Interview with Ronaldo Siète

What are your five favorite books, and why?
"The Lord Of The Rings" by Tolkien (fantasy), "Zen And The Art Of Motorcycle Maintenance" by Robert M. Pirsig (philosophy), "The Old Man's War"-series by John Scalzi (science fiction), "La Sonrisa Etrusca" by José Luís Sampedro (novel) and "Headhunters" by Jo Nesbo (action/mystery), just to name a few. As most writers I read A LOT and it's not fair to mention just five favorite books or writers. The fun of reading is to find other books from other writers, other genres, other styles, even other languages, and discover that there is so much more to discover.
How do you approach cover design?
The cover is the "face" of a book. It gives the reader a promise what the book is about. A good cover attracts and the story should fulfill the promise. I hope the covers of my books make the reader think 'Wow, this is funny, I want to read this', because that's my goal when writing, telling a funny story that people love to read.
What do you read for pleasure?
I like reading, so "everything". If it wouldn't be for pleasure, why do we read?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have my ebooks on the computer (in Calibre) and I always have a collection of books on both my android tablet and my smartphone. I have to confess: since reading my first e-book I like reading e-books better then the paper-version.
Describe your desk
My desk is a lazy chair, where I write with my eyes closed, telling the story in my head until it makes me laugh so loud that I have to get up and put the words down for others to read them. Writing is really the only work you can do with a drink in one hand and a cigarette or something to eat in the other hand.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing in kindergarten, like most of us. I remember it started with an A and it never ended since...
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No WHAT but WHO motivated me. Of course it was an author, one who wrote great stories, an example that inspired to be followed. After that it were the people who read what I wrote and told me they liked it. My books are available for free, for many reasons, but mostly because that's the way everyone can enjoy them. And every new reader motivates me again.
And 'indie author'? That's not because of motivation, that's just because the book-industry is only interested in making money on the creativity of others. They don't want authors with talent. They just want bestsellers. Thanks to Smashwords (and other platforms) nobody has to surrender to this commercial censorship of the book-industry. Readers pay less and get more, they just have to discover it.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Success is a big word. I'm not looking for success. I like to write and to share my stories with everyone who likes to read and laugh. Smashwords made that possible, so Smashwords helped to make me happy. Being happy is so much more important then having success...
What are you working on next?
The project I'm working on is not my own. It's a translation of a series of the most funny books I ever read. And meanwhile, when I get ideas about another story, I will write them down and publish them when finished. Humor is a great medicine against all kind of pain and I'll provide as much of it as possible.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book is called Champignons League. It's in Dutch and only Dutch people will understand what it's about. It's about having a dream, it's about doing things together, it's about sports and training and football (some call it 'soccer'), it's about working hard and having fun, it's about one great man, a football-trainer, and about a lot of wiseguys who try to become popular by throwing shit at others. So it's also about respect, about friendship, about the goal "become a better person" that everyone should have and work for every day. But nobody cares what it's about, because it's free and it makes you laugh, and that are two good reasons to read the book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The greatest joy of writing is that you can tell others that there is another world then the one we see offered in every commercial on TV and in every bloody item on the 8 o'clock news, another way to live together, 7 billion human beings on one little planet. The Dalaï Lama, Nelson Mandela, Mahatma Ghandi and Martin Luther King were right, but we don't hear their ideas in the media or on the internet. We prefer to be selfish, because that's what we learn from the world around us, a world that teaches us what we learn because there is always someone making money from it.
Writers used to be the conscience of the world, the well that produces ideas to make us go forward, become happier and more complete. But since "50 Shades Of Gray" became the first ebook that sold one million copies we have to face the truth: we're falling back to the level of cavemen, only interested in sex and violence, thanks to our instincts and the messages of every publisher or movie-company that wants to make money.
I have a dream: write a book without sex and violence that will be read by more people than "50 shades". One man can not change the world. But it's a start...
Published 2015-12-31.
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Books by This Author

Stories for in the Campfire
Price: Free! Words: 58,410. Language: British English. Published: May 1, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire
@Ronaldo7Siete is serious about only one thing: he thinks he's the funniest writer in Dutch literary history. Of course, everybody laughs about that, but... doesn't that mean that he has a point? Is this a bundle with 18 funny short stories? Or is this a novel with a plot like you've never read before? Find out. It's free.
E.K.-Koorts
Price: Free! Words: 73,940. Language: Dutch. Published: April 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
De coach van een voetbalteam van zaterdagamateurs wil wel eens aan het EK meedoen. Dat levert een epidemie van lachstuipen op die heel Europa aansteekt.
Champignons League
Price: Free! Words: 47,270. Language: Dutch. Published: December 31, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Humor & comedy » Satire, Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Football & rugby
De nieuwe trainer van FC Polderboys wil de KNVB-beker winnen. Recensies: "Een feest van humor en herkenning" (Algemeen Lachblad). "In één ruk uitgelezen" (Het Blije Volk)