J. Richard Singleton

Biography

Novelist, screenwriter, essayist and true-crime writer, J. Richard Singleton has been crafting stories since high school, with an original screenplay that he wrote, "Thugs," became a semi-finalist in the American Accolades Screenplay Contest. At CSULA, he dual majored in political science and English, writing for both his university's newspaper and literary journal. He completed "Glyphics" right before he turned 21, then he finished it again in 2011. His literary influences include Kafka, Twain, Poe and Stephen King.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first start writing?
Earlier this morning--no. I've long been a writer. I was on an electronic typewriter pounding out an attempt at a screenplay freshman year of highschool. Previously I wrote a "Simpsons" spec in longhand on notebook paper. Oddly enough, it was never produced.
What's the story behind your latest book?
The book that I'm most proud of, "Glyphics," is a great short read about a boy who while dealing with grief after the death of his best friend becomes engulfed in an ancient international conspiracy. It might become a series but right now it's a stand-alone novel.
Read more of this interview.

Where to find J. Richard Singleton online


Books

Background Guy
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Category: Essay » Author profile
LIVE YOUR LIFE IN THE FOREGROUND!!! Soon after high school, writer J. Richard Singleton works as a film/television extra and paid audience member. In this humorous essay, he recounts how he realized that there really are small roles in Hollywood--along the way encountering strange characters and some odd interactions with celebrities.
Thugs
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,480. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Category: Screenplays » Thriller
In a small Californian town, a former troublemaker is coerced by a sociopathic teenage girl and his classmates into disposing a body after a "prank" goes awry; with two determined LAPD detectives believing he's a murderer, he must stay a step ahead of everyone, and somehow stay alive.
The Walkabout
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Category: Essay » Author profile
With depth and humor, novelist J. Richard Singleton describes how he dealt with the ennui after high school and looked for a job during one of the darker periods of his life.
Time Well Spent
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Price: Free! Words: 20,970. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Category: Screenplays » Comedy
After being brutally ditched by his girlfriend, high school senior Seth decides to win back ex Lysandra by reinventing himself into the man he has always wanted to be by fulfilling his childhood dreams and wishes
To Meet Fate
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias
In the green, health-conscious near future, an already wealthy man eagerly anticipates the results of a block lottery. Watching on his massive holoscreen, he weighs the value of his life up until now and the quality of his marriage, knowing that everything will change if he wins. This is a short story which dares to ask: How much is enough?
A Tale of Three Gunmen
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,200. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Category: Essay » Sociology
On a late April day in 1999, Eric Harris and Dylan Kleiborn walked into Columbine High School and killed 12 of their classmates. On a late April day in 2007, college student Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 of his classmates. In 2009, two radically different books addressing these mass-killings were released, David Cullen's "Columbine" and Lucinda Roy's "No Right to Remain Silent."
Glyphics
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 63,370. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » General
When high school senior Truman first meets the beautiful and quirky Avril DeWinter, he thinks he’s just found a chance at love, and a bond is formed between the two teens. As he investigates his best friend’s death at the end of the previous summer, the teen is thrown into an increasingly bizarre series of dangerous situations that puts both the boy and the entire world at risk.
Why Bill Cosby Should Stop Criticizing Black People and Continue Eating His Jell-O
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 740. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Category: Essay » Sociology
This is brief essay criticism of Bill Cosby's bizarre comments. It charts how he went from being a beloved comedian and "America's dad" to a fringe character who, despite his good intentions, comes across as a loon. Cosby favors superficial changes over addressing the larger problems of the black community, with humor that largely misses the mark....
Criminal Minds: The Genesis of Sexual Deviancy
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Category: Essay » Sociology
An academic essay exploring an unlikely theory as to the creation of sex offenders and serial killers: Sex offenders are more likely to appear normal as to be able to blend in with the general population and facilitate their hunt for victims.
Good Fences
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Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Mashups
From award-winning writer J. Richard Singleton comes a bold and funny short story about misunderstandings and male ego: Gary McGregor has just moved from the city to the suburbs and immediately runs afoul of longtime neighborhood presence Antonin Robertson. As small slights get expanded into an ever increasingly series of pranks, the men’s feud gradually turn violent in this story told in reve
Walt Disney and the Facsimile of Reality
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Category: Essay » Literature
An essay detailing the benefits and drawbacks of Walt Disney's affect on animation, and childrens' fiction and cinema. The author outlines how Disney the man and the corporation revolutionalized childrens' entertainment and animation, with the unexpected drawback of wounding traditional folk tales and mass-marketing childhood to create a shared experience as consumers.
A Dish Best Served
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Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Category: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
He was a nice young man, eager to enter high school with his whole life ahead of him as he approached the closing days of junior high--until the most popular girl in school, Dina Rigby, sets him up for a public act of sexual humiliation. Vowing revenge, he concocts an increasingly elaborate plan for revenge, ultimately reaching its crescendo towards high school graduation.