Interview with Ron Evans

What do you read for pleasure?
Biographies, SciFi, Poetry, Sherlock Holmes, Astronomy, and Haiku
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Kindle Fire HDX.
Describe your desk
Reasonably neat and organized with a dictionary and thesaurus on the pull-out tray below my laptop keyboard. A few little trinkets from my boyhood help make my workspace a comfortable place to spend my writing time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas where I learned to love the night sky, poetry, and family.
When did you first start writing?
In the sixth grade where, without a teacher's urging or direction, a few of us handwrote little stories on notebook paper so the paper could be folded and stapled to make mini-books. We traded these books with the other "authors" and could hardly wait to read each book as it was written and self-published!
What are you working on next?
I have several projects in various stages of completion -- my Collected Haiku (4 vol.), a long delayed novel, and a Guide to Playing Lottery Sensibly. The haiku compendium will contain over 1000 haiku, senryu, tanka, and other short verse forms. The four volumes will be published one at a time as completed.
Who are your favorite authors?
In no particular order, Robert Heinlein, Nathaniel Philbrick, Robert Frost, Kenneth Rexroth, Dylan Thomas, A.E. Housman, Seamus Heaney, Pablo Neruda, the major Japanese haiku poets, dozens of Chinese poets of the last several centuries, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Carl Sagan, Mark Twain, Henry David Thoreau, Sylvia Plath, Billy Collins, Ted Kooser, Christina Rossetti, and W. B. Yeats. Other than poetry I don't read many of the current books, simply due to lack of time.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
No inspiration required! Long-established habit, my wife, and curiosity to see what the day will bring.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
The obvious short answer is "reading." I also cycle through several hobbies/interests, among them amateur radio, amateur astronomy, chess, listening to music, walking Shadow - the world's smartest dog (just ask him!), getting tangled up in my yo-yo's, bird watching, and mathematics.
How do you approach cover design?
With fear and trepidation! This is my first book and my only criterion was that the cover depict an astronomical scene.
Published 2015-03-24.
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Books by This Author

The Complete Guide to Writing Haiku
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: American English. Published: March 10, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
"The Complete Guide To Writing Haiku" is the only guide of its kind to cover all the essentials necessary to write English-language haiku. It covers such topics as the ten essentials of writing haiku, how to start on the haiku road, when to break the rules and when not to, counting syllables, nature references in haiku, and the use of stressed beats rather than counting syllables.