The Way Things Were - Collected Stories

By J.R. Rogers

General fiction, Short stories, Historical fiction | eBook

A mixed theme anthology The Way Things Were is a first collection of narratives by this historical thriller novelist. Set both in the United States and in various parts of the world the author conjures up a broad range of unusual characters and plots often set in unforgiving and unfriendly worlds. This is an intriguing selection that ranges from the 19th century to the present while evoking the range of human emotions and the unpredictability of life. The writer’s arc is wide, including stories with historically accurate origins, stories of today and right through to a story of old age in an imagined future. Many of the narratives first appeared in various literary journals and or online.

The author is also a prolific short story writer he often writes alongside his current novel project. As a short story writer he credits the influence of masters the likes of Irwin Shaw, Raymond Carver, William Trevor, J.D. Salinger and Andre Dubus. A number of his stories have been published.




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