Leopold’s Assassin

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LEOPOLD’S ASSASSIN
an eBook novel

An Italian tract writer who aspires to greater involvement in the anarchist movement agrees to murder the sitting monarch of Belgium. The story is set in the 1900’s in Dinard, France, a then fashionable seaside resort of stunning clifftop villas, a fabulous casino and a burgeoning art colony favored by American and British aristocrats and European royalty. After the king is slain aboard his yacht the murderer flees to Peru. Tracking him is an imperious Belgian Secret Service detective who sets off to bring the anarchist to justice. Unprepared for a life on the run the Italian treks across Latin America in search of a refuge. But he makes the mistake of his life by settling in French Guiana and Kourou, the overseas capital of the French colonial penal system and infamous Devil’s Island.

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Review by Book Stack Reviews - 4 stars
Well written and researched, something to really get your teeth into. Full bodied historical fiction. Evocative landscapes and interesting characters.

A GREAT READ- 5 stars
Review by Bookworm, the bibliophile
Rogers’ writing style is excellent; far better than much of what makes the various bestseller lists. The plot is filled with unexpected twists and, for me at least, a surprising, but realistic conclusion. His descriptions of locations and people have an authenticity that comes from good research or personal experience. There is a sense of not only being in the places, but also in the times.

David Wisehart’s Kindle Author Interview blog – About Leopold’s Assassin

What can you tell us about Leopold’s Assassin?
It concerns the fictitious 1903 assassination of King Leopold II of Belgium in Dinard, France by an Italian anarchist and his flight to South America pursued by the Belgian Secret Service. There actually was an unsuccessful attempt on Leopold’s life and I have re-imagined that moment. The story evolves over two continents from that day in Brussels.
How do you develop and differentiate your characters?
Invariably, people I know, or have met over the years, form the sub-conscious basis for a certain character who I then tweak and mold. All characters need to be differentiated and the extent to which they are drives the narrative tension. Differentiation can be tough for a beginner and was for me.
Who do you imagine is your ideal reader?
Anyone who likes a good satisfying read with historical flair, and a fair amount of action and suspense. As a plus, I always bring my readers along to foreign lands and intriguing places. It’s sort of Paul Theroux with the added intrigue and suspense.
What was your journey as a writer?
I wrote short stories for years, and still do, while working at non-writing jobs, but was always tempted by the lure of writing a full-length novel. To prepare myself, I enrolled in several creative writing classes at a local university before diving in when I was in my 50’s. Over the years, I also joined various writing groups to have difficult portions of a work in progress critiqued by others, but also for the camaraderie. Writing is a solitary endeavor.
What is your writing process?
It is a seven-day a week routine. I write until the creative juices dry up, or when I reach a natural break in the action. Afterward, I re-write, re-arrange sentences, change dialogue, do historical research, etc., before picking up again the next day.
What authors most inspire you?
Paul Bowles, William Trevor, Eric Ambler, George Simenon, Walker Percy, Frederick Forsyth, John le Carré, John Updike, Ernest Hemingway, and many others.
What one book, written by someone else, do you wish you’d written yourself?
Richard Ford’s, Independence Day, but it’s not the only one.
How have you marketed and promoted your work?
My author webpage, Amazon and B&N author profiles, and social networks Facebook and Twitter are all key. Smashwords and Goodreads are important places to highlight my work and serve as platforms from which readers can discover my fiction. Also, book reviews are critical, but often difficult to arrange for eBook novelists, though I’m sure this will change. Interviews such as this one are priceless to get my name out there, as is word of mouth to friends and associates. Finally, I make excerpts from both of my novels available on my website and on Smashwords and Amazon. I am also preparing to be interviewed on a local radio station.
Why publish on Kindle?
Why not? If you’re a new writer, Amazon offers a unique, painless way to expose your work to the world.
What advice would you give to a first-time author thinking of self-publishing on Kindle?
Go for it, there is simply no downside.