10 Questions for Ronovan Hester

21 Feb

Hello everyone! I have a treat for you today. I’m an avid reader and self proclaimed bookworm and to me as well as others like me it is always fun when a new, intriguing book is released. Do you enjoy fascinating stories about pirates? Well then you’ll love The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales by P.S. Bartlett. I have featured P.S. Bartlett and her books on this blog and you can check out that post here.

Today’s focus will be on the wonderful and talented Ronovan Hester since P.S. Bartlett’s recent installment in The Razor’s Adventure series, Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is co-authored by him. This is not your typical pirate story since Ronovan puts his love of History and his 20+ years of writing experience to use in his debut Historical Adventure set in 1705 England, American Colonies, and Caribbean.

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Ronovan’s Bio:

Ronovan Hester is a writer living near Athens, Ga, home of his alma mater, The University of Georgia, where he received a B.S.Ed. in History Education. Ronovan puts his love of history and his over 20 years of writing experience to use in his debut Historical Adventure set in 1705 England, American Colonies, and Caribbean co-authored with P.S. Bartlett.

Ronovan’s devotion to history and writing sometimes competes with his love of tacos and fresh fruit. At times, all his favorite things work hand in hand in mouth during long binge writing sessions that have been known to last nonstop for over 24 hours. Rather than see a sleep disorder as a hindrance, he uses the time for creative purposes or watching old TV shows on online.

Ronovan enjoys putting elements of history, if only as nods to the past, in all of his book projects. He currently instills that love of history and learning in his son daily as he helps him through his college prep courses, meaning hours of homework every night, even while not yet a teenager–his son, not Ronovan. Now if he could find a very good mute for that trumpet his son just began learning.

10 Fun Facts About Ronovan

One of your 10 fun facts is that you love to cook. If P.S. Bartlett arrived at your house for dinner what would you make for her?

I would go Southern. I make very good Southern Fried Chicken, biscuits, and I these potato wedges that I batter then fry, then oven bake. It’s something I created, and everyone loves them. I fry them enough to get them brown and slightly crisp, then into the oven to finish cooking over a rack to let the excess oil come out. I cover them with foil so as not to let the brown much more or burn. You end up with a crispy on the outside, completely done on the inside oven fry. You spice the batter how you like it and either make or use your favorite condiment if you want to dip them in something. There would of course be sweet iced tea. For dessert a peach cobbler, since I live in the Peach State.

Another fun fact about you is that you love the sound and feel of the ocean at night. Have you seen the movie ‘JAWS’?

I did. I also saw the Jaws 3D in the movie theaters when it first came out with some older cousins.

One more fun fact about you is that you enjoy eating lunch sitting under a tree while watching and listening to birds. If you could be any bird which would you be?

I think I’m pretty much a Robin if you look at me. I can’t escape that.

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10 Questions for Ronovan Hester

1/ Tell me about your book

Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling is a historical adventure beginning in a sailor’s pub in 1705 London and then taking to the seas. Court-martialed due to the events in the pub, Captain Gabriel Wallace of the Royal Navy finds aide with his former crew who mutiny against the Royal Navy, just in time to avoid capture by his enemies. Wallace has more than one mission/objective during his war against the men behind his disgrace but only he is aware of it. This secret causes some problems as the story unfolds and Wallace and his men go after the biggest haul a pirate has ever attempted in the waters of the Caribbean, all in the name of revenge and loyalty.

Reads like a riveting story! And not your typical pirate story.

2/ What inspired you to write this book?

After many conversations with PS Bartlett, the creator of the Ivory Shepard world of pirates, the discussion came around to her thoughts of a sequel to her very first pirate novel, The Blue Diamond: The Razor’s Edge. A book I enjoyed a great deal. I had the idea of her writing a prequel series of books of how her main character became a lady pirate captain, while I wrote the book that would currently be the beginning of the entire series and become known as Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling. By the way, not only does Microsoft Word object to the use of lady in this paragraph, but Ivory Shepard would as well.

Ah, ha, ha. I guess ‘female’ is the word that comes to mind then. The idea of a ‘prequel series’ telling how the main character comes to be, who she is in the original series is quite brilliant.

*Clarification from Ronovan: I should have worded the part about the prequel ideas coming up between PS Bartlett and I about the same time. It was an idea to expand the world she created and bring in more attention to the character of Ivory Shepard. The Blue Diamond was a great book.

3/ Why team up with another writer, instead of writing this book on your own?

I looked at it as a two-fold thing. One, I would be helping PS Bartlett get one more book out in her series. In this book, I could give a different perspective, a different voice than that of Ivory Shepard. There needed to be that different voice. Second, I’m a historian and love research. Thus, I saw this as a challenge of sorts. Just as I challenged myself to write a Southern Romance, completely out of my comfort zone, I did this, which was a new genre for me. I do historical fiction more around WWI and WWII.

Although not a historian I share your love of research. I’m happy you took this on and wish you continued success.

4/ Which is your favorite character in the book? Why?

I would have to say Gabriel Wallace is my favorite because I put so much of me into him. Some of that’s been taken out because of the collaboration, but I know where I show up. People that know me will know what I wrote and not. The styles mesh but my personal character is different from some of what Wallace ends up as. Gimby, the helmsman is a good one too.

5/ Which character in the book would you not get along with? Why?

That’s a tough one. There are times, due to circumstances a couple of people are difficult to deal with. One is somewhat obvious when you begin reading the book, and the other grows into someone less than a joy to know.

Very diplomatic answer.

6/ Finish these statements:

-If I wasn’t afraid I would move to a better climate part of the world with a beach and a nice ocean view, although I’m not really afraid of much.

Florida awaits!

-Someday, I want to be successful enough at writing to pay the bills and maybe help form some sort of foundation to fight some children’s problem.

7/ You have multiple personalities, describe some of them.

First, I’m not sure how you knew that. Second, I’m a workaholic one minute and a total veg the next. That might be part of some health issues though. I have the funny guy side, then the serious the next. Yes, I’m a Gemini.

I pay attention, Ron.


8/ List 5 adjectives to describe yourself?

  • Hopeful
  • Romantical (My creation of a word.)
  • Caring
  • Idealistic
  • Inquisitive

Yes! I agree with all five. I’ve come to see all of these in you and your writing.

9/ How have your physical problems affected your writing?

That’s a big one. I could make a long list of negative things, but I look to the end result being I use the time I have to write as much as I can, which at times is a lot. If I had normal health I wouldn’t have a book out right now. I see this as one of those things where God took an extreme bad thing and used it for an extreme good in my achieving getting a book published which can show others anything can happen if you work at it.

That’s a very positive and inspiring way to look at a traumatic experience in your life. I love your outlook. 

10/ How is Captain Gabriel Wallace like or unlike Captain Jack Sparrow?

The two are about as opposite as you can get. Wallace is a trained captain in the Royal Navy, member of the upper class of society, actually a member of the House of Lords, well educated, and has a certain level of morality that dictates a lot of his actions. He doesn’t mind fun and jokes but his focus is his mission and the well-being of his crew. Wallace is not really a pirate, but more a soldier at war with a given enemy.


Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling on Amazon.com

Amber Wake; Gabriel Falling on Amazon.UK

Amber Wake; Gabriel Falling on Amazon.CA

Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling on Amazon.IN

You may connect with Ronovan through:

Amazon Author Page: Ronovan Hester

Amazon UK Author Page: Ronovan Hester

Personal Blog: RonovanWrites.WordPress.com

Author Site: RonovanHester.com

Book Review Site: LitWorldInterviews.com

Twitter: @RonovanWrites

Goodreads Author: Ronovan Hester

Facebook: Ronovan Writes

Google+: Ronovan Writes

LinkedIn: Ronovan Hester

About.me: Ronovan

Pinterest: RonovanWrites



The autumn of 1705 brings Royal Navy Captain Gabriel Wallace to face off against an enemy within the ranks of the Admiralty itself that threatens his career, his reputation, his family, and something even more far-reaching in its plot.

Court-martialed and with Admiral Chambers, the mastermind fearfully known as the Chambers of Hell, out for his destruction, Wallace finds he has allies willing to face the might of the mightiest power on earth, with some allies in the most unlikely of places. The crew of his former command, the Majesty’s Venture, mutinies from the Royal Navy. With capture by his enemies close behind, Wallace agrees to become captain once again.

With a ship at his command, Captain Gabriel Wallace sets out to fulfill his mission, the completeness of which only he knows.

Now a pirate by situation, Wallace sets out for the Colonies and the Caribbean. Will his crew remain loyal as they leave the rule of the Royal Navy behind? Will his lifelong friend, Miles Jacobs, follow Wallace blindly without knowing the whole story? Finally, will the young Lieutenant Maddox Carbonale stay under the command of Wallace or have plans to lead instead?

With these questions in his thoughts, Gabriel Wallace wages war on Chambers and goes after the largest haul in the history of the Spanish Main. Whom does Wallace meet along the way? To whom are his loyalties to: vengeance or something more powerful?

If you love tales of adventure, of the sea, of the struggles of men, and nods to history, this is your book. Read Amber Wake: Gabriel Falling and you’ll have a new appreciation for all of The Razor’s Adventures Pirate Tales.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this author Spotlight/Interview. Be sure to check out some of the links. 

Enjoy the weekend!

43 Responses to “10 Questions for Ronovan Hester”

  1. Ronovan February 21, 2016 at 1:59 pm #

    Thank you, Vashti!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. olganm February 21, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

    Thanks, Vashti. I’ve discovered many interesting things about Ronovan!

    Liked by 2 people

  3. Ronovan February 21, 2016 at 2:11 pm #

    Reblogged this on Author Ronovan Hester and commented:
    An enjoyable time with Author Vashti Quiroz-Vega. Please click through and support her blog.

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  4. Ronovan February 21, 2016 at 2:13 pm #

    I should have worded the part about the prequel ideas coming up between PS Bartlett and I about the same time. It was an idea to expand the world she created and bring in more attention to the character of Ivory Shepard. The Blue Diamond was a great book.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 21, 2016 at 10:03 pm #

      Thank you for clearing that up. It’s a brilliant idea. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Ronovan February 21, 2016 at 10:35 pm #

        If you could put that in the interview it might be good. Maybe in parenthesis as a notated edit.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. aranislandgirl February 21, 2016 at 6:35 pm #

    Loved this Vashti. I learned so much and see you and Ron’s personalities shining through. The Q&A brilliant and especially enjoy your brief responses to his answers 🙂 There was a nice bit of humour in here too…the robin pic aside Ron’s profile pic, hee, hee, great idea. And I want some of those potato wedges and chicken!

    Aside from the excellent content, I really like how you laid out the interview, the different sections you used. I feel if I were to ever do the same, I would want to do it in a similar way, balanced with fun and serious.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 21, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

      Hi Melissa! I’m so happy you enjoyed the post. I enjoy adding a bit of humor to most of what I do, so I’m glad that was okay. I couldn’t resist doing the Robin/Ron comparison picture since he was so adamant about it. 😉 I had a lot of fun doing this and would love to do more author interview/spotlight/feature in the future. Let me know if I could be of any help. 🙂 xx

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      • aranislandgirl February 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

        Thanks V, If I were to ever write a book (doubtful) I would be all over your offer. You have a knack for it and I would enjoy reading more of them. I could imagine you interviewing on radio/spoken word. It all wrote up so relaxed sounding, with a natural flow to it.

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      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 21, 2016 at 10:22 pm #

        Aww. Thank you! That’s very encouraging. I appreciate you. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

      • aranislandgirl February 21, 2016 at 10:25 pm #

        The feeling is mutual!

        Liked by 1 person

    • Ronovan February 22, 2016 at 9:07 am #

      Not sure how well they would keep on such a long trip. 🙂 Don’t think I would eat them.


  6. ChristineR February 21, 2016 at 6:53 pm #

    Terrific! Tweeted and reblogged. 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  7. ChristineR February 21, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

    Reblogged this on Christine R and commented:
    You all have noticed the haiku I do for Ronovan’s weekly challenge. Vashti has interviewed Ronovan about his book collaboration with P.S.Bartlett.

    Liked by 2 people

  8. Let's CUT the Crap! February 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm #

    Fascinating interview. I’m blown away by anyone writing a book with a partner. Bravo. This story still sounds captivating. 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 21, 2016 at 10:19 pm #

      Thank you! Me too, it can’t be easy to do something like that but it can be fun. I agree. 😀


  9. Sunni Morris February 22, 2016 at 12:15 am #

    Nice interview and he’s a Gemini so can’t be all bad ( I am too). I guess Gemini’s have their quirks.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ronovan February 22, 2016 at 9:04 am #

      Not ALL bad, just a little. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm #

      That explains a lot. I get along great with Gemini. Both my husband and brother are Gemini and we get along great. Thank you Sunni! 😀


  10. Hugh's Views and News February 22, 2016 at 7:01 am #

    lol, Ronovan got the idea of being a Robin from me. I want to be a Robin as well. However, I guess because we both have red hair then we can both be Robins? 😀
    Great interview with the Master, Vashti.

    Liked by 2 people

    • Ronovan February 22, 2016 at 9:03 am #

      Noooo, you’re Robin and I’m Batman. This is why that one never works for us.

      Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 22, 2016 at 4:56 pm #

      Aww. You can both be robins and since I’m the “Master” I will be Batman. 😉 Ha, ha! Jjk! Thank you for being so sweet, Hugh! 🙂

      Liked by 2 people

  11. Mrs. AOK February 22, 2016 at 3:52 pm #

    Thank you for sharing Ronovan with us, Vashti. 🙂 His meal for PS Bartlett sounds amazing, it makes me miss South Carolina food.
    I’ve only been to Georgia one time, I’d love to visit again.
    Yes to the BEACH!! Salt water is a cure-all.
    “The cure for anything is salt water: sweat, tears or the sea.”- Isak Dinesen

    Liked by 2 people

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega February 22, 2016 at 5:05 pm #

      Great quote! I hadn’t read that one and it’s so true. I once worked with an Internal Medicine doctor who specialized in wound care for the elderly. Seniors would come to him from all over with wounds that other doctors were not able to heal. His secret potion: salt water cleansing. He never used hydrogen peroxide, only saline and it worked!
      I’m happy you enjoyed the interview/spotlight on Ronovan. He’s a great person as well as a talented writer and well worth getting to know. And girl, I love that southern cooking too. 😉 ❤ xx


  12. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) February 23, 2016 at 1:54 am #

    Love hearing from the authors, makes reading their books even more appealing! #ReadWithMe

    Liked by 2 people

  13. Janni Styles February 23, 2016 at 9:34 pm #

    This was just a lovely interview! I really enjoyed it , was fun to learn more about Ronovan and you did a splendid job of showcasing our multi talented friend. 🙂 ❤

    Liked by 2 people

  14. JESS44903 February 27, 2016 at 4:24 pm #

    Wow…how cool! 🙂

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

    Liked by 2 people

  15. Marje @ Kyrosmagica March 1, 2016 at 4:03 am #

    Lovely interview Vashti, enjoyed finding out more about Ronovan via your illuminating and at times quirky questions, particularly enjoyed Ron’s likeness to a robin!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 1, 2016 at 11:46 am #

      Hi Marje! I was happy to do this for Ron. I had a lot of fun. I look forward to doing an interview/spotlight for you too when you release your book. I’m glad you enjoyed it. 😀 xx

      Liked by 1 person

      • Marje @ Kyrosmagica March 1, 2016 at 3:15 pm #

        Hi Vashti. Yes me too, happy to help Ron or any of my blogging buddies her on WordPress. Thanks for the offer of an interview/spotlight when I release my book. You’re a star.. 😀 xx

        Liked by 1 person

      • Vashti Quiroz-Vega March 1, 2016 at 4:51 pm #

        Aw. Thank you. So are you. ❤

        Liked by 1 person

  16. Chantelle Hazelden (@MamaMummyMum) September 13, 2016 at 1:34 am #

    I love knowing more about the writers, fab questions asked, thanks for sharing with #ReadWithMe

    Liked by 1 person

    • Vashti Quiroz-Vega September 14, 2016 at 6:30 pm #

      Hello Chantelle! You’re welcome. It was my pleasure sharing this post with you.



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