Lucy Maud Montgomery isn’t the only author on the Island

By Millicent McKay

Feb. 25, 2016

Susan Rodgers wasn’t always a writer. She used to be the museum curator at the Wyatt Heritage Properties in Summerside.

Now the self-published author has 12 books in her popular Drifters series.

Drifters is really all about friendship, hope, music and love. It’s a kind of women’s fiction with an angst-y romance mixed in,” Rodgers said.

The series follows three characters as they move through their lives.

“When I make the character decisions I don’t look back. The characters take me where they want to go. It’s as if I’m connecting the dots, the bridge between this and that,” she said.

The story behind the Drifters series wasn’t something that popped into Rodger’s head, it was something she had been thinking about for 20 years.

“I used to think there was something wrong with me because I was always running a story in my head.”

An Island connection convinced Rodgers otherwise.

Lucy Maud Montgomery had this way of writing about nature, she said.

“The way she writes makes you look at things differently when you read her books. I really connected with the characters. It made me like maybe you’re more normal than you think you are.”

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Summerside author Susan Rodgers admires her two tattoos inspired by her popular series Drifters. The J standing for the character Jessie and the music note represents how important music is in the series. Millicent McKay photo

Will Edgcomb, an aspiring author from Bedeque, wants to make a career out of writing short stories and novels. If he could write like any author it would be Mark Twain, he said.

 

“He has this colloquial brilliance. He just snares you and reaches out to you.”

He was the kind of person who was willing to try anything and do anything, said Edgcomb.

“I mean, he was born on the night Halley’s comet flew by Earth and then he died when the comet came back.”Summerside author Susan Rodgers admires her two tattoos inspired by her popular series Drifters. The J standing for the character Jessie and the music note represents how important music is in the series. Millicent McKay photo

Besides Twain, John Steinbeck and other classic American authors, Edgcomb said Neil Gaiman, a dark fantasy writer, has been a huge influence.

“He writes very thoughtfully. His writing makes you look at things in way you didn’t before. It’s not a heavy to read, it feels like he is beside you talking with you.”

Edgcomb describes his style of writing as a type of dark fantasy. In January, Edgcomb finished a short story.

“A man is on the run, but he’s actually a serial killer. He picks up a woman on the side of the road in a rainstorm and he intends to kill her. The woman has her own intentions though.”

For Rodgers, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Great Gatsby has to be her favourite book.

The prose is breathtaking. It’s the story of a thwarted American dream, she said.

“It’s funny, when I was writing chapter 11 in A Song For Josh, my man was like, you wrote this part when you were reading Great Gatsby again, weren’t you?”

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