Author interview with Roland Page
We always love to feature debut authors here on the PlanetEbook blog. This interview is with Roland Page, author of Eating the Forbidden Fruit, his debut crime and life fiction recently published on March 30, 2020.
Thank-you Roland for taking time out to chat about your book, Eating the Forbidden Fruit in Kindle and paperback format. Let’s start with your recent or your favorite book?
RP: "If It Bleeds" by Stephen King. My wife and I read it as a team. Late night hobby to help me sleep.
PeB: Hot off the press and an instant classic from Mr King, Can you share something fun or interesting about yourself to our readers?
RP: I am a former cop who turned to tattooing who now is a new writer or translator of real life experiences. Also a pet lover and owner of a XXL Bully named Geisha.
PeB: As a former Police Officer, your experiences provides readers a unique inside realism to interesting crime cases, what inspired you to write your first book?
RP: I started writing about over a year ago. It was a pathway to manage my depression. A few traumatic incidents threw me for a loop. My mother’s passing and hip replacement surgery from Lupus. I’ve been battling Lupus for over eight years. My family encouraged me to pursue the literary game to distract me from the woes of life.
I had to write about something I had knowledge in. Something to catch the audience attention therefore I wrote Eating the Forbidden Fruit loosely based on my previous career as a St. Louis police officer convicted of federal crimes because of my family unsavory lifestyle. I was guilty by association. It’s a true crime story with a chilling twist.
PeB: Great to hear you've overcame your traumatic incidents, as you were on the road to recovery, what was the light bulb moment to put pen to paper?
RP: The inspiration was ignited in the courtroom. The day of my sentencing, while I was sitting there waiting for the judge to enter. I began to wonder. How did I get myself into this predicament? As far as the genre I felt fiction was the best avenue to protect characters involved in the story-line. Got to be careful not to open old wounds or invade anyone’s privacy.
PeB: What three words describe Eating the Forbidden Fruit?
RP: Karma, Confession, and Redemption.
PeB: Interesting description, can you tell our readers more about the book?
RP: It’s an urban crime with elements of drama, humor, and true romance. I deliver full transparency from my childhood, my first love who is my wife now, and allow the reader into my daily life as a cop exposed to the temptations of life. A real life roller coaster ride.
Eating the Forbidden Fruit is a fusion of Fruit of the Poisonous Tree a law term for law enforcement who indulge in criminal activity. Forbidden fruit is sin thus combined “Eating the Forbidden Fruit” T created the cover also with the assistance of Korner GPX.
PeB: Describe your leading character in three words?
RP: Good, bad, and the ugly. That was how I conducted myself early in life. I wasn’t a very responsible person.
PeB: If your book was to be made into a movie, who would be the celebrities that would star in it?
RP: I would like my sons to portray me at different stages in life. The rest of the cast I haven’t gave much thought to.
PeB: What do you hope your readers take away from this book?
RP: We all fall from Grace at some point in life sometimes more than once. We are defined on how we rebound in life. I am very transparent in telling my story. No scapegoating.
PeB: What surprises or challenges did you overcome to complete the book?
RP: Hardest part was allowing my wife to proof the book and read it. I had some explaining to do. I prepped her for the story but when she actually read it. She had questions. The past is the past. She’s all about the present and future.
PeB: What did you learn when writing Eating the Forbidden Fruit?
RP: The book helped me salvage many good memories from my childhood and things I forgot in regards to my mother. She was instrumental in what success I have accomplished thus far. My pops was too but he passed when I was a teen. Ma Dukes never made excuses for me. She raised me to be a man who own up to his faults.
PeB: Are you working on anything at the present you would like to share with your readers about?
RP: I suffer from insomnia that’s from the Lupus. I’m actually on my third book. I don’t consider it a series. I will say their based on events in my life. That’s a discussion for the future. Right now Eating the Forbidden fruit is my priority.
PeB: Do you have a website for readers?
RP: My website has all the 411 on me. Everything a person needs to know about me. My book, and future projects I even have visuals to share.
Go to www.authorrolandpage.com
Great to get to know you Roland and the insider knowledge on your book Eating the Forbidden Fruit, grab you copy now folks!