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Rolland A. Miner: Author Interview
© Cheryl Lynne Bradley 2008

Rolland A. Miner


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Rolland A. Miner grew up in Ticonderoga, New York, giving him a special appreciation for the history of the area. As Assistant Curator for Fort Ticonderoga, Miner accrued first-hand knowledge of the French & Indian war era. This knowledge brings his historic novels to life as no other writer can. You can purchase his book series at Miner Books and download a free e-book of the Fogg of War: Book II promotional bookmarks here.


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Cheryl: If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

Rolland: Kenneth Roberts


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Cheryl: What book are you reading now?

Rolland: End of Eden & Victory of the Sea Kings


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Cheryl: What are your current projects?

Rolland: A novel set during the Seven Years War in North America.


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Cheryl: Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Rolland: The 1759 Niagara one deals with the British taking fort Niagara from the French and there by effectively wresting control of the Great Lakes and Ohio Valley from the French.


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Cheryl: Name one entity that you feel supported you outside of family members.

Rolland: Several friends


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Cheryl: What does your family think of your writing?

Rolland: I hope she likes it.


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Cheryl: What is your work schedule like when you're writing?

Rolland: I write sporadically so there is no real schedule.


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Cheryl: What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

Rolland: I write totally out of my head where there is a movie playing.


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Cheryl: Do you have a specific writing style?

Rolland: I think I do but I am not sure anyone else recognizes it.


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Cheryl: When did you write your first book and how old were you?

Rolland: Started it about 5 years ago but only finished it two years ago. Old enough to know better. (68)


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Cheryl: Do you recall how your interest in writing originated?

Rolland: A long time ago, just never had the opportunity before.


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Cheryl: What do you like to do when you're not writing?

Rolland: Researching the next one


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Cheryl: What was one of the most surprising things you learned in creating your books?

Rolland: How much I didn't know about the subject.


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Cheryl: How did you come up with the title?

Rolland: It is a series of five and the first part of the title fits the main characters name (Fogg) the second part fits the location and time


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Cheryl: Who designed the covers?

Rolland: I do

Rolland A. Miner book cover for Assault on Carillon, 1758. Clicking on the link will take you to Fogg of War: Book II


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Cheryl: What was the hardest part of writing your book?

Rolland: Trying to find an agent


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Cheryl: What do you see as the influences on your writing?

Rolland: The authors of the first half of the twentieth century who wrote boys adventure novels. I write mine for much older boys.


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Cheryl: What books have most influenced your life most?

Rolland: Book of the Five Rings and The Art of War.


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Cheryl: How has your environment/upbringing coloured your writing?

Rolland: I grew up in an area steeped in French and Indian War history and spent 25 years as a living history re-enactor for that period.


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Cheryl: Do you see writing as a career?

Rolland: No. As a labor of love.


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Cheryl: If you had to do it all over again, would you change anything in your latest book?

Rolland: Yes. I would add a couple of maps for readers not familiar with the area.


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Cheryl: What genre are you most comfortable writing?

Rolland: Historical fiction


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Cheryl: Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

Rolland: Yes. Everything is not what it seems.


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Cheryl: Are experiences based on someone you know, or events in your own life?

Rolland: Yes and no


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Cheryl: Did you learn anything from writing your book and what was it?

Rolland: Yes. Write for yourself.


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Cheryl: Do you have any advice for other writers?

Rolland: Just write your story. Get it down on paper, then worry about the rest.


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Cheryl: Do you have anything specific that you want to say to your readers?

Rolland: If you like my stories, tell your friends


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