Friday, 22 May 2020

Picture Yourself In My Next Craig Ramsey Thriller

Imagine this:

Your phone rings. It's your best friend.

You: "Hey, what's up?"
Your friend: "Have you read the latest Craig Ramsey thriller by Chris Johnson?"
You: (acting so nonchalant) "Why?"
Your friend: "Did you notice something weird about it? Your name's in it!"
You: (suppressing a smug chuckle as you look at the same book in your hand) "Yeah, I thought that character was familiar."


Would that be cool?

You bet your sweet cheeks, it would be, and here's your chance.

1. The first condition is that you have to be one of my exclusive subscribers first. The rules will be published in my June newsletter, so you have to hurry.

2. You still have to be a member of my newsletter when the competition is drawn on 30th September. But that's not so bad because by being a member you will have content to exclusive behind-the-scenes content that I don't even place on Facebook (or Twitter).

So what are you waiting for?






Wednesday, 29 April 2020

Ian Lomond -- Australian Crime Writer

Living in Sydney, Ian writes about places he knows, and crimes and stories that we can imagine on the front page — murder, corruption, greed and lies. His career has focused on technology and change, where over a decade working for NSW Police and the Justice sector allows him to expertly weave in and share a perspective readers often don’t get.
With more ideas than time, Ian’s words are wrestled to the page, beaten into submission, and always in need of interrogation.




“Privacy. Is it worth murdering for? Money. What would you risk to make a fortune?


Brilliant web developer Peter Maher developed a million-dollar idea, using anyone’s private and intimate information–and was murdered one sweltering summer night in Sydney.

Experienced and instinctive Detective Mark Kidman, with developing and skilful Detective Rebecca Reid, investigate the death of the talented technology genius. 

Maybe it was the property developer, with political ties, and a dubious past. He has the most to lose, and behind his smile lies a tiger in waiting. 

Or what is Peter’s connection to an old decrepit pub, run by an underworld heavyweight past their prime?

Around the harbour city the detectives and their team chase down the leads, as witnesses, connections and violence reach a deadly climax for one detective. 


* * *

When did you start writing?

I have had to write in a professional, technical capacity for several decades. After high school, I stopped all creative writing – on reflection the demands of a fairly dry and technical degree exhausted me of creativity. Two decades on, I made a decision to start again. I started with small writing prompts, writing competitions – it all helped me find my flow again.  In 2017 I completed NaNoWriMo, and the result became my debut novel three years – several drafts, several round of beta readers and professional editing later.  During those years,  I also completed a creative writing course in Sydney, started going to writing festivals and joining online writing groups. 


What advice would you give a new writer, someone just starting out?

That if you think you are, you are. If you want write, write. You don’t need to show anyone, and if you do, you don’t need to listen to everyone. If you enjoy writing, you are a writer.  I would encourage you to find your tribe – others you are comfortable reading your work in front off, get encouragement and advice from. 

What time of the day do you usually write?
Firstly, I have to admit, I can’t write at night.  If I sit still after a long day, well, my eyes get heavy, and productive writing from 5am till about 7am.  I try a routine of going to Crossfit classes every second morning at 5am, and write on the other.  This way I keep a good waking routine, as well as sleeping patterns!  That all said, I still need at least two coffers during that time to get the neurons and creativity firing.  As I work about an hour from home, if I am lucky enough to a seat on the bus, I might squeeze in a few more words on my commute. 

How do you do research for your books?
My first novel, Death Investor, featured many locations that I know well – technology parks, office spaces, pubs and fast-food restaurants. Of course, Google StreetView and the internet are an amazing tool to find the details that matter to the story.  
The novel I am writing currently, the sequel to Death Investor, draws significantly on the people and an industry exposure I had working in a company that focused on gas pipelines and energy. My story is complete fiction, but the people, stories, and industry news offer so many possibilities and criminal ideas! 

How many books have you written? Which is your favourite?
I have a debut novel, Death Investor published (May 1, 2020) and in early stages of the sequel now. It’s working title is Pipeline of Death, and follows the police team, led by the main protagonist Detective Reid and Detective Kidman, in their investigation of the disappearance, and then murder, of a CEO of gas pipeline company. 
There are several stories planned in the Death series – at this point I would like to see Reid rise up to fill her true capabilities and power, though I am not sure where that would leave the older Detective Kidman. 

Do you have a favourite character that you have written? If so, who? And what makes them so special.
I really enjoy the side or minor characters; I had a lot of fun writing them. Queenie and Big Al were fun – I can visualise both them at a dingy pub right now in real life! In terms of depth, there is a lot more to be revealed through Reid, and a dark side to Kidman that never really made it into this story will be shown in future stories I am sure. 
The other police officer I enjoy is Jones – he is such a straight, by the book person, and he is based totally on a constable I knew whilst I worked at NSW Police in the early 2000’s. 


Where do you get your inspiration?
The overarching stories come from events in the media – corruption, murder, grudges – they are as old as life itself. The places and people come from my life – people I have worked with, met, friends with etc.  Details and specifics of a location are my direct memory of offices I have worked in – desk layouts, the old radio in the corner, computers that didn’t work – all of these are directly from places I have worked. I just make sure I don’t refer to them directly in the story to avoid trouble with work colleagues!!  

Can you share with us something about the book that isn’t in the blurb?
Of course I had way of knowing at the time, but the technology that is described in the book is very similar to which governments around the world are asking the citizens to using to track their movements to manage their COVID-19 response.  This is a use I really didn’t contemplate. With so much at stake, striking the balance between privacy and public good is still no clearer.  

Are there any secrets from the book (that aren’t in the blurb), you can share with your readers?
One street though, is a reference that I took from The Fatalist, by Campbell McConachie. It’s a dark true story of Australian multiple murderer Lindsey Rose. The author knew Rose from a local pub – the were mates, as you become with people see regularly at the pub in Australia. Years later, McConachie sees Rose on TV and his crimes are revealed.  So back to my story, I had a scene set in a particular suburb, was reading that book at the time, and included the street which Rose grew up in the story.
Also, I did name a character after a friend of my wife – not because he resembled him, but I liked his name.  I’d forgotten I did this, and when my wife read the story for the first time, I had some explaining to do!


Your story is set in Sydney, Australia. Why did you choose that as the setting for your book?
They say write what you know. I live in Sydney, and think it is a wonderful city full of wonderful attractions and people.  I love the Harbour Bridge, the harbour itself and the areas around the city. It’s no surprise these feature heavily in the story – the detectives drive around these areas, visit pubs and cafes, and the occasional car chase down the streets I know thrown in for good measure!

What is the key theme and/or message in the book?
The mixture of business, privacy, personal history and corruption connections are the themes of Death Investor.  But today, especially, the relevance of technology and privacy is critical to public life, whether to monitor your thoughts interpreted from online activity, to monitoring your movements – whether they knowingly consent or not.  
In Death Investor, Peter Maher invents a program that tracks your movements based on freely available data on your phone, and the environment around you.  It’s very powerful – people don’t always to share the location, where they go, when they go, and how they see.  
Right now, during COVID-19 crisis, governments are rolling out software the remarkable similar to Peter’s to aid in virus contact tracking. The Singapore, UK and Australia all have plans – in fact Singapore has 20% of its population voluntarily reporting their location via a phone app.  This has huge positive benefits for COVID-19 control, and if not managed careful, huge negative consequences for societal privacy.   The core of Death Investor story is a murder investigation of the developer of the same software. 




Where can readers purchase your books?

It’s available from your usual online retailers:

Where can readers find out more about you and your books?
The best place is ianlomond.com.   I will update any new book releases here, and I have a newsletter that you can subscribe to get a short stories, and other news and interesting articles. 


Would you rather…

Would you rather be in a room full of snakes or a room full of spiders?  Spiders.  I hate snakes.  Last weekend I rode my bike past a red belly black snake that was getting some morning sun.  It wriggled a little, not fussed.  I screamed blue murder and almost fell off the bike!
Would you rather have an endless summer or an endless winter? Summer.  I love summer, and despise the cold.  
Would you rather only be able to have sex in a room full of bugs or no sex at all ever?  Bugs.  They are just bugs right?
Would you rather always be an hour early or be constantly twenty minutes late? Early. I have my phone, I can keep myself busy!
Would you rather live in a haunted mansion or live in a un-haunted cottage? Cottage.  I scare too easily!

Share something fun or interesting
I have been to the last two Sydney BAD Writing Festival – it’s wrtiers festival focused crime. I love going to award night to see author whose books I have read and know about, hear the great speeches, and also, consistently, drink as many gin and tonics as my friends will endure!!😊   At the first year, I met Candice Fox at the end of the presentation night – I am big fan, and I am not sure what I said!

DEATH INVESTOR releases on 1st May, 2020. Don't miss out!



Website:  www.ianlomond.com

Monday, 10 February 2020

Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys - Interview with BG Hilton

It's not everyday one meets an author like BG Hilton, so when the fates crossed our paths, I'm glad I had the opportunity. BG has also had a varied career over the years. For all I know, we may have crossed paths in IT.

BG Hilton is an Australian speculative fiction author. Over the years, he has worked in IT, finance, advertising and hospitality, doing jobs so tedious that his only escape was entertaining himself with crazy fantasy stories. Now he has a more interesting life in the education sector, he writes those stories down in the hope of entertaining others. His work has been published in Pseudopod, Andromeda Spaceways Magazine, Antipodean SF and other venues.  He lives with his family in Sydney, and consequently spends a lot of time in traffic. When not hobbies include resting. You can find his blog at bghilton.com, or he's at @bghilton on Twitter and @bghilton.author on Facebook.

Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys

Genre: Steampunk

Synopsis: Hung-over aristocrat Edward 'Charlie' Decharles awakens in the back of a steam cab, only to discover that the driver has been murdered. Unused to feeling responsible for anything, he feels compelled to find the killer. As he investigates, he meets 'The Amazing' Gladys Dunchurch, a stage magician's assistant whose employer has disappeared -- and not in a good way. They form an alliance – Charlie will help Gladys with his considerable resources and Gladys will help Charlie with her even more considerable brains.
Soon they discover that their respective mysteries are not only connected to each other, but related to other seemingly unrelated strangeness transpiring in London – the murder of an astronomer, an attack on a patent medicine factory, a mysterious cult in an idyllic town and reports of deadly creatures in the London sewers.

Publish Date: 1/3/2020
Publisher: Odyssey Books (odysseybooks.com.au)

What made you choose this genre?

I've always loved the Victorian scifi aesthetic. As I kid, I loved those old 1960s and 70s retrufuture movies like First Men in the Moon, At the Earth's Core and of course 20000 Leagues Under the Sea. As I grew up, I started to get into the books that they were based on. It was only later that I discovered that there was an entire genre based around the aethetic (if not necessarily the ideology) of these sorts of stories, and I fell in love with it almost at once. So when, after years of wanting to write a novel I finally sat down and did it, it was only natural that Steampunk is what I would have chosen.

What's the basic plot of 'Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys'?

Charlie and Gladys takes place in a world where some very obsolete physics theories turn out to actually be true, allowing for the development of Steampunk technology. In this world, English aristorcrat Edward 'Charlie' Decharles is working to solve a murder. Realising that he has no idea about solving crimes, he enlists the help of the talented and resourceful Australian music hall performer Gladys Dunchurch, who is hunting for her missing employer. The two uncover a conspiracy that casts a shadow across the technology that powers their world and the people who control it -- and lead to the discovery of alien creatures on Earth. It's inspired in part by a very old newspaper hoax about life on the Moon, and includes some other interesting Victoriana -- music halls, patent medicine and opium dens.


Which is your favourite character and why?

I refuse to pick from my lead characters, because I love Charlie and Gladys equally. So I'm going to go with Charlie's father, Admiral Lord Decharles. He's this crazy old nautical man, who hates modern technology and pines for the days of wooden sailing ships, but when the crisis comes he's more than up to the task. Initially, he was only supposed to be a cameo, turning up in one scene to shout at his son for drinking too much. But I liked him so much that he started taking over more and more of the book, until he became a minor protagonist in his own right.

What is the story behind the title 'Champagne Charlie and the Amazing Gladys'?

I usually struggle to name my stories, but this one was easy. I actually had the title before I started writing. I'd decided that one of the main characters would be a drunken English aristocrat, and this put me in mind of the old George Leybourne music hall song 'Champagne Charlie'. The other character was to be a stage magician's assistant, so 'The Incredible' this or 'The Astounding' that, but I wanted to balance the superlative with a very prosaic name, and 'The Amazing Gladys' narrowly beat out 'The Astonishing Enid'. It's not usually how I go about creating characters, but I think it worked.

What are you working on now?

I'm working on a sequel to Charlie and Gladys. I really like my Steampunk with elements of real Victorian history, so it's going to be inspired by the case of the Titchbourne Claimant, Victorian Spiritualism and a couple of other things.

What is your writing kryptonite?

Sex scenes. Just can't write 'em. I can write a romance scene well enough, as long as everyone involved is clothed. But I think of characters like people I know -- I know they have sex, but I don't feel like I need to see it.

What literary pilgrimages have you been on?

I've been on a few, but my two favourite ones were on a trip to Devon a few years ago. I got to see the Cobb at Lyme Regis, from Jane Austen's 'Persuasion' and also the part of Dartmoor that inspired 'The Hound of the Baskervilles'. That was really fun. There was thick fog on the moor which limited the visibility but it really made the place seem atmospheric and mysterious. I could really see why Doyle chose it as a location.

What authors did you dislike at first, but later grew into?

Jane Austin. I tried to read her a dozen times or so, but never got past the first chapter. Then I had one, 'Persuasion' as required reading for a course, and I forced myself to power through the first two chapters and absolutely loved the rest of the book. This has been my experience with her work ever since -- I have real issues with her opening chapters, but if I can get through them I adore the rest of the book.






Friday, 17 January 2020

Read the Paperback... Before Everyone Else

My latest novel, "While He Was Sleeping" is due to release on the Ides of March -- 15th March, 2020.

And you have the chance to READ THE PAPERBACK before the masses.

From the 3rd February, 2020, I will be taking advance orders and sending off the bulk request to my printer on the 7th February.

BUT this is an exclusive offer for my Newsletter Subscribers (in Australia) who I will tell more on the 1st February.

If you're not a newsletter subscriber, here's your chance to see more behind-the-scenes ramblings and hear about my books before everyone else. Even this blog!



Wednesday, 8 January 2020

While He Was Sleeping - Coming Soon

Fresh from its nest, a juvenile magpie danced on my front footpath under its mother's watchful eye as she sat on my fence. A cup of green tea beside me, my pen danced across my notebook in which I have kept my ideas since brainstorming Demon Blade.

I remembered other books I had written or had planned to write. There were about seven in total I had written in high school. One is a series of five I actually finished. I'm toying with the idea of rewriting it and refreshing it for modern times. Another standalone novel could conceivably publish now, starring a couple of characters you may recognise from my Craig Ramsey series.

I hunted through the boxes in my garage until I found that old folder: a red two-ringed binder on which I had drawn The Phantom and James Bond because they were my childhood heroes... apart from Spiderman and Batman.

Have you ever smelled thirty-year-old foolscap paper? It evoked old memories. Some good, some terrible. But damn those years were fun.

From out of the memories jumped a horror novel I outlined in senior high school. The outline, handwritten on foolscap, looked good still. I updated it... and here it is.



CLICK HERE TO SEE HOW TO OWN IT BEFORE ITS RELEASE





While He Was Sleeping



WHAT IF…


You were bullied constantly at school?

Now you’re in hospital.

Comatose.


WHAT IF…

Your best friend and family discover your secret?

A girlfriend you never mentioned.

WHAT IF…

She is so loyal to you.

She hunts each bully.

Terrorises them.

Mutilates them.

Kills them.

One. By. One.

Until...

Thursday, 19 December 2019

MG Ryan - Australian Author of the Vampire Hunter Prophecy Series

M. G. Ryan is the author of the Urban Fantasy series – ‘The Vampire Hunter Prophecy’.  ‘From Dusk’, the first book in the series, is now followed by the sequel ‘To Dawn’.

M. G. Ryan has enjoyed writing in different forms, including short stories and poetry.  She enjoys the freedom that writing offers, with all first drafts written in free hand.  It was after an inspirational trip to Scotland, that she came up with the concept for ‘The Vampire Hunter Prophecy’ and started taking her writing more seriously, with ‘From Dusk’ her first major work.

M.G. resides in South East Queensland with her husband and two children.  She has always had a passion for books, especially enjoying Urban Fantasy, Horror and Thriller genres, with favourite authors including John Connolly, Dean Koontz, Cassandra Clare and Aileen Erin.  She is also enjoying the ‘Heat’ series novels, which have been adapted from the TV show Castle. Other favourite TV shows include Supernatural and Buffy: The Vampire Slayer.




'From Dusk' & 'To Dawn' - 'The Vampire Hunter Prohecy' series
Genre: Urban Fantasy
From Dusk: While holidaying in Edinburgh, Lexi is attacked. Shaken by the experience, she flees the city and finds sanctuary in the samll courntry town of Dunkeld.
There she meets the endearing Jack, who introduces her to the local priest, Father Michael, who belives that Lexi is part of an ancient prophecy.
Does she stay and fulfil her part in the prophecy or run away from her destiny.

Publish date: 2015 & 2017
Publisher: InHouse Publishing


What made you choose this genre? 
I didn't really set out specifically to write in this genre, I think it is just what comes naturally to me. This is the type of books that I love to read, so it only seems natural that it is also what I would write.

What’s the story behind your book title? 
The title just came to me actually. There is the two books within the 'Vampire Hunter Prophecy' series - From Dusk & To Dawn.
I guess that the main idea behind the titles is the life of a Vampire Hunter occurs between Dusk and Dawn.

Which scene from your book do you like best and why? 
This is hard to pick, as there are so many scenes I like for different reasons, but to pick one, it would have to be the scene where my two main characters in the series meet for the first time. I think it is a lovely scene and it is from this point on that their lives are about to take on a very diffent direction.

Which is your favourite character and why?
That is like asking me who is my favourite child, (my eldest by the way, in case you were wondering - no seriously, I'm just joking).
Like your children, you love them all equally, but differently because they all have different personalities.
One of my main characters from the 'Vampire Hunter Prophecy' series, Jack, would be my favourite if I had to pick one, because the character is based on a personal connection and was really the whole reason for the story.

Does writing energize or exhaust you?
Neither. Reading and writing are actually two things that help me unwind and destress.
Writing is my time out from everything else.

What is your writing Kryptonite?
Fatigue. Writing is only a side hobby, so I work and have two kids, which makes life busy.
When I do find time to write, somethimes I just don't have the mental engergy to do it.

Did you ever consider writing under a pseudonym?
Yes I have. One of the books that I am currently writing is a romance, which is different to my normal Urban Fantasy genre. So I thought if I ever publish it, I would do so under a pseudonym, to separate it from my other books.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I don't really think about it. I just come up with an idea and go from there.
I'm lucky in the sense that I don't have to put much thought into book ideas, they just tend to come to me. If it works, it works. If it doesn't, it doesn't.

As a writer, what would you choose as your mascot/avatar/spirit animal?
The wolf. I think that they are an amazing animal and I love their pack mantality and bond.
They are an integral part of my Urban Fantasy series - 'The Vampire Hunter Prophecy'.

How do you select the names of your characters?
With most of my characters, especially the main characters, the names are just part of who they are and just come to me. With some of the other characters, I have an old baby naming book that I use. I like to try and pick a name that represents the character.

What is your favorite childhood book?
I loved reading as a child and read lots of different books. I loved the choose your own adventure and the Famous Five, but the stand out book that I loved and as a child and still do, is 'The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe'.

Do you believe in writer’s block? 
I have never suffered from writer's block, but I'm sure that other authors have. I do suffer from a lack of mojo though. I have plenty of ideas and want to write, but just find that sometimes I get tired and don't have the energy to do it.



Quick quiz:
Favourite food: Italian
Favourite drink: A cup of tea (or a glass of chardonnay depending on my mood)
Best holiday spot: Don't have a particular holiday destination we go to every year, but if there is one place I had the chance to go back to,  it would be Scotland.
Favourite song at the moment: Higher Love by Kygo ft Whitney Houston
With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? It is all plotted out in my head, so a bit of both.
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Star Wars
Best superpower: Immortality
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: Eat and drink my way around France with my husband


Website: wwww.authormgryan.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/authormgryan
Instagram: www.instagram.com/authormgryan
Book trailers: ;

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com.au/Dusk-Vampire-Hunter-Prophecy-Book-ebook/dp/B01910ZV26/ref=sr_1_10?keywords=m+g+ryan&qid=1573124665&s=digital-text&sr=1-10






Friday, 13 December 2019

DL Richardson Unleashed: A Look Behind the Scenes

D L Richardson is one of the first friends I made online as a writer. She asked my opinion of one of her books, a sci-fi apocalyptic novel called Welcome to the Apocalypse. If you haven't read it, treat yourself to it.

Even as a psychic entertainer, I never dreamed I would one day interview her about her work.

D L Richardson is the best selling author of science fiction and supernatural fiction. Her books have received starred reviews in Readers Favorite, Chick-Lit Cafe, and BestThrillers.com. She has walked to the rim of a volcano in Vanuatu and snowboarded down its ashen slope, skied in Canada and Alaska, and often goes on camping and hiking trips to the lakes and mountains.

She has held jobs at  Festival Records and Paramount Pictures, and once owned a second-hand clothing store.  She is also a former singer/songwriter/bass player who gave it all away to write novels. She regrets nothing! To quote a Lita Ford song, "Rock and roll made me what I am today".

​When she's not writing she is reading, watching Netflix, renovating the house, playing her piano or guitar, or walking the dog.



What was the defining event that made you start writing? 

I was playing in a band and I went to rehearsal one night. I was probably twenty, and the other band at the studio were in their forties. I had a light bulb moment where I didn’t want to be trying to make it as a musician in my 40s. And it wasn’t looking as if we were finding any success soon. So I had a long, hard think about what I could do for the rest of my life. I loved reading, so I chose writing. Today my writing motivation often comes from watching shows on TV, and I sit there and think “I don’t  want to just watch this, I want to write this.”


What other writing have you done? 

I started writing in the horror genre. Then I broke up with a guy and started dating another. I was big into watching Sex and the City at the time, so I wrote a few chick-lit/romance books. I also wrote a kids book featuring dogs and cats as the main characters which was inspired by a dream I had.

What’s the story behind your book title? 

Earth Quarantined started off with many different titles. It has also undergone a few changes. Major changes. So I could never design the cover until the story was complete. It was while I was designing the cover art, I was explaining to my houseguest at the time what the book was about. After babbling on and trying to explain the story, I just said, “Earth gets quarantined by aliens” and that was how I finally agreed upon a book title.

What is the first book that made you cry?

Black Beauty. Made me the first time I read. Made me cry the second I read it. It is the type of book that will always make me cry.

What is your writing Kryptonite?

Music would be my Kryptonite. I read that many authors have music on while they’re working. Every time I do that I get into party mode. So I write in solitude. When they say that writing is a lonely business, in my case it’s because I have to work in silence.

Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?

I definitely try to be original. Possibly to my detriment because it can be difficult to market a book that doesn’t fit into a neat pigeon hole. Thankfully, readers are now becoming used to the cross fit promo, such as “It’s Hunger Games meets Jumanji”  so it gives me some way of explaining what a book is about. I have received very nice reviews about my books not featuring the usual tropes, and that I don’t rehash them. I think this is because I also like twists in my books. A good twist is something the reader should never see coming. That forces me to come up with invevtive ways to tell the story.

How many unpublished and half-finished books do you have?

I have 3 unpublished books and about another 3 half-finished books. I plan to get back to finish these. Yet whenever I open up the manuscript,  I think “this will be a quick fix” and I’m disappointed to discover it is not a quick fix. It needs more work than I can commit to, due to my current writing commitments. But I recently discovered that one book I wrote in 2006, a children’s book, is absolutely finished. I think I held off doing anything with it because I’m not a children’s author. But I like the story, so I will do something with it.

What’s the best way to market your books?

I am finding that series, or bundling books is an effective way to market. I have 3 young adult paranormal books. They are standalone titles. But I am able to bundle them in ads because they have something in common. Same with my supernatural thriller novellas. They’re all standalone but I’ve given them an overarching series titles. And then there are my serialised fiction works. I only have 1 complete trilogy, but I’m working on 2 more. The “market” seems to work for series.


What kind of research do you do, and how long do you spend researching before beginning a book?

Ah, research. I love doing research. Always have. I loved school projects. Research is essential for my books, because I haven’t experienced these things myself – apocalypse, space travel, organ transplants, astral projection.  My aim is to provide speculative fiction that could be possible, but I don’t want to take away from the story so I sprinkle in facts as part of a conversation. I often do the research after the first draft, because I don’t know exactly what will end up in the boo. This method saves me a lot of wasted time. I would probably spend about a week or two weeks in total gathering research over the course of writing the book.

Does your family support your career as a writer?

Yes. I have an amazing family. My sisters, my brothers, my mother, they all read and buy my books. Yes, they buy them. They don’t expect them for free because they know how hard I work. My mother even BEAT read one of my young adult books and provided helpful advice.


Quick quiz:

Favourite food: hot chips, in fact anything made from potato
Favourite drink: diet coke
Silliest saying: “Hindsight is a wonderful thing”.  What a cop out. Foresight is a wonderful thing.
Best holiday spot: Canada in the winter
Favourite song at the moment: My Immortal by Evanescence
With writing, are you a plotter or (seat-of-your) pantser? Plotter.
Star Wars or Lord of the Rings: Star Wars
Best superpower: shape shifting
Number one thing to do on your bucket list: I saw Joan Jett and the Blackhearts live for the first time, so that pretty much ticks off everything. I’d like to see more of the bands and artists I loved as a younger person, but they are all in the US so only if I win the lottery.


Website: https://www.dlrichardson.com/
Blog: http://dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DLRichardsonAuthor/
Twitter:  https://twitter.com/DLRichardson1
Amazon:  https://www.amazon.com/Earth-Quarantined-Book-ebook/dp/B07K2K7BWF



 Earth Quarantined by DL Richardson
Book title:  Earth Quarantined
Genre:  alien occupation / dystopian
Synopsis:  ​
They came from space. They came to save us. 300 years later, Earth is still under alien occupation but we are also at peace. How? We abide by the strict rules imposed by the aliens. In exchange, they let us enjoy carefree lives without poverty and hunger.

Except we are lying to them. For hundreds of years, we have locked people away in hidden cities, people who will become humanity's salvation, out of sight of the aliens in defiance of their strict population control laws.

But the aliens are lying to us too. They promised us interstellar travel so we could get off this dying planet, yet they refuse to deliver it.

Kethryn Miller is a high-profile celebrity caught in a web of lies when someone escapes from a hidden city. Revealing the truth will destroy millions of lives. But keeping the secrets will destroy the truth. Whatever path she takes, one thing is certain. The privileged life she once had is over.

Publish date: Nov 15, 2018
Publisher: self published