Ronie is one of those women who wears many hats: suspense author, spec author, mom, homeschooler, wife, martial arts black belt, and more that I’m probably missing. Yet, she finds time to be an open and friendly person to just about everyone. Even allowing us to poke around in her brain . . .
Ronie Kendig is an award-winning, bestselling author who grew up an Army brat. After twenty-five years of marriage, she and her hunky hero husband have a full life with their children and a retired military working dog in Northern Virginia. She can be found at:
Into the Mind
What is the #1 writer’s resource that you cannot live without?
I use 45 Master Characters by Victoria Lynn Schmidt before I start any novel. It helps me align my character’s personality and have him/her figured out before I step into the murky waters of the plot. The book is based of Jungian archetypes, but I disregard the mystical stuff and focus on the characteristics.
Why do you write?
I’ve long said writing is my therapy, and I still believe that. My mother-in-law introduced me to a word I’d never heard before: hypergraphia. I laughed at first, because it’s actually a mental disorder, but I can’t deny that “the intense desire to write” definitely fits my personality.
Why do you write speculative fiction? What draws you to it?
I’m not sure if it’s my thick-headed Irish nature, but I am not overly fond of being told what I can and can’t do—so maybe writing speculative allows me to flex some rebellious muscles. In all seriousness, I think most of us crave the supernatural (a yearning I believe God put inside us to seek Him), so it feels natural and right to explore supernatural themes and gifts (whether a gift of prophecy or a gift of fire wielding).
Is there a step in the writing process that you dread/loathe/wish you could throw over the side of a cliff with a mill stone tied around its neck?
Yes, please—make sure it’s an enormous millstone when I’m working on content edits. In truth, I hate editing period. It wears me out, makes me second-guess everything and myself as a writer.
If you could visit anywhere in the world, where would you go?
Jerusalem!! Our family has been trying to finagle a trip to Israel for years. Someday . . . some day . . .
What is your favorite ice cream flavor?
Cold Stone’s Mud Pie Mojo (switching out the nuts with graham crackers or more oreos)
How many books have you read so far this year?
I am not a fast reader, and with homeschooling in addition to write deadlines, I haven’t read as much as I’d like, but I’ve read twenty-eight so far. My goal is to get another dozen in before the year’s up.
You have a free weekend. What do you do with it?
Decorate my house or crochet. They’re both very relaxing and satisfying to me!
Thanks for visiting with us, Ronie!
Great interview. Hi, Ronie! I haven’t read your books yet, but they are in my TBR pile.
I don’t mind editing. I hate writing the synopsis. And I’m gonna have to get some back cover copy written for one of my picture books since I’m self pubbing it with my friend who is doing the illustrations. I feel like that may be a form of synopsis writing. Heh. But I need to get it done. That should help me with the back cover copy for my novel, which I’m hoping will get picked up by a traditional house. Waiting to hear. (Eek!)
Loved learning more about Ronie! I have a Ronie Kendig shelf in my favorite bookcase. I learned something new – I had no clue she homeschooled! I love homeschooling my kiddos.