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I've been known as "Dutch," "Butch," and a few less endearing nicknames over the years, but I prefer "Ron."


Background Information

My mother used to call me a Jack-of-all-trades, and she was right. As a senior citizen, I'm still wondering what I want to be when I grow up! My Navy background in electronics helped to keep me away from poverty, just barely. And my brief career as a radio announcer proved to be not much of an improvement.

So, with a family to support, I moved from one factory job to another, until I went to work in a Chicago recording studio and fell in love with the creative field. In some sense, that was where I should have been all along. I have always had a love for make-believe. As a boy, I spent many a weekend in my neighborhood theater, dreaming of being a sound effects man, and as an adult, I finally got my wish. From radio/TV tracks to A-V programs, I had my fill. The work included everything: voice recording, editing, scoring with library music, and, of course, sound effects production. I even had a chance to try my hand at directing and producing.  And if that weren't enough, I also taught a course in audio production at Columbia College, Pat Sajak's alma mater.  But just for one semester.

However, while it was fun taking a raw script to an audiovisual event, I wanted more than that. So, after I left the studio business behind, I devoted all my spare time -- when I wasn't doing home remodeling -- to writing and found that I could use my imagination. With no formal writing education, I made several costly errors, like trying to peddle a 900-page manuscript, expecting a publisher to make me a best-selling author. I learned fast, though. After several revisions, I cut the MS down to a marketable size and got it published.

The problem is that I may have been a bit hasty in selecting a publisher. Had I known that PublishAmerica books were virtually banned from some book stores, I might have held off. I couldn't believe it. For a story that was set in Chicago, no retailers stocked my book, and I was crushed. But I don't mind blowing my own horn. I have received nothing but rave reviews from the few people who bought it -- strangers and friends alike!

My style of writing is my own invention, and not literary in the strictest sense. I like to think that my narratives speak to the reader, which I think had its foundation in my childhood exposure to radio drama. I also try to inject a little humor for comic relief. Reading is entertainment, after all. So, even with a mystery, the material needn't be page after page of nail-biting suspense.

The odd part is that I was a poor reader as a kid. I didn't really get turned on to curling up with a good book until my senior year in high school. Then, after joining the Navy, I spent much of my free time reading, from Dumas to Dickens and Sinclair Lewis to John O'Hara, just to drop a few authors' names. Now, for relaxation, I read John Grisham and a few other popular writers, like Tom Clancy and Stephen King. Then, if I'm in the mood, and time allows, I go Online and read the classics I should have read in high school.  I try to keep my TV viewing to a minimum, but my weakness is Bears football, and, of course, "Law & Order."

That's just a glimpse into who I am and what drives me. If I went much farther, I might bore you with another 900-page manuscript. But, if you stayed with me this far, I accomplished what I set out to do.  By the way, did I mention that I'm looking for an agent?

 

Birth Place
Chicago, IL USA
Accomplishments

1. An honorable discharge from the U. S. Navy.
2. Raising two sons to be responsible citizens.
3. Being called a world-class engineer by one of my peers.

Additional Information

My first novel is: "Saint Nick: The Life and Times of Nick Roberts," published in 2006 by PublishAmerica. I have recently completed the sequel. In true sequel fashion, many of old characters are reprised but not necessarily to their liking! And as before, the protagonist-narrator manages to stumble his way through to solve the mystery. Oh, did I mention that I'm looking for an agent?





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