A. Hardy Roper has been a member of the Writers’ League for ten years and is attending the 2015 Summer Writing Retreat in Alpine. He lives Houston, TX.
Scribe: In what genre(s) do you write?
A. Hardy Roper: Fiction—thrillers.
Scribe: What authors would you like to have coffee or a beer with and which beverage?
AHR: Mark Twain and William Shakespeare—two creative geniuses. The drink is their choice, and I will certainly buy.
Scribe: If you were stranded on a deserted island, what book would you want to have with you to keep you sane?
AHR: The Bible and works by Deepak Chopra for hope and reassurance plus a case of Big Chief tablets and a gross of pencils to record a diary.
Scribe: What have you learned from your association with the Writers’ League?
AHR: Writing contests are difficult to win, although my new book Saving Jake, was a finalist in this year’s contest in the Thriller/Action-Adventure category.
The league is a valuable resource for contacts and information. I am looking forward to the summer writing retreat in Alpine.
Scribe: Where do you see your writing taking you (or you taking it) in the future?
AHR: I have written a screenplay for my second book, Assassination in Galveston and hope to see it produced. I will continue to write with an eye toward improving with each new work. I am always reminded about the famous line from the TV show on Poker—“a minute to learn, a lifetime to master.”
Scribe: Is there anything else about you that you would like to share with the world? An opportunity for blatant self-promotion!
AHR: My third book, Saving Jake will be out soon. All three are thrillers and feature my protagonist, Parker McLeod, an ex-army intelligence officer, who owns The Garhole Bar, a favorite watering hole out among the prickly pear and rattlesnakes on the far west end of Galveston Island. Somehow the intrepid Parker always seems to get the bad guys—whether it’s a murderous neo-Nazi after a WWII cache of gold, or a Cuban assassin sent by Fidel Castro. Check out the books on Amazon. And thank you for the opportunity to present a little about myself.