Ron hails from the sticks or rural Kansas, the heart land. His childhood and the people he grew up with are the focus of his prose. On occasion he dabbles in essays, free verse, and dialogues. At one time Ron played around with song lyrics, but not so much anymore. With competition from Peter Griffin, I could see why.
Ron took the time to answer the questions in first person. Writers. *Peter rolls his eyes.*
When I was 9 my town was very small with little to do. We lived across the road from a library and I would spend a lot of time there. I fell in love with books and soon began writing short stories. My first story was about a calico cat. It was written on Big Chief writing paper. I sent it to Dell publishing and received a handwritten "Rejection" letter. She was very kind and urged me to keep writing. Something drives me to write, I'm not really sure what it is. A need to create or express a feeling maybe...I think everyone who writes is driven by something !
I have many rough drafts but nothing completed. A few pieces of free verse stashed somewhere. I save a piece only if it's outstanding in some way. If not I toss it in the can.
My characters are all based on real life individuals. People I knew in my childhood, they were average everyday people. Yet there was something about each one that set them apart.
The genre I would never tackle Techy books. Too cold and hard. Can't get off on computer chips !
I sell collectibles online so I guess buying and placing items online takes up a lot of my time. I write usually early in the morning when I'm fresh or late at night when it's quiet. I sometimes write to music. I really haven't dealt with the publishing phase yet. If anything I guess you could say I'm in a first draft and editing stage. Until recently I wrote more for enjoyment than anything else.
I would like to collaborate with another writer on a novel. I have a lot of ideas and material but need some fresh talent and input. I also have a small writing group that meets once a week.