Thank you so much, Merrie Housdon, for this fine Author Showcase feature at your excellent site, The Inspired Writers. You are a kind, giving, and true friend to authors around the world. We appreciate you, author, Merrie Housdon.
To those of you who are new to The Inspired Writers, I have a real gem for you today. To those who have followed the site for a while, you already know how special today’s guest is to me. Welcome back, Ron Shaw!
Ron is a one-of-a-kind talent who not only writes but also hosts his own radio show dedicated to helping other artists get seen. He will make you laugh, he will make you cry, and you will want to make him your best friend.
ALL ABOUT RON
Ron Shaw is an Atlanta, Georgia, native who currently resides in Gwinnett County, Georgia, with his wife and daughter. He attended Roosevelt High School in Atlanta and continued his education at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia for two years. Ron met his future wife in Atlanta after his second year at Mercer and transferred his junior year to Georgia State University.
In 1973, with new responsibilities, he became an Atlanta Police Officer while attending college full time. Ron attained a BA degree in English Literature from Georgia State University in 1974. He retired from the Atlanta Police Department in 1996 after a very fulfilling and personally satisfying career.
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A FEW OF RON’S LATEST MASTERPIECES
Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story
Travel back to 1958 with an angel on a mission to a CHRISTMAS PAST, as we’re shown a heart-rending story of a destitute family who happiness and Christmas had all but passed over.
Do the impoverished deserve kindness, generosity, or love?
Striving to survive life’s frigid and bitter winds, a jilted mother and her four, young children will be tested like never before.
Despite the crushing odds, will one boy’s prayers be answered?
Only time and AN ANGEL’S STORY will tell.
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Without From Within: Poems by Ron Shaw
After publishing twelve works, from deep within me, the innate urge to express myself in an entirely different manner overtook me.
As far back as I can remember, reading poetry has always been a passion. It may well have been one of the key factors in choosing English Literature as my college major.
This collection is the result of exposing my soul and heart in a way I’d never dreamed of doing so.
While my other works in publication are integral parts of me, I now understand that poetry is the essence of who I was, am, and forever will be.
With the understanding that these are my inaugural offerings and with the compassion to allow a heart without and soul within to falter, I hope you enjoy my poems.
“Without From Within…” is one of Ron Shaw’s best works. It is a beautiful culmination of the sensitive, emotional journey found woven within his books…in poetic form. His poems reflect a depth of vulnerability and innocence – giving light to hope – despite the emotional heaviness they carry. Ron’s words flow with a sincere honesty – portraying a heartfelt journey of life’s challenges – with a keen sense of not only what they held, but the opportunity for enlightenment they carried. I greatly enjoyed “Without From Within…” and the courage it represents. Despite my lack of fluency in the French language, I also found the French translation…beautiful. Wishing Ron the best, as he continues along this new journey. Onward!”
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TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw
In an effort to offer this print edition at an attractive price, the interior photographs were converted to classic black and white. A Second Edition of this book will be published with the interior photographs in color. An American Poet and his friend, an American photographer, team up to create a seminal collection of heartfelt poems, certain to grab you emotionally. Poetry commands the singular ability to lay one prostrate and bare before the reader, giving safe refuge to words and thoughts of depth excavated from crevices yet explored deep within the poet. I find no other form of writing to be so utterly and beautifully invasive. The poems that follow are my second collection of published poetry. My initial traverse into the purest of all literature, poetry, Without From Within, has surpassed my greatest expectations. It has been well-received. I’m humbled by the praise it continues to garner from readers worldwide. I’m delighted many have found favor with my poems and the photographs contained within the book. I see no reason to alter what has been a successful combination of poetry and photography. Hopefully, each offering will please your senses as well as touch your emotions. If a picture is worth a thousand words, a poem speaks volumes. I hope you will enjoy TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw as well as the photographs presented by my brother-in-law, J. Robert Sosby.
Q&A WITH THE INCREDIBLE MR. SHAW
Since this website is titled The Inspired Writers, where do you get your inspiration from? I find inspiration in the most unusual places and at unexpected and the oddest hours.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors? Write what you know and love. If you do this, readers will know it.
What was the hardest part about writing and publishing your book? Patience is my most difficult foe. The words flow and the process of publishing what’s written becomes stagnant pools filled with perils.
If you didn’t like writing books, what would you do for a living? I’ve been there and done the “for a living” gigs. Obviously, I write for fun because a living from doing so appears quite improbable.
Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work? There’s one author who I’ve read more extensively than any other. Well, not as extensively as Shakespeare, but… At times, he can be the most irritating man when quill meets paper and paper becomes a book. I am my favorite author, but Dan Brown is a close second. His works make me think, launching me into other books related to his writings. His pace is fast. You’ll never have time to become bored when reading a Dan Brown novel.
Do you have any unique talents or hobbies? My greatest hobby is doing nothing, and this tends to highlight my hidden talents of guarding comfy benches, feeding the birds, and spinning tales.
What can we expect from you in the future? I rarely know where the muses will take me, but exploring new genres is always adventurous fun. I’m trying to put together another poetry book, also, an initial dabble into nonfiction, I plan on writing more short stories, novelettes, and novellas in my CRAMPED QUARTERS series (maybe), and a book of photography for my brother-in-law, J. Robert Sosby. Other than those, I’m as free as a sparrow.
What do you consider to be your best accomplishment? At this point, as far as writing is concerned, I’d say that would be my poetry books.
When did you first realize you wanted to be a writer? Upon waking one morning after a near death experience or incredible dream in early October 2013.
What do you think makes a good story? 1/4 cup of tears, 12 heaping tablespoons of laughter, a pinch of mystery, three shakes only of catharsis, half a hero, a full measure of villainy, allowing a tale to slowly marinate in its own juices until ready for a slow burn over hot hickory wood coals thus rendering the fat into juices, tenderizing the story to the point it melts in the reader’s mouth.
Who is your intended audience and why should they read your book?
What literary character is most like you? Pip (Great Expectations)
Which do you prefer, selling your books or giving them away? For me, the latter by far!
Christmas Past: An Angel’s Story
Sort & Fun Stories: Vol. 1
WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: POEMS BY RON SHAW (audiobook)
CALM WITHIN by 56th Grammy Winner Laura Sullivan
TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw
TraVerses: Poems by Ron Shaw (Audible)
J by Ron Shaw
WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: Poems by Ron Shaw
DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR: Poemes par Ron Shaw
Dans L’Abime Interieur Recueil Deux: Poèmes par Ron Shaw
WITHOUT FROM WITHIN: DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEILS UN & DEUX
DANS L’ABIME INTERIEUR RECUEILS UN & DEUX: WITHOUT FROM WITHIN
The Yellow Bus Boys Go Blue: CANADA BOUND
AROUND THE CAMPFIRE: Two Badge-Toters’ Tales by D.A. Grady and Ron Shaw
SEVEN FISH TREE
THE YELLOW BUS BOYS
Poetry Because It Matter: A Poets Journey by Richard M. Knittle, Jr.
Redemption Alley: A Poetic graphic novel by C. William Clarke
EMOTIONS IN INK by C. William Clarke
Sophistry: Part 1 of The Sabia by S. Marshall Wilson
LET’S TALK by Dorothy May Mercer
SUDDENLY HALLOWEEN by Steve Cartwright
A Christmas for Healing by Steve Cartwright
THE WORSENING by Olivia Stanton
WHO’S MINDING AMERICA by D.A. Grady
THE HORSES OF PAIUTE CANYON by D.A. Grady
MIDNIGHT ASSASSIN: A Tale of Lust and Revenge by Sherry Rentschler
PAPER BONES by Sherry Rentschler
BY LIGHT BETRAYED by Sherry Rentschler
SPIRITED TALES by Annie Acorn
BLOODLETTING by William D. Prystauk
CONFESSIONS OF A TRAVEL JUNKIE: A Prequel to Garuda’s Travels by Vanya VETTO
GARUDA’S TRAVELS by Vanya VETTO
I-AUGMENTATION by Vanya VETTO
A FUZZY RED by Vanya VETTO
TALIA (Book 1) by Christy King
ANCESTRAL BLOOD: Book Two of the Talia Series by Christy King
DAMAGED GOODS by C.A. Hocking
A PLACE IN TIME by C.A. Hocking
HOME TO ROOST by C.A. Hocking
SHADOW BENDER by Fay E. Simon
BEHIND THE MIRROR by Fay E. Simon
THE KING OF MACAU by Jake Needham
LAUNDRY MAN by Jake Needham
KILLING PLATO by Jake Needham
A WORLD OF TROUBLE by Jake Needham
THE AMBASSADOR’S WIFE by Jake Needham
THE BIG MANGO by Jake Needham
THE DEAD AMERICAN by Jake Needham
THE UMBRELLA MAN by Jake Needham
TEA MONEY by Jake Needham
CHOCOLATE CAN KILL by Annie Acorn
A TIRED OLDER WOMAN LOSES WEIGHT by Annie Acorn
PEN & INK 2014 by Annie Acorn
COVER DESIGN & YOU by Annie Acorn & Angel Nichols
A CLUE FOR ADRIANNA by Charlotte Kent
A MAN FOR SUSAN by Charlotte Kent