About Michael La Ronn:
Science fiction and fantasy on the wild side!
Michael La Ronn is the author of many science fiction & fantasy novels including The Last Dragon Lord series, Android X series, and Eaten series.
In 2012, a life-threatening illness made him realize that storytelling was his #1 passion. He’s devoted his life to writing ever since, making up whatever story makes him fall out of his chair laughing the hardest. Every day.
What inspires you to write?
I love stories. I love escaping into new worlds. But as much as I love to read them, I like to create them better. I wouldn’t be happy if I wasn’t telling a story of some kind. In 2012 I fell ill with a deadly sickness that almost killed me, so I swore I’d make the leap and be a professional storyteller. I haven’t looked back.
Tell us about your writing process.
Pure pantser. The only thing I know is the character. Other than that, I sit down and start writing, and what unfolds is a pleasant surprise. I don’t outline anymore, I don’t do character sketches. All of that takes away from writing time.
I wake up at 4:30AM every day and write for several hours before my family wakes up. Then I go to work. Then, after the family goes to bed, I write for several more hours. During the day, whenever I can, I also have a writing app on my phone that I use.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I listen. Listening to what your characters want to do is the most important part to telling a compelling story.
What advice would you give other writers?
Have fun, and keep at it. Even if you do everything right, success may not come right away. It’s worth finding out why, and what your strengths and weaknesses are. Most people only learn at the surface level but never go deeper. You have to make a lifelong commitment to the craft, and to learning business and marketing. Develop a healthy attitude and that will help get you through the early years, which are tough. Actually, “tough” is an understatement. You have to be resilient.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I took the scenic route to becoming a writer. I started off writing poetry and short stories, submitting those to traditional magazines and publishers. But no one would take them. I got frustrated with that. I decided to self-publish my work and control my own destiny–after all, if I didn’t do it, how would I ever guarantee that I’d get the career that I wanted?
For new authors, I recommend taking your destiny into your hands. Yes, I’m pro indie, but that’s because I don’t believe any artist should wait for people to choose their art. If you can’t advocate for your art, who will?
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
The future is bright, but it’s getting more competitive every day. The only proven way to win is to write a lot of books and develop a mailing list of readers who will buy your next book. To use Gary Vaynerchuk’s words, be a practitioner of current marketing tactics. Other than that, it’s impossible to predict the future, and it’s anyone’s guess.
What do you use?: Dictated and got transcribed, Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Science Fiction & Fantasy
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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