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Wednesday, May 09, 2007

Spotlight on Martha Rogers and Not on the Menu

Although Martha's primary writing experience is in non-fiction, she has been writing fiction for a number of years. She has written for Gospel Light, and several articles Christian magazines. Her first novel, Not on the Menu, appears in the novella collection, Sugar and Grits. She serves as the director for the annual Texas Christian Writer's Conference and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers for whom she writes a devotional every week. Her background includes teaching high school and college English, and she has a Master's degree in education. She sings in the choir at her church and is a substitute Sunday school teacher for the adult department. She is also on the steering committee for a cancer support group at her church, and teaches a weekly class for First Place, a Christian weight loss program. Her fiction has been the recipient of several awards including a Fourth Place in the 2002 Noble Theme Contest for Contemporary Romance and has placed in the top ten finalists in the same contest in 2003 and 2004. Her novel, A Time for Change placed third in the Lone Star Northwest RWA competition.

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1. This is your very first novella, one that's full of fun, laughter, and southern charm. What gave you the inspiration for this story?

The four of us were sitting around lunch one day and started talking about southern women and came up with the premise for the story.

2. How much of your own experiences influenced the character of Dottie Jean? What aspects became traits that were hers and hers alone?

Some of me is in Dottie Jean as I am also unorganized, and I'm known for my pecan pies. However, Dottie Jean’s romance experiences were hers and hers alone.

3. What themes exist in Not on the Menu that you hope the reader sees? Are there any themes that weren't overt but developed as the story progressed?

In my story, I want the reader to see the importance of trust as well as see how God gives us second chances at happiness and everything will work for our good when we trust everything to Him.

4. What were your most difficult parts to write? Your favorite?

There were no really difficult parts to write. This story really came easily. The most fun parts were when the women were together.

5. When is your next book coming out and what is the story?

I don't have another contract as yet. I'm working on a full manuscript requested by an editor. It's a historical set in 1896-97 Oklahoma.

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Martha, thank you for being in the spotlight this week. Readers, be sure to comment for your chance at a FREE copy of Martha's first novella!


Jennifer Y. said...

Great interview!

mirth-quake said...

What great achievements! If I may ask, what's the difference between a novella and novel? If it's a shorter version of the novel, shouldn't it be called novelette?

Kimberlee said...

Sounds like a great book! Please include me in the drawing.


tetewa said...

I'm always looking for new authors to read count me in!

Shauna said...

Hey, I'd love to enter this one as well! The cover sure looks interesting. Did that just sound like I was "judging a book by its cover"? LOL!

sherlyn said...

Great! I wouldn't pass on Martha's first novella. Count me in!

Cherie J said...

Great interview! The novella sounds great.

Loney said...

Is "Not on the Menu", chick-lit?

Dylan said...

Sounds like a great book! I always like reading novellas because they hit you right on the spot!

Unknown said...

i've read about this book in a Christian site before. Sounds interesting to read!

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

The winner for this week's spotlight is:


Congratulations. I've emailed you with the news and await your mailing address so Martha can send out your free book.

Thanks to everyone for your comments. You keep this blog going!

2 more spotlights and chances to win this week!

tetewa said...

Thanks Amber I'm looking forward to the read!