Growing up in the south, I was influenced by the writings of authors ranging from Margret Mitchell to Ernest Hemingway to Joel Chandler Harris to Tennessee Williams.
My BS in Industrial Management from Georgia Tech provided little novelist foundation. As it turns out, my ideas for novels come from years of living life's ups and downs and being aware of how others deal with life’s unexpected events. As a child, listening to my folk’s walnut covering Philco radio and visualizing what the characters must look like provided my original foundation for character development. Also, I have a keen sense of awareness that drives my creative juices.
Take, for example, my first novel, Moses, God's Blessed Donkey, was inspired by a simple nativity set my mother displayed each Christmas on her fireplace mantel. One of the figurines, a small donkey, stirred in my imagination, "What if that donkey was at both Jesus' birth and crucifixion? What if that donkey was the same donkey that Jesus rode into Jerusalem?" What if God put that floppy-eared donkey on earth to fulfill a greater mission?
You will enjoy all the characters in my novels. Most are real people that I know but for fun have placed in fictional settings. That is how I write; stories about what I know.
About Ron Stock
Living in Laguna Beach, California for more than half my lifetime, I take energy and inspiration for my novels from the majestic power of the Pacific Ocean and the spectacular view of a blazing, red and gold sunset over Catalina Island.
Writers write what they know. What I know and what I write about are my life experiences and those of my family and friends. To frame each of my novels, I dip into their endless and intriguing life stories, the type that Hollywood makes movies about. In my family, there are no walking dead zombies, deranged serial killers, closet sex maniacs or CIA or Interpol secret agents to write about. My novels are about real people that readers can relate to in their own life.