Friday, April 20, 2012

Guest Blog and Giveaway with Ron Voigts

Most writers starting out have some belief that they will write the next great American novel. J.K. Rowling and Stephanie Meyer move over, because here I come! But it doesn’t work out that way.

I wrote two novels between 1996 and 2000. One, a science fiction, I thought had potential, but unfortunately no one else did. The other novel was more main stream, but looking back, I’m happy no one ever read it.

The first Penelope book started out in 2000 and I had the input of a small group of also aspiring writers. We had a no holds barred critique group. Having someone tell you your main character has the personality of a wet napkin can hurt. But I reworked her until I had a bold, brassy thirteen-year-old who wasn’t afraid to stand up for what’s right. Why I named her Penelope, I don’t know. It just seemed to fit. After sending out query letters to about twenty literary agents, I started getting some nibbles. I did some rewrites and sent out more query letters until I found an agency to represent me.

I immediately took off writing the second book sometime around 2005, hoping that having a series would be a big selling point. The second book took about a year to write, and the agent loved it. The only down side was I now had two books that were almost identical to sell. We got some inquiries from time to time, but never a contract offer. At this point I decided to write my next novel.

I took a different path and wrote a murder mystery using North Carolina as the setting. My premise was what if a rich northern playboy found himself in a small rural southern town in the midst of a murder. Two years later in 2009, the agent took on this book too.

So where did this all go? By mutual agreement, I withdrew the Penelope books and self-published them in last year. I’ve had so much fun doing it I added a third novel and a short story to the Penelope Mystery series. As for the southern mystery, the literary agent has just recently placed it with a publisher. And, currently, I am writing a paranormal mystery which I hope to have ready by the end of this year.

Have I written the great American novel? I like to think so. Am I as famous as Rowling or Meyer? Not yet, but I’m working at it.

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By Ron D Voigts

Age Level: Mid Grade Mystery (tween)


Marvel Movies comes to Tiffin Preparatory School to shoot a motion picture against the backdrop of the old Windorf Hotel that now houses the school. Penelope sneaks onto the set and watches them film a scene. Famous actors Priscilla Young and Clarence Dodd star in the movie and Penelope gets to see them up close. Regrettably, she also sees a spotlight fall on the director and kill him. Penelope claims she had her eyes shut when it happened, but the police think she may remember something. Unfortunately for her, the killer also thinks she may recall something.

To complicate matters, the school has a new cook, and Penelope’s friend Raddy thinks Chef Judy is trying to poison them. The new girl at school steals away everyone’s friends. As always Principal Merriweather keeps finding new ways to expel her. Between trying to get her friends back, starving and keeping away from the killer, she has her hands full in this next Penelope Mystery.


Ron D. Voigts lives in Raleigh, NC and sometimes somewhere else. When back in Raleigh, he enjoys time with his family, watches old movies and shoots lots of pool. He has his own private writer's retreat in La Vale, MD where he spends lots of time working on his next novel while enjoying the mountains and eating ice cream.

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Twitter: @RonDVoigts

Giveaway is a Smashwords code for 
Penelope and The Ghost’s Treasure

(Ron will later send a coupon for Penelope and The Movie Star once it becomes available on Smashwords)

If you would like to win these two books please leave a comment with your email address


Wenona said...

sorry once again blogger did not post a scheduled stop, I even checked last noght to make sure it still said scheduled, it did. Today it was back in "draft" format. WTH is going on with blogger?

Anyway sorry about the lateness and welcome Ron to my site. Thanks for being a guest.

Rick Bylina said...

Having read almost all of Ron's works from infancy to infamy, he gets two thumbs-up from me. I'm sure in 5-10 years people will be trying to remember the first time they read, heard, or saw his name. Write on! Ron.

ChiKittie said...

Great post!! :) I wanted to ask why are the links in this post not working?

- Becca

Ron D. Voigts said...

Just wanted to say thank you for having Penelope and me on your blog. We appreciate the opportunity to tell your readers about her adventures and share a bit about ourselves with them.