JoeyPinkney.com Exclusive Interview
5 Minutes, 5 Questions With…
Roxanne C. Fredd, author of Gas Card Reloaded
(R2R Publishing, LLC)
Gas Card Reloaded offers two Detective McAfee cases packed full of action.
A redeveloped Gas Card is the first story infuriating you about the high cost of gasoline in the future Set in the year 2024. Gas Card shows the potentially grim future of a world in desperate need of additional fuel supplies. Without a key card, citizens cannot purchase gasoline. Desperation has led to a wave of crime, including assault and murder over these precious gas cards.
Next is the second case, “The Five Million Dollars Horse.” Detective MacAfee has always been at the service of the US Government, assisting the President who is a female.
Joey Pinkney: Where did you get the inspiration to write Gas Card Reloaded?
Roxanne C. Fredd: I am not sure if you knew this or not, but Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, the Wright Brothers and I were blessed with the same ability: the ability to think outside of the box.
I would have to say that the constant rise of the gas prices and my ability to think outside the box is my inspiration. I combined the need of a swipe card to shake up the drivers that do not have license to drive.
This may or may not happen in the future, but as the world moves more to a paperless trend, I can see it talking hold to stop people who do not have driver licenses and give more gas to the legal drivers at a cheaper price.
JP: What sets Gas Card Reloaded apart from other books in the same genre?
RCF: This book is about suspense, murder, love, and laughter. It’s the same as a lot of other books, but my book wakens everyone’s concern for the high price of gasoline, where is this thing going and where will it end.
The high price of gas is an ongoing conversation within itself all over the world. There is an unfairness of the use of the gas and roads by non-licensed drivers.
JP: As an author, what are the keys to your success that led to Gas Card Reloaded getting out to the public?
RCF: After five years in the field, I still apply a no-down-time policy. I’m everywhere emailing, calling, book signing. I am my own PR person. My goal to have riches lives strong inside of me. I do feel I have the fame part with my name in the rich and famous conversation.
Now, I must find a way to sell a million copies of one or two, hell all my books. See, I got to think big to get there one day and make the most-sold-in-one-day list.
JP: As an author, what is your writing process? How long did it take you to start and finish Gas Card Reloaded?
R.C.F: A disorder called Dyslexia is the burden upon me. My affliction is within learning grammar. Therefore, I can not trust my first writing or reading of a word.
Gas Card Reloaded is the joint copies of two detective stories. It took me three years to write them The third book is coming. I lost a lot of time publishing the second half of the book without the money for an editor to go over the work.
Yes, money is an issue, so I’m forced to ask for help from friends and teachers at my college to proofread. That puts me on their time. When they can finish it, I move on to the publishing part. Then, I am self published.
JP: What’s next for Roxanne C. Fredd?
RCF: Next for me is a book I have been working on for five years. In My Mothers Shadow is based on a true story of my grandmother who was a killer, to my mother who was a near killer and to me who is a stone-cold killer. I have placed a quick look at the first page of the first chapter.
Ida-May Smith, a sweet brown skin little girl, was born JULY 20, 1930.The place, the small town of Alabama North of the Mississippi river. Living there with Ida-May was her mother, Mrs. Gertrude Smith, part-time live-in father Jo Smith, younger brother Bob and a baby sisters Sissy. Often through out the week, Ida-May over heard her parents’ shouting over things she did not understand. Something about a woman that lived on the West side of town being friends with her dad. Often there fights had gone super out of hand allowing Gertrude Smith a full shaped brown skin woman, to be slapped down to the floor by thin but very tall Jo Smith. Twice in Ida Mays’ young life, she had seen her father wallop mother across the face while she and little Bob cried out of fear.
It is a late Saturday night and Ida-May was the age of 14 laying in bed being shook awake by her mother Mrs. Smith who was saying,
“Get up Ida May, get dressed! Hurry up, move quickly we got to go!”
Mrs. Smith had previously packed two small bags with what she felt necessary for the kids and her self. With everyone dressed warm, and comfortable, out the door they all went. Ida-May held her little brother’s hand and carried a small tan suitcase in her other hand. Mother held one suitcase in hand, while holding baby Sissy in her arms. She continued to move fast and Ida-May did the same nearly dragging her little brother. Together they travailed though a large black field with the early morning mist making everyone’s shoes wet. As Ida May’s mother continued hiking though the cow pastier she began to mentally re- experience what had happed to her earlier that night.
A FIGHT, Ida Mays’s mother and father had a bad fight! The mother killed the father with a stake knife. Flashes of that intense moment traveled through her mind as she keeps in step, she still felt his hand around her neck chocking the wind out of her. His holding her down, bent backward over a table allowed her a chance to reach for that steak knife. Mrs. Gertrude Smiths hand griped the handle of the suitcase tighter as she thanked God for that knife she had driven deep into her husbands chest. She continued walking at a fast pace while whispering to her self,
“He will never beat on Gertrud Smith again!”
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” ~ Philippians 4