Hello and welcome to my blog, Author Interviews. My name is Fiona Mcvie.
Let’s get you introduced to everyone, shall we? Tell us your name. What is your age?
Roland Sato Page I’m 55.
Fiona: Where are you from?
St. Louis Mo.
Fiona: A little about your self (ie, your education, family life, etc.).
I am a military brat of a mother from Osaka Japan and father of Afro Latin descent. Growing up among military bases throughout the U.S. My father retired in St. Louis were I have planted my roots and raised my family also. Initially my career was within the Law Enforcement field until a unexpected departure which lead to my current profession as a author among other artistic choices.
Fiona: Tell us your latest news.
I have written my first book titled “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” a fiction novel loosely based on my past life as St. Louis police officer convicted of federal crimes. I ventured in the literary world to mentally distract my signs of depression due to Lupus.
Fiona: When and why did you begin writing?
About a year ago after my mother’s passing. The stress triggered my Lupus causing my health to spiral downward.
Fiona: When did you first consider yourself a writer?
When I discovered it helped me escape the symptoms of depression.
Fiona: What inspired you to write your first book?
My family (Wife and kids) encouraged me to write as therapy. I was to be a tattooist but the Lupus hindered my hand motor skills therefore my oldest son, Yung Ro, prompted me to switch from visual art to literary expression. Thus my book “eating the Forbidden Fruit”.
Fiona: How did you come up with the title?
The title was natural and suiting my story. When a law official indulge in unethical acts it’s classified “Fruit of the Poisonous Tree” and sin is the forbidden fruit. The path I chose journey down both paths thus the title “Eating the Forbidden Fruit”
Fiona: Do you have a specific writing style?
Is there anything about your style or genre that you find particularly challenging? As a former visual artist I create what my heart tells me. As a writer I narrate real experiences I encountered in life. I classified it fiction to maintain the privacy and respect for characters in my life.
Fiona: How much of the book is realistic and are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?
Much of the book is based on actual events. I change certain elements for liability reasons.
Fiona: To craft your works, do you have to travel? Before or during the process?
Not at all. My imagination can take me anywhere I want to go. When you have a crippling disease as I. One tends to learn to escape the pressure.
Fiona: Who designed the covers?
I did and my nephew Korner Ent did the graphics.
Fiona: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
Definitely! You can’t run from sin because sin is karma is faster. It’s a tale of karma, confession, and redemption.
Fiona: Are there any new authors that have grasped your interest? Who is your favorite writer, and what is it about their work that really strikes you?
I am a Stephen King super fan. However, my favorite book growing up was the Outsiders. A classic.
Fiona: Outside of family members, name one entity that supported your commitment to become a published author.
The St. Louis community. They pulled for me through my Lupus ordeal as well as supported my tattoo business for the past 27 years. The Pearl Tattoo studio located in downtown St. Louis Mo.
Fiona: Do you see writing as a career?
Yes I have one in the chamber “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” ready to go. And I have two in the barrel cocked and waiting. “Skin Deep” (Life as a tattoo artist) & “Walking the Purple Road” (My battle with Lupus).
Fiona: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?
No Fiona not even in my past. Everything happens for a reason. My illness pushed my sons to become more responsible men and my federal conviction strengthen my marriage.
Fiona: Did you learn anything during the writing of your recent book?
Regardless of my health. I am a lucky husband and father.
Fiona: If your book was made into a film, who would you like to play the lead?
Actually, no but I would like my oldest son to play me. He is so much identical to me.
Fiona: Any advice for other writers?
Write from the heart because it flows so smoothly.
Fiona: Anything specific you want to tell your readers?
My book is for everybody because we all fall from grace at some point. As down to earth as anything can get.
Fiona: What book are you reading now?
None I’m actually finishing “Walking the Purple Road”. I was in the hospital for over 40 days and document each one with the help of my wife Tracey Page. She’s my high school sweetheart. I felt the need to share that.
Fiona: Do you remember the first book you read?
Archies comic book. Formally “Where Wild Things Are”
Fiona: What makes you laugh/cry?
The current news make me cry truly signs of the time Fiona. Laugh old family photos of my family. I lost all my hair from Lupus yet back then I had long straight hair down my back. Oh and bell bottom pants.
Fiona: Is there one person, past or present, you would love to meet? Why?
My grandfather from Osaka Japan he was addicted to ink. Tattoos that is. Tatted from neck to his ankles.
Fiona: Do you have any hobbies?
Writing now and painting abstract murals.
Fiona: What TV shows/films do you enjoy watching?
Let’s see. I am history channel and urban crime type a guy. I can watch a crime story and tell you who did it before the ending. I guess something I picked up as a detective.
Fiona: Favorite foods, colors, music?
Sushi even before it became a fad. I love the slick look of black on clothes and cars. Music I prefer old RnB, Caribbean soul, and contemporary jazz.
Fiona: Imagine a future where you no longer write. What would you do?
Rebellious continue to write.
Fiona: You only have 24 hours to live how would you spend that time?
With my family eating a thick steak. I would tell them how my life has been complete to see them where they are now.
Fiona: What do you want written on your head stone?
I experienced all a happy man could. My family complete me. See all my Loves Ones Again.
Fiona: Do you have a blog or website readers can visit for updates, events and special offers?
Website: http://www.authorrolandpage.com (My pre-purchase link will be active end of this month.)
This is my EPK link with all my social media links and previous interviews : https://itsmyurls.com/authorrolandpage