Interview with E M Richmond

How do you discover the ebooks you read?
I usually see posts from friends on social media sites and they recommend different titles, or they may have written them. I still prefer to read paperbacks though. Call me old-fashioned.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Ooh, hard one. I started writing poetry at thirteen, then I wrote a longish story about a girl who was in a car accident and ended up in a wheelchair. Wasn't my best, but I was only about fourteen when I wrote it.
What is your writing process?
Often I have scenes which come to mind so I write those and figure out where they fit later. It can get a little confusing at times, but they usually work as the inspiration for the story.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Hmm, I don't know. I've read quite a lot. I do remember in school a teacher was reading us this one story. I must have been about seven or eight and it was quite an advanced book for our age, I think. It was about a guy who was caught in an avalanche and the book detailed how he survived. But the book that had the most impact on me was called Cages of Glass, Flowers of Time, about a teenage girl who was physically abused by her father, I think, and she's befriended by someone who finally helps her escape the abuse. That had a huge impact on me, which is why I still remember it to this day.
How do you approach cover design?
Actually, I have a wonderful friend who is very talented and she designs the covers. She is always ready to lend a hand.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
I've always been partial to mystery series, so I would say Nancy Drew mysteries is my first.
My absolute favourite book is The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. What can I say about this book, other than being a classic? A tale of revenge, of a man wrongly imprisoned, and the sheer brilliance in the way he punishes the guilty.
Next is a book called Early Autumn by Robert B Parker. It's part of the Spenser detective series but it's a wonderful story of how Spenser teaches a young boy autonomy. Of course, the detective is at his best when he's cracking jokes, but out of all the Spenser stories, this one really resonated with me, because he becomes a mentor and surrogate father.
Fourth is The Changeover by Margaret Mahy. I have loved this book since it came out when I was about thirteen. It's about a young girl whose brother is possessed and she 'changes over' to become a witch to save him. There's romance and supernatural. I'd love to write a sequel to it, looking at where the characters are twenty years later, but I doubt her estate would ever allow it.
The Black Stallion. When I was a child, I loved horses and wanted to learn to ride them but was never allowed to. The story of a boy's connection with a horse to me, as a child, was amazing.
What do you read for pleasure?
These days I'm afraid I read a lot more fanfiction than I should, but I still love the stories people come up with. I would love to have more time to read but when you're trying to make a living from writing, it's hard to find the time to settle with a good book.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
Well, I would say my smart phone since I don't own a kindle reader or an i-pad, but if I had a choice I'd still want the physical copy in my hands.
Describe your desk
Messy - I wish I could say I was organised, but it tends to get a bit untidy. I've heard that's the sign of a disordered mind but it's probably no surprise since I have a head full of story ideas and not enough time in the day to write them all.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent most of the first thirty years of my life in the Manawatu, growing up in Palmerston North. To be honest, living in Palmy, as we 'natives' call it, can be a bit boring. I can understand why John Cleese called it the most boring city he's ever been to. I wouldn't call myself adventurous and Palmy really isn't an adventurous city. Having said that, I think of my hometown with some fondness and I do admit to missing the quiet life.
When did you first start writing?
I've been writing since I was thirteen when I was told by my teacher at high school (we called it college), that I had a talent for it. I hope readers agree.
Published 2016-03-30.
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