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Newsletter Dated: 1/23/2005 10:51:36 AM
Subject: L.C. Martin's Author Spotlight
Please welome Richard Alan Nelson, a native Texan and author of Den of Deception, an action-packed mystery with a surprise ending that will shock you.
1. How did you become an author?
I have always been 'an author' in my mind, even as a child. I've fanaticized stories and characters as long as I can remember. In school, several teachers encouraged me to pursue writing, but, as Mr. Hyde, I absolutely hated English and was a poor student in the grammar part. As Dr. Jeckyll, I loved English Literature. I have been an avid reader all my life and books have simply always been my friend. Life gets in the way sometimes and I spent most of my life pursuing a living in the business world. Finally, one day something overcame me and I decided to write a novel. I have written nine since then, three published and hope that's just the beginning.
2. What inspires you?
Life inspires me. There is nothing that takes place that isn't an interesting story to some degree.
3. What are you working on now, Richard?
3. My second book, Den of Deception had a protagonist that I really liked. He and his pals are being brought back in a story I have named Singularity. I've finished first draft on it and, as always, will have a professional proof it. The next one in the series is called Stand In for Murder and I've barely started it. I have a lot of excitement about these and some great hopes that the series will catch on.
4. If you could have lunch with a literary figure, living or dead, who would it be?
Lunch with a literary figure would have to be in a huge banquet hall, there are so many! I honestly could not reduce it down to one choice. Shakespeare to Spillane.
5. Any advice for aspiring writers?
Aspiring writers should understand that creating the work is art and rewarding in itself, selling it is hard work and absolutely no fun at all. However, they go together like a hat and glove. You can't have one without the other. Also, don't fall in love with every word you write. A wise man said, Writing is Re-writing.
6. What do you like to do besides writing?
I'm a frustrated painter. I dabble in acrylics and like to paint people, not still life or abstracts, particularly their faces. Each and every face is at least a 70,000 word story.
7. Favorite movie?
My favorite all time movie is "An Affair to Remember" with Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, or every movie directed by Alfred Hitchcock.
8. What's on the horizon?
I have a new book, RISEN, coming out in the spring of '05, It is a fictional adaptation of the well known story of the Man from Galilee, Yeshua ben Joseph. I stepped out of genre here, but it had been nagging me for years. I hope everyone will read it because you haven't seen the story presented like this and it will give you some food for thought. I promise.
9. Richard, what are three words that describe you best?
"Old, tired and worn out", come to mind but let's go with curious, forthright and loyal.
10. Where can your fans contact you and find out more about you and your work?
Anyone may send me E-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org, my page at www.behlerpublishing.com, my personal website, www.ranpublishing.com.
Thanks so much for joining us, Richard. I'm looking forward to reading Risen when it comes out this spring!
Thank you very much for having me as your guest L.C.. Keep up the writing, girl.