Interview with Ricardo Negron

Where did you grow up? And how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mainly in two areas while my father served as a Marine. Woodbridge, Va and Oceanside, Ca. During these years in these two areas I experienced much mistreatment and bullying with constant threats of violence if I attempted to so much as say a word back to the young thugs that were mistreating me. That led me to study the martial arts in a attempt to put this to a stop but I quickly found out that conventional martial arts at that time was just not enough so this led me to conducting many years of research into finding out what worked and what did not work. Now Im a certified self defense instructor myself with a agenda of putting violence against the weak and the honest living to a stop. I also got into fitness and wellness over the years as well and most recently, business and personal development. These are the areas I focus on regularly.
When did you first start writing?
Maybe as early as my teenaged years lolol!! I was always writing research notes and I have been writing articles for two years now so I figured why not start writing books about my passionate topics?
What's the story behind your latest book?
To present an introduction to basic self defense concepts and current self defense industry standards.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
My love for writing plus my passion for self defense, fitness, wellness, and personal development. I figured that Im just the right guy to address these subjects.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords has provided me a platform to give my new writing career a strong headstart.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The knowledge that somebody will benefit from my work.
What do your fans mean to you?
That they are loyal to my collective works, know the value of what I have to offer and they have benefited from my work and appreciate that. That part makes me feel good about myself.
What are you working on next?
I havent decided as of yet.
Who are your favorite authors?
Besides the Bible? Bruce Lee, Richard Dimitri, Sammy Franco, Thomas Bloomfield, Mike Clark, Paul Vunak, Bill Foran, Bradley Thompson, Mike Boyle, Andrew Neitlich and Douglas Lamb.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Living for God and living life by my terms.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Training, studying, surfing the net, and eventually, I want to travel abroad.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Web searches and Facebook groups.
Published 2015-10-27.
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