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Author Ronnie Allen

 Author Ronnie Allen

About Ronnie – 

Ronnie Allen is a NYC native transplanted to rural Central Florida nine years ago. A teacher in The New York City Department of Education for 33 years, she also obtained a license as NYS School Psychologist. In later education, she added certification as a Board Certified Holistic Health Practitioner, earning a Ph.D. in Parapsychic Sciences. Ronnie uses her expertise in education, the paranormal, and psychic development throughout her novels.  She’s an advocate for children, and their health and well-being. This is evident in the themes of her novels and in the dedications. Scorpio is the third book in The Sign Behind the Crime series.

Contact Ronnie – 

Website- http://www.ronnieallennovel.com

FB Link- http://www.facebook.com/ronnieanovelist

Twitter- http://twitter.com/ronnieanovelist

Instagram- http://www.instagram.com/ronnieanovelist

 

Questions – 

1. When did realize that you wanted to be an author?

I started writing in the late 70s in screenwriting and film. I was teaching in New York City and I was becoming bored. I decided to go to acting school in Manhattan and while I was there I got a taste of screenwriting and decided that’s what I wanted to pursue. I wrote screenplays for feature film and TV episodic series but I was never produced. I did go through three agents who when they did get my scripts into the TV series, the series were canceled. In the mid 90s I went into my journey of holistic health and I was published in nonfiction.  In 2011 I was becoming bored and decided to write that novel that was in the back of my mind for many years.  I started writing Gemini and it was published in 2015, Aries was published in 2016 and Scorpio was just released October 28 of this year. 

2. How long does it take for you to write one of your books?

Scorpio took longer because the characters from Gemini and Aries are in there, and Aries was still in edits with my publisher. I slowed down because I wanted to make sure my publisher didn’t want anything changed. Luckily they did not. So Scorpio took me about a year and a half to write, and then another 13 months after contract to be released. I would say on the average it takes a good year to write the novel to make sure it’s in shape to be submitted. I also write longer books, closer to 120K words for each one, so these cannot be done quickly, and well.

3. How do you balance your work schedule when you’re busy writing?

I don’t work a 9-to-5, even though I do have a health and wellness marketing business. Though in all honesty, writing takes precedence over everything. It is a sacrifice and I’ve given up going out to lunch with girlfriends and even playing mah-jongg.

4. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk?

This may not be a quirk but it’s something I’m known for. I’ll write at the pool and I get into very deep POV. People know not to come up behind me and break up my concentration. I have such a strong startle response, that they’ll jump backward into the pool.

5. How do you get your ideas for your books? 

People ask me this all the time. I have a very active imagination obviously, and I just let my mind wander with me as the main character. A lot of me is in my books which people who know me realize, and I don’t hold back. I think very often it’s my subconscious writing the books and I know my spirit guide surely does help me out very often.

6. When did you write your first book?

I started writing the first book in October 2011. In August 2012 I met my writers chapter of Romance Writers of America. By May 2013 Gemini was finished and handed to my critique partner, my very first critique partner,  who is a member of my chapter. In July 2013 I pitched it at the conference. I did get three rejections but I was also lucky enough to get feedback with them. I rewrote and edited based on the agents and editors suggestions, and my contract on Gemini was obtained a few submissions later by a traditional publisher in May 2014. June 2015 Gemini was released.

7. What are your hobbies when you’re not writing?

Pretty much writing dominates my life, but I love love love to cook, so I do that, and bake gluten-free. I also have a character in my book, who is my cooking alter ego. She is Vicky Trenton who readers will meet in Scorpio, who began her journey in my books in Gemini.

8. What does your family and close friends think of your writing?

Interestingly, members of my family really don’t read my books. I’m a little too out there for my cousins. I’ve always been the rebel. My husband will proofread somewhat but I don’t think he’s finished a complete book. My friends do like my books, and honestly my readers are mostly strangers who find me on social media and meet me at book signings and conferences.

9. What was one of the most interesting things that you learned about yourself when you published your first book?

I still need to work on my frustration tolerance, and not having that immediate gratification, LOL. I’m 69 so I don’t think I’m going to change anytime soon.

10. How many books have you written? Which one is your favorite?

I’ve written four books so far, the fourth will be submitted to my publisher this month. They’re in The Sign Behind The Crime Series. Actually that’s very hard question, which one is my favorite. I consider them my babies since I don’t have grandchildren. Even when Scorpio was released I was putting out on social media that I gave birth again. So I really can’t tell you which one is the favorite because I love all my children.

11. What do you think makes a good story?

A lot goes into making a good story. Primary for me is having characters who have a purpose in life, they’re pushed to the limit, they grow and change from the beginning to the end of the book. I don’t like that ‘too stupid to live heroine.’ Plotting is also very important to me and that includes timing and pacing. I write with a lot of plot twists and cliffhangers at the end of each chapter or scene, because I want my readers to come back and continue reading. I also like stories that weave in backstory. Avoiding that dreaded info dump is mandatory. If too much information is told at once it’s very jarring to the reader. Also jarring to the reader is too many characters introduced and thrown into the first chapter. I think a writer needs to study the craft, and study the genre in which they are writing. Each genre has certain parameters and criteria. If you would like to seek traditional publication you need to adhere to them somewhat. Yes, I totally believe in going out of the box, but you need to know what you’re doing first.

12. Where do you like to kick back and write your books?

I like to write the pool in the bright sunshine and I’ve written three novels at the pool in our community. I also like to relax and write in my office, and if I know I’m going to be waiting somewhere, I’ll definitely take my iPad and write on that.

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