Ron Glick (born January 20, 1969) is a community activist, and is presently active in several charitable enterprises. He was born in Plainville, KS. After living in various states, he currently lives in Kalispell, MT. He is the author of The Godslayer Cycle, Chaos Rising and the Oz-Wonderland series, as well as having written several volumes of Ron El’s Comic Book Trivia. He is presently working on the second novel of Chaos Rising, A Stranger’s Silence. He loves contact and welcomes input on his work through his Facebook page at http://facebook.com/godslayercycle and his Twitter @Ron_Glick.
What inspires you to write?
Though I personally write to explore and share ideas, by far my greatest motivation is in entertaining others. I absolutely love to hear from people who have read and enjoyed what I have written.
Tell us about your writing process.
Most writers will write draft, after draft, after draft. For me, it is a very self-contained process. I create an initial skeleton of where I want the book to end, then create an outline that brings the characters together to reach that point. I then spend literally months writing the story in my mind, following the plots and fleshing out ideas and making notes about important elements. Finally, after I feel I have a solid grasp of where I want the story to go, I finally flesh out the chapters and write the actual book. I will write one draft, submit it for edits and suggestions to reviewers interested in doing so, and then assemble everything into a final draft and bundle it for publication. In all, I have been averaging six months to finish a book.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
I don’t listen or talk to the characters, per se, though I do run them through the scenarios in my mind to test for motivation and realism. For me, the characters become very real during the creative process, and I become emotionally involved in their lives.
What advice would you give other writers?
I am constantly approached by people who tell me they want to write. And I give everyone of them the same advice: write it down. Get the idea on paper. Don’t worry about whether it’s tight, or has enough words, or even whether it is legible to anyone else. The most important thing is to get the idea/story down on paper and *then* worry about fleshing it out into a story for others to read. In all honesty, this is not my own creative process, but since I cannot be in someone else’s mind, this is the best suggestion I can give – use real world tools to do what I do in my mind every day.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
I spent literally years trying to approach traditional publishers and agents without success. A friend of mine cued me into Kindle self-publishing, and I have been devoted to my own publishing ever since.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
As much as I regret to see it come to pass, I fear in-print books will eventually become novelty items, while the instant gratification principle of e-books is going to dominate the market.
What do you use?
Professional Cover Designer, Beta Readers
What genres do you write?
Fantasy, Comic Books
What formats are your books in?
Both eBook and Print