Author: Ronel van Tonder

Ronel van Tonder is a science fiction author from South Africa. Having recently completed her dark, dystopian sci-fi trilogy, The Corrupted SUN Script, she's hard at work penning a new standalone sci-fi novel, The Seventh Glitch. When she's not writing, Ronel spends her free time slaying rendered baddies in the form of robots, gangsters and aliens - with any weapon that happens to be at hand.

I’ve always been interested in cinema trailers, video editing, 3D modeling… basically anything where I can create something from nothing. I guess that’s why I like writing, too. So I spent a few hours creating a book trailer for The Seventh Glitch. I hope you like it, and I would love any feedback you have to offer 🙂

Remember to click on the “full-screen” button for a fully immersive experience.

It’s damn near impossible to find your special someone in this vast pool of humanity. You know: someone you can spend the rest of your life with?
It’s practically unheard of for that same person to share your love of games. But man, that moment when you reveal your inner geek to someone – wincing in expectation of them bolting for the door or giving you a wedgie – and they smile and ask to see your games collection… well, it’s special.

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inspiration board

When you’re in the initial research and development phases of your novel, it’s sometimes difficult to picture certain elements of your story, especially if the novel includes sciences, locations, or cultures that you are not an expert in.

For this reason, and for many others, creating an inspiration board is a fun and a rewarding process that will ensure you have a host of visual and auditory cues at your fingertips when you begin writing. Inspiration boards can also be created on a per-character basis so that you can easier figure out motivations, goals, and personality quirks and traits for your new characters.

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How to create your own free writing playlist using soundcloud
Music is very important to me when I write.
It blocks out external sounds, improving my focus, and it inspires me too. Because of this effect, I find that listening to music when I’m adding chapters to my novel is incredibly important. But hearing the same song over and over doesn’t do it for me, either.
Also, I tend struggle with songs that have lyrics, because I find (especially rock or metal), listening to the lyrics throws me off my game. But over the years, I’ve found a few ways to get my hands on awesome music (for free). Using these tools, I build myself a writing playlist that I can play when I’m writing.

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Having read “The Theta Timeline” with its twist on the element of time travel, I was eager to see where Dietzel took the next installment in this series. I was pleasantly surprised with “The Theta Prophecy”. In this novel, the story is tightly focused on the characters themselves, and since I love character-driven fiction, this made the book for me.

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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a review.

Tiger in a Cage is a literary romance novel with a strong baroque narrative. The story centres around Molly. Her narrative is a mix of past and present, with passages of fond reminiscence of the friends and neighbours she met at Combe Close entwined with current day narrative of her life as a widower.

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The cover for Compile:Quest went through quite a radical transformation from what I originally envisioned. This being the first book cover I ever created, it was a bit touch and go for me. However, I eventually came up with a concept I was happy with that both, in my mind, represented the book, worked in a trio, and fit with some of the more contemporary sci-fi books out there.

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