Roger Smith

Roger Smith, an accomplished screenwriter, director, and producer, was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, and now lives in Cape Town. He is the author of the thrillers Mixed Blood and Wake Up Dead and is writing a third novel.

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Wake Up Dead by Roger Smith

A book trailer for Wake Up Dead, a thriller novel from screenwriter, director, and producer Roger Smith.

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Mixed Blood by Roger Smith

Roger Smith takes a look at the good and bad sides of Cape Town.

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Roger Smith on his book Mixed Blood

Listen to Roger Smith talk about his suspense thriller Mixed Blood. Reluctant bank robber Jack Burn is on the run after a heist in the U.S. that left three million dollars missing and one cop dead. He is hiding out in Cape Town, South Africa, when a random gangland break-in draws him into a web of murder and vengeance.

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Where are you from?
I was born in Johannesburg, South Africa. I now live in Cape Town.

Who are your favorite writers?
Elmore Leonard, Cormac McCarthy, Jim Thompson, Richard Stark, Patricia Highsmith, Philip Roth, Richard Price, Norman Mailer, Denis Johnson, Ian McEwan, John Updike, Pete Dexter.

Which books have had the biggest influence on your writing?
The Killer Inside Me - Jim Thompson
La Brava - Elmore Leonard
Point Blank - Richard Stark
The Talented Mr Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

What are your hobbies and outside interests?
Reading. Traveling. I practice Ashtanga yoga six days a week.

What is the single best piece of advice anyone ever gave you?
Write a novel.

What is your favorite quote?
Hell is empty and all the devils are here - Shakespeare

What inspired you to write your first book?
The wild and crazy country I call home.

Where do you write?
At a desk overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


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Wake Up Dead

Roger Smith

On a blowtorch-hot night in Cape Town, American ex-model Roxy Palmer and her gunrunner husband, Joe, are carjacked, leaving Joe in a pool of blood. As the...

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Mixed Blood

Roger Smith

A corrupt cop, a gangbanger, and an ex-marine sitting on three million dollars in stolen cash find themselves entangled in this "cinematic cape town thriller"...

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