Meet Ron Shaw
In 1973, with new responsibilities, he became an Atlanta Police Officer while attending college full time. Ron attained a BA degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in 1974. He retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 1996 after a very fulfilling and prolific career.
He is the author of the Cramped Quarters series, and his short story The Dead and the Dying will appear in Annie Acorn's 2015 Spirited Tales.
You can follow Ron at @RonGizmo on Twitter and friend him on Facebook. He is the author of the blog at ronshawmedia.com.
It was 1967 when she entered his life. She was the perfect girl that every teenage boy dreamed of having. The dream was real for one such boy. Entering his life, she led him into manhood teaching him how to truly live. She showed that even for him to love and to be loved was possible. WARNING: Dangerous Curves, Turns, and Twists Dead Ahead! Once again, you have been WARNED in the passionate letters of scorching-hot l'amore. I can see that you're paying me no never mind...so, read on brave souls!
Q&A with Ron
The inception of my book entitled RED was a rather unique or strange thing for me as a writer. RED is a young lady in her twenties. Her story is based in 1967.
Months ago I had agreed to participate in a well-known writing camp. This was my second request to join, and I did. RED became a central figure within my required 50K manuscript for the camp. She appeared rather early in this process and well, for lack of a better way of describing it, she took the project over. In fact, she was so forceful that her own book was written.
Months before this, I had been challenged by another author to try my hand and pen at writing something totally outside of my creative comfort zone. Without a doubt, erotica was the farthest genre from my comfort zone. RED is the outcome of these two challenges.
Tell me about your main characters and what makes them unique?
There are a cast of characters in this book which is closer to a novella at a little under 40K words. Everyone is based on real people I've had the pleasure to know...some I still socialize with. The principle characters are RED, Baby Waile, Cat, and Snake. I've mainly used nicknames for all. Snake has the least role of the four, and he's based on a wild and crazy, real character from Cat's and my past. He is a drifter, grafter, drunk, carneys-type, and pick pocket, of sorts. Snake's as slippery as his nickname and quite venomous to those he picks to strike. Cat is Baby Waile's best friend and roommate who is a couple of years older than Baby Waile. They share an apartment in Atlanta and attend the same high school. Little did they know when they first moved into the first apartment for either of them that their complex was occupied by older, beautiful, female, college students who worked in the local bars and restaurants, as well as for the owner of the apartments who owned a fine Atlanta restaurant. Cat and Baby Waile are having the time of their young lives when Baby Waile meets RED. She's a twenty-something year old resident of the apartments who attends law school by day and works for the complex owner by night. From wealthy, powerful parents, RED becomes Baby Waile's instructor into sex. She's a free-spirited and voracious woman who finds pleasure in teaching a young boy from the housing projects how to love.
What made you want to write this book?
RED was actually a combination of more than few women from my past and dreams who I've been blessed to know or experience. I never divulge a normal name for her other than RED. Actually, I wrote this when she appeared as a minor character in the other work. She exploded onto the pages, and almost immediately, memories flooded back in tidal waves. She had to be written...she demanded it.
What was the hardest part of writing this book?
The most difficult part of writing this was the sexual scenes. I've never written erotica before, and have read very little in the genre. There was practically nothing in my reading history to help me in these foreign waters. I did have a couple of people read the chapters as I wrote them to see if they were worth the effort. I chose writing friends who are well familiar with the genre to read them. They seemed to like it, and always wanted more as I wrote RED chapter by chapter.
There's a second aspect of difficulty for me in publishing this. I was very nervous to put it out there for obvious reasons. I fought internally whether or not to use a penname for this one but, ultimately, I decided that I'm a big boy and it is what it is as I am what I am. I'm delighted that so far it has been well-received considering I'm a true novice in this genre.
Tell me more about your fantastic cover?
Merrie, thank you for saying the cover is fantastic. That means the world to me. I agree that it is a brilliant and fantastic cover that was created by the incredible artist Greg Palko of New Jersey. He was on my show, The Ron Shaw Show on 10-5-15 at artistfirst.com/ronshaw.htm You can find Greg at Twitter @palkodesigns and at his marvelous web site palkodesigns.com.
I emailed Greg four or five brief concepts that I had in mind for the cover of RED. He wrote me back after studying them and said that he had an idea for the cover. Within a day or two he sent me the cover that is RED. Greg nailed it instantly! He's a great guy with tons of talent. If you want to be blown away take the cover and magnify it at around 200 and look at the details. As I recall, he said that he used 40 or so layers for this cover, and if you know cover art (and I know you do) 40 layers is unheard of in the industry or a least it's nowhere near the norm. I could not be more pleased with the cover of RED. I'd highly recommend hiring Greg for those out there in need of killer cover, banner, or poster custom artwork.
What is your writing process like? To you keep to a schedule or do you write when the inspiration hits?
My writing has no pattern or anything close to it. I write when the mood or urge strikes me whether alone or with company around me. At times, I will write to music, and I do have several ladies whose music I love to write to...Laura Sullivan and Bethany Borg of Nordik Fire to name a couple. Lately, Coldplay has provided the musical muse to keep mine company as I peck away in Word. In fact, mentally, the writing itself dictates when it needs to explode forth. Many times, my urgency or schedule to work in words is character driven. They can be quite demanding. I do loathe it when they keep their stories close to their vests.
For you, what is the most challenging part of the writing process?
Hands down, the most absolutely nauseating aspects of writing are editing, formatting, and marketing...in that order of. They can be murder!
What advice would you give your younger self?
Merrie, provide the magic carpet, time machine, transporter, or crystal ball and I'll gladly allow you...no beseech you to send me back to my teens with the express orders from the future to start writing with the goal of publication, grow your skin thickly, and stick to your writing dreams and six-shooters. Crank great works out, baby. I began this wonderful hobby of writing in October 2013. I was sixty-one years old then. Now, it's October 2015, and I'll have eleven or twelve works published before winter of 2015 arrives.
What can we expect from you in the future?
For the future, I plan to continue my CRAMPED QUARTERS ghost story series. Try a pen or three at poetry. I have a collaborative cop book coming out in the near future with Texas author D.A. Grady entitled AROUND THE CAMPFIRE through Annie Acorn Publishing. Possibly, I'll pen a few more escapades with RED. There may well be another in my THE YELLOW BUS BOYS novels. My second one THE YELLOW BUS BOYS GO BLUE CANADA BOUND will be out Indie style in a few weeks.
How can we contact you or find out more about your books?
I can be easily found at all of the social media sites, my weekly Internet radio show, web site, and all Internet book outlets like:
The Ron Shaw Show at artistfirst.com/ronshaw.htm