#InstaWritingLessons

Posted On Apr 11 2015 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2015/04/11/instawritinglessons/Follow    After years of messing around on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and other variations of the theme, I’ve finally found a social media group I rather enjoy. Instagram is still a place one can go and be more or less free of the advertising and general ugliness of many social media sites.  Since I follow other readers, I’ve found that many of them are also aspiring writers. It got me to a-wonderin’ if we could have a little writing lesson on Instagram every day or so. So I started the #InstaWritingLessons hashtag. I’m posting a lesson via photo and short …


Top 10 #RealisticYA Books

Posted On Apr 7 2015 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2015/04/07/top-10-realisticya-books/Follow   A certain Mr. Green and company started a realistic YA hashtag last week, so I thought I’d add my best 10 #RealisticYA book ideas to this week’s list. Any similarity to my own childhood is purely coincidental. 10. Teen girl must choose a faction in future Chicago. Chooses the one with the biggest book store. 9.  Teen girl crushes on boy at their private school in Paris. They kiss. Really, that’s it. 8.  Teens spend summers on their rich grandfather’s island. Question his values. He buys them stuff. They decide it’s okay. 7.  Teen boy wakes up in …


Top 10 Reasons to Write YA Fiction

Posted On Apr 3 2015 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2015/04/03/top-10-reasons-write-ya-fiction/Follow In celebration of my first YA novel release, I think it’s time to explain myself. So here are my top 10 reasons to write YA fiction: 10.  You learn about all the new bands that have appeared after Van Halen. 9.  Excuse to post every moment of my life on Instagram. 8.  Your fan mail is written entirely in emoticons. 7.  Your characters might get their own fandom. 6.  No need to bother with Twitter. 5.  You don’t have to use three chapters to explain the theory behind hyperspace travel (know it, though, there’s always that one guy…). 4. …


Top 10 Rules for Living in Michigan

Posted On Mar 27 2015 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2015/03/27/top-10-rules-living-michigan/Follow   I love my Michigan, I truly do. But before you decide to join me in the Mitten State, there are some rules you should you know. 10. Our borders actually include all of the Great Lakes, even Lake Ontario. 9. Anything south of I-69 and east of Lansing is “Detroit.” 8.  We all have a connection to Al Kaline and Kirk Gibson. 7. Gang colors are blue or green. Be aware of the territory in which you find yourself. 6. We invented the car. Ignore those Germans. 5. In hockey, “off sides” either means that the other team …


What’s next in Cherry Hill

Posted On Mar 24 2015 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2015/03/24/whats-next-in-cherry-hill/Follow    A funny thing happens after you’ve written that first book in a series. You write the second. Well, besides that. The ideas start to flow like a well-oiled faucet (I’m practicing my mixed metaphors). With Now I Knew You published and Angel ‘n Me in editing, book three made me stop and ask questions.  Why is my fictional town of Cherry Hill such a lightning rod for these supernatural events? We got a small taste of it in book one, ramped it up in book 2, and now in book 3 it’s time to open the spiritual valve.  …


The Indie Journey Continues

Posted On Mar 23 2015 by

http://ronestradabooks.com/2015/03/23/indie-journey-continues/Follow Last year I was posting daily updates on my indie journey. It was fun, showing the readers of my blog how I managed to squeeze out my daily word count, take care of editing, marketing, and such. Then a funny thing happened along the way. I was burning out. Not on the writing. I still blasted through my daily goals, completing four novel drafts last year. But the daily posts, despite their only taking up ten minutes of my day, were draining me. I needed that ten minutes. Indies work hard. It’s the hardest work I’ve ever undertaken. My …