Author Interview with Ron Hanlon
I’d like to thank Ron for sitting down with me for this interview.
Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
I live in Tulsa Ok with my beautiful wife of 31 years. I have a BS. from the University of Tulsa and a. MS.from Nova Southeast University Boca Raton Florida. I’m a decorated Viet Nam War Vet. Attached to 101st Airborne. I taught Jr/Sr High School, worked for the Coca-Cola Co., Florida Power and Light and the Frisco/Burlington Northern Railroad. From 1979 until 2010, I was the Owner /Pres. of HANLON HAULING INC, a lawn and tree service. Selling it in 2010, I retired. I also hold two US PATENTS and like Photography, Sailing, Flying & Ocean Cruising.
What inspired you to write your first book?
I have a good imagination and the desire to write.
What inspired you to write this book?
After selling my business, I retired. I had wanted to write a book since I was in college 1968. I had an outline and the first six chapters typed out. Since I was retired, I decided it was time to finish the book
Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?
The unexpected events in Hearts Can Change in Time show how people can cause their own personal tragedies. It explores the consequences of decisions made in life.
Give us an insight into your main character.
Alex Cord, the main male character, is a driven and ambitious college student well on his way to becoming the youngest and most successful oil mogul in the South. Coming from a well-known family and with a striking appearance and “Southern gentleman” charm to boot, Alex is a walking woman-magnet who sweeps women off their feet.
It is his interaction with five female characters that shapes the story. Jessica, Dianna, Dorothy, Constance and Becky.
What do they do that is special?
Alex’s commitment to his business.
Jessica, the sheltered yet adventurous sorority girl.
Dianna was Alex’s best friend, who witnessed her share of his conquests.
Dorothy, whose spirit and beauty captured Alex’s heart despite their differences
Constance, whose on-again off-again relationship with another man finally ends
under the most dire of circumstances.
Becky, the beautiful, career-minded woman who is not afraid to take charge of her own destiny.
What are your current projects?
Started sequel to “Hearts” titled “Promises.” Planning and outlining a trilogy yet untitled.
Why do you write?
To see my imagination come to life in print.
What is the hardest thing about writing?
Over the years I was working, my business was not having the time to write. Once I started, I found that the writing was the easy part. The research took even more time. That’s when I realized why I could never do much writing in my working years.
What is the easiest thing about writing?
Having time. Once I stated I would write something every day usually in the evening. Then the next morning when rested I would make changes and do research for the next pages.
Do you ever experience writers block?
I didn’t writing “Hearts.” Yet, two chapters into “Promises,” the sequel to “Hearts,” I was blocked temporarily however; I’m over it now and continuing. The thirty years I had my lawn and tree service I had a logo. “Opportunity Comes Disguised As Hard Work.” I believed and lived it all those years. I used it on my signage and all my printed material. I believe that hard work, getting out and promoting will work for this book.
What is your favorite go to recipe?
Quick and Easy Chicken Noodle Soup. Click HERE to view recipe.
I want to thank Ron again for taking the time to sit down with us and do our interview. To learn more about Ron and his book click HERE