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Author Interview

Interview with Richard Weirich (reprinted from Smashwords)

What are you working on next?

I’m working on the second novel in the IN THE VALLEY OF HOPE series. Don’t want to give away the story but it will be one of many about overcoming life’s most difficult challenges

What inspires you to get out of bed each day?

I’m at the best time in my life, able to do what I love, which is creative writing. There’s always a new twist in a story, a puzzle to solve, or a character personality trait to enhance. I go to bed with questions and wake up with a new perspective which always makes for a fun day. The short answer to your question then is- “Writing inspires me to get out of bed every day.”

Who are your favorite authors?

Mark Twain, Harper Lee, Debbie Macomber, and John Grisham, to name a few.

When you’re not writing, how do you spend your time?

Reading, movies, and family…

How do you discover the ebooks you read?

I usually search by genre…which is generally dictated by my writing project.

Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?

Yes I do. When I was in the third grade we were assigned a creative writing project based on an event from our history book. I wrote a story based on the Roman soldiers who were assigned to guard Julius Caesar. Obviously, they failed, so I attempted to demonstrate what went wrong. My teacher was impressed enough with my work to have me read it to the class and then kept it as a model for future classes.

What is your writing process?

I always start with plenty of research, construct a detailed outline, and then I write and rewrite.  Most importantly, I work at it every day.

Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?

I’m not sure that it was the first, but it was the first I can recall. No Children, No Pets by Marion Holland. Read it over and over. What amazed me about that book was that I felt like I was a part of the story.

How do you approach cover design?

My wife’s an artist so she has considerable input but I always look for something that genuinely captures the heart of the story.

What are your five favorite books, and why?

Now there’s a heavy duty question. Well, number one is easy. The Bible has to be at the top of my list because it has impacted my life more than anything I’ve ever read. Second, would be The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain. It’s a masterwork of colorful characters, humor, and suspense. Third, The Great Gatsby by  F. Scott Fitzgerald for much the same reason as the Mark Twain novel, but with far more pomp and circumstance. Fourth, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Had to get in a plug for the lady who lives just down the road from me. Fifth, Stories by Edgar Allen Poe. How can something so dark be so elegantly beautiful?

What do you read for pleasure?

Everything that I read, with the exception of the news, is for pleasure. The news is depressing which is why I like uplifting stories.
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