Ronald E. Yates

Ronald E. Yates

Ronald E. Yates is an author of award-winning historical fiction and action/adventure novels, including the popular and highly-acclaimed Finding Billy Battles trilogy. His extraordinarily accurate books have captivated fans from around the world who applaud his ability to blend fact and fiction. Ron is a former foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune and Professor Emeritus of Journalism at the University of Illinois where he was also the Dean of the College of Media. His award-winning book, "The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles," is the second in his Finding Billy Battles trilogy of novels and was published in June 2016.

The first book in the trilogy, "Finding Billy Battles," was published in 2014. He is currently working on Book #3 of the trilogy with an intended publication date in spring or early summer 2017. Ron has been a presenting author at the Kansas Book Festival and the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books, among other venues. He is also the author of The Kikkoman Chronicles: A Global Company with A Japanese Soul, published by McGraw-Hill. Other books include Aboard the Tokyo Express: A Foreign Correspondent's Journey through Japan, a collection of columns translated into Japanese, as well as three journalism textbooks: The Journalist's Handbook, International Reporting and Foreign Correspondents, and Business and Financial Reporting in a Global Economy.

Before leaving the world of professional journalism where he toiled 25 years, Ron lived and worked in Japan, Southeast Asia, and both Central and South America where he covered several history-making events including the fall of South Vietnam and Cambodia; the Tiananmen Square massacre in Beijing; and wars and revolutions in Afghanistan, the Philippines, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala, among other places. His work as a war correspondent resulted in several awards, including the Inter-American Press Association's Tom Wallace Award for coverage of Central and South America; the Peter Lisagor Award from the Society of Professional Journalists; three Edward Scott Beck Awards for International Reporting, and three Pulitzer nominations.

Ron is a proud graduate of the William Allen White School of Journalism at the University of Kansas and a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served in the Army Security Agency.

Lenka's List had the pleasure to publish this interview on: May 22nd, 2017
I knew I liked writing when I was in the sixth grade. I loved writing stories and I had a teacher (Mrs. Gooch) who encouraged me. My mother also bought me books and took me often to the library--a place that I found magical and magnetic. She often read to me and I could "see" the story unfolding before me. When I could read myself, I began to devour everything I could get my hands on. Reading took me places I could not, as a boy, otherwise go.
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2018-02-07 Laughter is the shortest distance between two people
2018-01-29 Where free speech should be promoted, free speech is under attack
2018-01-25 An Idea to Save Book Stores and Help New Authors
2018-01-15 Dealing with Rejection Letters from Agents & Publishers
2018-01-12 How to Handle a Negative Book Review
2018-01-10 19th Century Newspaper Editors Imagine Newspapers of the Future
2017-12-13 More Predictions From the Past: “Oranges will grow in Philadelphia”
2017-12-11 Famously Wrong Predictions From the Past
2017-12-01 Is There a Cure for Groper’s Disease?
2017-11-29 Journalistic Method Part 3: Test Your Powers of Observation
2017-11-28 Journalistic Method for Authors (Part 2)
2017-11-27 Journalistic Method: A Technique for Authors (Part 1)
2017-11-22 Journalism vs. Fiction: What’s the Difference?
2017-11-21 What do you like about Historical Fiction?
2017-11-10 Happy Veterans Day to my Fellow Vets
2017-11-08 An Uncommon Love of Words & Writing
2017-11-06 Are Terrorists Winning the War on Terror?
2017-11-02 Dealing With the Dreaded Rejection Letter
2017-10-31 The Awful English Language
2017-10-23 The Diminished Meaning of the Word “Hero”
2017-10-19 Join Me Today on Blog Talk Radio’s Spotlight Honors Show
2017-10-17 Today’s Journalism: No Experience Required?
2017-10-02 Blacks, Crime, and the Bended Knee
2017-09-30 This Marine Takes a Knee against the NFL
2017-09-21 Letter from Oxford: Revising History to Placate Contemporary Views and Prejudices
2017-09-20 Is the American Empire Collapsing? (Part III)
2017-09-19 Is the American Empire Collapsing? (Part II)
2017-09-18 Is the American Empire Collapsing? (Part I)
2017-09-12 When Does a Gap Become a Canyon? (Part 2)
2017-09-11 When Does A Gap Become a Canyon? (Part 1)
2017-09-08 The Decline of American Power
2017-08-29 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Nonnie Jules
2017-08-28 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Linda Mims
2017-08-28 A Nation Gone Daft
2017-08-27 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Joni Parker
2017-08-26 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Stephanie Collins
2017-08-25 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Joan Curtis
2017-08-24 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Bruce Borders
2017-08-23 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Robert Fear
2017-08-20 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Marcha Fox
2017-08-20 Blog Talk Radio Interview re Writing
2017-08-19 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Jeff Haws
2017-08-19 America’s Racial History in Context
2017-08-18 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Harmony Kent
2017-08-17 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author D. L. Finn
2017-08-16 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author RHANI D’ CHAE
2017-08-16 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Nonnie Jules
2017-08-14 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Marlena Smith
2017-08-13 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Joy Lo-Bamijoko
2017-08-12 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Amy Reese
2017-08-11 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Laura Libricz
2017-08-10 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Lynn Hobbs
2017-08-09 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author John Howell
2017-08-07 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Michelle Abbott
2017-08-06 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author JAN SIKES
2017-08-05 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author WENDY SCOTT
2017-08-05 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author GWEN PLANO
2017-08-03 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Beem Weeks
2017-08-02 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author LAURIE FINKELSTEIN
2017-08-01 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour: Author Karen Ingalls
2017-07-31 WATCH “RWISA” WRITE Showcase Tour
2017-07-31 Journalism’s Dangerous Shift from Impartiality to Advocacy
2017-07-27 A Little Shameless Self-Promotion
2017-07-26 Vang Pao: A Forgotten Warrior and Ally
2017-07-24 Tribute to a Vietnamese Patriot
2017-07-21 The Regrettable Decline of Class and Good Taste
2017-07-20 “Hate Speech” and Literature
2017-07-19 So You Want to Travel Back in Time?
2017-07-18 Here Are 11 Skills Your Great-Grandparents Had That You Don’t
2017-07-17 Writing for Nonreaders in the Post-Print Era
2017-07-13 “Has America Ever Been as Divided as it is Today?”  
2017-07-05 A Few Salient Comments about This & That
2017-06-19 Is American Journalism Dead, or in a Coma?
2017-06-01 The Lost Years of Billy Battles (Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy)
2017-05-26 Journalistic Method: How Observant Are You? (Part 3)
2017-05-25 Journalistic Method: Observation Techniques for Authors (Part 2)
2017-05-24 Journalistic Method: Observation Techniques for Authors (Part 1)
2017-05-22 America, the Neo-Tribal Nation
2017-05-16 Coming this Summer: Book #3 in the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy
2017-05-15 Whining Media & White House Press Briefings
2017-05-13 An Old Letter from El Salvador
2017-05-04 What if readers hate your characters?
2017-05-02 Colleges are no longer the cradle of free speech…they are just cradles.
2017-04-16 Rave Reviews Book Club Springtime Book & Blog Block Party
2017-04-11 The Rules of Writing: There Are None!
2017-04-03 Some Thoughts About Books & Reading
2017-04-01 Book Signing April 22 @ Barnes & Noble
2017-03-27 The Awful English Language
2017-03-22 Interview re Historical Fiction on the New Books Network
2017-03-08 The top 15 ebook stores in 5 countries
2017-03-01 Announcing the re-launch of My GRL
2017-02-21 Political Correctness and America’s Sports Teams
2017-02-13 Flashman, the foreign correspondent’s role model: Victorian England’s foremost rotter would have made a great journalist
2017-02-07 Some Facts About Books, Publishing and Technology You Didn’t Know
2017-02-05 “Finding Billy Battles” a Finalist for the Laramie Book Award
2017-01-31 US Soldiers Who Earned the Medal of Honor Without Touching a Weapon
2017-01-30 Elmore Leonard’s 10 Rules of Writing: Annotated
2017-01-27 A Blog Post Wherein I Get Giddy And Agitated About Definite Articles And Apostrophes…
2017-01-26 “Scoop:” A Classic Satire About Foreign Correspondents
2017-01-17 Author of the Day on
2017-01-17 A Hullabaloo Over BBC’s “The Real Housewives of ISIS”
2017-01-13 A Legendary Journalist is Gone
2017-01-12 Get Ready for Unparalleled Presidential Bashing
2016-12-30 Obama’s Shameful Treachery & Betrayal of Israel
2016-12-29 Prognostications for 2017
2016-12-22 In Defense of (Gasp!) White Men
2016-12-20 Does a Trump Presidency Mean Hope is Dead?
2016-12-15 A “Deplorable” Goes Public
2016-12-13 Writer’s Block: Some Advice & Antidotes
2016-11-14 America’s Petulant Post Election Tantrums
2016-11-11 Happy Veterans Day to My Fellow Vets
2016-11-11 Book Tour: “The Courage of a Samurai”
2016-11-10 A Letter to the Editor
2016-11-08 Where Have You Gone Joe DiMaggio?
2016-11-03 Writing A Memoir: 5 Common Misconceptions
2016-11-02 Writing the Memoir (Part 2)
2016-11-01 Writing the Memoir (Part 1)
2016-10-26 Retired FBI Agent Scolds James Comey on the Hillary Clinton Investigation
2016-10-20 Journalists Shower Hillary Clinton with Campaign Cash
2016-10-17 GOP: The Bastion of Piety
2016-10-14 The Improbable Journeys of Billy Battles Hits Top 20 Amazon Bestsellers List
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Posted on: May 9th, 2017
Ronald E. Yates news for May 9th, 2017

The Disappearance of Billy Battles - AVAILABLE IN SUMMER 2017

(Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles Trilogy)

Where in the world is Billy Battles?

As Book 3 of the Finding Billy Battles trilogy begins we know where Billy is. He is in Chicago with his wife, the former Baroness Katharina von Schreiber living a sedate and comfortable life after years of adventure and tragedy. That changes with a single telephone call that yanks Billy and Katharina back into a life of turmoil and danger.

Persuaded by a powerful old friend to go undercover for the U.S. government the two find themselves in Mexico during the height of the violent 1910-1920 revolution. There they encounter assorted German spies, Mexican revolutionaries, devious political operatives, and other malefactors. Caught in the middle of the 1914 American invasion of Veracruz, they must find a way out while keeping their true identities secret.

After managing to extract themselves from danger, disaster strikes. It is a tragedy Billy is all too familiar with and one that will send him plummeting into a painful abyss of despair and agony. Consequently, Billy vanishes leaving family and friends to wonder what happened to him. Where is he? Is