Featured Interview With Rogene Robbins
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was born and grew up in Kansas eventually moving to Colorado and Nebraska before landing closer to home in Oklahoma. I now live on the shores of Grand Lake of the Cherokee with my husband Bob and our fur child Callie. We enjoy a quiet life with beautiful sunrises and sunsets.
I have written four books. The first, Creating a Successful Craft Business inspired by my personal experience in the craft business, was traditionally published by Allworth Press/Skyhorse Publishing in 2003. The last three, Frozen Fun! 25 Dairy and Dairy Free Ice Cream Recipes, Have Yourself a Healthy Little Holiday and The Gluten Free Good Life are self published as Amazon Kindle e-books.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
I have been fascinated with books since I learned to read. From my first poem being published in my grade school newspaper in the first grade I knew I would someday publish more. I just didn’t know what, when or how. I wrote poetry as a teenager and young adult. Later I assumed I would go to graduate school and at least publish a dissertation. But it wasn’t until in my 30’s while trying to establish myself as an artist and learn the basics of starting a business that the idea that became my first book, Creating a Successful Craft Fiction was born. That book was published by 2003 . My later books about food and special diets have been self published as Kindle e-books.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I read mostly non-fiction on a wide range of topics as I have varied interests. Current reading is mostly inspirational/positive thinking from a wide variety of authors both in print and online. I also enjoy good poetry including the work of Kalhil Gibran and Mary Oliver.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
My most recent book The Gluten Free Good Life was inspired by my own experience living Gluten Free. In all of life our attitude matters, but it is especially important when dealing with lifestyle changes and health issues. Making drastic lifestyle changes can be difficult, but focusing on the positive and what is still available, in this case wonderful healthy, naturally gluten free foods rather than what is lost makes a world of difference. In the Gluten Free Good Life I share my experience as I grew into the gluten free way of life since beginning over ten years ago. Of course there are recipes as well. When I began cooking gluten free I didn’t think I would ever enjoy cooking again. The good news is after getting the hang of it I still love cooking and my friends and family still love eating what I make for them.
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