About Ron

Just about everything I believe has been shaped by the written word. But books don't force a belief; they stir the imagination so that you, the reader, eventually draw your own conclusions. We grow richer in spirit when we read, deeper in our understanding of the universe and our role in it. That's why I read. That's why I write. To offer you a bit of myself. Come along on my journey, won't you? There's plenty of room.

Novel #4 and other things to read

Posted On Feb 17 2006 by

A Midsummer Night’s Scream by Jill Churchill is one of those quickly read cozy mysteries that are more like a puzzle than a story. While the plot was good and I had fun trying to solved the puzzle, her characters could have used a little more life. Her protag is Jane Jeffry, a single mom in the Chicago suburbs who happens to date a detective (always helpful for the amateur sleuth). Mostly, I love the titles of her books. They’re all twists on Shakespeare plays and other famous dramas (Silence of the Hams is my favorite). Once again, though, Churchill’s …

Too Cozy

Posted On Feb 11 2006 by

Okay, I’m having writer identity issues. I love my suspense novels, especially the supernatural type. And that’s what I’ve set out to write. There was the slight diversion into romantic suspense, thanks to the Fearsome Foursome (aka. Fantastic Four), but it’s still suspense. But I also love to slow down the pace and pick up a cozy, or not so cozy, mystery. I find that my writing pattern is matching my reading pattern. I have this strong desire to write a cozy mystery (series, hopefully) based on a retired detective who opens a diner in northern Michigan (God’s country). My …


Posted On Feb 7 2006 by

It’s February in Michigan. It’s cold. It’s snowing. I’m halfway through this semester and only one more to go to get my MBA. In the midst of all this, the Fearsome Foursome (me, Robin, Ronie, and Dineen) had a call from a publisher that had us scrambling to get our manuscripts in order. All this while I’m writing term papers, taking online tests, and, oh yeah, having a life. Today said publisher gave us the old heave-ho. It takes a bit of pressure off but was still a disappointment. It wouldn’t be so bad if it were just me, but …

Brandilyn Collins at Dineen’s Place

Posted On Feb 1 2006 by

No, Brandilyn isn’t sacked out on Dineen’s couch, though they both live in California, so they must be close. For those of you who don’t know Brandilyn Collins, get off the porch! She is the unofficial Queen of Christian Suspense. She’s broken new ground for those of us who want to write good fiction and also want to write for our Lord. Dineen Miller has interviewed Brandilyn on her blog, Kittens Come from Eggs (which won the unoffical award for “most original blog name”). The link is on the right. No, down a little. No, that’s her website, which is …

2006 Novel #3: Rogue Wave

Posted On Jan 25 2006 by

This is one of those novels that get mentioned in “How to write a freakin’ good mystery” books. Kiernan O’ Saughnessy wrote a series with her forensic pathologist turned PI protag. I’d have to give it an okay rating. The protag was good, strong, feisty female lead. Using San Francisco as a setting always seems to be a winner. She threw in a lot of forensic detail. Unfortunately, I didn’t see that detail as necessary. She spent a lot of time proving that a drowning victim was bashed in the head before going overboard. But we’d already assumed the guy …


Posted On Jan 21 2006 by

It’s funny how I can read one of Jesus’ parables, completely understand it, and then completely ignore His teaching. My favorite is the Parable of the Sower. Jesus tells the story of a farmer who tosses out his seeds. Some fall on hard ground, where the birds gobble them up. Some fall on rocky, shallow soil, where they grow, but because they have no roots, the die quickly. Some fall in fertile soil, where they multiply thirty or a hundred fold. No, I didn’t skip one, I just saved for last the part of the parable that references me, and …