Book Spotlight – Grandma’s Hands – Rolanda Pyle

 Why did you decide to write it?

I wrote this book, because as a young girl I felt isolated in my situation, until in junior high school, when I read Maya Angelou’s book, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings“. I wanted to write a story for children of a younger age to know that they are not alone in the situation.

 What’s the best part of being an author?

Getting to tell my story, being able to express my feelings and emotions, and inspiring others.

 What’s the worst part of being an author?

Marketing the book and not knowing the best strategies.

 Who is your favorite character in the book, and why?

Shonda’s teacher, because she does what I want to do with others…She shares her story to help Shonda.

 What was the hardest part of writing the story?

Reliving some of my childhood feelings.

 If you were to write a book about your life, what would the title be and why?

“Who is that Lady?” and it’s based on an incident I had as a child.

 What is something readers would be surprised to know about you?

That I love to travel and besides traveling internationally, I have traveled to 36 states. 14 more to go.

 What are you currently working on right now?

I’m currently working on articles for journals, devotionals and also my big project, my memoir.

 Do you have anything else you would like to add?

Sometimes what we think is the worst thing in our life, can turn out to be the best thing in our lives. That is what happened with me with not having my mother in the home and my grandmother helping my dad raise us. Years later, that bad thing turned into a good thing because working with grandparents raising grandchildren became my career and mission in life.

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