Steven Rogers is an award-winning author and novelist.
His novel “Into the Room” was published in May 2021.
After attending The College of the Holy Cross, Steven became a Certified Public Accountant and went on to fill various roles in public accounting and private industry. When asked to describe his professional career, he uses the phrase, “fortunate beyond all reason.” It enabled him to travel extensively around the United States, visit Amsterdam, England and South America, meet famous people like Alan Alda, Howie Long, and Earl Hamner, ride in a private jet, tour a nuclear power plant, interact with members of Congress, and, incredibly, stand next to Bill Clinton as the former President shaved in a public restroom. More importantly, his corporate career created profound and enduring friendships. In addition, Steve fondly remembers his time as a fifth-grade teacher, a role he filled for three years between financially oriented gigs.
Despite these amazing experiences, Steve would label himself a “Reluctant Accountant” or, as his older brother once put it, “You’re a born Classics Major.” He is a lifelong lover of books and literature who, over the years, dabbled with writing fiction, dreaming of a time he could fully commit to learning the craft. Since retiring from the corporate world in 2016, Steve has done just that, completing two novels and a half-dozen short stories, one of which, “Deep Waters,” received an honorable mention award in the 2020 89th Annual Writer’s Digest Writing Competition. His novel Into the Room was published in late May, 2021. Into the Room won first place in the Spiritual Fiction Category for the 2022 Eric Hoffer Book Awards and was a Grand Prize finalist. In addition, Into the Room has been named as one of three finalists in the debut novel category of the American Christian Fiction Writers Carol Awards.
Steve loves the process of writing, especially exploring characters that are either broken or facing unfamiliar situations. They are usually ordinary people, confronting their own internal demons and the challenges of day-to-day living, being pushed to their limits. He also enjoys bringing his stories to a happy, or at least hopeful, ending.
Steve’s favorite authors include John Steinbeck, Stephen King, Katherine Paterson, Walter Mosley, Bernard Malamud, and Anton Myrer. A lover of lists, his ten favorite books are:
- Island, Charles Abbot
- The Secret Wisdom of the Earth, Christopher Scotton
- As Close to Us as Breathing, Elizabeth Polinar
- The Help, Kathryn Stockett
- Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry
- The Art of Fielding, Chad Harbach
- Once an Eagle, Anton Myrer
- The Terror, Dan Simmons
- Jacob, Have I Loved, Katherine Paterson
- Bird by Bird, Anne Lamott
In his free time, Steve loves to fish, hike, and travel. His favorite destinations are Israel, Jordan, Costa Rica, and Italy. Having grown up in Massachusetts, he is a die-hard Boston sports fan and enjoys visiting Maine every summer to fish. Steve, a proud father of three adult children and one incredibly lucky son-in-law, is happily married to his wife of thirty-six years, Kathy. They live in Richmond, Virginia.