Interview with John Ronald

What's the story behind your latest book?
I'm leaving Syfy to write a ghost story. It will take place 6 000 years prior to my first trilogy but, I have actually set it in the same universe.
When did you first start writing?
the 29th of September 2014 - I turned it into my protagonist's serial number in my first book.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Two things.
My regular job was driving me mad.
I grew tired of just following other people's stories. I wanted to create my own.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Greatly, I've even received royalties.
It hasn't been much but, actually getting paid for my creative work...
It's an amazing feeling.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Getting those ideas that run around my head down onto paper. (In a manner of speaking.)
Actually all parts of the process.
Drawing up the outline. (the planning, chopping and changing)
Actual writing. (having scenes develop and change course in unexpected ways as I go.)
Editing and proofing....ah...not so much.
What do your fans mean to you?
Absolutely welcome. And all their criticism.

I'll take the opportunity to say thanks to everyone who bought and gave feedback.

I'll try to not only try to keep up but also raise the standard.
What are you working on next?
A ghost story.
For the fist time I'm going to try a female protagonist.
She'll be much younger.
No big action scenes but, hopefully it will have a dark and sinister atmosphere.
It's going to be a bigger challenge as it will be period specific and set in the real world.
Who are your favorite authors?
Wow. Hard question.

Gun to the head answer....
Tolkien or CS Lewis
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
A few things....
Definitely writing. Even if I don't put finger to keyboard. I'm always writing in my head.
The special woman in my life.
My regular job. (Which I have made piece with.)
My faith
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I have a special lady in my life.
And...that's all the details you're getting.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Nothing too special.
Looking around on websites like this one.
Although I must confess, Since I've started writing, my reading has dropped off a lot.
It's an area I must really work on.
Published 2018-02-27.
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Books by This Author

Conquest and Secrets
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 93,800. Language: English. Published: November 23, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Conquest and Secrets is the conclusion to John Ronald’s 'Secrets' trilogy. Badiah leaves his self-imposed exile to face Prime Minster Varcus’ nefarious plans. Clutching onto power, Varcus is quick carry out his diabolical schemes. Badiah must lead a special operations company against ever increasing threats.The final confrontation will decide the galaxy’s fate as a haven or hell for all humanity.
Rebellion and Secrets
Price: $3.95 USD. Words: 99,060. Language: English. Published: June 19, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Rebellion and Secrets is John Ronald’s sequel to his debut novel Vengeance and Secrets. As Badiah's fame begins to fade his best friend Caleb approaches him with a madcap scheme to rescue an old colleague who has gone missing. As they travel east through the galaxy Badiah is confronted with the harsh reality of an empire going up in flames and a vicious new threat putting all human life in peril.
Vengeance and Secrets
You set the price! Words: 96,200. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera, Fiction » Science fiction » Military
Newly promoted to Sergeant, Badiah is the sole survivor after an ambush. After his rescue he joins another group of special operators aboard an aging cruiser as they set off across the galaxy on a mission of vengeance. The Confederacy who rules most of the galaxy with an iron fist dispatches a ruthless agent hell bent on stopping them before they can reveal a history altering secret.