Interview with Ronald Bell

When did you first start writing?
When I was 13 years old. I heard a poem from Jim Morrison while watching the Doors movie. I knew immediately thereafter that I wanted to play with words in the same fashion.
What's the story behind your latest book?
My latest book: Scattered Endz..., is a look into the darker side of my writing; as well it contains pieces which carry with them a much more metaphorical undertone. The first book in the series: Poems for the Ponder, albeit my personal favorite, is a much more bluntly delivered, my view of the world, take it in your face-type working that doesn't require one to decipher much. Both books are true to their cover, however, and contain several genres of poetry, including Poetic Dissertations (two in each), as well as Storied Rhymes. Romance, heartbreak, religion, politics and the dark and twisted all make the pieces eclectic. Broken Reflection, which is the 3rd and final single book in the series, I believe will be my best, and it is already underway. Due to hit laptop and tablet screens on our first day of the New Year!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I honestly knew nothing about it; or anything about publishing at all. The only written works I'd ever had were in notebooks, or on poetry sites (published as the laws dictate). I was writing on a site called All Poetry, when a follower I had commented on a piece from back in the 90's that I had re-written and posted for view. She said, "you should write a book." I had never thought about it, and did't even think I was good enough, but I searched the web, ....tried my hand with manuscripts and New York Publishers, (briefly) and in the end I stumbled upon the self publishing possibility and 1 month later I had book 1, 2 months in, 2. Loving every minute of it, except the social network marketing!
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
To be honest I didn't start with Smashwords, but I feel the more places you make your works available, the better. Smash words most assuredly opened my eyes up to pub format, as well as other avenues with have proven useful when submitting, or editing ebook files. Without them, it would have taken much longer.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Knowing when a piece is going to bring an emotional reaction to fruition. My coined phrase, Poetic Dissertation; is defined (in one way) as an essay, article, or blog that upon reading causes one to entertain deep emotional reaction as to the way the piece is written. I feel that there is no greater joy at all possible for a writer, than to be the cause of this. It's what you write for: to frighten, enlighten, make their heart beat and excite them. I literally just came up with that cheese. (occupational hazard)
What do your fans mean to you?
Without them I am nothing. Without their appreciation and enthusiasm for my works, I would have never spent the time necessary to contract and market the material. They are literally everything.
What are you working on next?
After the current poetic series will be Gen. X, A Life Without Warning. A biographical novella which is centered around the Hippie Revivalist Movement Without a Cause that some refer to as the 90's. I think my life was perhaps just crazy enough to see that the i Generation is entertained. I also have a novella which I actually started on paper around 2 years ago entitled, Coded. Coded is a science fiction work; science fiction has always been a genre that tickled my fancy. Sorry, heard that when young and it stuck...
Who are your favorite authors?
Jim Morrison, John Grisham, Stephen King, John Lennon, Paul McCartney... R.L. Stine. (that's a secret)
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Usually I am already awake, so inspiration to get up start the day is seldom necessary, but in times I do partake in plopping on cotton, I'd have to say my amazing children.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I also run a distribution company, and I'm a single parent. The end.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Usually via Twitter. I make a friend, retweet, repeat, their book.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No. Sorry...
What is your writing process?
I sit and write. Seldom do ideas populate at random times unless they are musical ones. When I sit down to write, my bipolar mind just starts spinning and I never know what's going to hit the page or screen until I start rolling.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I think it was Clifford the Dog. It's the reason I soon went to fetch children's horror from the library in Kaysville, Utah. I knew when I was quite young that I needed to dip a toe in the darker waters.
How do you approach cover design?
I try to envision each possibility I go through (hundreds) as a purchaser. I ask myself if I would see this from the self. The more so yes, the more likely a piece to be a final piece.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
The Firm. Grisham writes this book in a way that pulls you into the story and makes you feel as if it's happening to you. I think even when I went to the restroom I looked behind my back to ensure that I wasn't being followed.
Gerald Game, Stephen King, man... Who else can write one thousand pages about a guy tied to a bed and turn it into a best seller. I was honestly pessimistic half way through, but it only got better and more suspenseful.
The final 3 would likely be Goose Bumps of no particular order. I know how absolutely lame that sounds, but as a youngin' I had to have my daily dose of R.L. Stine. The books were better than the T.V. series. HA!
What do you read for pleasure?
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle, A Galaxy, A Mac, iPad and an iPhone. They all do the job and can download the others apps. Honestly don't have a preference.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Twitter. All day long, Twitter.
Describe your desk
It's a glass kitchen table with a Mac!
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
Kaysville, Utah. I don't believe the where was a factor, but the who.... It's in the books!
What is the ultimate goal you have for your publications?
To see the world brought to a more peaceful station one day. Words start wars, they can prevent them. Speak of love and peace, and love and peace we shall breed.
(yes, there's some dark in these books, but that's entertainment, and mental disorder, ...same thing, whatever!
Published 2015-11-01.
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Books by This Author

My Eclectic Collection/From the Confines of my Mind/Broken Reflection
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 18,380. Language: English. Published: January 20, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literary collections » American / General, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
The truth of all we see, and the way in which we perceive what we see, can be drastically different for someone who suffers from a mental disorder such as Manic Depression, or Bipolar Disorder. When not medicated, or improperly medicated, someone who suffers from these types of afflictions rarely views their own self image as do those they interact with on a daily basis. The broken reflection.
Truth Sought
Price: $9.99 USD. Words: 18,030. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2015. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Political, Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy
This is a book of poetic works which ask all the questions pertaining to existence, religion and politics; and with verity speaks the truth of life’s struggles with love, drug abuse, depression and even dips a toe into the waters of beyond this world.
My Eclectic Collection/Book 1/From the Confines of my Mind/Poems for the Ponder
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 20,340. Language: English. Published: August 5, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Poetry » Themes & motifs, Fiction » Romance » Adult
This is a book of poetry that will endow the genre with a new found respect and see that it is perceived by book lovers as a possible first choice when purchasing literary works. Within it's pages you will find the works of one of the most creatively brilliant minds of our time. Laugh and cry as you relive his past and experience his thrilling adventures in love, penned in an arousing fashion.