I’m an Author of a debut novel Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling, a historical adventure set in 1705 from London, England to Caribbean I co-wrote with PS Bartlett. As one reviewer says, “this is not your typical pirate tale! It’s BETTER!” One recent review said “I LOVED it! It was a perfect segue from nonfiction to fiction.” I’m a writer of History and of Romance. Sometimes those two crossover.
I am a Writer in a more traditional sense as well as being an author. I’ve learned that I can write about anything. Give me a topic and usually within an hour or two I’ll have a thousand words or so. Maybe I will become a freelance writer. I don’t know. I’m not sure who would hire the rambling randomness that I am. As I let the fingers fly I enjoy the article writing more and more.
I have three sites right now.
Right here on Ronovan Writes.
What do you get from this site?
I give my imaginations, creations, and tips. You thought I would rhyme there. Wrong. I tried but failed in the split second I thought about it. That’s my attention span.
You’ll find various genres under the categories on the Home page as well as articles on Writing and Blogging.
As for my articles, I’ll warn you I usually get right to the point. I like short and quick reads on Blogs so I try to create them as well, although I’m not opposed to going long if something hits me.
For my fiction offerings on this site you’ll find a blurring of part historian, and part paranormal all mixed in with an attempt at that effortless romanticism of F. Scott Fitzgerald. In other works you are bound to get just about anything but it will be entertaining…if you’re agreeable.
Monday: Posting of the Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge at 8:00 AM EST.
Wednesday: I co-host a quote and writing event on SilverThreading.com with Colleen Chesebro. It’s called Writer’s Quote Wednesday Writing Challenge. You pick a quote that matches the theme and write about the author, the meaning of the quote to you, or a piece of writing of your own with the quote in mind. Photography is welcomed as well.
Friday: I post the prompt for Friday Fiction with Ronovan Writes. Also, the link/review is published of the previous week’s entries.
Sunday: Sunday has a new bi-weekly series out called Ask Ronovan. You fill out the form with a question and I answer it. It’s easier than you think and my answering is hopefully entertaining. This just started on 4/10/16. Questions can be about anything. I do blogging, writing, cooking, parenting, romance, friendship, or you can ask about the Southern Culture I live in here in the United States.
Where Else Am I?
I founded a site called Lit World Interviews where I have gathered some talented people together to help promote authors and provide advice and tips about writing, publishing and every part of the literary world possible.
There is, of course, my author site, RonovanHester.com.
The Books That Shaped My Reading Mind
The written word has been part of my life for as long as I can remember and my influences have been varied throughout my stay here on earth:
But then we all grow up and find books such as Walter Farley’s Black Stallion books and the mysteries of The Hardy Boys, Nancy Drew, Bobbsey Twins, and even Trixie Belden. And I cannot leave out Tom Swift books you can’t really find in many libraries today.
Then school introduces you to, Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn and you discover Puddin’ Head Wilson and A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Being Southern you read Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, yes I am still a man after reading it, and if you have a problem well . . . Frankly my dear . . . Tomorrow is another day. And on my own during my middle grades C.S. Lewis entered my world and Narnia came to my wardrobe.
Then we enter the escapism from life with; Agatha Christie, Clive Cussler, Lilian Jackson Braun, and Jim Butcher. My apologies to Stephen King, I admire him but I like to sleep at night. And I cannot leave out the master works of John Gardner from his run with James Bond to his Secret Generations and Herbie Krueger offerings and Moriarty Trilogy. How he could bring history to life with words was simply amazing. Do not worry, I enjoyed the Harry Potter series and Hunger Games and I recommend Graceling by Kristin Cashore, but to get to the ‘me’ that began to write I mentioned the ones that came before.
What kind of man does this produce?
Being what is called a Southern Gentleman, which is something one may be born with a right to but must earn through the years, I long for the ability to convey the images through word of how sunshine glosses the dark leaves of a magnolia tree as the scent of the snow white blossoms drift lazily with the breeze and clings to the sun-kissed hair of one who is a lady in every word but action.
I’m still working on achieving how to write romantically, and some day I will get there. But inevitably the magnolia tree is destroyed by some disaster in the middle of a science fiction, fantasy, or some other adventure I come up with. Perhaps there is a persecution thing I have against creating something beautiful and delicate?
History Teaching and the Love of Cultures
I have been a teacher of History and life and have enjoyed involvement with young people in some form or fashion my entire professional career. You could say young life is my life.
As for the History Teaching portion, I taught in an Alternative School as well as other schools. This was a bit different than what you might be thinking of. My classes usually consisted of 30-45 students of ages 15-50+. There were no typos there, folks. This school consisted of students that were of the type that: a) I go here or go to prison, b) I want to graduate high school early and need a class, c) I moved from another state and need a class, d) I was kicked out of regular school for (insert reason), or e) I am a grown adult with grandchildren and I want a High School diploma just like they have. These students were all in the same class room and I never had any trouble with them.
The Southern United States, and especially a University town, offers a diverse assortment of cultures and I love them all. I am probably the most accepting person of cultures that you will ever find. I love to learn about other places and their customs. Every moment is an opportunity to learn and to develop an idea to put down into words.
I conducted trainings in the business world to show people how to be better communicators.
I spent several years creating a department in a marketing environment while conducting data analysis of how ad campaigns generated responses.
I sold life insurance but was too honest and ended up helping elderly people stop having to pay for something they already had paid up for. My Heart was bigger than my Desire for money to eat on.
Fibromyalgia & Ailments
I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia not long ago, although they’ve determined I’ve had it for at least eight years while treating the symptoms. Yes it takes that long sometimes. But when nothing works they eventually get around to a diagnoses. Having Fibromyalgia influences much of my poetry but never worry when reading, it is my release. Now doesn’t that make you want to read those particular poems?
Click here to read a little more detail about my Fibromyalgia and other problems. I call them problems. Maybe they are ailments, physical disabilities, things.
Why am I here?
I’m glad you finally made it around to that question. I’m here to blog about writing and whatever comes to my mind. I want to share my world as I rediscover it after having lost part of it not long ago in a mind jarring way. I have a new perspective of life that few will ever get to have and I don’t intend to waste it sitting idly by while withering away. I have Fibromyalgia, apparently for at least nine years now, but only recently diagnosed, and writing is my outlet and therapy.
I am an encourager thus if you share a blog with me I may very well comment and encourage honestly. I am one that goes by a great Word that says let your yes mean yes and your no mean no, in other words, honesty.
Thanks for visiting and making it this far into my ramblings. If you have any thoughts or questions please feel free to contact me in whichever way you choose. In addition to the comment form here and comment fields, you can also reach me at ronovanwrites (at) gmail (dot) com.
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