Book 2 of the Navy Brat Series…and a NaNoWriMo Challenge

Posted On Oct 29 2016 by

Normally authors don’t announce a book before it’s been written. But I’m trying something a little different. Scary different. Because there’s this unwritten rule among writers: never, ever, ever let anyone see your rough draft. So posting a quickly written rough draft on Wattpad during the high-pressure NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writers Month) in November is surely the kiss of death to my career as a novelist. It would not be a smart thing to do. All my friends will tell to can this stupid idea. Keep it safely on your computer, edit it, and send it to your agent, just …


Why I write for teens

Posted On May 18 2016 by

When I tell people I write YA and middle grade, I usually get one of those polite nods and a “Well…that’s cool.” I’m not sure what they really think (I’ve long since given up trying to understand what others think). But if they’re like me at another point in my life, they probably believe that some writers write for kids because it’s easier. Those of us who’ve actually engaged in writing novels for both adults and children know the opposite is true. It’s hard. Amazingly hard. I know my fellow writers, of any genre, applaud and encourage my efforts. Because …


What Makes #AngelWarz Different

Posted On Aug 25 2014 by

Photo Courtesy of Flickr Creative Comons and Bram & Vera It’s funny how ideas evolve. Gina (aka. Super G) floated the idea of co-authoring a novel sometime last year. I was hesitant, of course, because I’d yet to release a Ron-authored novel. Gina has two books under her career-belt now, so she’s more willing to try something new. Earlier this year, I became fascinated with the whole idea of serial novels. But again, I felt the need to release at least one standard novel before experimenting. Then, a few months ago, I discovered something that is more properly labeled the …


#AngelWarz – Prologue

Posted On Aug 14 2014 by

  Note: The prologue for #AngelWarz is the only episode I’ll post on the blog. If you or your young readers would like to receive all the episodes, subscribe to my newsletter over there on your right. Each episode will also include Writer’s Notes for young writers. This is the first installment of a four year journey. You’ll get one episode per week between now and June. Then Season 2 will begin next August, and so on. Gina and I are thrilled to bring this to you free of charge.  So go ahead and sign up for my newsletter and …


Fallen Angels…are they still here?

Posted On Jul 25 2014 by

Photo Courtesy Flickr Creative Commons and gacabo We’ve always been a little obsessed by angels. And why not? Of all the characters in the bible, angels are the most common, yet the least understood. They are usually sent as God’s messengers. The angel Gabriel told Mary that she’d give birth to Jesus. The angel Michael gave Daniel some incredible information about the last days–information that appears to be quite accurate in these days in which we live. But because we have so little information about angels, we tend to re-create them to our liking. We give them wings. I suspect …


Book Review – The Water Fight Professional

Posted On Jul 14 2014 by

Angela Ruth Strong’s latest middle grade read, The Water Fight Professional, is timed perfectly for the hot summer days ahead. Joey Michaels is a kid with a business plan: Drench people for money. Hey, who wouldn’t pay a buck or two to have their brother, sister, or mom clobbered with a water balloon or the latest in water-based weaponry? The Water Fight Professional includes all the crazy weird adventures you’d expect, but Joey learns many important lessons along the way. It’s a summer for learning who he really is, what he really wants, and that maybe, just maybe, girls aren’t …