Ronald Zastre

Biography

I was born in Winnipeg, Canada on 11/29/47. My father was a golf course superintendent there, and when I was seven, we moved to Fargo N.D. where my father took over the duties at the Fargo Country Club. I played a lot of golf and had a great time living at the course. I can still hit the crap out of the ball, but can’t score. So what else is new?
I graduated from high school in Fargo and then joined the Marines. I was a Scout-sniper in Vietnam and saw considerable action and can say, “Combat is a great teacher, provided it doesn’t leave one scarred and unable to go on.”
I went into the golf business, first as a superintendent/designer, then as a builder. I also taught the ever elusive golf swing and do understand it. I began writing in the business format, doing instruction manuals and design work for Manta Cars, and then shifted to entertainment: news paper, magazines, then novels, and finally screen plays.
I wrote a golf book, ‘the Balance Swing’, and wrote, produced, directed, edited and starred in a matching video. I’ve also written four additional novels: Timtown, The Walnuts, The Searching Soul, and Billy Palmer. All four novels have screen plays.
I am presently working on a 1960’s rock and roll musical with fast cars and original songs as the theme.
While working the designing and constructing businesses, I stood my ground many years ago and proclaimed my competition was irresponsible and money grubbing. I was vindicated later when an associate, who defined my complaints as counter productive, came to me and said, “Ronski, you were right, weren’t you?” I saved close to ten-thousand beautiful, jungle trees on a golf course project, on Guam.
I’ve always been green because when I lived outside of Fargo, I noticed the trees starting to bud a day early in town one spring. I asked my father and he said, “Obviously it is warmer in town,” This was 1957, when I was eight, and already I understood global warming.
I’ve have had all the toys, but only for the experience of playing with them, never for just having them. I haven’t owned a car in seven years and my bike is my best friend.
I currently live in Palm Desert, CA. because I’d rather be hot than cold.

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I think about the story in general, but don't try to write it through, I put my random thoughts down and build and fill in the blanks. This gives me a good base and incouragement. Along the way a lot of good ideas pop up. I tell people interested in giving writing a try, "You don't write a book, you build it."
How do you approach cover design?
I try to start the story with the cover. There are many covers in a book, like there's good titles.
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Books

Cells of Kattacc
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Price: Free! Words: 14,600. Language: English. Published: November 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
Jerry Atkins is a rich, powerful self-made man that gives no quarter to anyone. He is convinced that he has no equal, no competition, and is getting slightly bored, but doesn’t realize that there is an entity listening. Jerry suddenly finds himself powerless and exposed. At first he thinks he is going insane, but eventually realizes that he is being dominated by something more powerful than he.
Billy Palmer
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Price: Free! Words: 83,770. Language: English. Published: January 13, 2012. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
Vietnam was a frustrating experience for America. She got herself into a far off war that ate up her young men and woman for no apparent gains or motive. Sick of the carnage, Americans went looking for a scapegoat, and in many cases the same soldiers that were fighting and dying were singled out.
The Searching Soul
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Price: Free! Words: 52,150. Language: English. Published: December 25, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » High tech
All living things possess an electromagnetic field, the nervous system. This field operates within the larger electromagnetic field of the planet. The relationship of the two fields is constant and the results are predictable. If one unaltered field, a human, is suddenly released in a weakened field, Earth orbit, what might happen?
Timtown
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Price: Free! Words: 176,520. Language: English. Published: December 22, 2011. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Fifteen year old Tim discovers an abandoned alien base(Timtown). It’s run by an ancient computer that relinquishes all of its powers to Tim who becomes concerned about the danger of the advanced technology falling into the wrong hands and ultimately destroys it.
The Walnuts
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Price: Free! Words: 79,520. Language: English. Published: October 4, 2011. Category: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A journalist reluctantly signs a contract to write a story about far away earth. He books passage on a Galactic Transport operated by strange little humanoids far advanced to himself. On the long voyage he perfects his English, but doesn't realize his thoughts are not entirely his. By the time he arrives at earth, his contempt for their haughty attitude is well known aboard their ship.

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