I think of Rosyland as a theatrical piece which is why the cover shows a stage and the subtitle is “A novel in III Acts.” I enjoy live theatre and as I was working on Rosyland I noticed that theatrical references kept appearing in the text. Elisa, a central character, is a costume designer with a theatre company in Oregon and her husband is an actor with the company. We follow Elisa to Nevada and California where most of the action takes place, but her mind is never far from the theatre company and the small Oregon community where the company has its home.
Rosyland has many characters but the central character is the story itself. What Elisa says about producing a play, I hope readers will find true of this novel: “It’s like a dream, see. We are leading you into a dream….”
When a novelist has lived long enough almost everything he or she writes becomes a form of historical fiction. My latest work SQUARE is a short coming of age novel narrated by a thirteen year-old boy. Set in a small Midwestern town the story describes a series of events that take place on a single day in August, 1953. My goal was to create for the reader a clear and precise experience of a particular place at a particular time involving particular events and the people involved in them. The excerpt The Dance Lesson, available on this site, is taken from SQUARE.
My second novel, THE HENDERSON MEMORIES, is set in Brazil in 1965 and tells the story of two idealistic young Peace Corps Volunteers who have a difficult time. I began writing it in 2006, forty years after I returned from Peace Corps service in Brazil.
Much of the material I drew from a journal I kept at the time and have lugged around with me all these years through a divorce, a remarriage, the raising of two children and moving into and out of fourteen different residences.
My first novel, IN THE BIG CITY, takes place in Chicago where I once lived with my first wife and my daughter.
But I wrote the novel in California on a manual typewriter while living off the grid in a small cabin. The cabin was located on a flat of land twelve hundred feet above the valley of the Mattole River. In the still, pre-dawn spring mornings, before starting my writing day, I would walk barefoot to the garden to reset the mouse traps and start the watering. The soft gray bodies that I tossed over the fence were devoured noisily by our dog Joe. My feet would be wet from walking through the meadow and the air smelled of pennyroyal.
In Jason Winter’s struggle to adapt to life in Chicago the reader might find some reflection of the disparity between the setting I was living in and the one I felt compelled to write about.
Doug Ingold grew up in a small central Illinois town near Peoria. As a young man he worked in a variety of interesting jobs on farms, in factories, hospitals, parking garages, hotels, restaurants, science laboratories, etc. to pay his way through college. He graduated from Southern Illinois University with a major in psychology and a minor in philosophy.
In the mid-sixties, he and his first wife were Peace Corps volunteers in the Brazilian State of Bahia. They returned to Illinois and Doug graduated with a J.D. degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1969. For the next five years he represented low-income clients with Legal Service Foundation offices first in Chicago and later in Carbondale, Illinois.
In 1974 he and his second wife moved to Northern California. For eleven years they made their home in a small cabin in the woods. They have since lived in several different locations in northern California, presently residing in Arcata. Since 1976 Doug has maintained a law practice in Garberville. In addition to the above novels, Doug has written a play and a number of short pieces, both fiction and non-fiction, some of which have appeared in literary and local publications. He has two children.