Tell us about yourself and your books.:
My name is Roland Sat Page a military brat born in New York now living in St. louis Mo. I'm a husband and a father of four with a passion in many aspects of art. I was a former tattooist until Lupus threw a monkey wrench into my career it affected my hand motor skills. My book "eating the Forbidden Fruit" is a urban fiction loosely based on true events in my past career as a St. Louis police officer convicted of federal crimes due to my childhood affiliation. It's a tale of karma, confession, and redemption. Truly a roller coaster of emotions drama, humor, and romance.
Do you have any unusual writing habits?
I have insomnia so once I'm engaged I can't stop. My wife complains I don't get enough sleep. If i get writer''s block I drive for a hour or so. Also I have to drink a cup of Maca green tea to relax my mind so words will flow.
What authors have influenced you?
S.E Hinton for "The Outsiders" and Walter Mosley"Devil in a Blue Dress" I like novels I can relate to that reflect human error.
Do you have any advice for new authors?
Well I'm a new author therefore staying humble, being open to constructive criticism, and constantly networking has worked for me. Being a tattoo artist helped me nurture a marketing grind about myself.
What is the best advice you have ever heard?
To receive blessings you have to give them. My pops told me even bad people must balance it out.
What are you reading now?
I'm in my writing mode since the insomnia I'm focused on completing my mission. If I don't I will spiral into a deep depression. A blessing and a curse.
What’s your biggest weakness?
Red meat. I started a no red meat diet and it's difficult. I miss a thick steak from 801 Chop House in Clayton mo.
What is your favorite book of all time?
"Where the Wild Things Are" Maurice Sendak. My mother and father use to read it to me. I read it to my kids. I remember memories of my mom. She was a native from Osaka Japan, her accent was distinct. I miss both my parents terribly besides my immediate family. I have no relatives here.
What has inspired you and your writing style?
I write for enjoyment but it's for therapy too. So my translation from the heart is my confession and redemption. The truth will free your guilt.
What are you working on now?
A novel titled "Skin Deep" based on the lifestyle of the Body Art industry. The temptations, the humorous incidents, and being fortunate to pass it to a third generation. My grandfather in Japan was a tattooist of the Irezumi ancient method. My sons are third generation artist.
What is your method for promoting your work?
I research affiliates , competitors, and fellow authors of the same genre. I constantly ask questions also try and make alliances. I DM all the literary gurus.
What’s next for you as a writer?
Release "Eating the Forbidden Fruit" March 30, 2020. Complete "Skin Deep" which I'm almost done. Then I will start on "Walking the Purple Road" based on my 90 day stay in the hospital when my organs and body was failing. I can count on one hand the times my wife left my side.
How well do you work under pressure?
When you experience dire situations one tends to manage emotion well. Once you hit rock bottom there's no other direction but up. During my law enforcement days i was booking in a suspect at 3:00pm several hours later the feds were booking me in. what a nightmare.
How do you decide what tone to use with a particular piece of writing?
My style is organic and natural so whatever mood I'm trying to narrate I deliver that emotion.
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