“Internationally acclaimed author, biographer, and ghostwriter of non-fiction and novels” sounds fancy, but I’m simply a professional with skills and a mission to write entertaining, uplifting, and inspirational stories for my readers’ enjoyment. People tell me, “You create emotional stories… paint pictures with words.” Well, I write what I see in front of me, adding my imagination where it improves the story.
Growing up in a cramped house, competing for personal space among seven brothers and sisters, two parents, (most times) at least one good hunting dog, and a score of kids living on our block, I learned to hold my ground, at times from a perch 30 feet up my favorite tree in the woods behind our house.
I was born in Bogota, Colombia, the second son of Polish-immigrant-coal-miner stock and blue-blooded, Colombian-Chilean lineage. Appreciating ethnic values and cultural differences by observing directly disparate social classes and living conditions there paint-brushed a wanderlust onto my life-canvas: I’ve spent time in 39 countries and performed keynote briefings in 17.
While I laugh often and can experience a panorama of emotions just for fun, I prefer to make other people smile and generally feel happier for having met me or, better yet, having read my books. If you curl up with one and find yourself breathless, provoked, inspired, and changed as if you just undertook an important journey that left you more than satisfied, my job as your author will be a success.
Some of my book titles and descriptions:
Non-fiction, Biography; 452 pages Hardcover; eBook and AudioBook.
“Tell started all this television madness about chefs.” – Regis Philbin
Before Julia, Wolfgang, Paul, Emeril, Jacques, Bobby, Mario, Gordon, Rachel, Jamie, and Anthony there was… CHEF TELL!
After ducking physical blows, verbal zingers and pots and pans from fiery, kitchen mentors never dissuaded him, and his mother’s suicide had not dashed his spirited childhood bravado, winning in a park an audition for a cooking slot on a syndicated TV show earns Friedemann Paul Erhardt his place in culinary history.
Within weeks, he appears on-air in 30 cities. Within months, 40,000,000 avid Baby Boomers in 114 cities—far more than Julia Child’s fan base—tune to Evening Magazine or PM Magazine to watch him perform 90-second, cooking segments three times a week. Personal appearances on The Mike Douglas Show, The Dinah Shore Show, The Merv Griffin Show, The Jon Davidson Show; and magazine cover stories and live cooking demonstrations in shopping malls and convention centers add fuel to this German-American prairie fire’s sweep of the nation.
No one has ever seen anyone like Chef Tell—he cooks fast, entertains and teaches America to feel good enough to try cooking his way. A cavalcade of fan mail, more than 1,000 letters daily, blossoms into 14,000 pieces of mail weekly. In Capitol Center of Baltimore Maryland, he draws 20,000 people to five cooking shows one weekend, informing and entertaining enthralled attendees.
Tell’s appeal—ruggedly masculine yet comfortable in the kitchen—crosses gender and generational lines of television viewers. Twenty and thirty-year-old, female and male home cooks swoon over his engaging style and simple recipes.
“You do like this, do like that…very easy, very nice.” And “I see you!” he tells them. “If a housewife or man sees me do something in 90 seconds, they figure they can make it in five minutes,” Tell says.
Yet, Tell Erhardt lacks inner peace and understanding, which he craves. The scars of his childhood and his mother’s ignominious death drive him through three restaurants. He outlasts two marriages, another suicide, sporadic drug use, and clandestine sexual conquests before he finds the two measures of personal happiness he has sought all along: the honest, loyal love of a woman he can trust implicitly, as well as his own syndicated-TV cooking show (after he turns down The Food Network’s arguably first contract offer ever made to a chef).
Just as a new breeze catches the mainsail of his storied career vessel, two untimely falls lead to ill health, lawsuits, marital strife and a (fortunate) discovery of a long-standing diabetic condition. Undeterred, Tell recovers everything: He kicks all medications, manhandles his diabetes with dietary changes and exercise, loses 100 pounds, rehabilitates his marriage, and begins work on his sixth cookbook—an earlier one sold 230,000 copies, this one loaded with diabetic recipes.
But Tell never arrives to teach his cooking class at The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College on Friday morning, October 26, 2007. Instead, he dies alone at home. Surprised and shocked internet and news-media posts include this comment: “Chef Tell has died? Stick a fork in him, he’s done.” Friedemann Paul “Chef Tell” Erhardt would have loved that.
CHEF TELL The Biography of America’s Pioneer TV Showman Chef, forewords by Regis Philbin & Chef Walter Staib, published by Skyhorse Publishing NYC, reveals “the rest of the story” for millions of Baby-Boomer fans to enjoy. (Currently , based on this book, a feature documentary nears production.)
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Non-fiction, Sports, Baseball; softcover & Kindle.
From the Preface:
“’At the end of the year, or the end of the job, if the cumulative effort is good enough, you get a chance to go to the postseason, and that is where it all starts.’ — head baseball coach, Ray Tanner
“The 2011 Gamecocks annihilated opponents. As a team, South Carolina in 2011 finished with a 1.31 ERA in 10 NCAA Tournament games. The Gamecocks’ bullpen finished 6-0 with five saves and an incredible 0.53 ERA in 33.2 innings of work in the NCAA College World Series Tournament games. They did not allow a single, extra-base hit during the entire tournament.
“Freshmen, fresh men, would take their places in 2012.
“Despite the loss of key veterans, Tanner’s vision for 2012’s recruiting class and veterans remained upbeat, even confident. He knew by the numbers that a lot of veteran players with outstanding performances under their belts, who stayed, would continue to perform at high levels. Veteran senior, Friday-night ace and All-American Michael Roth stayed on this year, as did All-American, junior closer Matt Price. Nolan Belcher; Ethan Carter; Colby Holmes; Adam Westmoreland; Tyler Webb; Patrick Sullivan, Logan Munson and Hunter Privette stayed. Forrest Koumas, who made the SEC All-Freshman Team and finished at 6-1 with a 2.96 ERA in 19 games and 12 starts, stayed.
“The biggest question in the minds of Garnet & Black coaches and fans was whether the new infield would gel into a working unit early enough in the season to give them a chance at the end. The infield situation — to get back to Omaha would be a lot to ask of freshman players, but they would work on it.”
Thus, begins the amazing story of Carolina Baseball 2012, Poetic Justice and how the 2012 Gamecocks transformed from a ragtag bunch of individuals into a national-caliber team that almost pulled off a miracle, third consecutive, national championship win — a feat accomplished in history by only one team: 1972’s USC Trojans.
Ronald Joseph Kule’s account follows the saga co-authored by Kule and J. David Miller in Carolina Baseball: Pressure Makes Diamonds – the authorized biography of the 119-year-old University of South Carolina baseball program from 1892 through the Gamecocks’ back-to-back, national championships in 2010-2011 — the school’s first-ever, major-sport championship wins.
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Non-fiction, sales training. Softcover books/courses; 270 pages
Echoing an award-winning, 1892 ad-copy formula that swept the American sales industry in the early 1900s, this original book offers a unique approach to selling through a sales course steeped on correct, fundamental data that lead to certainty and ability not only to apply the data but also close sales better and easier. The training approach offers a guaranteed understanding of what is studied and can be practiced. Exclusive, author-developed training exercises targetting specific skills are also available on separate checksheets.
Kule’s 39-year, international sales career included door-to-door, in-home, B2C, B2B selling from street level to Boardroom and C-level executive presentations, and keynote-speaker fundraising presentations before professional audiences. He has trained scores of salespeople with this data through international sales-training workshops delivered on request. Maren’s experience includes half-a-century of award-winning consulting about sales, reaching goals, how to choose and motivate staff and administrative functions for the expansion of multi-sized corporations and groups and individuals. Together, the co-authors represent almost 100 years of sales, sales management, and training scores of salespeople worldwide.
Recommended by international corporate consultants Brian Tracy, Patrick Valtin and Marten Runow, among others, including Stu Sjouerman, CEO of KnowB4, Inc., and Edwin Dearborn, author of Power Branding Secrets.
Mystery/romance novel; softcover; 265 pages
What does a man do when love rejects him unexpectedly? How do lovers of both genders bring back their natural desires for affection? Once broken, can people ever find meaningful love again? Finally, are there really four distinct paths to meaningful, everlasting love?
In this intense, at times steamy, fictional narrative, Carlos Almarón and his childhood friend Carmela Ariana must confront their difficult pasts after the murder of their mutual lover. Seeking to find redemption and true love, the trials they face bring them to help each other and to discover what is and isn’t important about true love. When Cupid finds them, his arrows strike where and when they least expect it!
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Magical Realism; softcover & Kindle; 270 pages
On a swelteringly hot afternoon in Oklahoma, being on trial bears down upon a Cherokee teen. In front of his peers and tribunal Elders, ThunderCloud stoically endures not only an embarrassment but also the only outcome he richly deserves: ex-communication by decree. Thus, he becomes a young man forced into a world full of strangers and trying circumstances unfamiliar to him. There, he must learn to face his manhood or perish. Near-deadly mishaps, interludes with lovers, ersatz contacts with myriad characters, some good some bad, and time spent within an Amish clan that befriends him prompt his spiritual awakening and decision to return to his Principal People, intent on making amends. On his journey home he collects valuable experiences as well as a motley entourage that includes a ragtag gang of renegade children, a sage Amish runaway, and the woman whom, he hopes, he will one day marry… none of which guarantees acceptance upon his arrival at the Cherokee Reservation he once left in disgrace.
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“… Haunted Robots is an unusual and often whimsical story of a disparate group of characters, android and otherwise, who find themselves drawn together in a race to uncover and flee from a black-ops-type conspiracy involving unknown shadowy agencies. Definitely a thought-provoking book and decently entertaining.” – Anthony Wells, U.K. Home Recording Artist
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356 pages, softcover & Kindle,
Foreword by Tracy Repchuk, eight-time international Amazon bestselling author and LinkedIn Influencer.
“Terry” Hitchcock is a humble, God-fearing entrepreneur who survived a kidnapping, homelessness, and gang-life. A USAF veteran, he threw baseballs fast, roused crowds and groupies with his saxophone, and married “The One.” When cancer took his wife and his job, he raised three children alone. Later, he consulted 84 corporations, raised over $100 million for startups, and received awards from two U.S. Presidents. To promote the plight of single-parents and children everywhere, he ran the distance of 75 marathons in 75 consecutive days, winning media attention and capturing the hearts and minds of millions in 27 countries. Reading this inspiring biography, you will learn not only what, how and why Terry survived but also his “Ultimate Dream” and how YOU can participate in it!
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Coming in September 2020:
Conversations with Animals ~ From Farm Girl to Pioneering Veterinarian, the Dr. Ava Frick Story
Foreword by Dr. Michael W. Fox, BVetMed, Ph.D., DSc, MRCVS
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Ronald Joseph Kule ghostwrites in any genre of non-fiction or fiction by request and on commission. Ne works from his home office in Clearwater, Florida, but, in his words, “… my passport yearns for more nation-stamps, and my bags can be packed on a moment’s notice!”
© 2019 by Ronald Joseph Kule and KuleBooks LLC. Reserved.