Interview with J. Richard Singleton

Describe your desk
Well, it has an enemy's skull in which I drink my coffee, but I've been trying to cutback on the caffeine.
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.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
No one else would publish me except for the Internets.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
I'm really glad this site provides me with a forum to host my work for free.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
When things fit together. Bridging the gaps between moments of narrative.
What are you working on next?
You can find my blog at jrichardsingleton.blogspot.com
Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Kafka, Richard Matheson
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I can't lay in bed for too long while awake, so...there.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Readin'.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Extra points if they're free!
What do your fans mean to you?
I love my fans because I can't afford air-conditioning.
What is your writing process?
My stories come to me randomly, from out the blue. The problem is arranging the bits into something coherent and awesome. I aspire to awesomeness.
What do you read for pleasure?
I actually prefer non-fiction. As I like to say, the real world is strange enough.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
Hey, still looking for it. But I believe word-of-mouth to be the best.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I spent nearly all my time in Los Angeles, in the shadow of the Hollywood sign.
Published 2016-07-25.
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Books by This Author

Glyphics: In the Beginning...
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: October 8, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Paranormal
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Two teens get drunk one night overlooking their small town of Smith, New Mexico. One claims that he has uncovered a massive government conspiracy involving aliens colonizing the Earth, but the other assumes that he's just crazy and has had too much to drink...
Background Guy
Price: Free! Words: 5,710. Language: English. Published: April 24, 2014. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Entertainment industry
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 28,480. Language: English. Published: December 10, 2013. Categories: Screenplays » Thriller, Screenplays » Crime
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,770. Language: English. Published: July 2, 2013. Categories: Essay » Author profile, Nonfiction » Self-improvement » Confidence and self-esteem
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
Price: Free! Words: 20,970. Language: English. Published: November 14, 2012. Categories: Screenplays » Comedy, Fiction » Humor & comedy » General
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,150. Language: English. Published: September 11, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Utopias & dystopias, Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 1,190. Language: English. Published: August 9, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » True Crime » Murder
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."
Why Bill Cosby Should Stop Criticizing Black People and Continue Eating His Jell-O
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 730. Language: English. Published: June 27, 2012. Categories: Essay » Sociology, Nonfiction » Entertainment » Celebrity culture
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 2,510. Language: English. Published: March 1, 2012. Categories: 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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,910. Language: English. Published: February 29, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Mashups, Fiction » Literature » Literary
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
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 1,760. Language: English. Published: February 27, 2012. Categories: Essay » Literature, Essay » Business
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
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,890. Language: English. Published: February 24, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Coming of age
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.