Author Roger Major Talks About Bringing Characters to Life in his New WWII Action Novel, A FAMILY AT WAR

A Family at War by Roger Major
  • What inspired you to write your latest book?

My most recently released book was “A FAMILY AT WAR” It concerns my family, I could see there was a story there.

  • What kind of research did you need to do to write this book?

Much of my research was from my mother, who was evacuated in World War 2.

  • What was the biggest hurdle you struggled with while writing this book?

Finding information online that I needed about life as ground crew at RAF Manston airfield during WW2.

  • How long did it take you to complete this book?

Over the years I picked up bits of information from my mum, about her two brothers who went into the Royal Airforce and Royal Navy. Then I decided to put it all together in a fictional story, which took me about four months.

  • What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

I guess I learned I had a natural gift for writing storyline and plot, so much that I actually enjoy it.

  •  Do you have any suggestions to help aspiring writers complete the book they’ve always dreamed of writing?

If it’s in your head, get it down on paper. That’s what I did, once I began putting it down on word, I was surprised more and more story came into my head, so I continued writing, rather than leave it for later and forget about it. Seriously, now I can see why writers have so many books, because they love to write.

  • What do you think makes a good story?

Having both storyline and plot, with strong characters. A powerful twist at the end helps too.

  • What kind of books do you typically read?

Fiction and comedy. I have read most of John Grisham

  • What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

In my first book of the Moffet and Molly series, they are an unusual Private investigating English duo. Insecure Moffet and his sidekick 67-year-old Molly who take to the street of Los Angeles in their unorthodox fashion with some hilarious results. Hardly your typical hardcase P.I.’s. This story began festering in my head, in the early 1990’s. Slowly building up over the years, by 2018, I finally thought to myself ‘I have something here’ that’s when I began putting it down on word, the more I wrote, the more came into my head, flowing nicely.

  • What type of reader would you recommend this book to?

Both young and old adult.

  • Who was the biggest influence on your writing journey?

Hmm, this would have to be the hardest question to answer, because to be honest, nobody really pushed me to write the books. But I suppose I should give a lot of credit to my wife. She was the one stuck with me during lockdown, while I focused on writing, which meant ignoring her.

  • What do you do when you aren’t writing?

To be honest, much of my writing has been during covid, and lockdown. So, fortunately, the writing stopped me from becoming bored.

  • What are you working on now?

Something I haven’t done before; Fantasy. And I am enjoying it immensely. It starts 30,000 years ago. A small tribe of humans live on the edge of the plain. Close by live a pack of wolves. realizing they both hunt the same animals for food, they are soon hunting the animals together, this creates more successful hunts benefitting both species. Gaining each other’s trust, the humans allow the wolves to live on their settlement. Lifetime bonds are then forged between the pups and children. It is a fictional fantasy story. The reader is soon swept into the lives of both humans and wolves who all have their own identity, such as Kimba and Kyra, the alpha wolf and his partner and their son Argon, and Tundu the leader of the humans.

  • Where can people find you and your book?

You can find my wife, myself and my books on my website

About the Author

Born and educated in Manchester, England. Roger’s parents separated permanently in 1965, and his father emigrated to Australia.

Roger enlisted in the British Merchant Navy in 1973, taking him on many adventures around the world. Discharged from the Navy in 1986, he entered the family’s retail business. From 1992 he found work in the hotel industry. Roger bought his first guest house in 1996. He emigrated to Cape Town in 2002 and opened a guesthouse. In 2006 he studied South African history and became a tourist guide.

Roger is married and lives in Cape Town, South Africa.

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