Richard Alonzo

Biography

Born in the shadow of St Andrews in 1961, home of Birmingham City FC Soccer club (we all have our crosses to bear) the journey that led to the publication of Richard’s first novel ‘Rebels’ on Smashwords in November 2013 has been one long roller-coaster ride.

From his formative years in the inner-city being educated in a school with shall we say a ‘reputation’ he went on to study Peace Studies at Bradford University’s internationally renowned School of Peace Studies, later acquiring a second degree in psychology from The Open University.

Hooked on fantasy since first reading Lord of the Rings at the tender age of 16, Richard became an avid sci-fi fan at University in those rare moments of down time between studying and socialising.

Having changed his career more times than some men are said to have changed their underwear, he’s gotten up at ungodly hours to sell newspapers and cleaned offices late into the evening in what can best be described as a character building exercise.

After graduation he pursued a career in nursing, before a back injury forced him to retrain as a computer programmer and take a desk job working for a number of large, well-known UK corporations,internet start-ups and venture capitalists. He witnessed firsthand the evolution of computing from the mainframe to the desktop and the birth of the internet as he travelled far and wide as a jobbing contractor/web developer. Rapidly tiring of travelling business class (at the client’s expense) he left the corporate world to work for an environmental charity before moving on to pursue a new career as a community development worker.

Along the way Richard attended the odd Creative Writing course or two where despite the positive feedback he was only able to find a market for his non-fiction writing mainly in the form of magazine articles. Inspired to take up the fictional pen once more when his oldest daughter introduced him to National Novel Writing Month (http://nanowrimo.org/) he’s taken the plunge and begun publishing his musings here on Smashwords.

When not writing, readers may find him pursuing his other passion of walking in the mountains and National Parks of UK or very occasionally at the local gym.

Finally when asked to sum up his writing in a single sentence he replied. “I would love to sit down and write my autobiography one day, but looking back on my life I can’t help feeling it would be a lot less believable than my fiction.”

Smashwords Interview

What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating alternative realities and visualising them through the eyes of my characters. The power of imagination is one of humanities greatest gifts and we should all use it more to visualise the future we want for ourselves and our children instead of making do with what we’ve got.
What do your fans mean to you?
I think it would great to have some and I value each and every one of them. I write because I enjoy writing and if what I write brings enjoyment to others that for me is the ultimate success.
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Books

Exiles
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Series: Ark Worlds, Volume 2. Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 100,310. Language: British English. Published: July 25, 2014. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Exiled from the planet he liberated, by the Federation he founded, for crimes committed in a previous life, Guardian Ford must embark on his most challenging mission yet. Steal a ship, recruit a crew, uncover the shocking truth behind the 'Meat Run' and deal with arch nemesis Jasper. But nothing is as it seems, even AI's have hidden agendas and everything including freedom comes with a price.
The Lost Legend
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Price: Free! Words: 5,500. Language: English. Published: December 6, 2013. Category: Fiction » Fantasy » Short stories
The Lost Legend is the story of how the world came into being, man first set foot upon it and of the heroes who forged the first and perhaps the greatest Kingdom of men and its fall.
Rebels
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Series: Ark Worlds, Volume 1. Price: Free! Words: 55,570. Language: British English. Published: November 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Science fiction » Space opera
Anobar far out on the Galactic rim was meant to be a new colony, a new beginning, free from the mistakes of the past. Till the Malstrom Corporation seized control in a hostile takeover and subjugated their world. Now a small band of rebels lead by a mysterious hooded stranger must fight against overwhelming odds to discover the secret that lies beneath its surface and use it to gain their freedom.

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