Author Interview with J.R.Rogers

Author Interview with J.R.Rogers

5 Questions to Know You Better…

Perhaps most important – tea or coffee, or maybe hot chocolate?

Coffee for sure but a nice cup of tea around 3 is always delightful.

Of all the characters you have created, who is your favourite?

I’ve written seven novels so there’s a stable-full of characters to pick from. I suppose it would be Gyles Aiscroft from my latest novel, The Italian Couple. He has the sort of job—freelance foreign correspondent—I would have been delighted to have.

Do you have a particular place where you write – can you show us a picture?

I write in a small and elevated second story loft that overlooks my living room.

Where do you find your inspiration and ideas?

I have a strong sense of place due to having been raised abroad in Europe and Africa and my subsequent travels. Location is always first—I write fiction uniquely set in out of the way foreign locations that appeal and intrigue and/or that I would like to visit. Once that has been resolved I set about imagining a plot that conforms to my sub-genres that are historical thrillers, foreign intrigue and espionage. I read a lot of newspapers and magazines and often ideas spring from there. The spark of inspiration for The Italian Couple, for instance, stemmed from an article in the New York Times about Asmara seeking designation as a World Heritage site by Unesco because of its trove of Art Deco buildings erected in the 1930s when the town was one of Mussolini’s Italian East African colonies. Similarly, the location for my The Cypriot Agent came from another article in which Famagusta is described as the ghost town at the heart of Cyprus. On the east coast of Cyprus, it was once one of the most glamorous resorts in the Mediterranean until following a Greek coup in 1974 it was abandoned. It is still abandoned.

What are you working on currently, and when can we expect to read it?

A German/French Jewish couple flee Paris in 1940 ahead of the German occupation. Their destination is Cape Town, South Africa where they intend to sit out the war. Travelling first through Lisbon they later find themselves delayed in Lourenço Marques, the capital of neutral Portuguese East Africa. The town is an intelligence listening-post and a hotbed of secret agents and spies during World War II. The haunt of adventurers and spies Lourenço Marques (now Maputo) gains a reputation as the most alluring city in Africa. Due mid-2019.

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