Ron Vitale is a fantasy, science fiction and nonfiction author. He’s written the Cinderella’s Secret Witch Diaries series, the Witch’s Coven series, book one in the Jovian Gate Chronicles, and the Werewhale Saga. His first nonfiction book, How to Be a Successful Author While Working Full-Time: The Secret to Work/Life Balance is also now available. When not writing, Ron loves spending time with his kids even when they beat him in the fun card game Kittens in a Blender.
What inspires you to write?
My mom raised my brother and I after my father left us when I was 6. To help deal with a difficult upbringing, I used my imagination to help me to get by. Now I tell stories to help others by giving them hope.
Tell us about your writing process.
I work a full-time job and write at 5:30 a.m. I sit cross-legged on my sofa, put my laptop on my lap and go to town. I only have a short amount of time before my kids are up and I need to get to work. I love dreaming up new worlds and use my imagination to take my readers to fun and exciting places.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters are stubborn. There are times that I just can't get them to do what I want. People think I might be weird for saying that, but I let my characters be themselves and stay true to them. I allow myself to listen to them and have learned to go with the flow.
Who are your favorite authors?
I grew up with J.R.R. Tolkien. The Fellowship of the Ring is one of my favorite books. But I also grew up with science fiction: Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke come to mind. More recently, books that I've fall in love with are: Nnedi Okorafor's Binti is an amazing book. And I'm also a big fan of Charlie Jane Anders' All the Birds in the Sky. Wonderful book!
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I tried to get my first book, Dorothea's Song, published back in the '80s when I was a teenager. I dreamed up the book and wanted to get the book published. I tried, tried and tried, but failed. I shelved the book and then when self-publishing took the world by storm, I jumped onboard.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I'll be curious to see where publishing goes. In its true form, publishing is storytelling. How that will evolve with augmented reality and virtual reality will be interesting to see. I love reading books, but won't be surprised when publishing evolves away from the big 5 companies and more in the hands of people like me.
What genres do you write?
fantasy, science fiction
What formats are your books in?
eBook, Print, Audiobook
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