Welcome back to Writing for Christ Ronie Kendig, I am excited to have you here for a second time. :-)
Thanks, Casey! I’m so honored and delighted to be back. Thanks for having me.
What has changed in your writing life since you were last here?
Oh my gosh! So much has changed—after 32 years in Texas, I’ve moved! My family and I packed up and drove halfway across the country to Northern Virginia over the 4th of July weekend. It was fraught with one headache and “boo-boo” after another, but I believe with all my heart that the Lord brought us here, so I’m learning to let him deal with the details. LOL
What recent read stood out to you as truly spectacular?
Two leapt to mind when I read this question. The first one was Shannon Dittemore’s BROKEN WINGS (out next year, I believe—sorry!). What I love is that this Angel Eyes’ series is such a riveting and compelling YA series. It has romance, supernatural, and out-right biblical themes. I am so relieved to see such a strong series that can hold its own against a series like maybe Twilight, etc. The second book is Glenn Meade’s THE ROMANOV CONSPIRACY. I have to admit, the reason I loved this book so much is probably closely connected to my love of the era—the Romanovs! *sigh* But really, Meade handled the story brilliantly and gave a *very* satisfying ending.
Do you have favorite authors?
Yes, I do!! Right off the bat, I can think of Jim Rubart, Robert Liparulo, Kathy Tyers, Stephen Lawhead, Joel Rosenberg, Tom Morrissey/William Boykin, Steven James, Lisa Bergren, and T.L. Higley. Oh!! And Veronica Roth—LOVE her YA dystopians, Divergent and Insurgent.
What do you find the most enjoyable part of writing or connecting with readers?
That question sort of answered itself—one of the most enjoyable parts of writing is connecting with readers, finding out how a story changed a life or inspired someone. We authors get to do what Jesus did—tell stories to impact the Kingdom—what better life is there?
What do you find the most ideal atmosphere for writing? Do you ever get those surroundings? :-)
I enjoy sitting in restaurants like Panera or even Starbucks to just relax and write. The best atmosphere is the one without wi-fi. LOL I am too distracted by email and social media if I have wi-fi. I haven’t gotten to head out to Starbucks or Panera to write since our move, but I will need to do that soon to hit my deadline on the last military war dog novel.
Okay, something fun for those writers out there: In what point of your writing career did you surprise yourself by writing the most words ever in the shortest amount of time?
Honestly, the best time to output ratio came when I wasn’t contracted. I wrote and entire space opera in roughly 3 weeks (it’s 100K). Now, I’m exhilarated on marathon weekends when I managed to hack out 15-20K on a novel.
Thanks for being here again! It has been a joy and we wish the very best with your novels.
Thank you so much, sweet friend! Looking forward to seeing you at ACFW!
Casey: Me too, Ronie!
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