Welcome to my blog interviews with novelists, poets, short story authors, scriptwriters, biographers, agents, publishers and more. Today’s is with debut novelist Bobby Richardson. A list of interviewees (blogged and scheduled) can be found here. If you like what you read, please do go and investigate further.
Morgen: Hello, Bobby. Please tell us something about yourself, where you’re based, and how you came to be a writer.
Bobby: Hello, Morgen, it’s my pleasure to have this opportunity. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA, but currently I live in a small borough about a mile outside of Philly called, Yeadon, PA. I’ve been told since high school by various teachers that I had a knack for writing and perhaps should perhaps it. However, it was never a serious interest to me until around 2006.
Morgen: I’d not had a clue it was an option until I went to a creative writing evening group in 2005 so I’m only just ahead of you, although it’s only really kicked up a notch (or three) the past couple of years. What genre do you generally write and have you considered other genres?
Bobby: Generally, I write in what is termed “Urban Literature” yet I prefer to call my style “Afro-American Studies” because these first editions deal with exposing a lot insight into the cognitive nature of my characters, in hopes that my readers will feel a deeper understanding of them, which I hope makes them more interesting to read about.
Morgen: What have you had published to-date?
Morgen: Yay, congratulations. You’ve self-published – what lead to you going your own way?
Bobby: Good question! I self-published this book after many years of trying to gain the attention of the major publishing companies, without success. Thus, to my way of thinking, a self-published book might be used as a prototype to demonstrate my potential.
Morgen: It’s the way a lot of authors are going. If your books were made into a film, whom would you have as the leading actor/s?