R.L. Herron


Born in central Tennessee, Ron came to Michigan as an infant and has lived there ever since. Most authors claim they dreamed of being published as a kid. Although he's been writing and submitting stories since he was 17, his earliest dream was to play baseball for the Detroit Tigers and be the next Al Kaline.

Ron once worked for some of the world's largest advertising agencies. He also enjoyed a career in public relations and marketing with an international Fortune 10 company. A member of Michigan Writers, the National Writers Association, the Association of Independent Authors (US), the Alliance of Independent Authors (UK) and the American Academy of Poets, he has written numerous works of fiction.

His debut novel REICHOLD STREET was a Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. Kirkus Reviews called it: "Skillfully written and emotionally charged." His powerful 5-Star-rated sequel to that award-winner, ONE WAY STREET, was published in 2014. Reviewer Jack Magnus said "...it ranks right up there with some of the very best war-related literature I've read." STREET LIGHT, Herron's thrilling 5-Star third book in the series, was named one of the "100 Notable Books of 2015" by Shelf Unbound, the online indie review magazine.

His latest novel, the horror/thriller BLOOD LAKE, was published in May 2016. TopBookReviewers gave it 5-Stars and called it: "...ominous thriller...outstanding read..."

Although he admits to disliking the winters there, Ron still lives and writes in Michigan with his lovely wife, an ugly mortgage and one very large cat.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Actually, I was in grade-school. I was a precocious reader and my fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Bliss, got me access to the "grown-up" side of both the school and the public library. I was reading Dickens at age ten, Dostoevsky at twelve and writing my own stories for fun. By the time I was fifteen I had written poems, radio scripts, one-act plays and tons of short stories...but I didn't submit my first story anywhere, trying to get it published, until I was seventeen.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
It's been said I'll read anything and everything, and have been accused of having a photographic memory...at least for words (just ask my bride...I once told her the manufacturer's name that was stamped on the sink drain on public water faucets). I'm particularly fond of printed books, and they are my preferred medium. However, I do own both a Kindle and an iPad.
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Where to find R.L. Herron online

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Reichold Street
This is the official book trailer for the stunning young-adult novel REICHOLD STREET, by award-winning author R.L. Herron. Set in a working-class American neighborhood in the turbulent 1960's Vietnam era, the author has created a powerful coming-of-age story dealing with issues of family dysfunction, alcoholism, suicide, madness and war. Endorsed by Top Book Reviewers, Compulsion Reads and Kirkus Reviews. It was also a Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner. Rated 5-Stars!

One Way Street
"One Way Street." This is the official book trailer for the gritty suspense sequel to R.L. Herron's award-winning "Reichold Street."

Street Light
The official book trailer for the novel "Street Light" - the third book in the "Reichold Street" trilogy. The kids from Reichold Street are all grown up and about to discover that not all evil is found in war. Some of it walks on the streets of home.

Blood Lake
A powerful, spellbinding story about a Cherokee curse that has followed one American family for eight generations with relentless, supernatural horror.


Blood Lake
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 49,710. Language: English. Published: May 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Historical, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
After the discovery of gold in their territory, the forcible removal of all Cherokee from land they had lived on for generations began. It has gone down in history as "The Trail of Tears." Award-winning author R.L. Herron has created a spellbinding horror/thriller based on a Cherokee curse that has followed one American family for eight generations with relentless, supernatural horror.
Street Light
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 67,400. Language: English. Published: June 11, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Action & suspense
In the electrifying thriller, "Street Light," the final book of the Reichold Street Trilogy, Paul, and the other Reichold Street characters discover that not all evil is found in war. Some of it walks on the streets of home.
One Way Street
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 75,940. Language: English. Published: November 1, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » General, Fiction » Historical » USA
Paul Barrett follows in the footsteps of his friends and enlists during the turbulent Vietnam era. He comes home to discover the horrors of war have followed him. He finds the love of his life and thinks he has finally left all his nightmares behind, only to be discovered by a murderous stalker in this gritty, spellbinding sequel.
Reichold Street
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 81,550. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Adventure
(5.00 from 1 review)
A new kid in the neighborhood. Bullying. Family dysfunction. Murder, suicide, madness and war. You'll find all that, and more, in "Reichold Street", by Ronald L. Herron, a 2012 Readers Favorite Gold Medal Winner.