Thursday, November 15, 2012

Interview with DL Richardson

A big thank you to Roxanne for hosting me on my blog tour. Your readers might enjoy the female character in Feedback. Her name is Florida and she’s a kiss ass chick who helps save the world along with two cute teenagers. There’s an avenue for a love triangle possibly in future novels. We’ll see. I hope your readers enjoy this interview and I hope they get a chance to read my latest novel Feedback.

What inspired you to become an author?

I can’t say there’s any one thing that inspires me. It’s something inside that pesters me to write. If I don’t write my dreams become more and more vivid until my head becomes clogged with fantastic tales. I just have to write them down or I’d go crazy.

How did you come up with the title for your latest book?

Feedback is the name of a theory about cellular memory, whereby the organ retains the memory of the host and when an organ is transplanted, the new host is fed the memories of the organ and they begin to like music and foods that the organ donor liked.

Do you title the book first or wait until after it’s complete?

The Bird With The Broken Wing was titled on the third draft. I spent weeks coming up with titles. I find the best way to come up with a title is to take the dog for a walk. Walking, fresh air, no distractions, the titles run around inside my head and that’s seems to be how it works for me.

Is there a message in your novel that you want readers to grasp?

In Feedback, the underlying message is that kids are resilient when they need to be, that they can join forces to overcome problems, that opportunity can present itself but that opportunity can end up being a curse, and lastly, and perhaps most importantly, sometimes your fate finds you.

 If you had to choose, which writer would you consider a mentor?

I consider Dean Koontz, Stephen King and Marian Keyes my mentors, each for different reasons. Koontz is very good at description, though he can get long winded. King and Keyes are both extraordinary story tellers and can weave subplots like an expect rug maker. Keyes is so casual in her language that, as a young adult writer, I need to be mindful of. Whereas King is more formal, more grammatically correct. And he’s great with dialogue.

What book are you reading now?

I’m currently reading My Name Is Memory by Ann Brashares. It’s a unique love story about souls meeting again and again in different lifetimes. I love unique plots and love stories so it’s a win/win for me.

 What is your current “work in progress” or upcoming projects?

I’m currently working on a paranormal love story with the working title Little Red Gem. It’s my first genuine love story…my other two novels are paranormal fiction with other focuses such as loss, redemption, underdog. The love story plot is essentially two lovers finding each other in the end. Little Red Gem still has paranormal elements.

Can you share a little of your current work with us?

Without giving too much away…Little Red Gem is the tale of a girl who dies after an argument with her boyfriend. There’s an issue that’s unresolved so when she discovers a way to return she takes even if it means stealing someone’s body to resolve this issue. All of my novels feature an element of second chances, and Little Red Gem is no different. Ruby is given a chance to resolve her issue and in typical love story tradition it all works out in the end. Also in typical YA fiction tradition she learns something about herself along the way – i.e. that she’s stronger than she gives herself credit for.

Is there anything you find particularly challenging in your writing?

Starting a new novel after perfecting 65,000 words with a professional editor. It is daunting, difficult, and overwhelming to stare at a blank page and think, Holy cow, can I really do this?  Were those first two novels just a fluke? Yet, bit by bit, 1,000 words becomes 5,000 words and so on until you have 46,000 words and you’re nearing your target goal. I don’t think I begin to relax until I’ve written 30,000 words.

Who is your favorite author and what is it that really strikes you about their work?

Marian Keyes is my favorite author. She has such a casual way of telling the story that grips you and doesn’t let go. She’s also really good at weaving stories within stories. My favorite book of hers is The Brightest Star In The Sky. She always has hopeful endings too.

Do you have to travel much to do research for your books?

If I can, I certainly travel to gather evidence on the settings I’m using. Because of a number of plot developments, Feedback is based in Los Angeles. I live in Australia and I’ve never been to LA. My husband and I had planned an overseas trip and we chose the States. I insisted that we do a stopover in LA on the way over and on the way back to get a feel of the place. For me to accurately describe a setting I like to use all of my senses and the internet just can’t provide the smell or the sounds. We drove on the freeways, and they feature in the novel. The oil fields along the coast also feature in the novel. I feel that by spending even just a few days in LA gave the book a touch of authenticity.

Who designed the cover of your latest book?

Eithne Ni Anulain is the cover designer for Feedback. She also designed the cover for The Bird With The Broken Wing. She’s an Irish lass with a wicked sense of humor.

Do you have any advice for other writers?

Write what you love. Write true to your heart. And write every single day.

Do you have a song or playlist (book soundtrack) that you think represents this book?

There are a few songs that feature in Feedback and others that reflect the 3 main characters different taste in music.

Florida Bowman’s iPod contains songs by Gwen Stefani, Pink, Taylor Swift, Kelly Clarkson, and Katy Perry

Ethan James’ iPod contains songs by AC/DC, Metallica, Green Day, Pink, and Nickleback

Jake Inala’s iPod contains songs by Snoop Dog, Usher, Flo Rida, Keisha, and Rhianna

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D L Richardson

Genre: YA Sci-fi/Fantasy
Publisher:    Etopia Press

ISBN: 978-1-937976-77-4

Number of pages:  208
Word Count: 69,263

Cover Artist: Eithne Ni Anluaine  

Book Trailer:       

Book Description:

Listening to your inner voice can get you killed.

Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inala are three teenagers who receive much-needed organ transplants. Two weeks later they are inadvertently recruited by the CIA when a spy dies halfway through his mission. Three bacteria bombs are set to detonate, spreading illness and death across the planet, and it’s up to Ethan, Florida, and Jake to deactivate them.

Except that they have no idea where the bombs are located.

Kidnapped for information they can’t possibly know, and fuelled by the spirit of a dead CIA agent, Ethan, Florida, and Jake must look deep inside themselves if they are to finish the mission and save millions of lives. But they’re being held captive in a strange place by a man who believes in Feedback, the theory that information is retained in the memory of organs–in this case those of a certain dead CIA agent donor. And their captor will stop at nothing to get the information retained in their newly transplanted organs.

 About the Author:

D L Richardson was born in Ireland and came to Australia with her parents as a baby. She went to a public school in Sydney's western suburbs and the books she read were given to her or borrowed from the library. However it was music that first captured her creative interest.

​She joined the school choir at age eight and got her first acoustic guitar at age ten, although she really wanted a piano. In high school she took up lead vocals after the girl she was to sing a duet with failed to show up. After that she told her stage fright to get lost and took up singing with the school band where she performed in many concerts. 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 has two young adult novels published, "The Bird With The Broken Wing" and "Feedback" and is currently writing her third novel "Little Red Gem".

​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 playing her piano or guitars, renovating the house, or walking the dog.




Debbie Richardson said...

Thank you so much Roxanne for featuring my novel on your blog. Authors can't live without dedicated people such as yourself who love books and love to promote them. You're a star!
D L Richardson