Interview with Ronald Joseph Kule

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Bogota, Colombia, with a definite sense of connection to that country and its people. Most of my childhood, however, was spent in New Jersey and Pennsylvania because of my American father. My mother was Chilean-Colombian. My heritage affects my writing more than the locales I've lived in or visited, which includes 35 countries to date. My creative writing career began at age seven; however, since I can remember past lifetimes, my ink springs from a deep well. For sure, there are even deeper reasons and experiences that continue to influence my passion to write as much as I can today.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The plain fact is that writing a book is not like baking a cake; it's hard and, at times, mind-numbing work. Writing taxes my eyes, mind, fingers and bottom! What I'm getting at is this: if I'm going to spend 6-9 months or more, banging out a work worthy enough to change lives for the better - at the least, entertain my readers, I might as well ensure that I have the best possible chance of people continuing to read my work, so I can keep doing it. Indie publishing with Smashwords makes sense, because I know my work is going to see more exposure, earn a decent return for my efforts, and give me gratification, days after I post my work. Having also worked with a traditional publisher, I understand the pro's and con's of that route, too.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords exposes my titles on channels that are beyond my personal ability to reach, giving me a working shot at interesting important people - book readers. Smashword's guideline instructions make getting formatted and online quickly an easy task.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Playing with words for sure! I mean, c'mon, these symbols of other things or ideas, which we call "words," are my playthings! Other kids have their sandboxes, shovels and pails in other fields of industry, sports and the Arts, but I have WORDS, PHRASES, SENTENCES, GRAMMAR, PARAGRAPHS, CHAPTERS and GENRES with which to play! What could be more FUN than that?!
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I'm still learning why they read my stuff. My readers are at the other end of what I hope will be an established, two-way communication line. I know that without them I would have no purpose to write. Ultimately, it's not up to me to determine their estimation of my work, but I do hope and intend with each work to entertain, to provoke thought, to bring emotional change and, ultimately, please and uplift them.
What do your fans mean to you?
Well, I'm still learning why they read my stuff. My readers are at the other end of what I hope will be an established, two-way communication line. I know that without them I would have no purpose to write. Ultimately, it's not up to me to determine their estimation of my work, but I do hope and intend with each work to entertain, to provoke thought, to bring emotional change and, ultimately, please and uplift them.
What are you working on next?
In 2018, I'm adding two more books to my "LISTEN MORE SELL MORE" three-book, sales-training series.

Currently, I'm working on a biography, "LIVING BEYOND IMPOSSIBLE ~ The Terry Hitchcock Story," which is the life story of a man who ran the distance of 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days just to bring media attention to the troubles that single parents face every day. The details of his life make the "impossible" feat he accomplished all the more astounding. A feature film about him PUSHING LIFE will be released in 2018 or 2019. This follows his two best-selling books, "American Business: The Last Hurrah" and "A Father's Odyssey," and an award-winning documentary film MY RUN.
Who are your favorite authors?
No question that Gabriel Garcia Marquez is first in my heart, because we are both from Colombia. His work is exquisite to read aloud, his imagination so fertile.

Next, Ernest Hemingway for his control; L. Ron Hubbard for his fast-paced fiction -- both are master story-tellers.

Certainly, Pat Conroy warrants my interest, waxing eloquent beyond measure.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The chance to write something better than what I wrote the day before. The opportunity to create uplifting effects upon other people with my writing.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
When I'm not writing, I'm not all here. (Laughs.) Seriously, I read a lot. But, when I have to go outside, I'm likely to be found near a body of water, on a bike trail or hiking in a forest on a mountainside. Or I could be catching up on some much-needed sleep!
Published 2018-02-01.
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Books by This Author

Sell Better, Sell Easier, Sell Everything Artfully
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 11,040. Language: English. Published: February 19, 2013. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Sales & selling / management
Learn how to sell with this sales training book, which undercuts other sales techniques and explains sales basics better than other how to sell books. Sell easier, sell everything and sell it better right through the close. Exclusive selling exercises developed by the author with a sales and sales training career of 48-years, will enable you to learn how to sell easier and sell better.