Ronald Taylor Smith

Biography

BIOGRAPHY

Ron Smith was born in Selma, Alabama, although he spent most of his younger life in Oregon, near Salem. In his late teens, he lived in the suburbs northeast of Sacramento, California. After he married his beloved wife, Jane, they lived in the Sierra foothills and built custom homes on country properties between Loomis and Grass Valley.
He also spent many years as a graphic and sculptural artist, working in oils and water colors, as well as stone and wood sculpture.
For thirty years he had a dream: he wanted to write an epic-fantasy series. And that meant he had a ton of work and learning to do. This included being a long-time subscriber to two magazines: WRITER’S DIGEST, and THE WRITER. During that period, he accumulated and studied nearly a hundred books designed to aid those wishing to become proficient writers. For many years now, most of the evening hours he spends in front of a TV screen have been with a “self-help for writers” resource in his lap.
Shortly after he got married, he became a devout reader of epic fantasy and science fiction (with his readerly wife’s encouragement). But during the last eleven years, (along with reading other authors, as always) his focus has been on actively writing during the day, even as his study of writing continues in the evenings.
Finally, the hard work has paid off and he is able to share his story with the world. He writes from the heart, filling the pages with deep passion and heroic adventure.
Now that his dream is realized, his hope is that readers like you will find his story enjoyable enough to list among your favorites.
He stands solidly behind the old saying ― “Follow your Dreams!”
And in his own words…”Who knows what might come of it?”

Smashwords Interview

When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
For pleasure, I read the work of other authors, I study the art and craft of writing, I watch TV (mostly movies...and mostly in the genres of Heroic Action, Mythic Fantasy, Science Fiction, and Detective Mysteries), I visit with my family and friends, and most enjoyably...I share the magical events of life with my beloved wife, Jane.

For the daily necessities of life, and because I'm a general contractor, I maintain the "dream home" that Jane and I designed and built for ourselves ( meaning we did nearly all the work with our own hands).

Also, because we live on over a hundred acres of wooded property, there are always the ongoing responsibilities of owning a home in such an area. These chores include, but are not limited to, the necessary labor of keeping the fire danger to a minimum. This involves the yearly task of tree trimming, grass mowing before it becomes dangerously dry, and the removal of the consequential refuse which must be burned each winter. This is a chore that encompasses six or seven acres around he immediate house, and takes up most hours of my day during the spring.

But, having been raised a country boy, I actually enjoy most of these responsibilities. By doing the house repairs myself, it saves me money by making it unnecessary to hire someone else to do the labor. And, of course, the yard work helps rejuvenate my connection to the elements of nature...a connection my spirit truly needs.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I suppose it's an endless desire to achieve my goals (including those tasks that must be done to keep life moving forward smoothly, as well as...and probably more so...my need to create art, literature, and architecture). Taking the time to "create" is a reward to myself for doing all those things that need to be done.

If you boil it all down, I suppose it's my desire to leave some sort of mark that says... "Yes! Ron Smith was here, and he cared about quality. He may not have been 'The best', but he did his best."
Read more of this interview.

Books

A Dire Onus
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 209,490. Language: English. Published: July 12, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Despite not knowing what happened to Brogan, Rucker and his three friends, Eli, Selwyn, and Arabelle, must flee Rynwyde as quickly as possible. Upon swearing an oath to complete the mission, and with Shartha as a new member of their small fellowship, they continue their journey southward, undaunted by what seems an endless number of deadly obstacles.
The Unnamed Rune
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 164,220. Language: English. Published: September 21, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
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Although Rucker bears a dreaded birthmark, he is one of the lucky ones; one of the few not slain at birth as the law decrees. And now, at seventeen, his sudden ability to draw upon cataclysmic elemental magic will change the world forever. He is brave, honorable, and determined to become a great swordmaster. But he is also twice cursed.

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