Filmmaker Susan Rodgers publishes fiction series
People may know Susan Rodgers as Summerside’s local filmmaker, but she is fast gaining recognition as an accomplished writer of women’s fiction as the author of the Drifters e-book series. Her need to write came to the forefront two years ago when she sat down to put long time thoughts into story form. She drafted 10,000 words on the first day, and putting fingers to keyboard produced three books in six months.
by Peggy Miles
The first title in the Drifters series, A Song for Josh, focuses on female character Jesse Wheeler. She’s a teen runaway from PEI who finds herself homeless in Vancouver before her talent is discovered and she becomes a popular singer-songwriter and actor. The subject befriends actor Josh Sawyer and what ensues is a story about hope and love, and the healing power of music.
The series continues with Promises, where Jesse’s past catches up with her as she is threatened by an old nemesis. And in the third book No Greater Love, the main character finds herself trying to find her way back to Josh, the love of her life.
“I feel like I have these friends who live in another town,” reflects the author of her fictional entities. “You spend so much time living with them in your head.”
Susan has a very descriptive writing style and admires authors like F. Scott Fitzgerald and Lucy Maud Montgomery for their unyielding ability to capture imagery through words.
She says that the Drifters series is a love story, but that it “really is about learning to love yourself. I want (readers) to go away feeling like there’s always hope; even if they feel that part of them is unloveable, there is always something to love.”
Drifters fans awaiting further titles—have no fear. The fourth book, Riptide, already exists as a first draft, and Susan has the fifth book plotted. The series is receiving favourable reviews and some fans have even described it as their favourite of the year. Susan has sold over 2,000 books to readers from around the world.
Further, her novel, A Certain Kind of Freedom, was a finalist in the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia Atlantic Writing Awards for unpublished manuscripts. A chapter from the story will soon be featured on an American anthology found at thewritersdrawer.net.
“I’m a storyteller—whether I’m filming or writing.” Susan says succinctly. “And when I am writing, it feels like I am being true to myself…every part of me is happy.”
What’s next? Susan plans to continue writing books for the Drifters series, working toward having A Certain Kind of Freedom published online, and making a feature film from one of the screenplays she’s written.
The Drifters books are available for download on Amazon, Kindle, Good Reads, Barnes and Noble and others. A print version of A Song for Josh is available at Coles Bookstore in Summerside and the Bookmark in Charlottetown, and Promises and No Greater Love will arrive in bookstores in December.