Richard Long kindly answered some interrogation questions and others he told me to mind my own damn business. Authors!
I made Richard wait far too long for the questions so I totally deserved it. In fact I like that he’s the only author to say no to that question. Richard’s book The Book of Paul is an occult thriller that is a must read. Here is the man behind that book and be sure to check out my review of The Book Of Paul
Can you tell me something about you that no one knows?
What is your writing space and routine like?
I sit in a very comfortable rocking chair with my Macbook Air. No music. I start early and drink a lot of ice coffee and Diet-Snapples. I’ll go for eight hours or until the kids come home, whichever comes first.
Is there a genre that you haven’t written but would like to try?
I sometimes think about writing literary fiction with characters and situations that would be considered somewhat “normal.” Then I talk myself out of it and go back to writing the weird stuff I obsess about all the time.
Some favorite books and authors:
Bonfire of the Vanities, Crime and Punishment, The Stand, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol, Silence of the Lambs, anything by Poe.
What are you reading now?
– Tales of Gaslight New York. These are true stories culled from magazines at the turn of the twentieth century that describe life in New York City during that period. It’s research for the sequel to The Dream Palace, the YA fantasy novel I just finished.
The Book of Paul is very dark, sinister; full of evil and torture. Are you very imaginative, a serial killer, venting some repressed rage? What in the world made your brain go there?
When I write about sadism and cruelty I’m writing about what frightens and horrifies me, not acting out suppressed evil desires. I was abused as a child and so, yes, that accounts for some of my most ingrained fears. It’s very easy for me to go any of these dark places because I lived in dark places for long periods of time.
What’s interesting to me is that I get asked this kind of question all the time regarding the villains I’ve created, yet no one ever asks “how” I was able to project myself into the minds of the protagonists. It’s all the same thing really. I crawl into an evil mind and that’s what I see and feel. When I inhabit someone nice, courageous, compassionate, I feel all those things with equal intensity. Most of the characters in The Book of Paul are deeply flawed in some way. In the Dream Palace, there’s a horrible villain, but the good guys are really good.
Did you do research for The Book of Paul?
You can say that it was exhaustive research, though not exhausting, because I enjoyed it so much. The mythology in The Book of Paul begins with a genesis story and progresses toward an apocalyptic climax. That’s a lot of ground to cover. The Irish/Celtic, Hermetic and Gnostic elements and their historical settings were all extensively researched. There’s also a science-fiction component with a factual basis.
Do you have plans for sequels?
There will be six sequels/prequels to The Book of Paul. They are well under way.
You recently had a Kickstarter campaign. How did that go?
The Kickstarter project was created to fund filming for a movie trailer for The Book of Paul. The concept is to shoot scenes from the book with great actors and top grade production values, then edit it into a trailer as if the full movie had already been made. The goal is to generate interest for a film or HBO/SHO deal. We were successful in raising our goal of $3000, but the actual budget is $6000, so we took the project to IndieGoGo to raise the rest of the funds. We have great rewards for donors, so if anyone is interested in helping out with donations or in spreading the word, you can check it our here:
We also have a fun virtual party going on for it on Facebook that’s open to the public with some special giveaways and fun surprises: https://www.facebook.com/events/385708701541905/
What do you have planned in the future for readers to look forward to or be terrified of?
I’m very excited about The Dream Palace, that I just completed. It’s a YA fantasy with a sci-fi component and a steampunk element in the sequel. It will be a three volume series. I’m not sure when that will be released, so stay tuned. I’m currently working on the next book in that series as well as the next volume in The Book of Paul series, called The Book of Druids. I’m hoping to finish that and release that by the end of the year. The Book of Druids will have plenty of chills and thrills. So will The Dream Palace, though it’s suitable for kids. Like my own.