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20 questions and a selfie: A day in the life of Garry Rodgers, crime fiction author, policeman and sniper


For this installment of “20 Questions and a Selfie,” we catch up with crime fiction author Garry Rodgers.

Garry is a retired Royal Canadian Mounted Police homicide detective and forensic coroner. Garry is also a trained sniper. We would say “ex-sniper,” but, hey, who wants to risk offending a sniper? Garry’s book, No Witnesses To Nothing, available at Amazon.com, is based on true crime stories.

You can connect with Garry on Twitter at @GarryRodgers1 and on his website, www.DyingWords.net.

Our 20 questions with Garry start now:

1) What is your full name (middle name optional)?

Garry Rodgers

2) What is your professional job title?

Writer

3) Describe your organization.

One-Man-Show at www.DyingWords.net

4) Describe your surroundings right now.

Four glassesh of wine, now fouring a flifth

5) What was your first paid writing gig?

Royal Canadian Mounted Police hired me as a homicide detective

6) What was the last thing you wrote?

What happened to the missing bullet in the JFK Assassination

7) What is the next thing you plan to write?

JFK Assassination For Dummies

8) Finish this sentence: The ideal way to start my day is …

Hearing that I’ve helped others

9) Besides your computer, what is sitting on your desk right now?

Glass of Pinot Grigo and a wad of Corgi hair

10) So-called writer’s block is no match for you! What is your antidote?

Start typing and let shit flow. Put out what’s in your heart. The best writing is connecting through the heart. Say what you feel.

11) Finish this sentence: I hate it when I read …

Writer’s block. It’s a cop-out for what it takes to professionally write. You have to show up if you wanna make it.

12) What are the most important tools, programs and systems you use for your work?

Networking with supportives, support from appreciatives, and guidance from infinite intelligent intelligence.

13) First book that comes to mind? Go!

Think and Grow Rich

14) What are your favorite smartphone apps and why?

Being able to actually talk on my phone.

15) What have you always wanted to write?

To help others.

16) What is your advice for aspiring professional writers?

Mentor and never, ever, give up.

17) First famous writer who comes to mind? Go!

Napoleon Hill

18) Finish this sentence: My favorite thing about being a writer is …

helping others

19) Pencil versus pen—who wins and why?

Pen. Think before you write, because it’s a bitch to erase ink.

20) Finish this sentence: One word or phrase people will never read in my writing is …

I can’t do it.

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  • http://www.crimewriterblog.com Sue Coletta

    He sounds fascinating, generous, an all-around nice guy. This is the kind of person other authors should aspire to be like. I counted at least four answers out of twenty where the most important thing to him was “helping others”. THAT is an author who should be read widely!

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