Today’s guest is Leonard H. Roller, author of the poetry book, Darklight. Leonard has worked as an actor and public relations executive whose clients included such stars as Audrey Hepburn, Kirk Douglas, Joan Crawford, Paul Newman, and others. He’s been a communications consultant for Lockheed, Mattel, and Hilton Hotels and Resorts. He has served as a French translator for the U. S. Army in France, where he spent leave time climbing in the Alps. The author of a communications training text The Profits of Persuasion (International Resources, 1986), his poems have been published in The Lyric, Pearl, The Storyteller, Deronda Review, Ancient Paths, Snowy Egret, Space and Time Magazine, Thema, California Quarterly, and many others.
Thank you for this interview, Leonard H. Roller. Can you tell us a little about yourself and how long you’ve been writing?
I’ve been writing most of my life, since at age six I wrote an ode to Spring. I’ve tried my hand at acting (very mediocre success), public relations (reasonably successful) Alpine mountain-climbing (still out of breath!) and, for the past several years writing poetry (The jury is still out! But my wife likes it – and so, apparently have a number of literary magazines such as:The Lyric, Ancient Paths, Thema, Pearl, Space and Time Magazine, Storyteller, and a number of others.)
Can you tell us briefly what your book is about?
My current poetry collection, Darklight, is an odyssey in verse, into the beauties, wonders, and mysteries of the cosmos, ranging from “second guessing” Einstein, to the likening of dying stars to fading movie queens,
to the “personality” of a black hole, to the consolation of constellations.
Why did you choose your particular genre?
I’ve been fascinated by stars since childhood, and haunted by such questions as “Why is there anything?” “Where do we come from?” “Where are we going?” “Who – or What is behind it all?” My interest in the lights in the night sky was enhanced by building a telescope with my father at the age of ten. My first, admittedly “shaky” view of the Orion Nebula really knocked me out!
What was your greatest challenge writing this book?
Attempting to put into words things that are, seemingly, beyond words.
Are you published by a traditional house, small press or are you self-published?
Was it the right choice for you?
So far. Let’s see how many books I sell!
How are you promoting your book thus far?
Through reviews, media interviews (with the help of a p.r. firm), talking to friends and family. Future promotion may include: public readings, book signings, and perhaps participation in book fairs.
How is that going for you?
The promotion has just gotten underway so it’s a little early to tell. It’s fun, though!
Can you tell us one thing you have done that actually resulted in one or more sales?
Telling my friends about the book.
Do you have another job besides writing?
Other than helping to care for my dog and cat, paying bills, and grumbling about the world, not too much. I’m retired.
If you could give one book promotion tip to new authors, what would that be?
Write good stuff – and don’t be shy about telling the world about it!
What’s next for you?
I’m working on my next collection of poems, working title The Ash and the Thorn. It purports to place God on trial – in verse, yet! I also have a couple more collections in mind after that, with some of the poems already written.
Thank you for this interview, Leonard. Can you tell us where we can find you on the web?
Pick up your copy of Darklight at Amazon.