It’s Meet the Author Monday! Each week we meet a new author and get to know a little about them, their writing process, publishing experience, and tips for other writers. Today we’re talking to Rony Kessler, author of The Mysterious Animal Soup and Rachel’s Gifts.
About Rony Kessler:
Rony is an Israeli born American, he grew up in Tel Aviv, across the street from the beach.
He arrived in NY with his family as a teen, obtaining an associate degree from NY City Community College after graduating from High School, later receiving an Accounting degree from Queens College after four years of night School. Rony Served in the US Army during the Vietnam war, and earned a master’s in business administration from LIU. Licensed as a CPA years, Rony concentrated in Tax and financial consulting.
Rony always loved to write Poetry and essays it led him to initiate, write and edit a client newsletter for over twenty years. Some forty years ago Rony joined Rotary International, a service and charity organization, where he also started, wrote and edited a newsletter until 2019. Rony is still very active with Rotary, raising money for many causes and organizations.
Rony and his wife Ana live on Long Island in NY, they have six children and twelve Grandchildren and love to spend time with them.
Rachel was born in Rony’s mind, while waiting for a friend in a restaurant, some 20 years ago,. He still has the napkin on which he wrote the opening chapter. When asked why it took this long to finish the book, he laughed and said he waited for his Grand Children to get old enough to help him edit the book, which indeed they did.
About The Mysterious Animal Soup: And Rachel’s Gifts:
Rachel, a young girl, survives a horrible crime and loses her voice, but not her determination to solve the tragedy that has befallen her family. Rony Kessler’s novel that occurs in both the US and the Middle East, is a riveting page turner, that pits Rachel a Twelve-year-old, against a gang of thugs that attacked her family. “The Mysterious Animal Soup, and Rachel’s Gifts” follows the short prequel “The Professor and the Wild Dogs”
Author Interview with Rony Kessler:
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- Does writing energize or exhaust you?
It energizes me, but it also has other benefits such as making me not think about stressors like problems, politics etc.
- What are common traps for aspiring writers?
Thinking they must have the whole story in the head before they begin to write
- Does a big ego help or hurt writers?
I think it hurts, writers have to be open to review and critics
- Do you want each book to stand on its own, or are you trying to build a body of work with connections between each book?
I think it’s a combination, each book should be able to stand on its own as a story, but the characters continue
- How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?
The next book in the series was just published, and the third one’s about three chapters written. I also have a bio “My Story” in progress based on a request from one of my children, and I have a collection of Poems and essays.
- What have you found is the best way to market your books?
I trust my Publisher Red Pingouin Books to do the marketing, I want my books to deliver a good story and an important message. I contribute my royalties to charity.
- When did you start writing?
I got the idea and started writing it 20 years ago, I got back to it during the Pandemic
- Have you always wanted to be a writer?
I always wrote and edited Newsletter, both for my CPA firm and for my Rotary Club. Always liked to write.