Abbe Rolnick grew up in the suburbs of Baltimore, Maryland. Her first major cultural jolt occurred at age 15 when her family moved to Miami Beach, Florida. In order to find perspective, she climbed the only non-palm tree at her condo-complex, and wrote what she observed. Here history came alive with her exposure to the Cuban culture. This introduction to the Latino Culture proved fortuitous. At Boston University she met her first husband, a native of Puerto Rico. Her first novel, River of Angels, stems from her experiences during her stay in Puerto Rico.
Stateside, she capitalized on the knowledge she gained as an independent bookstore owner and worked for one of the finest bookstores, Village Books, in Bellingham, WA. More recently she opened a healthy foods cafe.
Color of Lies, her second novel, brings the reader to the Pacific Northwest where she presently resides. Here she blends stories from island life with characters in Skagit Valley.
Her short stories and travel pieces have appeared in magazines. Swinging Doors won honorary mention by Writer’s Digest. Her next novel, Founding Stones, will be the third in the series, continuing the stories of characters from the two previous novels, introducing new themes that connect Skagit Valley to the larger world.
Her recent experiences with her husband’s cancer inspired, Cocoon of Cancer: An Invitation To Love Deeply. Presently she resides with her husband on twenty acres in Skagit Valley, Washington.
Short stories and essays in Abbe’s latest work, Tattle Tales: Essays and Stories Along the Way showcase her writings from the last twenty years. Her voice takes the form of a child, a maturing woman, and that of an older man, coming to terms with losing his memory.
What are you working on now?
I have another novel just beginning to take shape. The title is Founding Stones. The theme, one that overwhelms me, causing my knees to shake is what defines us. The story is centered in Skagit Valley, with some old characters from my previous books, River of Angels, and Color of Lies, with a host of new ones. My research into rocks and stones will parallel ideas of what defines us as human beings and what defines earth as our world.
Sedro Publishing, established in March 2010, is a cross between traditional publishing and self-publishing. Founder and author, Abbe Rolnick, owned a bookstore in Puerto Rico and worked at one of the finest independent bookstores, Village Books in Bellingham, WA.
A member of Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA), she joined her entrepreneurial skills together with her business knowledge, expertise in writing and local retail, and marketing and the ever-changing world of e-books and trade books, distribution and marketing.
The list of published books continues to grow.
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