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November 3, 2018

Nineteen months ago I embarked on the journey of my next novel about an African Muslim slave. The first fourteen months I spent mostly researching and immersing myself in the subject matter and time period of Islam in Africa, African Muslims, the African slave trade, American slavery, the Civil War, and of course the Islamic faith and what it means to be a Muslim. In June of this year I began drafting the narrative told in the first person voice of the main character, and yesterday I surpassed the 50,000 work mark, which at this juncture in the narrator’s epic journey feels as though the story has reached its midpoint.

My writing and drafting process is not to throw words feverishly onto a page and go over them with enough effort to achieve a reasonable quality so I can quickly move forward. I am a deliberate and methodical writer who contemplates and obsesses as I envision the direction of the plot or more precisely the struggles the main character is guiding me through with his own voice. And so I write and rewrite, write and rewrite, and stop completely when something is not working. Not until the chapter or section or scene feels solid and polished enough do I feel as though I can move ahead with certainty that what I’ve had time to contemplate is the true destination the narrative is heading.

After 50,000 words, the pace of this novel is running about 10,000 per month, which is registering in at a slower pace to complete the “first draft” of this project compared to my other novels. What I have learned from my books is that each of them is like a different child. They behave differently, make different demands, and require me to care for and nurture them in their own unique way. In short, they are beautiful and fascinating and frustrating and exhausting, but I would not want it any other way because I do not have a choice. These works have demanded me to write them.

I’m discovering with this current novel that I need anywhere from 6-12 drafts of each chapter before moving on. This is not to say that I am trying to shortcut any part of the process by doing more rewrites and polishing ahead of the next draft. In fact, as with each project, I am detecting those instances where I know I will have to go back in forthcoming drafts to fix, change, tighten, and polish certain sections and details. I keep a list of the tinkering needed, but overall I am feeling this novel is the strongest work I’ve ever undertaken. This is partly because when you commit yourself to a strong work ethic and you keep focused on the vision of the story, you tend to improve with each effort and challenge yourself more with each project.

This current novel is by far both the hardest and the most enlightening one I’ve ever attempted. As this story develops, the beauty and humanity of Islam is emerging exactly as I knew it would because Islam is such a beautiful and humanistic faith. The language of this first person narration feels as magical and lyrical as anything I’ve ever done, and I owe my love of poetry in my teens and during my early writing days for helping me see history and the world of the past with its every wondrous detail. No matter how hard I work, however, I have doubts. In fact, every book I’ve written has started with doubt and not believing I can do it until I start researching and giving my soul over to hard work which brings about the muse.

What pushes me, keeps me going, and inspires me is reading. Whenever I’m feeling tired, I head to my bookshelf and seek out my heroes: Toni Morrison, Cormac McCarthy, Michael Ondaatje, Albert Camus, Jorge Luis Borges, and the list goes on. At this moment in the story, I’m back to Morrison’s Beloved and Doris Kearns Goodwin’s Team of Rivals. Another mainstay in my reading is going back to the Quran and to Reza Aslan’s No god but God.

After a day of feeling exhausted with the demands of this current novel, I’m now refreshed and reinvigorated to head back to the narrative. Reading Morrison should give me the inspiration to do some good work with the hours left in the day.

Roger  🙂

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June 3, 2018

This week began the next stage in the process of what will be my next novel about an African Muslim slave. With my initial research and organizing of notes now completed, I’m moving into the discovery, plotting, and drafting stage. Because I’ve been so immersed over the past sixteen months in Islam, enslaved Muslims, the African slave trade, the antebellum era, American slavery in the South, and the Civil War, my mind has been developing the life of this character to the point where his journey is already real. Whether it will now take months or years to tell his story, I do not know. Time is all I need.

I had always hoped one of my previous books would take off and give me more time to work on this current project, which has lived with me going on twenty-five years. Now it’s real and I realize all my past work (each book so very dear to my heart) has been in preparation for this current undertaking. I am excited and nervous and full of doubts about whether I can write this next novel, but mostly what I know for certain is that the only way forward is hard work, discipline, commitment, dedication, and staying true to the vision of this slave’s journey and the truth of history. So I must begin.

For now I’m going to reserve sharing too much about the main character, but he has a name, an identity, a purpose, and a story unlike any other. I also have a title for this novel that I believe will stay with the project through its completion. But I want as well to reserve disclosing it at this stage. It feels like the perfect title at the outset. However, as with any project of this magnitude and duration, along the way ideas change and develop and reveal themselves. I am the mere conduit through which all the energy flows. So I begin.

Roger  🙂

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Feb. 25, 2018

It’s been nearly a year since my last blog post. In that time, a lot of progress has been made on the journey of what will become my next novel. As I mentioned in my last post from April 7, 2017, this new project will focus on the antebellum and Civil War era and most specifically on enslaved African Muslims. Historians estimate about 15-20 percent of slaves in America devoutly practiced Islam, even against all the direct and indirect forces that tried to make them abandon their faith. West Africa and its great civilizations and kingdoms—where many of the Black Muslims were originally captured during the slave trade—were greatly influenced by the Quran and Islamic teachings. Learning and education were valued greatly in these African kingdoms, so Muslim slaves were often highly literate and extremely intelligent.

Over the course of the last year, I owe tremendous gratitude to dozens of writers and books for shaping my understanding and vision for this next novel. With most of the grassroots research completed, my task over the past two months has been typing up, organizing, studying, and reviewing the hundreds of pages of notes and ideas I’ve accumulated. Not only has my research immersed me in the Civil War era, plantation life, the slave trade, and the unspeakable crimes of the institution of American slavery, my focus has also been overwhelmingly drawn to the beauty and intellect of Islam. During this last year, I reread the Koran for the first time since 9/11. As I experienced it then, I again found the Quran full of its inspiring message of love, compassion, and generosity. The entire purpose of Islam is a profound commitment to God—the only One from whom we came and to whom we shall return. Submission to God’s love through prayer, kindness, mercy, and unwavering charity make up the foundation of what it means to be a Muslim.

Anyone who claims Islam endorses violence is wrong. Nowhere in the Quran or in the Prophet Muhammad’s life is violence condoned against innocent people. In self-defense, one may protect one’s self, but that is only if you’re denied by another the right to worship God in your own way and follow the path of righteousness as set out so beautifully by the Prophet. Otherwise, peace is the answer and all should be forgiven. The word of God should be offered, but it can never be forced upon anyone because Islam prohibits any compulsion of religion. Muslims revere each of the Old and New Testament prophets as divine vessels of God’s love. It was Muhammad who God entrusted to deliver His final message to humankind through the words set forth in the beauty of the Quran. And so the Quran says to pray for peace and grace, give to the underprivileged and less fortunate, and show mercy to everyone, including one’s adversaries and especially to anyone who may believe differently from you. That is the life the Prophet lived and the message he shared.

Moreover, no religion throughout its history has valued women more than Islam. (For more information read Reza Aslan’s No god but God or Carla Power’s If the Oceans Were Ink.) Muhammad’s original Muslim community, the Ummah, made women instrumental in leadership and learning. The same happened in the West African kingdoms where Islam made its influence beginning in the 11th century. Women were scholars who played a central part in teaching and learning. My next novel will celebrate the beauty and wisdom of Islam through slaves who were Muslim, but their story will be much more. It will confront slavery’s crimes, it will encompass the Civil War, and it will have a Muslim slave as the protagonist showing humanity the path to a better life. At this point, all I know is that each day this project lives in my heart. Every day I make a little more progress, and that is the commitment to the journey. I’m hopeful to begin drafting soon.

Roger  🙂

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Aug. 31, 2017

Brody  —  Aug. 11, 2005 – Aug. 26, 2017

This past weekend my wife Alley and I lost our beloved dog Brody. He was too tired and couldn’t go on any longer. Alley composed a beautiful post celebrating Brody’s life on Facebook, and many thanks to everyone for your kindness in thinking of him. The sorrow and grief are almost unbearable, but Brody wouldn’t want us crying. He was a friend to everyone, his tail always wagging rapidly in curlicues to meet people. He wanted to nuzzle his head against the legs of everyone. His adorable whimpers begged for a hug. He made us all smile and laugh. He was so brave in the end, and although the heartbreak is difficult for Alley and me, we know Brody is finally at peace after a long year of suffering. He loved his little sister Sophy so much, and she will forever be a link to Brody’s remarkable life.

Roger  🙂

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July 24, 2017

I’m about three-fourths through my initial research with a stack of books to go before shifting my focus to the organizing, outlining, and eventual drafting of my next novel. I have a working title and some character names, but it’s all in the beginning stage of this long, arduous journey, so there’s no rush to disclose too many details this early. However, the largely marginalized history of black Muslim slaves during the antebellum and Civil War era is where this novel will have its voice.

Roger  🙂

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April 7, 2017

Last year after finishing The Destruction of Silence, I wondered whether I’d ever have another book in me. “How can I ever push myself more than I did with that novel?” This question had been haunting me for months. The emotional drain of completing The Destruction of Silence hit me hard. I was separated from the characters of Thomas and Great Star for the first time in three years, and it hurt to the point where I broke down and wept. I started to think I could never again experience anything with that type of intensity. I realized, however, my emotions were similar to the way I’d felt after finishing my other books.

But something was different with finishing The Destruction of Silence. The pain and redemption of that story made me nervous about ever wanting to commit to another work if the new work was unable to produce the same emotional impact. Seven months after the book was released, I had no new project on the horizon. With the completion of my other books, I found myself immersed in a new idea within a few months. But not until last week did the idea for my next novel come to me. It now feels as powerful as anything I’ve ever considered writing about. The root of this new story is now firmly planted in my heart, and it’s beginning to course through my blood, and so I have no choice but to undertake this next journey. What’s most interesting is that this new idea has been stored in my head for over twenty years. But only in the last week have I been able to see it clearly after all these years.

This next novel will take place in the antebellum south and will cover American slavery and the Civil War years and its aftermath. More specifically, it will deal with African Muslim slaves and the presence of Islam in America during the Civil War era. That’s all I know right now, but I will be charting my progress with all of you over the next two, three, four, or however many years it takes to tell this story. I realize I’m on the verge of the most challenging endeavor I’ve ever undertaken, and thoughts of fear and doubt are swirling, but mostly I’m driven by the need to relive the past and tell this story. The decision is not mine. The story must be told. I can hear the great Irish poet Seamus Heaney echoing to me, “Get started, keep going, and get started again.” So I’m on my way.

Roger  🙂

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February 6, 2017

So excited to announce that I have seven events set for February, March, and April. Having the opportunity to appear at such a variety of venues requires me to express my appreciation and gratitude to everyone who has invited me to speak and give presentations. It’s a writers dream to be able to talk about their work and share their ideas. Please visit the “Events & Appearances” tab here on my website for the complete list of all the places I’ll be at in the upcoming months.

Roger  🙂

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September 19, 2016

Take 30 seconds to watch the book trailer to my new novel, The Destruction of Silence:  https://animoto.com/play/25SjDnh1503vIfGYQt6wTg

Then order your copy in paperback or on Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537079522

Roger  🙂

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September 16, 2016

My new novel The Destruction of Silence is now available on Amazon (trade paperback or Kindle) or anywhere books are sold. Many thanks to everyone for your continued interest and support.

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1537079522

Roger  🙂

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July 11, 2016

The editing and revision of my new novel The Destruction of Silence is reaching the final stages. It’s at the point where I must decide when to let go. I recently finished rereading McCarthy’s Border Trilogy to keep pushing myself to perfect my craft. I’m now moving on to Toni Morrison and Micheal Ondaatje to help me finish up my final edits. Below is the most updated book “jacket” description of The Destruction of Silence due out in September. If you have a second, let me know how it sounds by leaving a message on any of my social media accounts. All the links are on the home page or contact option on the main menu.

In his most accomplished novel to date, Roger DeBlanck delivers an unforgettable contemporary story of a young Native American man on the road to recovery. Abuse and addiction have ruined Thomas Newsome’s youth, but he refuses to follow the wasted path of his father, Gilbert. After Thomas narrowly avoids tragedy, he vows to get clean and stay that way. Before he can bury his past and move on, he wants answers from his father for why he never changed. But then Gilbert falls ill and takes off on a road trip. With only a handful of clues from his Apache past, Thomas sets out on a journey to track down his father. Along the way, he meets an elderly Native American sage by the name of Great Star. While traveling with the old man deep into the heart of Apache country through Arizona, New Mexico, and across the border, Thomas’s search for his father becomes an odyssey of self-discovery and an excavation into the roots of his Mescalero ancestors and the truth of his family history. The native individuals he encounters and the enchanting places he visits will forever alter his perspective on life. In going from destruction to redemption, Thomas learns how the Apache spirit within him can lead towards a meaningful purpose in life. The Destruction of Silence is a heartfelt novel of remarkable beauty and compassion. It will sweep you up, carry you along, and leave you both bereft and ultimately uplifted.

Roger  🙂

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June 5, 2016

As the editing and revision moves steadily forward on my new novel The Destruction of Silence I’ve been rereading my favorite authors. Right now I’m once again embracing the greatness of Cormac McCarthy. Every time I read All the Pretty Horses, it’s more beautiful. This is the fourth time I’ve read the novel, and each rereading reinforces McCarthy’s brilliance. No one captures the mood and atmosphere of the borderland in quite the same vivid and breathtaking fashion as does McCarthy. Next up for me is the second book in his border trilogy, The Crossing. This will be the second time I’ve undertaken this portion of the trilogy and from what I remember, it’s a more ambitious tale of resilience and survival. Man’s connection to the landscape is essential in McCarthy’s work, and my new novel pursues similar themes. So there’s no better way to refine your craft than to return to McCarthy. My gratitude is immense for what he has taught me.

Roger  🙂

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May 23, 2016

The hard work of editing and revision continues in earnest on my forthcoming novel The Destruction of Silence due out this fall.

Roger  🙂

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April 4, 2016

Writing a novel is mostly hard work, dedication, and staying committed to your vision. But one of the toughest components is putting together the summary. Below is the most updated “book jacket” description of my new novel The Destruction of Silence due out in September.

In his most accomplished novel to date, Roger DeBlanck delivers an unforgettable contemporary story of a young Native American man on the road to recovery. Abuse and addiction have ruined Thomas Newsome’s youth, but he refuses to follow the wasted path of his father, Gilbert. After Thomas narrowly avoids tragedy, he vows to get clean and stay that way. Before he can bury his past and move on, he wants answers from his father for why he never changed. But then Gilbert falls ill and takes off on a road trip. With only a handful of clues from his Apache past, Thomas sets out on a journey to track down his father. Along the way, he meets an elderly Native American sage by the name of Great Star. While traveling with the old man deep into the heart of Apache country through Arizona, New Mexico, and across the border, Thomas’s search for his father becomes an odyssey of self-discovery and an excavation into the roots of his Mescalero ancestors and the truth of his family history. The native individuals he encounters and the enchanting places he visits will forever alter his perspective on life. In going from destruction to redemption, Thomas learns how the Apache spirit within him can lead towards a meaningful purpose in life. The Destruction of Silence is a heartfelt novel of remarkable beauty and compassion. It will sweep you up, carry you along, and leave you both bereft and ultimately uplifted.

Roger  🙂

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March 21, 2016

I have a completed draft of my next novel The Destruction of Silence. This one is for my nephew. May you find your way. I plan to start going through the manuscript this week and begin the arduous next step of revision and editing. My goal is to have the book out by fall/winter. We’ll see how fast the process goes.

Roger  🙂

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February 29, 2016

After a marathon day of writing, I’m very close to finishing the draft of my new novel The Destruction of Silence. The end of Thomas Newsome’s journey to recovery makes me proud of his character. Although I’m close, there’s still a tremendous amount of work to do. Each day brings me closer, but several more weeks are needed until it’s done. Then the next stage of proofing-editing-revising begins.

Roger  🙂

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February 19, 2016

It’s all coming together. My new novel The Destruction of Silence has reached its final stretch to completion. I hope to have a draft in the next thirty days. It pulls at my heartstrings to see the characters reach the end of their spiritual journey.

Roger  🙂

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January 19, 2016

I’m feeling exhausted after a full day of writing on my next novel The Destruction of Silence, but that’s exactly the way I want to feel. I’m enamored with the story of the main character’s journey and who he meets up with. He is a Native American with an Apache Mescalero heritage. The abuse he suffers in his youth and his substance addiction require him to go on road trip in pursuit of answers to his past. I’m working as hard as I can on the book. I’m now at the 50,000 word mark. Trying to anticipate the length of a book is tricky. It looks as though the 75,000 – 85,000 word range is what this story will need, but I wouldn’t be surprised if it surpasses 90,000 words or more. At the pace I’ve been working, that may mean I can reach the end of the narrative sometime in May or possibly as early as March. How the story plays out will dictate how long the book is and the time frame in which it can be finished.

Roger  🙂

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January 12, 2016

As a librarian and a writer, I’m always scouting for what to read next. I regularly have a list of titles in my head and a stack of books on my desk. But when I’m immersed in a project, as I am now with my third novel, I often feel the compulsion to return to the work of my favorite writers. Recently I tweeted about when you’re unsure of what to read next, go back to Steinbeck. And I meant it. That’s exactly what I did late last year. It was one of the rare times where I didn’t have a next book ready to go, so I started rereading Travels with Charley. It’s such an enchanting book. But most of all it is Steinbeck’s great compassion and humanity as a writer that makes me see why I revere him so much. This is true of many others: Morrison, Ondaatje, McCarthy, and the list goes on. I need their work. It is essential to the progress of my own work.

As I continue the journey with my new novel, I’m reaching that point where I’m feeling the need to return more often to my masters, allowing them to guide me to the end of my narrative. Right now, Anthony Doerr has become a writer who is indispensable to me. Rarely do I finish a book and immediately start rereading it again, even if I know I will reread it many times in the years ahead. However, last week I completed Doerr’s memoir, Four Seasons in Rome, and I knew I must immediately start it again. Its descriptions are breathtaking. His writing is lush, beautiful, empowering, and inspiring. He is most definitely one of those gifted writers who you must follow. Doerr makes me a better writer, and he has proven to me once again why I must go back to my masters when deciding what to read next. I can hardly wait to reread Morrison’s Beloved, Ondaatje’s The English Patient, and McCarthy’s The Border Trilogy.

Roger  🙂

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January 7, 2016

Adele’s new album 25 has been a source of inspiration as I continue with my next novel. The lead track “Hello” is a glorious song. It is the powerhouse on a record that delves at the core of love, loss, pain, sorrow, compassion, and forgiveness. 25 is a somber record, but Adele explores her emotions and handles her content with great dignity and grace. She is honest, humble, vulnerable, and ultimately hopeful. I can only keep working as hard as I know artists such as Adele do to reach the heartfelt essence of their subject matter, a point we’re all striving to capture and convey.

The challenge for writers is that language can feel like an obstacle. How do we take the words we use every day in speech, communication, and interaction and make that language beautiful, unique, and original in our literary endeavors? I believe language becomes literature when we’re striving to create emotional impact. Music is the higher language. Music achieves pure emotion, which becomes the elevation of language. That is why when I’m writing I rely heavily on listening to my favorite musical artists as much as I do on reading and rereading the authors I admire. It’s a commitment to immersing myself in the creative process. Music helps me focus on the emotional bearing and mood I’m seeking to create with the reader.

Roger  🙂

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January 5, 2016

When you’re a writer, you’re always planning, developing, plotting, assessing. In other words, you’re always thinking about the current chapter, the next scene, an image, a description, a sequence of dialogue. Your investment never wavers, and that’s exactly how you want it. You want your heart to be racing, your mind whirring, as you seek out answers and truths to be depicted, conveyed, illuminated, perfected, and idealized in your story. Anything can be inspirational and motivational. For me, it is both the everyday world around me that might offer the spark I need, or it is often other art that serves as the stimulus. That’s why I’m always reading, listening to music, and watching movies that I believe will assist me with the cultivation of my ideas. And it works every time. Currently, I’m reading Anthony Doerr’s non-fiction Four Season in Rome. Few writers exhibit the type of command he has of language to express his vision with such beauty and grace. He is a writer to revere. I’ve read most of his fiction, and I now include his Pulitzer-winning novel, All the Light We Cannot See, among my all-time favorite books. He inspires and pushes me to keep working hard. Once I’m locked in, hard work becomes my muse.

Roger  🙂

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January 4, 2016

I’ve started a blog on Goodreads. The focus of my postings will be on reading selections, insight to the writing process, and other reflections on the endeavors of creativity. Friend me on Goodreads and follow the blog if you can.  Take a look:

http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5377024.Roger_DeBlanck/blog

My plan is also to have some of the postings available here on my website under this “News” menu tab. Thanks for dropping by.

Roger  🙂

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December 31, 2015

Having surpassed 41,000 words here at year’s end, I’m much further along than I’d anticipated with my next novel The Destruction of Silence. At this point in the long process, the story most definitely has attained its own life, a reality in which I am now bearing witness to all that transpires. It’s amazing to see how events develop and play out and how the characters respond to what they are experiencing and the challenges that cross their paths. I feel as though I’m merely along for the journey, which is exactly the way you want your story to feel. My hopes are to finish the book in 2016 and have it ready to share with all of you. Once again, allow me to express my gratitude to everyone who has shown such tremendous interest in the progress of this new book.

Roger  🙂

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December 7, 2015

I’m now through 11 chapters with my next novel. As the story takes its course, it’s become more clear and evident that the main character must learn to forgive or his journey will be meaningless. He is in pursuit of his heritage, searching for clues to his ancestry and his past. I believe he will discover that his heart is capable of much more compassion than he could ever have imagined. This is why I write: to learn from people who are dealing with pain, suffering, grief and sorrow; and hopefully to see how they will find a way to do what is right.

Roger  🙂

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October 26, 2015

I’m nearly at 25,000 words with The Destruction of Silence. What an endeavor this story and these characters are becoming. They keep me working hard, which is the only way I know how to make the muse possible. The pace I’m working at is slow because I’m learning so much from the adversity these characters are facing and enduring. I must admit that one of the characters is quickly becoming someone I love more than any other I’ve ever created. This is by far my best work to date, just as it should be.

Roger  🙂

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July 20, 2015

I’ve reached the 10,000 word mark with my next novel The Destruction of Silence. This is the most challenging novel I’ve ever undertaken. These characters and their plight will take some time to figure out, but each week inches me forward. I want to believe by the end of next year, the story may be showing me its final chapters. But that is not for me to determine. The characters and their journey will let me know when they’ve found what they’re looking for. All I can do is stay committed to the hard work and stay true to the vision of this project.

Roger  🙂

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June 22, 2015

I’m pleased to announce that I have two upcoming events, one this summer and one in the fall. On August 15, I’ll be at the Books Or Books independent bookstore with a handful of local Vegas writers as part of a charity event, where a portion of everyone’s book sales will go to the Alzheimer’s Association. And on Nov. 22, I have the opportunity to be the feature writer as part of the Desert Author Series at the Sahara West Library. This is a tremendous honor, and I’m humbled to join the list of regional writers who have been invited to Sahara West to speak about literature and their writing life. Check my “Appearances” tab here on my website for more information on the events.

Other exciting news pertains to the writing I’ve been doing for my next novel, The Destruction of Silence. Even before finishing my collection of poems Empire of Mind, in Nov. of 2014, I had begun thinking about and researching for the new novel. It wasn’t until two weeks ago that I began raking through all my notes and ideas and began developing a coherent approach on how to handle all the pages that have accumulated over the last year in preparation for this story. Now I’m happy to report that the beginning chapters have been drafted, and I have a clear path for the story to take me forward. The novel chronicles the life of a Native American character who suffers from a traumatic childhood of abuse and then drug addiction. He eventually goes on a journey to discover his heritage and overcome his past. As the story progresses, I’ll try to post updates. Thanks for dropping by and for all the support.

Roger  🙂

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March 29, 2015

Thank you! Thank you! Many thanks are due, indeed, to everyone for helping me sell out of books during my last two events: the Spring Book Fair at Clark County Library on March 14 and the Author Showcase at Paseo Verde Library on March 28. Also, another huge round of my gratitude goes out to every single one of you for your continued kindness and generosity in supporting my work. My humility is real and my appreciation is sincere.

Roger  🙂

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November 11, 2014

My new book Empire of the Mind has been released. At 120 pages, it is a collection of my selected poems written over the last twenty-five years. Check the Amazon link on the home page. The Kindle version is $.99 and the paperback is $6.00. Both versions should be active for purchasing within the next 24 hours. Within a few weeks, the book will also be available anywhere books are sold.

Roger  🙂

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November 1, 2014

My new book Empire of the Mind is a collection of my selected poems. It will be released in the next two weeks. I’m conducting my last stage of fierce editing. This book has been a perfect transition project as I gear up to begin work on my next novel sometime early next year.

Roger  🙂

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May 4, 2014

The poems that will comprise my new book Empire of the Mind have been selected. The collection is set for a November of 2014 release date. Until that time, I’m continuing to edit and refine the poems to ensure they strive for the highest standard of literary excellence. It’s not until I’ve surrounded myself with a fortress of drafts that I can begin to feel my work is close to completion. I’m certainly working in that direction, towards that degree of satisfaction.

Roger  🙂

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February 21, 2014

Take 30 seconds and click on the links below to watch the new book trailers for each of my novels:

The Sky Buries All Sorrow

The Ramos Brothers Trust Castro and Kennedy

Roger  🙂

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December 1, 2013

My new novel The Sky Buries All Sorrow is now available either in paperback or on Kindle at Amazon. The book is also available through Barnes & Noble or anywhere books are sold.

Roger  🙂

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