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Monday, November 26, 2012

GUEST BLOG and Giveaway: Ron Hartman


This post is part of a virtual book tour organized by Goddess Fish Promotions. Ron will be awarding signed cover flats for each tour stop and a $25 Amazon gift card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour. Please click on the tour banner above to see the other stops on the tour.

Where do Ideas Come From?

The Prophecy Chronicles: Prophecy Foretold was a labor of love for many years. For most of that time I didn’t even know what the story was going to be about, let alone the title or the main character. Like most of my story ideas, it started with a single kernel that took root in the fertile crannies of my mind, coming back to me whenever I let my mind wander. It all started when I was sixteen or seventeen, driving home in a snowstorm from a night job at a grocery store.

My family lived in rural Iowa, several miles off pavement on a gravel road. To get to that gravel road I traveled first from a wide paved highway (the “new” highway, even though it’d been there longer than I’ve been alive) to a narrow stretch of concrete with raised curbs and nonexistent shoulders (yep, you guessed it, the “old” highway), then finally to the meandering gravel path. Shortly after turning onto the old highway there was a series of s-curves. Alongside the road midway through these deceptively dangerous curves was a small field with a pond on the far side.

I was driving home in the snowstorm and as I came around the s-curves I saw the opening sequence in Prophecy Foretold, plain as day. I could see my car sliding across the road, crashing through a fence and rolling onto the frozen surface of that pond…only to have the ice break and send me into the depths. I remember shivering and thinking what a horrible way to go that would be! Fortunately I didn’t lose control, but that kernel took root and came to me often over the years.

Now fast forward a couple of years to when I was a senior in high school. I was taking a lit course that involved some creative writing assignments, one of which involved choosing one of a dozen images and writing a short mystery about it. I can’t remember any of the pictures except the one I chose. It was a black-and-white drawing showing a boy from behind. He sat on what looked like a flatbed train car riding rails along a raised causeway, water lapping along both sides of the pier. The car had a mast rising from the middle of it, a sail carrying it along the rails. Again, plain as day, I saw what that picture was meant to be: the ending of Prophecy Foretold. I knew the surroundings weren’t water, but rather a sea of acid, and the boy (but not a boy, a man) fled a desperate situation, the hopes of his people riding with him.

Just like the car wreck, this idea stuck with me, putting down seeds and flourishing in the darkness of my mind. It wasn’t until nearly fifteen years later that I finally realized those two ideas were kernels for the same story, that they would bookend my first novel. Where do ideas come from? I don’t really know, but for me they usually sneak up when I least expect it, blinding me with their clarity and branding themselves onto my mind. They are the vivid images that won’t leave, that come back to fill the silences at the end of the day. Sometimes they coalesce into a great story, and if you’re very lucky, into a series. Happy reading, and good luck with any surprising ideas that may sneak up on you and refuse to fade!

About the Author:
Ron Hartman has had a life-long passion for the written word and is an avid reader. The Prophecy Chronicles are his first written works. Ron graduated from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy in 2000 and lives in Ottumwa, Iowa with his wife and three children. Buy the books at;; Amazon.

An accident made him a savior. Now Daniel Marten struggles to find himself and a way home while the armies of Naphthali battle to control him.

These are dark days for Naphthali. The king has been murdered, the land invaded by the Imperial Army. It will absorb Naphthali into an Empire that stretches across all of EnialĂ© at any cost. The ravaged people cling to an ancient promise, an assurance that a Prophesied savior will come to set them free…Daniel Martin is trapped in a life that hasn’t gone as expected. His pharmacy is struggling and he is losing all hope of making a difference in his patients’ lives. His family is the one shining light in his disenchanted life, but he is torn from them when an accident draws him to Naphthali. The people need him but Daniel is driven by his need to return to the family he loves. Is he the Prophesied One? Only time will tell as both the Empire and the Resistance battle for Daniel while the fate of Naphthali hangs in the balance…


  1. Thank you so much for having me on today! I'm very excited to be here. I'd love to hear anything you all have to share...any questions, comments? I'm all ears!

  2. Very interesting how you came up with your ideas based on the images.


    1. Thanks! Sometimes if a good idea hits you, you just know it...For me the ones that stick like that HAVE to mean something, right? I'm glad they worked into this book so well.

  3. I think you have written an awesome story. I really enjoyed the way you just saw the events in the book.

    1. Thanks! I really like the way it came together. If you choose to read it, I hope you enjoy it too!

  4. It sounds like you have a very vivid imagination. I am glad you were finally able to take those ideas and turn them into this novel. It sounds like it would be something I might enjoy

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  5. I hope you do enjoy it! I know it was a lot of fun to write!

  6. Ah! This blurb sounds great. Wish there was an excerpt to feast on!

  7. Fascinating to hear your inspiration!


  8. I love the way you described your inspiration. Great post!
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  9. Thanks to all! If you'd like to read an excerpt, go to and there are excerpts for all three of the Prophecy Chronicles novels...enjoy!

  10. What an interesting story & thank you for the background.