This Texas author and artist has exercised her creativity through a variety of mediums, including graphic design, glassware, photography, and painting. But it was fire that launched her writing career.
After a devastating fire destroyed her art studio, Rogers decided to try her hand at writing. While pitching her romantic suspense novels, it was one agent’s detailed rejection letter that eventually pointed Rogers to mystery writing. “I had targeted a Harlequin line that usually contained a mystery with the romance,” says Rogers. “The agent’s rejection said the mystery was a bit stronger than the romance. At the time, I didn’t realize what a big deal it was to get a personal, full-page rejection letter.”
Rogers’ first mystery novel was Bitch Factor, featuring bounty hunter Dixie Flannigan, a character inspired by a Houston cab driver. “My car was in the shop, so I was in a Houston taxi,” Rogers recalls. “Making conversation, I asked the driver, ‘So, is this what you do full-time?’ He replied, ‘Well, I’m also a bounty hunter.’” Like any good novelist, Rogers dug deeper. She asked the cabbie if he knew of any women bounty hunters and was told there was one in San Antonio doing quite well. “Right then, I decided there was going to be a bounty hunter in Houston,” Rogers says, “and I even drafted her name—Dixie Flannigan.”