Richard Shury


Richard A. Shury (is it too soon to tell you the A is for Awesome?) is the author of three novels and some short stories. He works in Security and Compliance, so doesn't write as much as he should; lives in London and writes about himself in the third person. He is terrible at succinct self-summary (but awesome at alliteration).

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in New Zealand, but now live in London. This means the speech I use for characters, particularly in contemporary settings, is sometimes mixed. I have to be careful about the slang I employ to make sure it sounds right. During my studies, I encountered New Zealand authors, and some of the style of their writing has probably crept into my work. I particularly like Mansfield's short stories, and the novels of Robin Hyde, as there is a real humanity in them. That said, I have never written a story specifically about or set in New Zealand; this is something I may come to do at some point.
When did you first start writing?
I first started writing in earnest when I was at University, in Dunedin. I would have been twenty one. I remember having the idea of writing a book floating around in my head for a while, and I had done a few bits and pieces during college (mainly science fiction, as I recall), but at the time I started it was because I was inspired by a book I read to go ahead and begin my own. It took a long time for Laid Hold The Dragon to be written, and longer for it to be published, but seeing it complete was the spur for me to create more.
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Where to buy in print


Hannah Black
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 4,300. Language: English. Published: May 8, 2012. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Hannah Black is a short story involving the disappearance of the girl of the same name. She vanished in mysterious circumstances, leaving behind only a notebook, which was discovered later by a local vagrant. The notebook is in Hannah’s handwriting, and describes her last hours; it is a compelling and at times shocking portrait of a young girl whose life was suddenly changed beyond recognition.
In The Arms Of Sleep
Price: $5.00 USD. Words: 33,240. Language: English. Published: February 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Literature » Visionary & metaphysical
Sheldon is a troubled man. Suffering from nightmares in which he is pursued by an unnamed terror, the dreams begin to spill over into his waking life, until he is no longer sure what is real and what the product of his mind. Yet even as he fragments, he sees a solution which may help him regain control of his dreams, and his mind. The question is, will he be able to save himself from himself?