1. Where did Todd Vogts grow up?
He grew up in Canton, Kansas.
2. Where did he write the first novel?
He wrote it while living in Ransom, Kansas.
3. How long did it take to write “Murder at St. Alfanus“?
It took about 6 months. The publishing process took more than a year, though.
4. Is “Murder at St. Alfanus” Todd’s first novel?
5. Is he working on writing more novels?
Yes. Another book is expected very soon.
6. Why do the characters behave and speak the way they do in his novels?
The aim of the character development was to mimic the real-life experiences of the author. Each character is an amalgamation of various people he knows. No one character represents one person in particular, but they all represent the types of people he has encountered. Each work is a work of fiction. Names, characters, places, and incidents are either the product of the author’s imagination or are used fictitiously, and any resemblance to actual persons, living or dead, business establishments, events, or locales is entirely coincidental.
7. When did Todd first start writing?
His first piece of fiction was written in the fourth grade. From then on, it was his goal to be a published author. He has long dreamed of seeing his work in bookstores, libraries, and in the hands of readers. In fact, he loves to see pictures of his book with his readers. If you would like to share a photo of yourself with a copy of his book, please share it on his Facebook page at www.facebook.com/authortoddvogts.
8. Does he only write crime/mystery fiction?
He writes a lot. He blogs extensively on this site, where he writes personal and opinion non-fiction. He also worked as a journalist before getting his first book published in June 2011. He loves the crime/mystery genre, and he also enjoys horror and suspense. Science fiction is in his wheelhouse too.
9. Who are some of Todd’s writing idols?
Todd enjoys many authors. Here are just a few, in no particular order: Stephen King, Dean Koontz, John Grisham, Steven Pressfield, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Hemingway, Michael Connelly, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Truman Capote, and Shel Silverstein.
10. When he isn’t writing or reading, what does he like to do?
Family and friends are very important to Todd, so he can often be found spending time with them. He also enjoys riding his motorcycle. Todd is a high school and college journalism teacher as well, so that takes up some of his time too. Volunteering is also a priority. He has worked with local American Cancer Society Relay for Life organizations, does web design for various alumni associations, has been a counselor with the American Legion Boys State of Kansas program, did work with local American Legion Riders organizations, and is a member of a local Sons of the American Legion organization (both his grandfathers are veterans; one fought in World War II and the other in Korea). He loves sports, specifically golf and baseball. He golfs often, and he loves watching the St. Louis Cardinals. Whenever possible, he watches the Wichita State University Shockers compete, whether in basketball, baseball, or whatever. He is a proud WSU alum.
11. I would like to purchase his book. Where can I do so?
You can do that in many ways. Click here to see a list.
12. I have more questions. How can I ask them and interact with Todd?
Email him here.