Why I write for teens

Posted On May 18 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/05/18/write-for-teens/Follow 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. …


Our Problem with Death

Posted On May 16 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/05/16/our-problem-with-death/Follow Death, in my not so humble opinion, gets a bad rap. In many stories, mine included, death is the ultimate horror. The final disaster that my hero must prevent at all costs, whether it be her own or that of a dear friend or family member. Death signifies failure, injustice, ugliness. But why is that? As human type people, we are the only species that does not readily accept death as a natural part of our existence. But it comes to all of us. Some early in life, some later. Some unexpected. Some very much expected. In the end, …


Top 10 Indications that you drive a Hybrid Car

Posted On Apr 29 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/04/29/top-10-indications-drive-hybrid-car/Follow Recently I have given in to the fuel-economy trend and purchased my first car with a large battery (photo above). Here’s what you need to know about men: when we buy a Porsche, we want to see how fast it will go. When we by a 4 wheel-drive, we want to take it in the dirt. But when we buy a super fuel-economy vehicle, our driving habits change. We want to squeeze every bit of MPG out of that sucker. So, be forewarned, if you do buy such a vehicle, here are the top 10 indications that you have …


Top 10 indications you may be a procrastinator

Posted On Apr 15 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/04/15/top-10-indications-you-may-be-a-procrastinator/Follow Some of us tend to put things off. Like this post, which I had scheduled for 2008. Nevertheless, here it is. So don’t put off reading my… Top 10 indications you may be a procrastinator… 10. You’ve always relied on the nice police officer to inform you that you need a new driver’s license. 9. You have no one to talk to because you’re still in season 2 of The Walking Dead. 8. The lady in the Hallmark store always directs you directly to the belated Birthday cards. 7. You need to take a vacation day every April 15th. …


The Science of God – Part 3

Posted On Apr 12 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/04/12/science-god-part-3/Follow I had never heard of an altar call before attending Promise Keepers. Nor had I ever had a man tell me, in a way that I could understand, that all my past behavior could be wiped out of God’s record book by simply believing in His Son, Jesus Christ. It all sounded too simple. But in that moment, I realized that it was this very simplicity that made Christianity such a perfect plan. It is this same simplicity that causes so many others to reject it. Other religions reject it because they believe that an all-powerful god must certainly …


Scorpion Summer

Posted On Apr 5 2016 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2016/04/05/scorpion-summer/Follow Most of you probably don’t know that I’ve been working on a middle grade novel over the past couple of years. Yes, I normally write much faster than that, and this one has been back-burnered a few times while I set about writing the Cherry Hill series, which I self-published. Middle grade is different, though. Personally, I find it more challenging. But the story of the USS Scorpion is a bit personal to me. I was a Navy brat for most of my childhood before joining the Navy myself in 1984. SCORPION SUMMER is the fictional tale of Jack …