A great book starts with a GREAT BEGINNING.
If you know which classic begins like this, you could win a copy of J R Richardson's Cursed be the Wicked.
While you're mulling that over, let's learn about J R Richardson.
1. Give us your Great Beginning, where were you born and where are you now?
I was born and raised in Maryland. I was there until I was almost 30. And I always loved being around my family and friends – but I hated the winters. It never really crossed my mind to move until sometime after I met my now husband. As it turned out, we both hated the winters up north. So we moved to sunny Florida and have been here ever since. I miss my family a lot, but not enough to move back home apparently. We may head north a bit in a few years when our girls are grown, but for now, we’re sunshine staters. ; )
2. One word to describe yourself from:
· You: complicated
· Your Significant Other: paranoid
· Your Best Friend: crazy
· Your Mother: funny
· Your children: inspiring (no lie, I asked the fifteen year old)
3. How did the idea for your book, Cursed be the Wicked, come about?
I had finished writing another story about a psychic woman and it was from two POVs. It was fun to give the reader insight to how each of my characters where thinking but at the end of the story, I wondered what I would be like to tell a story like that, about dealing with ghosts, from just one person’s POV. How would they perceive this “gifted” person? How would they deal with it when they themselves don’t believe in the supernatural or paranormal? So I hashed out some ideas and ran with it.
4. Tell us how your journey in publishing began?
Oh, I finished the book and then queried. And queried and queried and queried and queried. I’d gotten some positive responses and requests for more of the story, but honestly never thought for a minute that it would get picked up. I love the story to death but let’s face it, the publishing industry is inundated with new story ideas these days. I just wanted to be able to say to myself at the end of my life, that I had done it. I wrote a book and I published it. So I figured, worst case scenario, I’d self-pub and send some copies to my friends and family for Christmas or something. One night I was out walking and when I came home, Soul Mate Publishing had emailed me an offer. After I picked myself back up off of the floor, I read the contract, signed on with them and the rest is history.
5. And now give us that Great Beginning.
OKAY! You asked for it. : ) Here’s the first paragraph to the prologue:
When I was younger, just like most everyone my age, I believed in Santa Claus. Absolutely nothing compared to the way I felt on Christmas Eve when I knew he was on his way. Everything negative in my life melted away to make room for the excitement I had—my mother’s temper, my father’s drinking habits because of my mother’s temper, their fights because of all of the above. None of it mattered. The Big Guy was bringing me presents and that was all I could focus on. I couldn’t think, eat or sleep. Everyone in the house seemed happier. Life was good, even if it was only temporary.
Then I found out he wasn’t real. The heavy sadness that weighed on me, the sinking in my stomach that followed, it was like the end of the World back then. There was a moment though, in between knowing and not knowing. Where personalities could go one way or another. Where life lessons begin forming. That’s where a piece of serenity lies.
Give us the opening lines of your RITA acceptance speech. (Don’t leave me hanging here, haven’t we all had that fantasy?)
Ahem…. “Well, it is about time!” (just kidding’, sort of)
I’m a writer of stories and lover of life.
I grew up in Maryland with four siblings, three parents and an endless number of cousins within the vicinity. Today I live in Florida with my two girls and a husband that shares my same sense of humor and basic take on life as we know it.
Life is too short to put dreams on the back burner.
I’ve always loved writing, and always enjoy a good mystery. In 2012, I wrote Cursed be the Wicked, a character driven, paranormal mystery romance that was picked up by Soul Mate Publishing and released in March of 2014. Since publishing Cursed, I’ve also written a couple of short stories and am currently working on a romantic comedy that I hope to get out to the public soon.
If you give any of my stories a read, I hope you enjoy them, and may you have some fun.
Thanks for having me, Sarah!
If you think you have the answer to that GREAT BEGINNING, just leave it in the comment section. Jo was nice enough to leave you a hint
Hint: Leo DiCaprio played this guy in a remake of the original film verison.