Roland Sato Page – I started writing to manage symptoms of depression
Roland Sato Page is a new Indie author hailing from St. Louis Mo. Besides being an entrepreneur of Body Art, he is now part of the literary art industry. His family (wife and 4 children) own Pearl Gallery Inc., a small business located in the St. Louis downtown area which umbrellas a tattoo studio, a retail shop, and recording studio.
THE INTERVIEW QUESTIONS
How long did it take to get your first novel / book published?
It took approximately 6 months process to assure near perfection. I had it proof-read multiple times.
Can you brief us on your first novel?
My first novel is titled “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” a crime fiction based on true events in my past career as a St. Louis police officer convicted of federal crimes because of my childhood street affiliation. It’s a tale of karma, confession, and redemption. Being fully transparent, I take the readers on a personal journey into my life filled with drama, humor, and romance. The novel actually puts one in the squad car with me.
What mistakes did you make with the publishing of your first book which you try not to repeat?
Unnecessary spending on services not effective for my certain genre was one of my mistakes. You must do your research and have an action plan. Now I know what not to do, who not to deal with, and how to execute my campaign.
Can you focus on working on two books or stories at the same time?
Funny you ask. Actually yes I did that on my forthcoming novels ‘Skin Deep” and “Walking the Purple Road”. Since they are based on personal stories at different stages I would jump from one to another while I remembered certain situations that occurred in the past.
Is there a modus operandi you follow and formulate before you actually start writing your next book?
No not really. I started writing to manage symptoms of depression due to Lupus. Therefore, out of necessity I just go with the flow. I find the organic method is natural for my process.
Does the writer’s block actually exist?
Any tips you would give to come out of it. Oh it’s real. Lol When I hit that concrete wall. I immediately stop and my wife and I take a relaxing midnight drive. I have insomnia so I’m a nocturnal writer.
What was the book that most influenced your life, and why?
SE Hinton “The Outsiders” a underdog story that address bullying, social prejudice, and don’t judge a book by it’s cover. I relate to stories that are real. It may or may not have a great ending. We all fall from grace one time or another. Sometimes more than once.
How often do you read other novels? Who are your favourite authors?
I am a Stephen King super freak. I loved his creative style. He is a true genius in every realm film, literary, and current affairs.
As a newbie I do not think I should comment. I really consider myself an author yet. I must earn that honor so let me see what the future holds. Eating the Forbidden Fruit is doing great! I have received % Star reviews from ALL Author, Chick Lit, Haney Hayes, and I Blog Books. I feel blessed, but I don’t base success on money. I’m sure established authors make a lot of capital when their product is in demand.