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Romelia: WHAT IS A SIGNIFICANT WAY YOUR BOOK HAS CHANGED SINCE THE FIRST DRAFT?
Michael Rogers: Drastically. Immensely. I actually had to stop in the middle of the first draft because my mind just started creating more backstory, settings, characters, and dialogue. I went back to the drawing board and the backstories, settings, characters, and dialogue branched out a plethora of details that took on a life of their own.
Romelia: WHAT PERSPECTIVES OR BELIEFS HAVE YOU CHALLENGED WITH THIS WORK?
Michael Rogers: I didn’t challenge any perspectives or beliefs with this book. It wasn’t written to do so.
Romelia: WHAT INSPIRED THE IDEA FOR YOUR BOOK?
Michael Rogers: Whenever we watch, read, or play stories, we always wonder, “why didn’t they do this with this character?”, “why did they take this story in that direction?”, “doing that ruined this character.”, and “the story went downhill after that.” There’s always that one comment that says, “Well, write your own story.” So, I wrote my own story. That’s what inspired the idea of my book.
Romelia: HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR BOOK’S IDEAL READER?
Michael Rogers: My book’s ideal reader would be someone that is able to let their imagination run into many different branches of thoughts. Thoughts that’ll have one contemplating about possibilities in our own world.
Romelia: HOW MUCH RESEARCH DID YOU NEED TO DO FOR YOUR BOOK?
Michael Rogers: I did a ton of research. Even though, Inevitable takes place in an alternate timeline, which I felt that allowed me to run wild with my imagination, I had to do tons of research. I had to do research on names from different countries, the military, countries, locations within countries, weapons, fighting styles, technology, time zones, and people.
Romelia: HOW IMPORTANT WAS PROFESSIONAL EDITING TO YOUR BOOK’S DEVELOPMENT?
Michael Rogers: It was very important to Inevitable’s development because that was my first time writing a full novel. The notes I received from the editing really helped me structure dialogue and transitions.
Romelia: WHAT WAS YOUR HARDEST SCENE TO WRITE, AND WHY?
Michael Rogers: This one is kind of funny, I guess. It was a sex scene, or what could have been a sex scene. It was hard to write because I knew what to write and how, but I didn’t know if the way I was going to write it would be…inappropriate.
Romelia: WHAT CHARACTERS IN YOUR BOOK ARE MOST SIMILAR TO YOU OR TO PEOPLE YOU KNOW?
Michael Rogers: Most of the characters are basically some people in my life. I will leave it at that.
Romelia: HOW LONG DID IT TAKE YOU TO WRITE THIS BOOK?
Michael Rogers: Years. It took multiple years because it went through so many drafts. At first, it was just me scribbling things down from my imagination at the time. I was using that scribbling to have something to do while looking for a job.
Romelia: HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE TITLE FOR YOUR BOOK?
Michael Rogers: In The Matrix movies, the character Agent Smith was always talking about inevitability. In Matrix Reloaded, during one of my favorite scenes, he said to Neo, “It is inevitable.” As a kid, I was fascinated by the way he spoke and acted. So, being a kid, I looked up the word “inevitable”. Fast forward to my post-college years, I thought of Agent Smith again and wanted to title my book, Inevitable.
Romelia: WOULD YOU AND YOUR MAIN CHARACTER GET ALONG?
Michael Rogers: Of course, we would. There’s a reason. Refer to question 8.
Romelia: IF YOU COULD MEET YOUR CHARACTERS, WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO THEM?
Michael Rogers: Well, for the antagonist, I would ask that person, “How are you able to make the tech that you possess?”
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR WRITING PROCESS LIKE? ARE YOU MORE OF A PLOTTER OR A PANTSER?
Michael Rogers: I like to plan things out. Characters, settings, story, structure. I like to get those sorted out before diving in. I’m definitely more of a plotter.
Romelia: WHAT DO YOU NEED IN YOUR WRITING SPACE TO HELP YOU STAY FOCUSED?
Michael Rogers: It depends. At times, I want absolute silence—no noise. There are other times where I listen to music because I’m in the zone on a certain area of the story.
Romelia: IF YOU WERE TO WRITE A SPIN-OFF ABOUT A SIDE CHARACTER, WHICH WOULD YOU PICK?
Michael Rogers: I would pick Adrian Martin. He was given the nickname Call The Shots because he did it his way and disregarded authority figures. Due to that, he was a solo act as a soldier and was given certain high value missions.
Romelia: IF YOU COULD SPEND A DAY WITH ANOTHER POPULAR AUTHOR, WHOM WOULD YOU CHOOSE?
Michael Rogers: Honestly, I don’t have a favorite author or a book. I just pick up whatever interests me.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR SCHEDULE LIKE WHEN YOU’RE WRITING A BOOK?
Michael Rogers: Any time I can find to write, I’ll write.
Romelia: HAVE YOU EVER TRAVELED AS RESEARCH FOR YOUR BOOK?
Michael Rogers: I have not, but I would love to start traveling somewhere not just for research.
Romelia: WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE WRITING SNACK OR DRINK?
Michael Rogers: I’m usually not eating or drinking while writing, but I would say one time, I had some kettle cooked chips.
Romelia: HOW DO YOU CELEBRATE WHEN YOU FINISH YOUR BOOK?
Michael Rogers: I celebrate with a loud sigh and take a rest to soak in the fact that I finished writing a book.
Romelia: WHAT RISKS HAVE YOU TAKEN WITH YOUR WRITING THAT HAVE PAID OFF?
Michael Rogers: The simple risk of diving head first into creating a novel out of my writing and never giving up along the way.
Romelia: WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU GOOGLED YOURSELF AND WHAT DID YOU FIND?
Michael Rogers: I haven’t Googled myself yet. Hold on one moment. A former Navy Admiral comes up, but if I type my book with my name, links of articles and reviews of Inevitable come up.
Romelia: WHAT IS YOUR KRYPTONITE AS A WRITER?
Michael Rogers: I would have to say writer’s block, which I think every writer gets.
Romelia: TELL US SOMETHING FUNNY FROM YOUR ADULT LIFE.
Michael Rogers: I don’t drink, but for one of my birthdays, I got drunk. My friend and I was at a club and according to him, one of the bouncers had to give me a warning four times. He says that we were on the verge of getting kicked out, which he is exaggerating. But every time he tells someone of that story, it is hilarious. That’s just a long story, short.
Romelia: describe yourself in a few sentences. Tell us something we do not know about you and something you hate about the world.
Michael Rogers: I’m a college graduate that loves anime, video games, and sports. I love soaking up knowledge and learning about new things as well as trying new things. I’m easy to get along with, sarcastic, funny, and carefree. Something I hate about the world is the hatred and disrespect that is thrown around for the smallest thing.