Greg Rohloff


Greg Rohloff resides in Amarillo, Texas, where he wrote for the Amarillo Independent, an alternative multimedia news site. He holds a master of liberal studies degree with a concentration in literature and English composition from Fort Hays State University, and a bachelor of arts degree from Wichita State University. He teaches freshman composition at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, and at Amarillo College. He is completing a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing at the University of New Orleans Low-Residency Program.

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy in writing is to explore an idea and discover truth in the process. And while journalism may seem to be the most obvious mode for such discoveries, fiction writing lets me explore attitudes, beliefs and situations such as in "Dog on a Rope" in which a man explores how his dream goes awry and what being responsible means in understanding how his dream is sidetracked, what he can do and cannot do to revitalize that dream, and how that process affects his role in his family; is the dream more important than these relationships, or do the relationships define the dream?
Who is the "dog" on the rope?
We meet Digger, an aging ranch border collie who is unable to adequately do his ranch duties of guarding cattle and helping to bring them in from distant pastures, when Jay Dean persuades the rancher to let him take in Digger as a pet. So long as Jay Dean can take care of him, the dog will live. When Jay Dean takes the dog on his journey home, he is stopped on the interstate for a terrorist checkpoint, and a deputy orders Jay Dean to put Digger on a leash or he will shoot the dog. Digger has never been on a leash, and as Jay Dean frantically searches for anything that will serve the function, a young African-American man in the car behind Jay Dean, rushes forward with a rope, sparing Digger. Thus the dog becomes a symbol for anyone tentatively hanging on in uncertain circumstances, whether it is Jay Dean seeking to return to coaching, his wife working for a billionaire investor who is acquiring ranches and unceremoniously fires her once her task in negotiating a deal is complete. The backdrop to their story is a presidential election season in which the incumbent president and the challenger are essentially front men for slick operators seeking only to wield power for the next four years. Thus, voters and all Americans are in that same symbolic position, depending upon what moves are made by power brokers to sway voters, and how those policies actually affect every-day life.
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Where to find Greg Rohloff online


Dog on a Rope
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 85,510. Language: English. Published: August 15, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
Weeks before the conventions, the president dies from dabbling in cocaine and a heat stroke fells his folksy challenger. Politics as usual breaks out with assassins, voting machine hackers and a prosecutor who kidnaps an American official for a war crimes trial. A man who lost his dreams must find his way home through a twisted American landscape, and discovers we all are the dog on a rope.
When They Can't Come Home
Price: Free! Words: 3,880. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Plays & Screenplays » Middle Eastern, Fiction » Women's fiction » General
Three mothers -- one coming to terms with the death of her husband in Iraq from a sniper's bullet, one dealing with the father of her child who is caught in a drugs-and-party life, the third, a refugee from the Middle Eastern wars hoping to build a new life.
Bag Daddies
Price: Free! Words: 11,120. Language: English. Published: May 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Four desperate guys, a bag of stolen diamonds, a plan to get them to a fence. What can go wrong?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 98,900. Language: English. Published: October 27, 2010. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Plays & Screenplays
Donny Joe Snell loves the high life, and he takes shortcuts to get there. When Sarah Corham, who has aspirations to model, meets him, he promises to open doors for her by introducing her to the party crowd in Dallas. Family life with a son spirals downward into cocaine addiction, and a tightening hold of crime, drug dealers and crooked cops. That's when Donny Joe decides he has one chance to live.

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Smashwords book reviews by Greg Rohloff

  • The WM Freelance Writers Connection Presents Marketing Yourself and Your Writing Online on June 13, 2011

    This has many useful tips on gaining notice for freelance writing possibilities. I recommend it for older writers who may be reentering the freelance field after leaving a regular writing or editing gig in the shrinking media world. What worked in gaining freelance work before needs additional tools and skills. This handbook lays out those tools in a clear and understandable fashion.
  • Windy City Blues on June 15, 2012

    Marc Krulewitch's Scofflaw Blues mixes the old with the new in a detective story rife with conflicts and action. Would Sam Spade cry over the possible death of pet cat? Would Mike Hammer go vegan like Krulewitch's Jules Landau? Landau, though, like his predecessors, knows he his fighting an uphill battle unlikely to be resolved in his favor. And like Hammer and Spade, he is tough enough inside to see the fight through to the end. Krulewitch blends details of life in Chicago, giving the story a rich background without relying upon stereotypes. Each of his characters comes with a twist. His use of detail is sufficient to create a strong image of characters and setting, while never being so deep and convoluted that they slow the pacing of the story. This story is a great read, and Jules Landau is a character who carries the possibilities of serving as the center of an interesting series.