Welcome to WOLF NOTES, where interview questions stray from the rest of the pack. It’s nice to know the usual stuff like where an author gets their inspiration and why they write, but sometimes we need a little fun in our lives.
Today I welcome Kenneth Rogers Jr.
Kenneth has been living and teaching in Baltimore City since 2010 with his wife, Sarah, and two daughters, Mirus and Amare. In that time he has taught 6-10th grade English in Baltimore, Maryland. Kenneth earned a masters degree in education from Johns Hopkins School of Education, the number one ranked school of education in the country. Since growing up and moving from Peoria, Illinois, he graduated from Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio, in 2008 with a dual degree in Political Science and English, he has written and published five novels. Those six novels are: Thoughts in Italics, a book of short stories that range from speculative to science fiction; Writing in the Margins, a novel that intertwines the characters of Jack Mueller and John Rubaker that makes the reader question what is reality and fiction; Sequence, a dystopian science fiction novel telling the story of Andrea Remus and Thomas Charon through each memory they are forced to relive as they are downloaded in a computer known as the Pandora Complex to save the human race; The Diary of Oliver Lee, the first in a young adult trilogy that tells the story of Oliver Lee, his ability to “stream” stories from the minds of those around him, and his search for the first couple he ever “streamed”; Love and Fear, book two in the Liturian trilogy which tells the story of Kevin and his continued search for Oliver Lee and answers to his possible future and fate; Raped Black Male: A Memoir which tells Kenneth’s story of what it means to be a male rape survivor, overcoming stereotypes of what it means to be black, and male, and that men can’t be raped; Heroes, Villains, and Healing: A Guide for Male Survivors Using DC Superheroes and Villains, which uses comic books and back research to help male survivors of child sexual abuse understand and heal from their childhood sexual trauma.
Wolf: You use comic book superheroes in your book Heroes, Villains, and Healing. If you could have a super power, what would it be?
Kenneth: My superpower would be to mimic the superpowers of other people. This was Peter’s power in Heroes (before they ruined it) and I thought it was really cool. Either this, or have the intellect to know and understand all the things that happened in Lost.
Wolf: If you had to pick a weapon, what would it be and why?
Kenneth: I would choose a pen because I’m not a very good fighter. I have asthma, but I’m really good at running away. If I can’t run, then I would attempt to change the mind of my opponent using my words. It may take a while, but it’s more effective than going fist-to-cuffs.
Wolf: Those are wise words. Do you consider yourself a cat person or dog person?
Kenneth: Cat person. I have two cats; Ace and Blonde
Wolf: Here’s an off the wall question for you. The world is about to end. What is the first thing you do?
Kenneth: For me, the routine of my day would not change. I don’t have any regrets or things I wish I had done. I would spend the remaining time with my wife and kids.
Wolf: What story are you working on now?
Kenneth: The third and final book in my young adult trilogy Chronicles of the Last Liturian.
Wolf: What do you like to do when you’re not writing?
Kenneth: I like to play with my daughters, Mirus and Amare. I love making my wife laugh. I enjoy reading, running, meditating, and teaching.
Wolf: Thanks for visiting. Learn more about Kenneth and his writing by following the links below.
Twitter handle: @liturian