My name is Tor Richardson. Welcome to my Smashwords site.
If you’ve landed on this page, you’d probably like to know a little about me. Okay, I was born in Seattle. I’ve traveled up and down the west coast, but still like Seattle quite a bit. I don’t actually live in the city, but I’m close enough to see it out the window. Along with the mountains. We have a lot of mountain in this neck of the woods. Water, too. (And, don’t forget the rain.)
Unlike most other writers, I don’t have a pet cat. My family had a very independent tomcat when I was a kid. I once saw him drop down from a tree onto the back of a dog who wandered into our backyard by mistake. (Boy, what a mistake!) He rode that black lab like a cowboy, using his claws as spurs and slapping the dog on the head as they went yowling up the road. Since then, I’ve never really thought of a cat as a house pet. Cats like that need lots of room.
I’ve always enjoyed story. I managed to sneak a creative writing class past my parents while at college (engineering majors aren’t supposed to take those kinds of classes). Unfortunately, that experience didn’t pan out. In hindsight, I’m not quite sure about that class. It certainly wasn’t writing, and it was far from creative. (I remember a vampire story I wrote for an assignment in 1981, as well as the ridicule it received. The instructor insisted that nobody would ever be interested in vampire stories. She pretty much demanded that I burn it and try again.) The experience was enough to keep me away from writing for a number of years (openly, at least).
But… once a storyteller, always a storyteller. In time, the writing came back with a vengeance. I was finally able to make the transition to a full-time fiction writer. Now, I enjoy coming to work every day. Telling new stories and creating new worlds is much more fun than trying to make sense of the one we’ve got. And meeting the people who enjoy those stories is a lot of fun, too.
Thanks for stopping by. I hope you enjoy your look around.
Where to find Tor Richardson online
When the little voice at the back of his head tells Tucker it's time to run, he usually listens. With the law always on his tail, the identity thief knows better than to argue. But when he meets a girl and stays in town too long, Tucker Jones slams straight into a frantic scramble to flee a murder he didn't commit and escape from the killer who did.
A call for help from his brother rips Kent Wallace from the safety of a Seattle bar and plunges him into an adventure where the shadows are real and they don't always play nice. Spies, gangsters, or common government thugs, Kent must race the clock to discover who they are and what they want before everyone he loves disappears into the darkest shadow of them all.
Dick Bronston: Seattle Settlement
Former CIA hitman Dick Bronston takes his one-man crusade against big-business corruption on the road. He chases the corporate cockroaches to Seattle, but the trip takes a surprising turn when he discovers an old enemy waiting for him behind the new scam... an enemy that may bring a quick end to his private little war.
Dick Bronston: Los Angeles Liquidation
When he finds that the Great American Dream disappeared while he was overseas enforcing justice at the end of a gun, former CIA hitman Dick Bronston declares war on the corporate greed that killed it. First stop: Los Angeles, where an embezzler from little old ladies is set to do it again. But is the story as it first appears, or has Dick scratched the surface of something more?
Tor's Tin of Tall Tales, Volume One
A collection of ten mystery stories from Tor Richardson, including: "Starting Over," "Foreverglades," "The Case of the Missing Mushrooms," "Another Slow Night in Paradise," "The Man in the Paper Mache Hat," "My Name is Sue!" "Furious and the Nosey Neighbor," "Sindie Slick and the Lamp Trick," "Foreverglades II: No Time to Rest," and, "Randy's Choice."
Sindie Greets the Handyman
For a retired hit chick in a sleepy Northwest town, a new neighbor with an unknown past means trouble. He may be a cop. He might be an enforcer. He claims to be a simple handyman... but for Sindie Slick, former Pole-Dancing Hit Chick, that's the least credible story of them all.
Furious and the Nosey Neighbor
When a former assassin retires to a sleepy Northwest town, dumb luck lands him directly across the street from the town gossip, the busiest busybody around. Common sense says to stay away. Unfortunately, the curious town tattler has a far different idea in mind.
The Man in the Paper Mache Hat
When a botched robbery leaves a desperate gunman trapped in a bank lobby surrounded by a dozen terrified hostages, one man braves his wrath to keep the others safe... a very special man. A man in a paper mache hat that no one else can see.
With the carefree days of summer coming to an end, eleven-year-old Randy faces a tough choice: stay at home, or run away with his new friends... friends who live in the lake... friends that no one else can see.
When a young accountant's company goes bankrupt, he never expects to find himself working for the liquidator to untangle a billion dollar fraud. He never expects to work with a stunning brunette, either. And he certainly never expects to run for his life when the secrets start to surface on the sands of Malibu.
When a long-time air traveler looks at his life and finds his dreams circling on hold far behind, he tries to understand when the destination became more important than the journey. Can he re-ignite the spark of the wide-eyed kid that he once was, or will his life—like his commute—continue toward an unsatisfying future on autopilot?
The Case of the Missing Mushrooms
When a swarm of Fairy Police blocks Stone-Arm Sam from a crime scene, the streetwise dwarf smells a rat. Fairy Police never swarm anything, not even donut shops. Something's fishy in Fairy Town. As usual, it's up to the dwarf to discover what it is... and to put it to an end.
Foreverglades II: No Time To Rest
When a tearful tale of a missing daughter at Spring Break sends Jon J. Johnston on a Wild Goose chase, he can't complain... not at a thousand bucks a day. But when the boyfriend goes missing, too, the gritty PI ramps up the action. Two kidnappings in two days? On his turf? Someone is messing with the wrong Private Eye.
Four Felonies and One Very Small Problem
A collection of five mystery stories of identity thieves, gritty detectives, and children shuffling down dark streets in search of Halloween candy. Titles include: "Starting Over," "Another Slow Night in Paradise;" "Foreverglades," "My Name is Sue," and the whimsical "Big Enough for Halloween."
When a PI answers a client's call, he finds a drug lord in need of a favor. PI's who work that side of the street often end up dead... but how can even the gritty Jon J. Johnston pass up ten grand for a few hours of work? How hard can it be to look for one lousy boat?
Easy Night Paradise
Exotic women didn't exactly run in Brad's circles. They usually ran the other way, in fact. When a chance meeting with a raven-haired business traveler at a hotel bar begins to show promise, Brad has a feeling his life is about to change forever. Little does he suspect how right that prediction may turn out to be.
Big Enough for Halloween
After years of sitting at home watching Lucy and Dad play Trick-or-Treat, Billy is old enough to join the fun. There's nothing to it, or so Lucy says. But in his quest for free candy, Billy forgets one very important thing: big sisters lie.
With stolen credit cards and borrowed identities, Fred Turner lives the good life—at your expense. He rides the highest lifestyle, but never for too long. Tricking others into stealing his stolen cards, he leaves them holding the bag while he starts over with his next victim. It's always the perfect crime... until he meets the girl.
Pearls for Baby Boomers (Wisdom Not Included)
With the world going slightly insane, conventional wisdom and common sense are out the window. Baby Boomers should be retiring, but why bother? Travel is hard, money is troubling, doctors saddle us with drugs, and people are just plain rude. We'd like to stand up and tell the world off, if only we weren't so darned polite. Fortunately, we have a champion to speak our collective mind.
My Name is Sue!
After a mugging in a dark parking lot, Sue Macy loses her purse, her car, her cash, her shopping bags... she loses everything, or so she thinks. When the taxi takes her home, however, Sue Macy begins to learn how much more she really had to lose.