Welcome to Part 2 of
that time I stalked Ronie Kendig but she was nice enough not to call the cops this personal interview. Join me once again, Outside the Author's Studio with Ronie Kendig as we discuss how she fits writing and reading books (including one I wrote!)into her busy life!
Your favorite place to read:
Ronie: Somewhere I can put my feet up. For some reason, I have a hard time settling into a story when I am sitting upright. Sometimes, it’s not a problem, but mostly it is.
The most worn-out book from your childhood:
Ronie: The Richard Scarry books were my absolute favorite, along with Alice in Wonderland, since Alice is my middle name. I have never been one to read and re-read books, and I was super protective of my books, so they never really got “worn out.”
|Author Ronie Kendig, dressed to impress|
at the 2013 ACFW Conference Genre Dinner
in Indianapolis this past September.
Name three authors who have influenced or inspired you:
Ronie: This is interesting to me—they’re all guys. John Olson was the first published, award-winning author to take me under his wing, challenge me, and give me that proverbial push. He was my advocate and like a big brother to me. Another author would be Jim Rubart, who challenges me in my Christian walk, as well as my writing. And the writer I’ve most wanted to write like, and therefore influenced my writing, is Robert Liparulo.
Best book you’ve read (so far) this year:
Ronie: My reading is never in order of release dates, so I’m often reading a book that’s 1-2 years old. . .but my favorite title that I’ve read this year is (I really mean this) Serena Chase’s The Ryn. Her writing and her story craft blew me away. I was so intrigued, and once I stepped into that world, I could not escape. I’m only sad I haven’t been able to pin down time for book 2!!
|At the time of this interview, |
THE RYN (by moi!) was Ronie's pick
for "favorite book" to have read
(so far) this year. *squee!*
Your favorite place to write:
Ronie: I can write almost anywhere. . .as long as I have my noise-canceling headphones through which I can pump some story-appropriate music.
Music while writing?
Ronie: Absolutely! (The type of music) depends on what I’m writing—and each story I’ve written has its own speed/rhythm, which dictates what I listen to while writing it. I just finished Raptor 6, and I wrote while listening to a soundtrack-style album
Worst writing (or life) advice you ever received:
Ronie: First, I’ll qualify my response by saying—this is just me, but I think the worst advice I ever got was that to get “publishing credits” I should write non-fiction magazine articles. That was the worst for me because I do not like writing non-fiction articles at all. I can do them, and on occasion I write for some sites, but I chose to spend my time honing my craft and pursuing my dream of being published in full-length fiction.
Best writing (or life) advice you ever received:
Ronie: The best advice I ever got was from my agent. I was struggling with some critiques that were acerbic and felt degrading. I started wondering if I was a truly bad writer. That’s when my agent told me, “Ronie, you know when a story works. You know when it doesn’t. Trust that. Trust yourself.” And I’ve heard those words over and over during tough times when I’m working on a novel or during those times when I wonder if I’ll ever survive.
Ronie: I think my first-ever writer’s conference still rates as a favorite—that where I met Steve Laube for the first time and knew I wanted him as my agent. I pitched him my story concept, stunned when he said it intrigued him and wanted to see it. I was on Cloud Nineteen Million! It would take three more years of honing my craft before he would offer representation, but there is nothing like that first high of piquing an agent’s interest.
How you reacted when you saw your book in its final form for the first time:
Ronie: I cried and squealed—it was incredibly surreal to see it “finished.” To see that first baby, to know I’d succeeded. There is no other feeling, save perhaps seeing each of my kiddos the first time.
If you could hang out with one of your characters for one week, who would it be?
Ronie: In all honesty, I think it’d be one of dogs from A Breed Apart because I’ve just completely fallen in love with military working dogs—they’re the most amazing animals. Trinity would be at the top of my list—she’s crazy smart but also 100% loyal.
|You can find TRINITY at Amazon |
or your favorite retailer
Oh, I love Trinity. Love. Her!
Best thing you’ve ever heard from a fan:
Ronie: I absolutely love hearing from fans—it keeps my writerly engine charged—but the email that touched me in a deep, special way was the one during the Discarded Heroes (cannot remember which book it was specifically) that said thanks to the book, they finally were starting to understand their military hero, who was struggling with PTSD. That’s my mission—to open dialogue about our heroes, what they go through, and the toll that courageous effort takes on them & their families. It’s incredibly humbling to hear that someone “gets it” now, that it has helped them.
That's all the author stalking I was able to complete this go 'round, but if you would like to learn more about Ronie or her books, make sure you check out Part 1 of this interview and then go visit her website!