Interview with YA spy adventure author D L Richardson

DL Richardson joins me today to talk about her new YA spy adventure novel, Feedback.

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Bio:

D L Richardson started writing fiction in 1996.
It was while playing bass guitar and singing in a rock band that she decided to
switch her creative focus to writing. She sold her equipment and hasn’t stopped
writing fiction since. She is a bookish person, and novels are known to spill
out from all crevices of her house, yet growing up her parents couldn’t afford
to buy books so she was often found in the library on a beanbag with her nose
in a fictional world. She still confesses that her favorite novels are those
from her childhood: The Hobbit, Tuck Everlasting, Black Beauty. She
writes speculative fiction and has 10 stories published so far s in all
of the following genres: science-fiction, fantasy, urban fantasy, paranormal
romance, supernatural spy/adventure, horror, thriller/suspense.

Welcome, D L. Please tell us about your
current release.

I like to think that Feedback is the
book Dean Koontz would write if he wrote for teens. It has all the classic
Koontz elements: bad guy chasing good guys, spooky science experiments,
strangers coming together and working together to save the world, and
compelling characters who go on a journey of discovery. And did I mention they
save the world. That’s also typical of Koontz novels and it works for me, I
don’t mind a bit of superhero action.

What inspired you to write this book?
While watching a documentary on organ transplants, I came up with the idea
that if organs retained the memories of the host, then what if the host was a
spy. I had the storyline for Feedback.
I then did an assessment to determine what age I wanted my characters, and I
decided I wanted teens to star in this book. At the time, I was concerned that
teens were working a lot in isolation on their computers and phones (and yes I
write in isolation too), so I wanted to write a book that featured teamwork as
its core value. These three kids have to work together to save the world. And
they become leaders and as such change the mind of the bad guy’s sidekick and
convert her to do good.

Excerpt from Feedback:
Wanting to run and actually running
were two different things. For many reasons. My legs were like concrete pylons,
numb from sitting on the plastic chair for so long. The acrid perfume wafted
toward me again like an invisible web, trapping me to the seat. Miss Redkins
blocked my exit, and the incessant beep-beep-beep of her phone from texting the
encyclopedia acted like a sensor alarm. I’d never liked the sense of being
trapped.

I nudged Melanie, and she
begrudgingly moved over half an inch. No amount of fresh air would appease me.
I should be the one up on stage, not Katrina.
“Sit where you can watch me,”
Katrina had demanded during breakfast this morning.
“She’s practiced real hard,” Mom had
added, kissing Katrina on the cheek. “She’s always wanted to be a dancer like
her big sister.”
The spotlight dimmed. I wanted to
cheer and applaud Katrina’s tiny feet in first position, but my heart had sunk
to somewhere stinkier than the bottom of the trash can.
I slid down into the chair. If I had
to be stuck here, at least I’d attempt to shrink into myself. Hiding behind my
fringe would have been a good option, except that clips held my hair on top of
my head. I couldn’t lift up the collar of my school blazer. It hung in my
locker. I might have used the collar of my white shirt to shield my face from
the crowd, but that look was so last year. My final hope lay in covering my
face with my hands, but I doubted I’d be able to stop the flow of tears if I
did.
Why couldn’t Katrina have been born
with a bad kidney? She’d be in the audience and I’d be the one up there on the
stage.
But Katrina didn’t have a defective
kidney. She had a tutu and a dance coach.

What exciting story are you working on
next?

My next story is a series of apocalyptic fiction. It’s serialized, so it’s like
a series within a series. It follows the TV series format, each episode is
somewhat standalone and forms part of a larger story. When the characters find
themselves in a kill or be killed world, they’re tested in ways they never
realized. Book One is currently with a publisher for consideration. Book Two is
in editing stage. I’m planning four to seven books in total. This is my biggest
project yet.

When did you first consider yourself a
writer?

I
guess the first time I got a short story published. Usually what follows the
“I’m a writer” statement is, “do you have anything published?” It’s crazy to
think that we let others value our success, but I just got tired of everyone
asking if I’d had anything published that I stopped saying I was a writer. Then
when I got my first short story published, there was no stopping me.

Do you write full-time? If so, what’s your
work day like? If not, what do you do other than write and how do you find time
to write?

I’m working towards writing full time. At least I only have to work part time,
3 days a week I work in Human Resources and Payroll, totally non creative, but
working in a non creative environment can be helpful because writing is only
one part creative – there is also structure, grammar, self discipline, there
are rules you must know in order to break them. My other non writing activities
are renovating the house and gardening. It’s a slow process because I’m working
at getting the novels finished, but I enjoy beign productive, so most of my
down time is still work. I rarely do nothing.

What would you say is your interesting writing
quirk?

Sometimes I change the font to make the writing a bit more exciting. Or a
design a book cover to keep me inspired. But my main quirk is that nobody reads
my first draft. Not even me. I just write and write and then I do a round of
edits that means when I read my first draft it’s somewhat polished so I can
enjoy it and not want to delete the whole thing.


As a child, what did you want to be when
you grew up?

Somebody famous. Mainly a singer or a musician. I used to write lyrics to songs
and use cardboard cutouts guitars and convert whatever I could find in the
house into drums. I’ve damaged many of my mother’s saucepans as a kid. I still
consider music to be my first love, but it’s not what I want to do for a
career. I attempted it with no success, but I’m glad I gave it a go.

Anything additional you want to share
with the readers?

If you like apocalyptic fiction and want to stay updated about my new series,
hopefully released later this year, then please follow me on Twitter or
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