0. Name, please! Ron L. Lahr (rhymes with car, of which I have a small collection since I enjoy restoring them)
1. We’ll skip the “tell us about yourself” because coming up with something on the spot is, truly, the bane of an author’s existence. So, let’s start with something a little easier! Tell me what you’re working on at the moment. I am currently working on the end of the third book of my fantasy trilogy, the Kathaldi Chronicles, Destroyers of Kathaldi. Soon I will be editing and rewriting and I hope to release it at the end of April or the beginning of May.
2. In as much detail as you would like, tell me about your book(s) that are already out/on the way.
The Kathaldi Chronicles is an epic fantasy series full of good friends, evil villains returned from history, and a fight to save the world, including the Gods. It is told by a sarcastic thief who accidentally becomes a part of the group trying to save the world, mainly because his best friend needs his help. It may also be a chance to really impress the ladies.
3. As far as the writing process goes—including such things as conception of idea all the way through to money in the bank—what is the least favourite bit? (Everyone has one!) The worst part is when things aren’t working out the way I would like whether that is writer’s block or something just not turning out the way I was hoping for. Like everyone I want it to come out easily and perfect the first time. I’m still working on that.
4. Conversely, what is the bit of the writing process that gets your writery brain grinning? There are two things that both make me ridiculously happy. The first is when something turns out much better than I had envisioned it would before starting on it. The second is when the story, or characters, force something to happen that I hadn’t planned on and then I love it.
5. If you could steal any author’s ability to improve your own work, who would you steal from and why? (e.g. Tolkien’s language skills, Douglas Adams’ humour, etc.) I love this question. I would definitely steal the ability to write copious amounts each day from someone like Stephen King. It takes me longer than I would like to get these stories out.
6. Now for some fun! The main character of the book you’re working on (or have recently finished) has kidnapped you for ruining their life. How will you explain that what you’re doing is for the best? If Dirk kidnapped me I’d just play to his ego. Remind him that ladies love heroes, and that if he’s famous he’ll never have to pay for a drink for the rest of his life.
7. You, your main character(s), and the protagonist of the last book you read are playing poker. What are the stakes? Who will win and why? I would never play with Dirk because he cheats and I’m not that good. Plus, he solves most arguments with knives and I hate being stabbed.
8. Let’s face it, writing is hard. What do you think are some traps to avoid in your particular area of expertise? (Whether that be your genre, your knowledge of plot, your character building, your world building, etc.) My biggest issue is writer’s block. To combat that I always keep at least four projects going at once so I can just switch to a different story until things start to flow again. I always have the novel I’m working on plus three short stories. I use those as reader magnets, content for my email newsletter (in serialized form) and for an anthology that will be set in my world and will have stories from a bunch of authors as well as three by me.
9. Anything else you’d like to add? Plots to take over the world, for example. Upcoming release dates, links and things, maybe even your favourite chocolate cake recipe. I encourage people to check out my email newsletter so they can sample my writing. In addition to the serialized short story, Hired by Dwarven Royalty, that is included in most issues you will also receive an additional story, Dirk Goes to Church, which is not whatever you think it is. You can sign up at https://bit.ly/39FIcSu.
The first book of my trilogy, Children of Kathaldi is available as an ebook, paperback, and audiobook. I particularly recommend the audiobook because the narrator, Alan Adelberg, capture’s Dirk’s sarcastic tone perfectly. All of the versions are available at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089FNJHB7. The second book, Assassins of Kathaldi, is also available, but only as an ebook. I recommend that people read book one first, and that they buy it for everyone they know.