About Rolland Love:
Rolland Love is the author of award winning short stories, novels, a best selling computer book and a co-author of Homegrown in the Ozarks: Mountain Meals and Memories, a cookbook that was a finalist for best book of the year in Missouri. He created and presents workshops on journaling, writing, storytelling, life history for children and senior adults. He is a speaker, has appeared on talk shows, been interviewed by the Kansas City Star, and other publications have written stories about his Mark Twain writing style.
Rolland was a board member with the Lewis and Clark Historic Kaw Point Park, an environmental group for ten years. He was a reenactor with the Lewis and Clark bicentennial expedition and played the role of Silas Goodrich, expert fisherman. He created a workshop about the adventure which he presents to schools, libraries, retirement centers, civic groups …
Love co-founded a company that published an software series dealing with health education for young adults. He also directed the Respiratory Care department at Barnes Hospital, a twelve hundred bed teaching institution affiliated with Washington University in St. Louis.
What inspires you to write?
I grew up in a remote area of the Ozark Mountains and helped my uncle run a fishing camp during the summer. During the winter months I helped with chores on our farm milked cows, feed hogs, gathered eggs and help my mother cook. Many of my stories are based on our family living off the land and what life was like before electricity came to our neck of the woods. This played a role in my inspiration to write about the simple things in life.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I talked to my characters mainly when I wrote a play about Silas Goodrich, expert fisherman the character I played as a reenactor during the Lewis and Clark bicentennial in 2004.
What advice would you give other writers?
Go to my Imastory.com website and review my How To Write A Novel. Also Ozarkstories.com has an interview about my life in the Ozark Mountains that has some good advice.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
When I worked with Apple Computer in 1980 at a time the Apple 11 was being release I wrote a software directory that was so popular I sold over 100,000 copies. I wrote the book, published the book and was responsible for all the marketing. After that I was totally independent.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
All forms of book publishing has a great future if the marketing is solid.
What genres do you write?: I have written everything from computer books, mystery suspense, a cookbook, YA …
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print