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Hey y’all! Today I would like to give a warm welcome to Rich Richardson, a fellow writer. Rich has been a guest on my blog before and after reading and being very impressed by his work, I knew I had to get him back here to ask him some questions. Enjoy!
How did you come up with your pen name?
Oddly enough, the name that I publish under, Rich Richardson, isn’t a Pen Name; it’s the name I actually go by. Back in high school, I played basketball in Freshman and Sophomore years, and the team gave me the nickname Big Rich, because my graduating class had three other Andrew’s in it, and some of them were on the team as well. Eventually, I just started going by Rich, but used my real first name, Andrew, in situations where I needed to state my last name. That was, until I got my first job after graduation, serving sandwiches in a fast food joint, and my boss put my name on the phone list as “Rich Richardson”. After that, it just stuck, and it’s still a bit of a running joke amongst my friends.
Why do you write?
I’ve always prided myself on being the type of person who will tell someone what they need to hear, rather than what they want to hear. My motivations for writing definitely reflect that.
My works tend to be character driven stories, that focus on people struggling against an uncaring world. They usually don’t involve saving the universe or defeating the bad guy once and for all, because the real world is never so clean cut. I want to display society and the world we live in as it is or as it was in whatever time period in which I’m writing. I want it to be messy and complicated, and full of different perspectives.
What genre are your books?
Mostly some form of future fantasy, or urban fantasy.
What draws you to this genre?
I don’t like putting restraints on my imagination. I love creating vibrant new worlds and technologies, even though I also love displaying the grittiness of the real world. My first novel even explored the concepts of terrorism and other countries misconceptions about America, using a post-apocalyptic city with werewolves, cults and neon.
Do you write full-time or part-time?
Part-time, for now. I pay my bills by working a crappy job and doing editing, but I’m hoping I move to full-time writing within the next few years.
Do you have a special time to write or how is your day structured?
On days when I have a lot of work to do, I set aside a few hours to do it. I allow myself to take as many breaks as I want, but I have to do housework if I’m not writing or editing. At the end of the day, I’ll either have all my work done or a really clean house, so I win either way.
What have you written?
I have a novel, Black Light, which is currently on Amazon and will also be on Smashwords within the next month. I’ve also written quite a few short stories and poems that I may compile at some point, but I’m most proud of a series I have called Lucy Davis Hates Reality. This series of short stories is about a girl dealing with self-harm, depression, relationships, and my inspiration was drawn from my first hand experience with those subjects. In fact, the Tumblr blog where I have those stories displayed, features a picture of some of my own scars, right at the top of the page. It was my first project that I’m really proud of.
Do you work to an outline or plot or do you prefer just seeing where an idea takes you?
It depends on what I’m writing. I usually work with a loose outline in my head, but whether or not I decide to create a concrete version is subject to change. I did that for my novel, but I’ve also written an erotic series that’s self-published under a different name, and I pretty much made it up as I went along.
What advice would you give to aspiring authors?
Have a good emotional support network in place. As someone who doesn’t have any family and only a few close friends, not having anyone to believe in you will make this process a lot harder, because you are going to fail, a lot. Be prepared for that, and keep people close that you know will help you through the rough times.
How can readers discover more about you and you work?
Follow my Facebook page. I’ve recently been spending a lot of time on there, talking about Lucy Davis Hates Reality and about self-harm, but I’ll be talking more about my other work later on.
I’m also going to start a YouTube channel soon, where I talk about writing, entertainment and whatever else I want to. My plan is for my first video to be all about my thoughts on Star Wars: EPisode VII.
Spoiler Alert: I didn’t think it was very good.