Holiday Book Giveaway

Elena Hartwell, whom had interviewed me a few months prior, has allowed my novel to partake in her December Book Giveaway.

Enter by December 16

So, if you’d like to get a copy of my novel, Brothers Of Blood, among others, before Christmas do yourself a favor and follow this link to her site where you will have instructions on how to enter.

My copy will have a personalized signature from me for the winner, so that’s pretty neat.

Synopsis:

Brothers of Blood follows Belle Whynecrow in her final year of highschool. Her best friends Josue, Xavier, and Jesus the hobo welcome the new kid, Chris, with welcome arms. The only catch? To quell their boredom, Belle tells them to create a kill list, marking off the names as they complete their goal before senior year ends. While struggling to pass their classes with flying colors, this band of merry murderers seems to be on a delightfully bloody roll until Belle’s long imprisoned older brother, Beau, arrives at her doorstep. Now a devout man of God, the brotherhood schemes for his return to his original, and highly exaggerated, bloodlust. That is, if Chris’s jealousy doesn’t destroy Belle’s ranking in the gang first. Not everyone will survive, but those who do will certainly have a year to remember because those that kill together live forever.

Otherwise, check out Brothers Of Blood on AMAZON or INDIEBOUND.

And find me on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram.

-TDR

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Character Interview

I had the fortune of being allowed to stretch my creative fingertips by way of In Search Of A Witch’s Soul author, D. Lieber.

What is contained within this link is a so-called missing chapter from my book Brothers Of Blood. Main protagonist, Belle Whyencrow has been taken in by police and brought in for questioning over the murders that have taken place, something that doesn’t happen in the book.

I thought it would be fun to instead, not write this as prose, but simple interview format. I hope I wasn’t wrong.

There is also an excerpt from the story as well, showing a different side of Belle and her lesser advertised, but just as important characters, Ms. Lefkae and her mother, Norma.

So, please take a seat, whether that’s on the bus, at lunch, or anywhere your reading heart desires to check out a brand new character interview for my debut novel.

-TDR

Purchase Brothers Of Blood here.

Merry Murders

~Jingle bells, killings are swell fa la la la la la la la la ~

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“This novel reminds me of what Less Than Zero would be like had it been written by Chuck Palahniuk.”

– The Platform author, Alex Bernstein

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“Rogers’ talent as a writer becomes bolder and more apparent with every page, as Belle grows older and is left to her own devices. It’s a horrifically realistic picture of a fraction of today’s youth without parental influence.”

– A Taste of Home author, C. Derick Miller

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Join Belle and Beau Whynecrow this Christmas as they discover for better or worse that which influenced their past shall certainly inform their future. Murders, friends, mayhem, and twisted humor drive this touching story between a band of merry misfits called Brothers, with only one year left before disbanding off to college, and a biological family still struggling to come back from the mistakes of their eldest. The family that kills together lives forever in Brothers of Blood by Tristan Drue Rogers.

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Buy the book today. Available in paperback and Kindle.

–Image design by Sabrina Zbasnik–

What A Life

A sad day indeed, true believers!

My first introduction to Stan “The Man” Lee was his narration of the PS1 Spider-Man game. He was bombastic, elaborate, and poppy with every word, easily taking over the mind of a young teenager about to have his world turned upside down by the deep and ever shifting mythology of Marvel Comics. I may write novels and short stories now, but before that I wrote unrealized comic books starring monkey bounty hunters in the deep south and rock stars fighting through the apocalypse. If it wasn’t for this man, along with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Finger, Sam Keith, Neil Gaiman, Chris Claremount and many more, I don’t know where I would have begun as not just a writer or artist, but a human being.

Long live the creators who have influenced us! Thank you for putting a face on creations so that I could have discovered many more. These weren’t just comic books, these were works of art made by a team of creators and they have done more for me than I could ever describe. You will be sorely missed. Excelsior! – TDR

My First Featured Story

OPEN: Journal of Arts & Letters (O:JA&L) featured my non-fiction short story the other day. It’s called The Elder Gentleman.

I wrote this two years ago while living in Las Vegas, roaming a library in Summerlin. I came upon a collection of artwork hanging in their showroom and this is what came of it.

The wonderful thing about this literary site is that they carve a meaningful relationship with the written word and solid artistic creations. I love it. Please follow their site and read my story here.

The artwork that I’ve been lucky enough to have complement my story is Cats by Natalia Goncharova.

– TDR

Buy my book Brothers of Blood.

Big Thrill Roundtable

Oct. 29 – Nov. 4th Tristan Drue Rogers will be participating in The Big Thrill’s Roundtable discussing whether authors regret killing off their characters. Check back throughout the week to see what he and many other authors have to say.

Here is my opening response:

When any writer, perhaps especially authors as they can no longer change the circumstances, kill off their characters, a sense of remorse is incredibly likely to hold onto them for months to come, if not years or more. This is actually a testament to the writer’s ability to build up the soon-to-be deceased character’s presentation to the reader and themselves. If a character died on the first page, we wouldn’t really feel much, understanding that this means to an end is for propping up a tragedy or event in the book, rather than any one character. However, many pages into the story when we end a supporting character’s life, we have already learned what their motivations to live were, what they found humorous, how they perceived the world, and what they were planning to do in order to change it. Furthermore, no matter what writers would like to admit about their villains sharing little with who they actually are, there is a shred of doubt when the prose is written in such a way as to endear the villain — all of our characters are in some way an extension of ourselves.

This is especially true when putting into account the difference between long form storytelling as opposed to short stories or a limited series, where big ideas, such as ending the story with a main character’s death really flourish and we haven’t spent so much time building up these characters so that we may miss having conversations with them.

I’ve yet to write a story that is continued outside of its first home (my novel, Brothers of Blood is my single release outside of two nonfiction essays), so I can only imagine the terror of killing a character written under multiple books or stories. The authors that intend to go through with this experience have my deepest sympathies mixed with a heavy dose of malicious glee.

The thing is, I don’t believe I’ve ever regretted killing any of my darlings. In fact, if I did, it was because they deserved a different death and my mind was too “in it” to have taken a step back from my writing in order to reevaluate that truth. As long as every death is meaningful or has great intention in its meaningless design, I hope we can get over our regrets and simply put it into the writing, developing our characters, their situations, and especially their deaths beyond our wildest original fancies as we continue our good work.

-TDR

If you like what you’ve read, buy Brothers of Blood here.