I read the plot for The Night Budda Got Deep In It and after visiting Ron’s blog, I was hooked. I enjoy reading Young Adult books and I loved the way Ron wrote on his website… So I gave it a try and I’m so glad I did. My review is in the next post. Don’t forget to enter contest at the bottom of this page. Ron is giving away lots of copies of this book. It’s worth it to buy, so, definitely enter to win it for FREEE lol
And now, relax, pull up a chair and evesdrop on my interview with Ron…
Me: Come in, come in. Take seat on my virtual couch. Welcome to The Book Tart, I’m delighted to meet you Ron! And I have to tell you that I just spent a half hour browsing your web home http://smithdeville.wordpress.com/ and I laughed out loud multiple times reading your posts. Thank you for making me smile and educating me *snort* I learned a lot about pig farming that I will never forget! You, Sir, have a gift with words. 🙂 I am thrilled to tell people about your book The Night Budda Got Deep In It.
Here’s a little warm up…
The Book Tart Quickie
- Last book you read?: I just finished Fahrenheit 451 and now I’m reading Treasure Island. I guess I’m hitting all the books I should have read in school, because I read The Jungle before that.
- Star Wars or Star Trek? Star Wars. Princess Leia and all that.
- Spicy or mild?: Princess Leia was definitely spicy. Oh, you mean my food? Same thing. *snicker*
- Laptop or PC?: Laptop.
- Favorite color?: My daughter asks me that question every few days, and I always say black.
- Chocolate or vanilla?: Vanilla, because you can go in lots of different directions with it as your base.
- Morning person or night owl? Morning owl.
- Rain or snow? Rain
- Ebook or print? I ready mostly by eBook, but I still love to hold the old fashioned kind.
- Tea or coffee? Boring decaf coffee with skim milk
Me: That was fun :p for me! I hope for you too. Alright here goes…
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself? Have you always been a storyteller? I read in your bio on Amazon that you wrote a story for your daughter to help her get over her fear of jets. *sigh* I love that!
Ron: Yes, that was a family classic. The dog loved it so much he licked the cover nearly clean. I used to draw pictures when I was young, and each one was a story. That’s where it started. When I realized I wasn’t going to be the next Picasso, I started telling my stories with words. I still tell my wife stories every day, but she learned long ago not to believe them.
Me: What do you do when you are not writing?
Ron:Trying to be a decent husband and father. I’m also a software entrepreneur, which pays the bills until all your followers become so in love with my writing that I can retire to a private island in the South Pacific where I’ll churn out more novels. That’s the six-month plan anyway.
Me: That’s a good plan *nods emphatically* Do you work with an outline, or just write? Do you write with a page count or word goal?
Ron: The Night Budda Got Deep in It started with a rough outline, which was a departure for me. Even with the outline, I didn’t adhere to it too closely because I wanted the characters to show me where they wanted to go. I don’t have a word goal or page count because I’m usually pretty good at moving the ball forward without them.
Me: Can you tell us anything about your current work in progress?
Ron: I’m a little superstitious regarding work in progress until it’s time for someone to read it. However, I like to write about small-town people, and my next novel (at this point, anyway) will explore the aftermath of a major event that gets global attention. That’s pretty vague, but it could end up being about a Beagle puppy that has super powers, for all I know.
Me: Now for a few silly questions :p
Have you ever gone out in public with your shirt on backwards, or your slippers on, and when realizing it just went with it?
Ron: I do it all the time. I have teenage girls, so I sometimes try to embarrass them with things like that just to amuse myself.
Me: lol I think I should be interviewing them. 🙂
Are you a person who makes their bed in the morning, or do you not see much point?
Ron: Yeah, I make the bed. But the thing I don’t get is why we have 54 pillows on it. We’re just going take them off before we get in bed. What’s the deal with that?
Me: Hmmmm… Very good question. Well, I rarely make my bed sooo for me the pillows are a non issue. They just decorate the corner of my room :p
Do you have a silly routine or habit related to your writing process that helps you get your in the right head space ie. find your groove? 🙂
Ron: I write in the morning, and I sometimes like to play the old rap song Jump Around by House of Pain. Or maybe Sabotage by The Beasties Boys. I’m old school.
Me: *bopping head* Jump around… jump Jump jump …. lol I could jam to this
Thank you again Ron for chatting with me and the readers of The Book Tart. Congratulations on the release of your newest title The Night Budda Got Deep In It. I am looking forward to seeing what you come up with next!
Ron: Thank you for the great questions. It’s been a lot of fun.
The Queen of Tarts
Excerpt from The Night Budda Got Deep In It
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kinda like around the world in 80 days, but not :p
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Ron D. Smith
About the Author:
I started my adult life as a journalist, but gave it up when I realized I wasn’t going to become Walter Cronkite. I grew up in small towns in Missouri and Iowa, which make my adopted hometown of Louisville look like Manhattan.
I envy the dialogue of Daniel Woodrell, the sense of place of Silas House, and how Wendell Berry makes writing seem deceptively easy. I appreciate Elmore Leonard for being Elmore Leonard. I don’t write like anyone but me.life as a journalist, but gave it up when I realized I wasn’t going to become Walter Cronkite. I grew up in small towns in Missouri and Iowa, which make my adopted hometown of Louisville look like Manhattan. (From Goodreads)
open till October 7th
15 E-books and 5 Print Books
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