Hello, I'm Ron, the author of the Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries, A Witch's Coven Novels, and the Jovian Gate Chronicles series. On this site, you can learn more about the books I've written and also read through my blog in which I share my thoughts on writing and life. This page will give you a quick breakdown of who I am and what you can expect.
I believe that, no matter how difficult our childhood, we can use imaginative stories to heal ourselves and lead lives filled with love and hope.
I started writing stories back when I was 9 years old and have never stopped. Having been raised in a twice divorced home, I lived through some difficult times as a kid. I discovered at an early age that by using my imagination and creativity I could rise above the dysfunction around me, not just escape, but thrive and find healing.
The questions that I answer in my blog are:
- How do you overcome failure and adversity?
- What does it take to raise a family, work full-time and write?
- How do you not repeat the unhealthy family behaviors that you grew up with and be happy?
I publish a new blog post as often as I can (I've needed to pull back to work on my books) and a new novel every year. I'm passionate about creativity, the imagination and how we can use these to help us in our daily lives. As an INFJ (introversion, intuition, feeling, judging) Myers-Briggs personality type, I see the world in a pretty unique way. I like to pull from my imagination and juxtapose it with the real world so that I can lay bare the source of a problem and use stories as a means of emotional healing. It's all about the journey for me and not the destination.
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Ron Vitale is a fantasy and science fiction author. He has a Master’s degree in English Literature from Villanova University where he studied the works of Alice Walker and Margaret Atwood, interpreting their novels with a psychological Jungian approach by showing how the central female protagonists in their novels use storytelling as a means to heal themselves from trauma. He lives in a small town outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In the fall of 2008, he published his fantasy novel Dorothea’s Song as an audiobook on Podiobooks and for sale in the Amazon.com Kindle store, and in 2011 he published Lost, the first book in the Cinderella’s Secret Diaries series, in 2012 the second book in the series, Stolen, was published and in 2014 the third book in the series, Found was released.
Ron has since published Awakenings and Betrayals, books 1 and 2, of the Witch’s Coven Novel series as well as Faith, the first book in the Jovian Gate Chronicles. He keeps himself busy by writing his blog, and on learning how to be a good father to his kids all while working on his next book.
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Books I've Written
Here's a list of the books I've written so far. I've focused mainly in fantasy, but have dabbled in science fiction.
- Lost: Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries (Book 1)
- Stolen: Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries (Book 2)
- Found: Cinderella's Secret Witch Diaries (Book 3)
- Awakenings: A Witch's Coven Novel (Book 1)
- Betrayals: A Witch's Coven Novel (Book 2)
- Dorothea's Song
- The Jovian Gate Chronicles (Short story collection)
- Faith: The Jovian Gate Chronicles (Book 1)
My Most Popular Blog Posts
Over the last few years, I've started to narrow my focus on my blog. Here are the most popular blog posts:
- What I Learned About Indie Publishing in 2016
- The Sexual Objectification of Women in Recent Film
- How to Find Emotional Connection and Companionship with Others
- Five Things I'm Thankful My Mother and Grandmother Taught Me
- How to Overcome Apprehension and Fears
- What If Princess Leia and Luke's Roles Were Reversed in Star Wars?
Who am I?
I grew up in the northeastern part of Philadelphia and embraced at a young age all things geeky and uncool. Nourished on Tolkien, Star Wars and Doctor Who, I played with fake cardboard lightsabers and was an avid Dungeons & Dragons player. Yet the worlds that I created in my early stories took a drastic turn when my mother introduced me to the PBS Anne of Green Gables series back in the mid ‘80s.
I embraced L.M. Montgomery's books of Anne Shirley and knew that, although I enjoyed fantasy and science fiction, I wanted my characters to come to life with real emotion. A few years later I wrote my first novel, Dorothea's Song, taking what I'd learn from all the fantasy books I'd read and adding a dose of real life to the premise. (That book sat on a shelf until 2008 when I found the courage to rewrite and then publish it.)
In graduate school, I completed my academic career by writing my thesis on a comparative study of Margaret Atwood and Alice Walker. I wanted to show how the heroines in their books have the courage to tell their stories of abuse to free themselves and find healing to become stronger and more self-confident women. And that's a theme that I've carried close to me in all of my writing. My books are not simply about magic, elves and fairies, but get to the heart of what it means to be alive—to feel, grow, be hurt and to love.
I embrace my love of fantasy and science fiction, mixing it with a healthy dose of self-reflection by embracing works from Brené Brown and Paulo Coelho. I keep myself busy writing, training for half-marathons (though I do have three full marathons under my belt) and on learning how to be a good husband to an extremely patient wife while, together, we do our best to raise our two children.
I invite you to come on a journey of imagination and self-growth with me. Together, we'll both learn something new.
Other Ways to Connect with Me
I love communicating with people and am an avid user of social media. Here are the best places you can find me and connect:
More About Me
Here's an interview that the News of Delaware County wrote up on me a few years back. The interview gives a good look at who I am and what I believe.
Stay in Touch
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