Welcome to the Dust Lounge, the online writerly home of Tamara Rogers

Welcome to the Dust Lounge, my online writerly home. You’ll find me on the sofa in the corner. Feel free to pull up a chair, pour yourself a drink and join in the ride.

Published on the New Scientist Culture Lab website and in the Alarmist Magazine, I write mainly dark, surreal tales with a touch of science fiction. My novel Grind Spark was longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014.

I am regularly scorned by my pet cat. The cat, otherwise known as ‘The Beast’, finds itself relatively well adjusted to life, despite the vet referring her for cat counselling at the age of 6 months.

If you happen to enjoy a dialogue based around 140 characters, you can find me on twitter as @tamrogers.

Nice to meet you, fiends. – Tamara Rogers


A week of #vss365

This week I was given the keys to the FlashDogs Head Quarters, FDHQ, and was allowed to set the prompt words for #vss365 (“Very Short Stories”). Every day I had the responsibility for picking a word or phrase that would then be used for a whole day to inspire tweet length fictions. And damn, it was fun. Also, jeez, there’s…

Grind Spark

Grind Spark – Cover reveal

It’s here, it’s here! The cover is done (after much fiddling) and the ebook version of Grind Spark is now LIVE FOR PRE-ORDER at the introductory price of 99p. Longlisted for the Bath Novel Award 2014, Grind Spark is a near-future dystopian novel about growing up in the years leading up to the end of the world. It’s about pretending…

Grind Spark

Grind Spark News – Release Imminent

But you said it would be in the Summer?! What heinous lies you tell! I know, I apologise – to be fair it has still been quite hot here, so it’s kind of summer in spirit. Also, life has a way of getting in the way and things happen and then months have gone shooting by along with your deadlines.…


The FlashDogs are back and this time they’re even shorter

It’s been a while since the FlashDogs have been out and about, prowling the digital streets, releasing fine paper beasts of flash fiction into the wild and raising money for charity. This is sad, because I missed them. But it’s good, because they’re each up to other things, other projects, and that is all very exciting. But now they’re back…

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On cover design. Because it matters.

I love covers. I really love covers. I’m not talking about musical covers. (As an aside, if we were talking about musical covers then I’d point you in the direction of Tori Amos’s Strange Little Girls album. Just covers. Just bloody awesome.) I’m talking about book covers. And if you turn around and tell me you don’t judge a book…