Today we have with us Michael La Ronn! You can get his free starters pack here! Read on to find more about this amazing author.
Hi! Thanks for being with us here!
- Say something about yourself. Something about your inner life.
I write with the hope that I’m on the right path, that it will all be worth it in the end, but my greatest fear of all is inadequacy. Writing for me is as intense as prayer—the more I do it, the more clarity I gain about life in general. And that inadequacy goes away.
- The best moment of your life? Apart from your writing career.
I visited a ranch in Arizona and did farm work as a teenager as part of a volunteer program. Life slowed down for me and I was around other teenagers who were just as optimistic about the world as I was. We went into the desert one night and lay on the ground staring up at the starry sky and the lights of a city on the horizon, just talking about our lives. I never saw any of those people again, but wow what an amazing experience it was to connect with people on such a deep level.
- Biggest lesson you’ve learned in life so far?What is your philosophy of life?
Biggest lesson—everything you do is groundwork for your future self. Don’t want to write the next chapter of your novel today? That’s fine, but you’re giving your future self a lot more work to do. Tackle your goals though, and you’ll thank yourself for it a year from now.
My philosophy on life is to do work that matters to you—far too many people just coast through life and never realize it until they wake up one day and realize they’ve done nothing with their lives. It’s easy to be mediocre—it takes courage to be the best version of yourself, especially when everyone around you doesn’t understand your art. That’s a tremendous courage that takes years to learn.
- What book are you reading at the moment? Tell us something about it.
I’m reading The Burning Room by Michael Connelly. It’s in the Harry Bosch series, and one of the first crime novels I’ve read. It’s hard not to fall in love with the genre after reading this book.
- What books and authors have influenced your writing the most?
Ray Bradbury is the person who made me want to be a writer. His writing is so passionate. Hans Christian Andersen is another influence—his work is extremely quirky and I like to think it rubbed off on me. He could take an inanimate object like a wine bottle and give it a personality, hopes and dreams. And you believed it and rooted for the character. That’s the kind of storyteller I want to be.
- When did you first consider yourself a writer? What was that particular incident?
In high school, my English teacher gave us an assignment where we had to write a dreadful paper. I didn’t want to do it, so I convinced him to let me write a short story instead. He agreed. I wrote the most ridiculous short story I could—it was about a kid who wanted to be a clown but his dad wanted him to be a stockbroker, so the kid runs away with the circus, only to find that he’s a crappy clown. And he has to deal with that. My classmates loved it and couldn’t stop laughing. From that moment forward, I knew I was meant to tell stories.
- Did you ever think that this is what you wanted to do with your life when you were younger?
Yes and no. My first love was music. I wanted to be a video game music composer, and up until college, I believed that was my future. But the music career didn’t work out—I didn’t have the passion or the technical chops to succeed as a composer. When the self-publishing revolution hit, that’s when I realized that writing was my true calling.
- Where do you write? Show us your desk but don’t clean it up.
You can see it in this video!
- Do you have to do anything to get into the zone when you write? Where do you get your ideas from?
Back in the days when I was single and without kids, I used to need huge blocks of time to write. Hours. I couldn’t convince myself to write if I only had 1 hour. Nowadays I write whenever I have time. But I usually wake up at 4:30 AM and write when everyone’s asleep. As far as ideas, I get those from just about everywhere. I keep my eyes open and have developed a good eye for things that could be great stories and a good ear for dialogue and the way people speak in every day conversation.
- What’s your favorite from your own works? Please share an excerpt from your writings.
Out of the 20+ books I’ve written so far, my favorite is still my Eaten series. Ironically enough, it’s my least popular series (maybe because it’s about a group of vegetable terrorists trying to take down an empire of processed foods). It takes place in a world where processed foods are the ruling class, humans are obese, and vegetables live as second-class citizens in a seedy district below ground. Here’s an excerpt:
“Kendall had heard of other humans getting Nutrizeen injections that changed their lives completely. Their weight just fell off, leaving behind firm, fit, god-like bodies. The injections were invitation-only, and the Triumvirate claimed that they were still testing their effectiveness. Humans often complained about the lack of availability; it was a common topic around bars. Kendall himself often daydreamed about all the things he could do if he got an injection. In his mind’s eye, he saw himself with chiseled abs and thighs strong enough to crush a small watermelon. He saw himself on the beaches of Cola Bay, diving into the waves and swimming a mile without getting tired, then retiring to a beach house where he’d sit on the balcony with a beautiful woman on his arm and watch the sugar cookie sun sink into the clouds . . .
- Do any of your stories feature you as a character?
No. I’m way too boring!
- What’s your number one secret about writing? Do you have any advice for aspiring writers? A message?
So much in your career depends on being able to develop confidence. There are 4 types of confidence: technical competence (learning how to write), relational (developing relationships with readers), influential (getting readers to buy your work and support you) and self-confidence. Most authors excel in technical competence—the other areas, not so much. Learn to sharpen all four of these areas, and one day you’ll wake up and people will be paying attention to you.
- Please suggest us an author for our next interview.
Check my friend Kevin Tumlinson. He’s doing awesome stuff right now.
Thank you so much for being with us. Hope you had a good time!
Thanks for having me!
Beautiful and detailed interview it was. I loved getting to know Michael! What about you? 🙂
Till next time peeps!
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