Interview with Ron Ridenour

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up mostly with my step-mother and a father, an airman for the USAF, who thought that America had to be the best country in the world and everybody else had to fall in line, if not then war is the best weapon. We traveled to several military bases in the US and three years in Brazil. When President Vargas killed himself and blamed the US for preventing him and his country from making their own choices my father cursed him for being "ungrateful for all that America had done for Brazil". Somehow that stuck in my memory along with counting the numbers of beggars or hungry people searching daily through our garbage cans.
When did you first start writing?
In the early/mid 1960s. My subjects were the need to fight for racial and gender equality, and against US wars, at that time against Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I've written nine books, six about Cuba, one about Venezuela, one about Nicaragua and the last, "Tamil Nation in Sri Lanka", concerning how the Tamil people have been subjected to genocide by the Sinhalese governments of all striped, and how most of the world's governments have failed to stand in solidarity with them, including the country I have loved most, Cuba.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Honestly because I have had no choice if I want more readers than the websites I write for reach. That is so since I gave up trying to interest real print book publishers, which never reply any longer and apparently don't think my topics will be "commercially successful". I used to make a living as a journalist and magazine writer but no longer can. So, now retired I offer my endless words free of charge for those who might think they could use them for something.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've yet to get onto the system, which I find too complicated. I'm hiring an ebook launch team to format a manuscript and hopefully I can figure out how to "upload" it on smashwords since those one hires cannot do so for some reason or another.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Learning that one or more readers can use what I write to act against the warring/greedy economic/politicalsystems and for a world where we can live in peace without hunger and in equality.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything.
What are you working on next?
I'm preparing something that can show that Russian political leaders and the people are not war hungry and that, unlike the United States, have continuously acted to prevent international wars. (Albeit there have been times when within the Soviet Union Russia has played the part of the Big Bear Daddy.) I'm also preparing to write about my recent two months traveling through much of Spain, but it is difficult to find the thread right now.
Who are your favorite authors?
Oh, there are so many. Graham Greene is at the top of a long list: Richard Wright, Ralph Ellison, Eduardo Galeano, Gabriel García Marquez, B. Traven, George Orwell, Barbara Kingsolver, Oliver Stone, Leonardo Padura...
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Excellent question. Many days I don't want to get out of bed and some days I stay under the covers most of the time. The existence of my lady friend is one getter-upper. There are days when the need to write something forces me out of bed, albeit not out of joy rather from guilt if I don't do--write, at least--something hoping foolishly to make an impact upon a world overpopulated with Homo Sapiens bent on self-destruction while taking whatever other life forms and natural elements they can with them.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Spending recreation and learning time with my lady friend, fishing when the wind allows, traveling, reading a novel or articles and listening-viewing the news and documentaries, trying to find people to work with, in order to plant a wedge between the rich and their politicians and sanity.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I haven't as yet.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
No.
Published 2017-04-24.
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Books by This Author

Scandinavia on the Skids: The Failure of Social Democracy
Price: Free! Words: 22,860. Language: English. Published: May 19, 2017. Categories: Nonfiction » Politics and Current Affairs » Economic policy, Essay » Political
There is a good deal of misunderstanding what socialism and social democracy are. My objective here is to correct these misunderstandings, and point to a direction that would eliminate poverty and inequality, which free market globalization assures. My background helps: reporter, author of nine books published in English, Danish, German, and Tamil. I have lived in Scandinavia for three decades, th