Interview with Ronda Del Boccio

What do you like to read?
I'm often reading a couple books at a time. My favorite genres include cozy mystery, paranormal, and fantasy. I like tales of transformation.
Print or ebook?
Ebook for me. I have a Kindle Fire and now an iPad Mini. Yeah, I love the smell of books and the feel of them in my hands. BUt honestly, I'm mostly blind, and the ebook allows me to enlarge print or use their text to speech reader so I can listen to the book. I'm incredibly grateful that I can now carry a whole library in my palm!
What's the story behind A Tasty Morsel?
When I first moved to SW Missouri, mom and I went to this beautiful place called Dogwood Canyon. We rode a tram through the woodlands and up into the wild animal preserve. Our tour guide said someone had just recently discovered a cave. Its opening looked like a crack in the rocks to most folks, but someone climbed up there and figured out what it really was.

Then in the preserve, we saw this skinny elk who had 1 horn growing down over his eye. Our docent said the herd ostracized him, and he wasn't eating well. Staff vets were keeping an eye on him.

These elements both worked their way into A Tasty Morsel, but the story definitely takes a paranormal turn!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Chicago. I don't really think the city influenced my writing. My life did, but not the city.
Do you listen to music while you write, or do you prefer silence?
I enjoy having music. What I listen to depends on the type of story. One song about the mythic selkie inspired a story. My Missouri gal likes country music (she's my character in my current work seeking publication.), so I listened to country while writing for her. SHe has her own playlist.
Describe your desk
Right now, my computer is on the end of my kitchen table. My phone sits to the left and my beverage safely on the window sill where it can't spill on my tech. My Leader Dog is at my feet or on them, or bringing me a toy to throw, or disrupting my right arm so I have to stop typing to pet her. Love her!
When did you first start writing?
I cut my literary teeth on Dr. Who fan fiction back in high school. I don't have any of those old stories, which is probably a good thing.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I'm a TrIndie author. I do have some indie published books, and I'm also published by large and small publishers. I like the freedom of using all methods available to me to get my books into people's hands. When I started writing, there was no self publishing except "Vanity Presses" that charged a fortune and broke many dreams. How wonderful that we have platforms like Smashwords now!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I just LOVE bringing my vivid imagination to life in a way that touches other people's lives. It's a true blessing and joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
You da' bomb! I ADORE my fans, few though you may be today! You have no idea how cool it is when someone says they read my book or comments on a character. I love you!
What are you working on next?
I'm working on a couple projects. One is a collection of hillbilly stories taking place in the Ozarks. The other thing I'm up to is revisiting a book I published with a small press 12 years ago - yikes, has it been that long? - and now have the rights returned to me. I think I've learned a thing or 2 about writing, and perhaps that book can get a breath of fresh air, then I'll seek publishing for those.

BUt don't worry...I have a couple other releases planned for Smashwords.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually it's needing to pee. OK that's not what inspires me, but it definitely MOTIVATES me!

What inspires me is writing and spending time with my dog. I get to write whenever I want - woohoo!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Well besides writing there are things like book marketing and making promo graphics and that sort of thing. And any writer worth her salt needs to read, which is fine with me. I'm often reading a couple of novels a week.

I have a guide dog who has her own Facebook and Instagram. Leader Dog Jemma. I love spending time with her. Sometimes we're off to writing conferences or speaking engagements. We also play a lot.

I'm also a big fan of movies nad spending time with friends. I also love to cook and bake and I work out every day too.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I am pretty new to Smashwords, but I find books to read because authors send me emails offering me books to review. I'm a Top Reviewer on Amazon and also review books on my site I also find some on Twitter and others from friend recommendations. So many little time!
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
I used to make up stories with my stuffed toys when I was a toddler, before I could write them down. I think my first written tale had to do with a squirrel, but I'm honestly not certain. I was 5 at the time.
What is your writing process?
I have a file for writing ideas and interesting things I come across that seem like great story fodder to me. But honestly, a lot of the time I sit down and an idea hits me.

I also have this habit of writing what I think will be a short story, but it turns out to be a novel. It's happened twice with full lengh novels and several times with novellas, which are too long to be short stories and too short to be novels.

When I get stuck, I go walk the dog, bounce on the Cellerciser rebounder, jump on the SlimStrider, or get away from the desk and do something else, trusting whatever I need will come.
How do you approach cover design?
I used to be AWFUL. I hope maybe I've at least gotten to acceptable by now. All I can say is thank you for!

A publisher once told me about the 15 foot rule. She would print off a true-to-size mockup of the front cover and tape it to a wall, then leave the room and approach the cover. She said a book on a shelf in a store needs to be easy to read from 15 feet away. That means key words in the title large, a simple design, and something that pops so you want to pick it up.
Published 2016-03-30.
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Books by This Author

Trouble's Turn: A Mystical Animal Allies Short Story
Price: Free! Words: 7,710. Language: English. Published: April 5, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal, Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
The rest of the pack call her Trouble, but how can this teenage White Wolf become an Ally of the People if she doesn't stick her nose in their business? She risks everything to be true to herself, but what will it cost her? Find out in this mystical short story inspired by Native American spirituality. First published for Devin O'Branagan's launch of her paranormal YA novel Glory.
The Assassin and the Prince: A Humorous Paranormal Fantasy
Price: $1.29 USD. Words: 19,560. Language: English. Published: March 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Sci-Fi & fantasy, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Feline Assassin Area quickly regrets taking the posh assignment of playing security guard for a pampered prince who always gets his way. This is a fun futuristic feline-human adventure novella set in space!