Ronald Tracy

Smashwords Interview

What's the story behind your latest book?
This is one of my favorite questions and the answer is surprising. I never set out to write a book! True story, you just don't make stuff like this up! This started with the blizzard of 2005, about 3 feet of snow on the ground and no end in sight. It was depressing. Now, I love to go fishing. I'm passionate about fishing. Everyone who knows me knows this is my passion and there I was stuck in the house because of the snow. Now my son Ronnie loves to go fishing too, and at the time he played and coached roller hockey professionally. He traveled the world playing for Team USA and the tournament circuit. He would call and fill me in with his travel plans and asked about fishing. So, I decided to write down some notes on how I locate fish and what I use to catch them during the different time periods of the spring, summer and fall months. He could read this while traveling and come up with a game plan that works for him. Before I knew it, I had pages and pages of information written down on flounder fishing. I had written an easy to understand guide that I know works for my friends and myself, so why couldn't it work for everyone? I added some photos to help show what I was talking about. Then I thought of how cool it would be if you could read this anywhere... like on a phone. Everybody carries their phone with them. I know Ronnie does. This could be a handy reference guide you could read anywhere on any reading device. Then I found out about Smashwords and their platform, which helped turn my idea into reality. I downloaded a copy on my phone and it works great. How cool is that!!!
What is your writing process?
I don't have a set writing process that I follow. When I wrote Flounder Bytes, I was putting together a series of notes from my fishing experiences on the water. When I had a thought I'd jot it down in a notebook. I soon had a notebook filled with jumbled thoughts... mixed thoughts... in no random order. I went back through my notes and started with the thought that best held my interest and I expanded on that, adding more thoughts as I went along. I soon learned to just write everything down as it came to me and not interrupt the thought process. I figured somewhere inside of all the jumbled jargon was the idea that I was looking for, but I needed to get it down on paper and clean it up later. I am not concerned with being grammatically correct or if my punctuation is wrong. I know this gets a lot of people very upset, but the main goal is to not stop the flow of thoughts and ideas and get them written down. For example, I would go back and edit the first sentence out. I just used it to get the thought process going.
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Books

Flounder Bytes
Price: $4.49 USD. Words: 15,220. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Sports & outdoor recreation » Fishing
Wow! There is a lot of information in a simple, easy to read format packed into this guide that can help anyone catch flounder. It describes the tackle, tips and techniques that that flounder find hard to resist and includes helpful tips on how to locate these fish. For instance, have you ever caught a flounder in under a minute? Amazingly helpful, get your copy today!

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