About S. Todd Stolp:
S. Todd Stolp MD is a physician and father of three who ran a full-spectrum rural family practice in northern California for twenty years, and then served as the Public Health Officer for Tuolumne County, California, for 12 years. During his public health career, Dr. Stolp worked on statewide and national public health committees, did overseas work on Ebola and statewide work on Zika as well as research and consultations on issues from Native American tobacco use to suicide. During his years of medical practice, he coauthored and illustrated four children’s books addressing a range of topics from the medical exam to vaccinations and habitual behavior. He has often spoken at conferences on topics related to health literacy, with an emphasis on good science made more palatable with a generous dose of humor. He now operates STS Studios in Sonora, California, fighting the urge to laugh by producing media messages about the adventures of his career and lessons learned while raising three children, all with the aim of advancing health literacy.
What inspires you to write?
For me, the alternative to Writing (with a capital "W") is to become filthy. Most of my writing comes to me in the shower. Sometimes all that happens is that I get very clean, but at times a shower will start with a notion and entire poem will write itself before I reach for the towel.
Tell us about your writing process.
A poem often begins as a passing nighttime rumination that sticks. If it inspires a chuckle during the morning shower, an image often materializes. The next day often finds me at the computer sketching the idea into the screen while word gardening.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I confess, I occasionally do find myself speaking the verse out loud while writing.
What advice would you give other writers?
Let it out.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I had illustrated and co-authored two books with a previous publisher before my most recent projects. I have modeled my marketing plan for my susequent books after that of my previous publisher and friend.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
There will always be a place for books, if only to fill bookshelves and provide bed time entertainment.
What genres do you write?: Humor, Health literacy, Medical essays
What formats are your books in?: Print
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