DL Richardson is with us today and has brought her brand new boxed set, Curious, and is offering a Giveaway!
Welcome, Debbie, can I pour you some coffee?
DL: Absolutely! Single shot, black, with one sugar.
Ally: Although you've visited with us before, please remind us and introduce new readers to your biography.
Music first captured the creative interest of D L Richardson. She got her first acoustic guitar at age ten, and in high school she sang with the school band. When she left school she helped form her own rock band where she sang lead vocals, played bass guitar, and wrote all the lyrics. At age 26 she realized she wanted to write novels for the rest of her life, or die trying, so she sold her equipment, quit pursuing a music career and began writing instead. She’s had two young adult novels published and is currently pitching a third and writing a fourth. She lives in Australia on the NSW South Coast with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing or reading she can be found practicing her piano, playing the guitar or walking the dog.
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DL: The first two novels The Bird with The Broken Wing and Feedback were published through a small-press publisher. I’ve always liked the idea of having a publisher because a) it’s what I’ve worked towards for so many years, and b) they can provides avenues otherwise closed to self-published authors. However, if that publisher is unwilling to do anything with the books other than slapping the covers onto the online sites, then they’re not doing me any favors. My third book, Little Red Gem, was self-published. Suddenly I had all the control. I could do so much more – discount the price, change the blurb, change the category/tags/metadata. The rights to my first two novels reverted to me a few months ago. It was both a sad and happy occasion. Sad in that I’m no longer published with a publisher. Happy in that I can take what I’ve learned and do what I do best – grab that ball and run for the goal. The books needed new covers, new blurbs, new categories in Amazon. And because these were effectively re-hashes i.e not new, I decided to do something altogether “new” and bundle them together. It’s also a great way to showcase my work for the same price as buying one book.
Ally: I admire how you bounced back and tried something new. How did you choose the name Curious?
DL: I have to confess that my writing distraction is the online character quizzes. You know the ones: Which mythological character are you?; Which city should you actually live in?; What is your ideal career? If you haven’t done one of these quizzes yet you might like to try one. Here’s the link. http://www.buzzfeed.com/quizzes Be warned, you might become addicted like me.
Anyway, my “ideal career” happened to be Writer. I breathed a sigh of relief. Nothing worse than putting years into something that, according to an online quiz, I’m not suited to. The quiz answers give you fun profile snippets, and one of those fun facts for a writer was “you are curious”. I totally agree that a writer needs to be curious. I also totally believe that a reader needs to be equally as curious. So I chose Curious as the title.
This book is like a bridge between myself as a curious writer and those curious readers out there. Two lines from the first review captured my attention: “My favorite book was …” “The only reason this wasn’t my favorite was…” As an author, having a reader/reviewer wrestling to choose which of these stories are their favorite, is like me holding out my hand for a reader to cross the bridge into my world and they’ve taken it. I hope readers are curious enough to pick up this book and give it a go.
ALly: Are the characters in the three stories related or are these standalones?
DL: All three stories in Curious are standalones and none of the characters cross over into other books. There is a common theme, though. I write speculative fiction, and much of what I write features a supernatural element, predominantly the afterlife. When I look at these three books in this bundle that theme is really noticeable. I’m not sure what it says about me. Am I curious about what happens after we die? Or am I wishing for a second chance to do life over again?
Ally: What are you working on next?
DL: I’m working on my first series. It’s an apocalyptic story combining virtual reality and video games. The three main characters are Jack and Kelly who are brother and sister, and Ben who is Kelly’s boyfriend and Jack’s best friend. There’s friction as well as closeness as they work together to survive inside this apocalyptic environment. Book One is with a publisher on their To Read pile. I have to check back in the new year to hear if they will take this project on or not. In the meantime I’m writing Book Two. I’ve written the overview for the entire series and all up there will be four or five books. Thankfully I’ve gotten faster and better at writing and I can now complete each 120k book in about four months. That’s my 2015 writing calendar filled.
Quick answer questions:
- a. favorite Christmas song: All I Want For Christmas Is You
- b. last Christmas movie you watched: Probably Santa Claus 3. At the moment they’re playing cartoon animation Christmas movies and I’m not so much into them. What I do watch every Christmas is the stop-motion movies made my Rankin/Bass Productions. I happily own Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Santa Claus is Coming To Town, and Little Drummer Boy. For years they weren’t available to own and they stopped playing them on TV in favor of Disney/Pixar productions. Finally they released them on DVD and I had a very merry Christmas that year. Sorry that not a quick answer.
- c. Do you make New Year's resolutions? Always. Never. As in I always make them and never keep them. haha
- d. If you could spend the holidays anywhere, where would that be? I’m dreaming of a white Christmas. No joke, we have blazing-hot, melt-your-makeup weather in Australia on Christmas day. The Richardson’s Christmas lunch is shrimp and champagne on the river in our little boat. Yet we watch all the Christmas movies with snow, turkey, roaring fires. I’d like to experience that one year.
- e. One thing Santa always puts in your stocking. A book. This year it’s Marian Keyes’ latest novel The Woman Who Stole My Life.
Three full length novels in one supernatural collection.
In THE BIRD WITH THE BROKEN WING, a guardian angel finds herself trapped in Purgatory with a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. She knows the terrible secret that's keeping him trapped in limbo, but can't understand why she's stuck with him.
In FEEDBACK, three teenagers receive the organs of a deceased CIA agent and take on the task of completing the mission the spy died midway through, that of deactivating bacteria bombs threatening millions of lives.
In LITTLE RED GEM, bad advice from a ghost, magic courtesy of an unsuspecting half-sister, and a televised music talent show see this teen make more of a mess in death than she ever made in life.
That's over 500 pages of action, drama, adventure, teen issues, and romance in one unputdownable book.
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Amazon US: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00O7GQRLY