MY INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR D L RICHARDSON!
What’s your name and what genre would you consider your books to be?
Hi, I’m D L Richardson and I write speculative fiction, which encompasses science-fiction, paranormal, and horror. I’m fascinated by the supernatural, so even in my sci-fi stories there can be a little element of scary.
Can you tell me about ‘The Shivers Novellas’? And where did you get the inspiration/idea for this series?
My latest release is a novella from a series inspired by ‘Tales from the Crypt’ comics and Stephen King’s ‘Creepshow’, and R.L. Stine’s ‘Goosebumps’ series.
‘The Shivers Novellas’ are shorter read of 100 pages. Each title can be read on its own. I just love the idea of shorter reads that form part of an over-arching series but they don’t relate in any way. The first book in the series was one of the first novels I ever wrote, and years later when I edited it, I found I’d cut out so much that it was only 30,000 words. And then I published it as a novella and people enjoyed the shorter read. Then I decided to draw on my influences and create an entire series. I’ve got three books published so far, and I’d like for there to be 20 or more in the series.
Where do you see yourself in 10 years?
In ten years, I’d like to be a fully financial writer and not have to rely on a part-time job to pay the bills. I want to write while I travel, too. That’s a big goal of mine, to travel around Australia and stop into books stores and writer festivals, and see all of this beautiful country. I’d love to go skiing in Canada for 3 months and write while I’m on holidays plus also go to conventions while I’m there. Ultimately, I’d love to do lots of travelling for pleasure and for writing.
If you didn’t like writing books, or weren’t any good at it, what would you like to do for a living?
I’d love to run a boutique store where I sold t-shirts and clothing I’d designed or tie-dyed. I’d make and sell craft items like driftwood decor, handbags out of old tea cozies, I’d paint and decorate picture frames and furniture. I’d sell antiques that I’d traveled to collect. That would be my dream job if I didn’t like writing books.
Can you give us a few tasty morsels from your work-in-progress?
Excerpt from “Welcome to the Apocalypse – Primal Scream (Book 3)”, released May 9, 2018
Streaks of sunlight poked through a curtain of silver rain which shimmered as if a westerly breeze ushered it from behind. Secondary beams of light searched and probed the ground, causing fear to wind its way through Kelly’s legs and snake up into her chest. There it sat like a gargoyle gripping the foundations of a haunted house, its thick talons puncturing her flesh. These invasive lights poked in a way that told Kelly if they touched her, they’d whisk her from this place.
She wasn’t sure she was ready to leave.
She wasn’t sure she was ready to stay either.
Indecision ate at the parts of her anatomy not being eaten away with fright. Hesitant, she stood under the front awning of the power station, waiting, though what exactly she waited for she couldn’t say.
Behind her, the metal door creaked and relief flooded. From her peripherals she spied two friends she’d made inside the game, Ash Brogen and Neil Cooney. She’d been looking forward to this moment and dreading it at the same time. The men stepped out onto the porch and stood beside her, Ash to her right and Neil to her left. She could almost imagine the three of them charging into battle, slashing their way through everything that stood in their way, with one big difference to the finale. She already knew these two weren’t coming home.
Did they know they were dead? she wondered. Did any corpse know it? For that matter, Kelly might not have survived the wound to her stomach and this meeting between the three was not goodbye, but hello.
Excerpts from “Danger in the Dirt” Volume 3 of the Shivers Novellas, released Feb 9, 2018
The ground shook and when the tremors stopped, the creature popped out of the ground in front of him, blocking his path to the tent, his safe haven.
He took off running, going around the beast, and he kept on running, wishing the pistol banging against his hip wasn’t made of balsa wood.
The pistol! A prop for the show, but it looked real. He reached for it and waved it in the air as if the beast ought to recognize a dangerous weapon. He continued to veer right to give him a chance of aiming the fake pistol at the beast.
Something grabbed him by the foot and he crashed to the ground. Winded from the fall but desperate to flee, he scrambled to his feet. A man could run faster than he could crawl and he sensed that he had to outrun the beast or die in the field wearing a pre-owned pin-striped suit and shiny cowboy boots.
Bounding now like a gazelle, he headed for the middle of the field where his boots found traction just as the beast sprang up from out of the dirt, sending tufts of grass into the air.
It lunged at the man.
Darkness covered him and a word sprang to mind. Bigfoot. Any kid with Okie blood in his veins tramping the woods for deer secretly hoped to come across the mythical beast called Sasquatch. Just not like this.
He tried to scream but dirt filled his mouth, his nose, his eyes. He opened his mouth to draw in oxygen, but took in more dirt.
His fingers dragged against the ground. He grabbed at clumps of grass but the force pulled him along regardless of his tight grip.
His bones cracked like twigs breaking as heavy dirt crushed his body. It pressed around him, devouring him, causing him to vanish, except this time no magician would be there to accept the accolades.
This disappearing act wasn’t part of any show, but anyone watching would have said it was spectacular nonetheless.
What is your writing Kryptonite?
Music. I know some writers can play music when they write or edit, but I just want to get up and sing along. If my husband wants me to stop writing, he will sometimes put the music videos on YouTube. Not fair. But I’m too weak to say now.
Do you try more to be original or to deliver to readers what they want?
I strive to bring a unique perspective to all my stories. It’s not just because I want to write this type of story, it’s also what most agents and publishers are looking for. Plus, a unique story stays with readers for longer. And for me it’s creative writing so I should be as creative as possible.
Having said that, I do listen to what readers want. While writing my sci-fi trilogy, there were a few reviews that mentioned a couple of points, and I didn’t get angry at these comments. I took them and found a way to put them into the plot, and I think it made for a better series.
I took the first two ‘Shivers Novellas’ books to Sydney Comic Con and there were many people who said they didn’t have time to read books, or they didn’t have the space at home. So I was able to tell readers that these books take a few hours to read and they’re thin, so they don’t take up a lot of room. It was a popular purchase, which is also what has inspired me to add ore to this collection.
So great for readers who don’t have time or space, so long as they like supernatural thrillers, of course.
Where can your fans find you and follow??
I’m active on social media, and I write regularly on my blog about writing and music. I’m a former singer and musician, hence why music is my Kryptonite. I also conduct writing workshops and appearing on panels at writer conventions. When I’m not writing I enjoy playing music, watching Netflix, reading, gardening, and walking the dog.
Thank you for taking your time to do this interview ❤️
Thank you so much for this chance to introduce myself and my books to your readers.