Book Category: Young Adult Fiction
Summer of the White Fawn. North Star Press, 2014.
The Chance Series:
One Last Chance: Trapped by a Blowdown. Re-edit release, Adventure Publications, 2007.
Hidden Chance: Secrets of the Hermit’s Hideaway. Adventure Publications, 2007.
Wild Chance: Whitewater Awakening. Adventure Publications, Fall 2005.
Winter Chance: Walking in Wolf Tracks. Adventure Publications, 2003.
“Semi-retired” after thirty-five years in the classroom, Ron pooled his love of the outdoors, a zeal for the written word, and his understanding of students into crafting an adventure series targeted toward reluctant readers. Primarily set in Minnesota’s famed BWCWA, the “Travis and Seth” series was written with a specific goal—the use of universally taught language skills to create stories of interest for an adolescent audience.
Awards: In 2003 One Last Chance was the recipient of a Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Assn. award for contribution to the intellectual community of Minnesota. In 2008 Hidden Chance was a NEMBA award finalist in the children’s literature category.
“Stirring Up a Story” (grades four through eight, group size 25 – 200) Once the tent is pitched, and the campfire’s glowing, Ron draws parallels between writing fiction and the folk tale, Stone Soup. With the aid of PowerPoint illustrations, he has students contribute to the ‘story pot.’ These offerings include most of the commonly taught language skills—plot (conflict and resolution), protagonist, setting, dialogue, alliteration, adjectives, adverbs, similes, etc. The lesson being—that an entertaining narrative—much like tasty soup—begins with a few basic staples. And that even with superb ingredients, a good stew is the result of having been stirred lovingly over a low flame for a long time. Or put another way—oodles of editing.
“A Wannabe Writer’s Guide into the World of Publishing” This program is primarily for libraries, civic groups or book clubs. Interspersed with passages from the Chance Series, Ron shares his learning journey from rough draft to finished product—and the rejection bumps in-between. Included are several paths writers may choose to travel on their way to being published.
“Stirring up a Story” base fee–a one hour program plus Q&A — $150. An additional $25 for each same day presentation. A modest travel fee charged if out of the author’s home area. The “Wannabe Writer’s” presentation fee is negotiable, depending on the amount of time and travel involved.