wanted a fresh start with her family.
A new town, a new home, and a new school.
When sixth form student Nicky Stevens takes a special interest in her, Izzy is initially flattered.
But as their dangerous friendship teeters on the edge of something more, alarm bells go undetected and one moment of madness leads to devastating consequences.
Izzy soon finds her family, her career and her life hanging in the balance as she becomes his darkest obsession…
Let’s Place Gemma Under the Spotlight!
Tell us a little about yourself and your books, including the genre(s) you write in.
My name is Gemma Rogers and I’m a married, mum of two living in West Sussex that first got published last September after signing a four-book deal with new publisher Boldwood Books.
I write gritty thrillers with female protagonists that are striving for justice, truth or righting wrongs.
What project are you working on now?
Currently I’m writing book four where my main character is fresh out of prison, working out her probation at an industrial laundry owned by a corrupt man who preys on his employees.
How do you choose the genre(s) you write in?
I love watching thrillers and crime tv dramas, I get drawn in to the darkness. It’s something I really enjoy trying to convey on the page. If I can make the reader gasp, shudder or turn on the light, I’ve done my job.
Is there any particular author or book that’s influenced you, either growing up or as an adult?
As a child I devoured books, starting with Judy Blume and Enid Blyton before quickly moving on to horror.
I became a massive fan of the Point Horror series as a teen, before falling in love with Richard Laymon and Shaun Hutson.
Mo Hayder is my favourite thriller writer, her writing is sublime.
Is anything in your books based on real life experiences?
Yes Stalker is based on a real-life experience where I was indecently assaulted back in 2001 at 8am on a Sunday morning, on my way to the train station. It’s close to my heart because even though the attack in the book is different, the feelings the main character Eve experience were easy to write, as I had them all.
How do you come up with your titles?
Both Stalker and Payback started off as different titles and were changed by Boldwood.
Reckless my third novel has always been called that and luckily they liked it.
Do you have any hidden talents?
Not really, sorry that’s not very exciting is it.
I’m pretty good at baking cakes and I’ve won a SingStar battle in my time.
You’re hosting a literary dinner party, which four authors would you invite (alive or dead)?
Richard Laymon, Mo Hayder, J.K Rowling, Stieg Larsson
What are five words that describe your writing process?
Haphazard, snatched, unedited, blissful
Which would you rather do: Never write another story or never read another book?
That is such a hard one, I think I’d have to stop writing. I get so much joy from reading I’d be devastated to lose it.
What is the funniest typo or error you’ve ever written?
I remember sending an email to a client called Brian and I called him Brain…. The recall didn’t work, and an awkward response followed.
How do you come up with names for your characters?
I’m not sure, I know I don’t often have to search around for one.
When I build my character profiles I start with a photo, normally of an actress or actor, a name will follow soon after, but it has to fit with the character.
I find last names more difficult.
Who is the most supportive person in your life when it comes to your writing?
My husband is very supportive especially in terms of giving me time to write but, shock horror, he’s not much of a reader.
My mum reads everything I write and my friend Denise, they are my beta readers. I know I’m on to something when they start badgering me for more chapters.
What is your most favourite word and why?
I have no idea why really, I just love the way it sounds and I can’t type it without making a funny facial expression.
What is your least favourite word and why?
This is when I sound old, it’s a lot of slang that I hear…. Fam, Peng, Lit, they are just awful.
You can find Gemma in the following places:
Facebook: Gemma Rogers Facebook
Twitter: Gemma Rogers Twitter