Interview with debut fantasy author Ron Hartman

Today’s
guest, fantasy author Ron Hartman
is here to tell us a bit about his novel The
Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold
.
Ron will be
awarding signed cover flats for each tour stop and a $25 Amazon gift card to a
randomly drawn commenter during the tour. If you’d like to be entered to win
any of the gifts, make sure to leave an e-mail address so you can be contacted.
And if you’d like to increase your chances of winning, follow
Ron’s tour and comment at other tour stops
.
To purchase
book: www.roguephoenixpress.com; www.bn.com; www.amazon.com


Bio:
Ron Hartman has had a life-long passion for the
written word and is an avid reader. The
Prophecy Chronicles
are his first written works. Ron graduated from the
University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2000 and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with
his wife and three children.
Welcome, Ron. Please tell us about
your current release.
The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy
Foretold
is the first
in a fantasy trilogy following the tale of Daniel Marten, a man from our world
that gets transported to another world during a car accident. When he comes to
in a country called Naphthali, the injuries he sustained during the accident
have healed, but have left him disfigured with scars. The scars mark him as a
prophesied savior for the people of the war-torn country, but all Daniel wants
to do is get back to the family he left behind…
What inspired you to write this book?
This book
grew from a kernel that was planted in my mind long ago. When I was sixteen or
seventeen I was driving home from a job at night during a snowstorm. I came
around a series of s-curves and saw a frozen pond sitting not far from the
highway. My mind’s eye saw a car sliding across the road, breaking through a
fence, and crashing through the ice of that pond. That image stayed with me for
years, until it finally became the opening sequence in Prophecy Foretold.
That was
the initial inspiration for this book, but by far the greatest inspiration was
my family. Their love and support has carried me through many dark days when I
would’ve given up if not for them. It shouldn’t be surprising that Daniel’s
wife Ashley is closely patterned after my own wife Leslie.
Excerpt:
Daniel stopped behind him and just short of the hill’s
crest, his heart in his throat as he looked at Soren’s tense form in
silhouette. Afraid of what he’d see, but needing to see it anyway, he forced
himself to take the last few steps on numb and shaky legs. Before them the
peaks declined into a series for short foothills before reaching a rocky beach.
They were surrounded on three sides by the strange green waters of the sea. The
tall white-capped mountains continued along the far shore to their right-hand
side. Fear and confusion welled inside him as he asked, “How–what
happened?”
           
A fierce scowl marred Alaric’s face as he dropped his pack
and pulled out the vellum map. Soren rested a hand on the map and gently pushed
it down. “We lost our bearings,” he murmured. “Veered too far
west.”
           
Daniel’s bowels turned to water at the sound of doom in
Soren’s voice. In a whisper he asked, “What?” Alaric raised the map
and his shoulders sagged. He held it out to Daniel, pointing at the mountains
and the sea. Specifically he pointed at the small peninsula that jutted into
the Sea of Sorrows. “No…” Daniel murmured, realization bringing his
dread to fruition.
Clem realized the danger as well. He spun around, as if
expecting Imperial soldiers to appear any second. When he turned back to them,
his eyes were cold, his voice dead. “We’re trapped.”
What exciting story are you working on
next?
I’ve
already written rough drafts of Prophecy Chronicles 2 and 3, so currently I am
revising those. I’ve also started on another project that will be more of a
mainstream fictional tale. It follows a group of high school friends when they
come back together twenty years after graduating. The overall theme of that
book will be one of forgiveness, and what happens if you do (and don’t) give or
receive it. I’m only a little way into that one so far, but it has been fun
fleshing out those characters, and it’s always fun to relive the glory days!!
When did you first consider yourself a
writer?
I think I
first considered myself a writer when I was close to finishing Prophecy Foretold, my first book. I
could see the end in sight and I knew I was finally going to make it. It wasn’t
until then that I finally told my family and friends that I was writing a book,
and asked them to read it when I was finished. So that was when I became a
writer. For me there is a definite distinction between being a “writer” and an
“author,” though. To me one is a hobby, the other a profession. Once I finally
got Prophecy Foretold published, I finally considered myself both a writer and
author. It’s been a long road, but it has been quite educational and
interesting!
Do you write full-time? If so, what’s
your work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find
time to write?
Writing is
my passion, so I do hope to someday be able to write full-time. Currently I
wear several hats. I have a full-time job as a pharmacist, but I am also the
director of a program at my local community college where I teach students that
would like to enter pharmacy-related fields. I also teach junior high boys at
my church, but by far my most important job is being a husband and dad to my
family. They are the reason for all I do. Without them I would be a lot like
Daniel Marten, a stranger lost in a strange land. Mostly I write late at night,
when everyone else is fast asleep.
What would you say is your interesting
writing quirk?
I don’t
know if this is truly a quirk or more of an obsessive-compulsive trait, but
whenever I sit down to the computer to write, I always check email first. It doesn’t matter if I’d already checked
it ten minutes before, that is the first thing I do. It’s like my creative
juices won’t start flowing unless I do that first. Does that make me crazy, or
just a writer?!?
As a child, what did you want to be
when you grew up?
I always
wanted to be a Paleontologist. The idea of studying animals that lived eons
before humans had ever even existed fascinated me, and still do to this day. By
the time I was in high school my interest had faded somewhat, though. One day I
was sitting in my guidance counselor’s office and he said that pharmacists were
paid fairly well and they were always the good guys. With that I was intrigued,
and the rest, as they say, is history…
Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?
Thank you
so much for tuning in today! I’ve enjoyed sharing with you all, and I hope
you’ve enjoyed it as well. If you have any thoughts or questions, I’d love to
hear them! Please visit my website, www.prophecychronicles.com
and share anything you’d like. Thanks again, and may the Starburst Stranger set
you free, if only for a few hours!

Thanks, Ron. Happy touring! 


12 thoughts on “Interview with debut fantasy author Ron Hartman

  1. Unknown says:

    Thanks so much for having me on today, Lisa! I'm excited to be here, and I'd love to hear what you all have to say. Any thoughts/questions? Shout them out! Don't be bashful…

  2. Catherine Lee says:

    Ron…You mention Prophecy Chronicles 2 & 3. Is that how many there will be in the series? Will they need to be read in order? I never seem to be any good at keeping up with things and reading them in order…even though I am a librarian!
    catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

  3. Unknown says:

    Yes, there will be three in the series, at least to start…I did leave an opening at the end of Prophecy Chronicles 3 for a 4th, but that won't be for awhile. I've got a few other projects that I want to do first. It would probably be easiest to read them in sequence, as they all follow Daniel's adventures. I believe that if you didn't read them in order, you'd probably still have an enjoyable read, though.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I find it funny how barely anyone becomes what they wanted to be when they were younger. I wanted to be an entomologist once. Now bugs creep me out. Thanks for sharing!

    chrysrawr[at]yahoo.com

  5. Chelsea B. says:

    Having a supportive family is one of the most important things in the world 🙂
    Also, I think it just makes you a writer 😉

    justforswag(AT)yahoo(DOT)com

  6. Unknown says:

    Thank you for the interview. The scars explain the dark shadowy cover that I love, perfect. Looking forward to this and the other upcoming Prophecy novels

    fencingromein at hotmail dot xom

  7. Unknown says:

    Thank you all for the kind comments! Yes, having a supportive family is one of the greatest things anyone could have. I know I wouldn't be who I am without my wife and kids, not to mention my extended family. Yes, the scars on the cover do represent how Daniel looks in the books, though I wrote him a bit older than the model on the cover…

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