About Ron Clark:
Mr. Clark is a retired pharmacist having practiced in that profession for 42 years in Texas and Virginia. He and his wife, Kitty a retired school teacher, now live in New Braunfels, Texas. They met in the pharmacy that Ron managed and married in 1982. Together, they have a passion to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ. They have three children and five grandchildren. They have served on mission trips to Bantam, Thailand and Calli, Columbia. They have also visited London, France, Tokyo and numerous states in the U.S.
What inspires you to write?
My original inspiration was a verse in Second Macabees of the Books of the Apocrypha saying that Jeremiah had written a letter claiming to have hidden the Jewish Tabernacle and the articles of worship from the Temple in a cave on Mount Nebo. The images it brought to mind were so real I just had to write them down in a story format.
Tell us about your writing process.
For The Prophet’s Secret the process started by the casual reading of a article about Jeremiah’s letter to his cohorts in Babylon. I could just imagine a Bible teacher becoming enchanted of the idea of finding the Tabernacle if possible and how certain geo-political forces would try and oppose his efforts. After that I did a lot of research about locals, weapons, and travel. As I wrote, many personal anecdotes came to mind and I included them in some form in the manuscript. My personal technique is in its infancy and I will refine it as I write more.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I do not really talk to my characters but I do listen to them as they speak to each other so as to understand their motivations, emotions such as anger and love.
They become very real in my imagination and I really like the protagonists, however, I’m glad when the antagonists are found out and stopped.
What advice would you give other writers?
John D. McDonald said, “If you want to be a writer, then write!” Don’t be afraid about whether others will like your writing as you write for the first time. As you refine your manuscript there is adequate to consider your potential reader’s likes and dislikes. There is plenty of advice from the publisher you chose and they will guide you through the editing process.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I chose my publisher after a great deal of on-line research. I did not know anyone who had published a book before so I was on my own.
I made my final decision based on Tate Publishing’s statement of faith and the fact that they worked with me to lower the expenses of self-publishing.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
Whether on paper on electronic, publishing will always be an important part of the process. The company has a financial interest in your success and will give you guidance and advice on your submitted manuscript. Not to mention they can provide original artwork for the book cover and arrange the layout for you.
What do you use?: Professional Editor, Professional Cover Designer
What genres do you write?: Christian, Adventure, Prophecy, Political corruption
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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