The business ones
Please give us a short introduction about yourself.
Hello there! I'm Trevann Rogers. I love writing, and reading, and dancing. Not necessarily in that order. One of the most interesting things about me (for which I get teased mercilessly) is that I'll dance just about anywhere. Music in the air in the grocery store? I'm dancing. Take a particularly yummy bite of crème brulee? I'm boogying in the middle of a fancy restaurant.
What genre(s) do you write in and why?
I write in urban fantasy, romance and new adult. These are the kinds of stories that I read. They make me happy.
Tell us about your latest release
House of the Rising Son is the story of Cheyenne, an incubus rocker who is struggling to lead the life he desires, and not the life his family wants him to lead. Along his journey he meets Alexander, a human who is faced with similar issues.
Do you need a special setting to write in or do you have a ceremony to get you in the mood? What does it look like?
I can write almost anywhere so there isn’t really a routine. At home I often write at the kitchen table, or at a TV tray in the living room. I do have an office with a nice desk but I have to train myself to work there. My favorite place away from home is in the food court of one of the local casinos. Lots of people to watch and listen to, coffee to drink, and unlimited snacks.
Describe your feelings when you learnt that your first book was accepted for publication
A combination of elation and fear. It's exciting to know that someone else finds your characters and story interesting. But I'd heard horror stories of massive rewrites and edits. So any email from my editor sent an electric shock down my spine, until I could read and process it.
Has the release of your first book changed anything in your personal life? If so, what?
I thought I was busy before but that was doing all the fun stuff—playing with words and getting to know my people. Now there is so much marketing that has to be done, things I need to learn how to do. It’s difficult to find time to write. But at least my family doesn’t roll their eyes and assume I'm just goofing off now.
Where do you find inspiration?
Often I'll listen to music and an image will form, sometimes a whole scene will just be there. I love unusual buildings and often there is an immediate story that comes to mind. But it really can come from anywhere, such as a snippet of conversation, or something new and interesting that happens. For example, one evening I watched a couple walking in the casino where I was writing. They were walking with their arms locked. She slumped to her knees and he kept walking with her on her knees. Eventually she was able to get back to her feet but he never slowed down. Now there's a story.
Who is your favourite character and why?
Cheyenne, because he was the first. Everyone else exists because of him.
A favourite line from one of your books.
I have two that are favorites. “F--- being an Incubus, I’m a rock star.” I knew I wanted that to be a line in House of the Rising Son even before I wrote the first word. But I also crack myself up every time I see the line “We didn’t raise you to be gay, son.” It is just so over the top funny…but then Thomas, Alexander's father, was an over the top character. He and Dottie (one of Alexander's sisters) were fun to write.
Your favourite drink and food when writing.
Coffee, tea, or diet coke. It depends on the time of day and sometimes the weather. As for food I'd have to say easy to fix, easy to eat. Nothing like a messy keyboard.
The nosy ones
How much of the real “you” is in your stories?
I’m not sure the real me is in any of the stories. Maybe the person I would like to be shows up from time to time.
Have you ever had a crush on a fictional character? Who was it?
Absolutely. My favorites are Tony Foster from Tanya Huff's Smoke Series, and Aaron and Darvish from The Fire’s Stone, also by Huff. I loved Zillah in Poppy Z. Brite’s Lost Souls. Talk about a hot, vampire (*cough*serial killer*cough*) you can't help but love?
What’s the silliest error in a book you’ve submitted?
Right before I submitted the manuscript I realized that many of my characters had names that started with a K or hard C., so I changed Karl’s name to Logan. As I talked to my editor about the book I kept referring to Karl. It was very confusing back and forth for awhile.
Who is your least favourite of the characters you’ve written? Why?
That is a difficult question. I love them all. They're all living very full lives off the page and will appear again later. I suppose if I had to pick one it would be Logan because he's kind of a jerk.
The steamiest scene from your books.
There are a few that are quite steamy. My favorite is the first time Chey and Zander admit their feelings for each other. Zander has been hurt and Cheyenne is tending his wound. Things that both have wanted finally happen.
Favourite comfort food?
Potato chips are key. I can't imagine life without their salty goodness. And dip. It's amazing how much better a few chips and bacon horseradish dip can make me feel.
A person you admire:
If you could ask any person in the world one question of your choice, who would it be and what would you ask them?
My newest guilty pleasure is WWE wrestling. I would ask my latest crush, Roman Reigns, to stop letting people kick him in his beautiful face. I mean, seriously? Every time his mouth bleeds my heart whimpers a little.
The fast ones
Dog or cat?
I love both but only have dogs as I am extremely allergic to cats.
Coffee or tea?
Coffee but I need lots of cream and sugar in my coffee so am trying to cut back and drink more herbal tea.
Quickie or candles?
Depending on my mood it can be one or the other. Or both. Consecutively, of course.
Hunky or chunky?
I went through a phase where mostly I liked small…short, slender with a swimmer's build. Like Chey. Then I started being attracted to big…tall, muscular. Like Zander. Now both sorts get my attention. In general, I'm drawn to a particular body type—muscles that work rather than muscles from working out in a gym. I don’t find super “cut” bodies very attractive. I’d like a little more flesh on them.
Suit & tie or jeans & boots?
Definitely jeans and boots. And if possible, chains.
Walk in the park or chat over cocktails?
A chat over cocktails.
Trevann Rogers writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her stories incorporate an unquenchable addition to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.
Author website / blog:
Living After Midnight, Book 1
Sex. Rebellion. Rock and Roll.
Cheyenne is a half-human incubus whose star is on the rise in the Unakite City rock scene. His father, the leader of the supernatural races, would prefer he keep a “low profile”, but screw that. Cheyenne has as much music in his veins as royal incubi blood.
Alexander's future is all set—finish law school, join the family firm, and marry someone who'd be good for business. Not that he has a say in any of it. He's barely met the woman his father expects him to marry.
As Cheyenne's musical career takes off, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel, exacerbated by an ex-lover who can't let go, a crotchety barkeeper with a dirty mind and a pure heart, a drag queen who moonlights as a nanny, and Alexander—who's not sure if he's falling for the incubus or the rocker.
Cheyenne denies who he is, while Alexander hides what he wants. Together, they learn that getting what they truly want means being who they truly are.
Warning: Contains hot were-tiger sex, a Thanksgiving celebration that makes the Inquisition look like a tea party, and an incubus who'll rock your world.