Interview with Ronnie L. Seals

Describe your desk
It is a massive roll top desk. The top hasn't been rolled down since the day after I brought it home. It is cluttered with scraps of writing that have never found a home, charger cords that are probably obsolete, my wife's overflowing ashtray, a flash light that doesn't work and floppy discs from three computers ago.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in southern Michigan, but it was my summers in Kentucky that influenced my writing. The mountains of The Cumberland Plateau have always fascinated me. Every fold and hollow seemed to hold some dark mystery. I could imagine witches hiding here, and outlaws. The flatlands of the north has never sparked my imagination. They say you should write what you know, but I believe you should write about things you find mysterious.
When did you first start writing?
I was in Junior High in the mid-sixties, when racial strife was running rampant in the country. I produced a play in English Class about a black man on a bus being attacked by the white passengers. This was an all-white school, so there was some casting problems.
What's the story behind your latest book?
About twenty years ago I wrote a book titled, Blue Kentucky Skies. It was set in the 1980s and was about an old man telling his grand-daughter about life in a coalmining camp in the Kentucky mountains. Before trying to find a publisher, I decided to write a prequel. This went on until I found myself in The Civil War. So book one became book five the fifth book, Down Every Dark Valley, became number one. It worked for Star Wars.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The phrase, "It's an interesting idea, but we have to acknowledge the realities of the publishing world," From agents and publishers. Like reality in publishing is the same as reality in physics, and not something they created. Besides, when I was young I wanted to be rich; now I just want to be read. Why have a house on the lake when you're too old to jet ski?
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I've only been a member for a few hours. Not rich yet.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
The first draft. I often have no idea where I'm going until I get there. And it's glorious when the words are coming so fast you fingers can't keep up. It's then that I wish I'd taken typing in high school, but I wanted to be cool. I wasn't.
What do your fans mean to you?
There are a few. They are as precious as gold, and much more rare.
What are you working on next?
Down Every Dark Valley is the first book in The Blue Mountain series. books two and three are available in paperback and will soon be uploaded to Smashwords. Book four has had me stuck for over two years. I feel that it needs to be there but it just doesn't feel right. Book five, as I said, was written 20 years ago and is still waiting for #4.
Who are your favorite authors?
Of all time, John Steinbeck. Lately I been reading Bernard Cornwell's The Saxon Tales. Lately I've read a lot of history. In elementary school I would read any pulp crime novel I could get my hands on, Mickey Spillane, John D. McDonald. Although my subject matter is much different theirs, I believe that's where I get my (some say too) terse writing style.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I'm 65, you figure it out.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I've recently retired so I haven't figured that out yet.
Published 2016-04-26.
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Books by This Author

Adventures in a Small Kentucky Town
You set the price! Words: 50,550. Language: English. Published: October 13, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Ancient, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
A collection of short stories set in the fictional small town of Lacern, Kentucky. Inspired by the author's Blue Mountain Series.
Sparrow Falls
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 85,500. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA, Fiction » Christian » General
The Blue Mountain Series traces the fortunes of two rival families, the Lacerns and the Tolands, through the violence of the Civil War and the feuds that grew out of them, the coming of the coal industry, the union struggles, the moonshine wars, and the destitution that followed the closing of the coal mines.
A New Heaven and Earth
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 158,000. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
A New Heaven and Earth is the third book in The Blue Mountain Series.
The Passions of Our Tribes
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 108,950. Language: English. Published: April 29, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier
The Passions of Out Tribes is the second book in The Blue Mountain Series
Down Every Dark Valley
You set the price! Words: 83,570. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » USA
The Blue Mountain series traces the fortunes of two rival families, the Lacerns and Tolands, as they struggle against each other, the harsh environment and their own reckless passions.