Interview with Richard Draude

Describe your desk
in one word Messey. I have chapters from my critique group with changes I have to enter. Boxes of business cards, Computer cords and network cables Telephone, etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central East New Jersey. My dislike of cold weather left me inside and reading was an option to pass the time. The Hardy Boys were a staple through the ladder years in grade school. When I started writing, I thought back to those who-done-it stories and like a mystery to solve. I was a kid when the original Star Trek hit the air and the idea of distance planets and strange mysteries appealed to me. I can also remember the Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Lost in Space (Danger Will Robinson!) The movie Forbidden Planet used the same robot.
When did you first start writing?
I newver consider myself author material. But a conversation in church one day led me to an introduction to a woman who would become my co-author and ny by business partner. She had six chapters of a book she;d started and was stuck. She'd had written then, (another reason I never considered writing, poor penmanship). I had a computer at the time and I volunteered to try and put something on paper. we took the story she started, changed the characters and came up with Outpost, our first book. A few years later I started my own series The MacKenna Saga. Two books are published with three to go.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I took a break from my saga a few year ago to write a slice of life romance, Almost A Whisper. It's the story of a wounded Marine veteran seeking a place to settled down and an abused woman with four daughters fleeing from her ex-husband. They both wind up in a small town in northern Arizona. Lincoln's involvement with the scouts lead to his rescue of Lisa and her daughters, thus the stage is set. The characters in the book are a mixture of people I've known over the years. I had no plan or outline when I started the story. How I came to the idea of a Marine and an abused woman developed as I wrote the story.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Attending writer conferences and being told we feel there is a voice here, but we're not interested was repeated too many times. If you don't know someone you judt don't get noticed. I found and editor to make sure my manuscript is publishable and went from there
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Creating believable characters my readers want to know and a world readers wish they could visit.
What do your fans mean to you?
My Readers and fans who tell me how much they enjoy my stories, are the reason I keep going. They help me to try and Imagine greater setting for my books and characters.
What are you working on next?
I'm finishing the fifth book in my series The MacKenna Saga. I had to develop so much back story for the series, many of the characters, like Kalen's father deserve to have their story told. I'm writing another three to five book series, Lives Of Future's Past. The first book Tyree and Mirasol is already half done.
Who are your favorite authors?
JRR Tolkin, Sue Grafton, (The Kinsey Milhone Books) Raymond E Fiest, (The Rift War Saga ) John D. MacDonald, (The Travis MacGee Series) Keith Laumer (Galactic Odyssey) Lee Hoffman (Caves of Karst) EE Doc Smith (The Skylark Series) ME Brines. (Donuts Of Doom) Robynn Sheahan (Storms Of Arranon Series) David and Leigh Eddings (The Mallorean and Belgaraid Series) Terry Brooks (The Shanara Series) Some of these are older authors published in the sixties, Brines and Sheahan are contemporaries of mine
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Life get me going everyday. Our time here should not be wasted. Also, the chance to create a new chapter in my saga and leave this behind for my grandchildren.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Tinker with computers. I like to build the latest and greatest PCs, just for the fun of it. I tinked in the yare, and work on woodworling projects around the house.
Published 2017-09-17.
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Books by This Author

The MacKenna Saga Plots and Prophecies-Book Two
Series: The MacKenna Saga. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,030. Language: American English. Published: April 9, 2016 by NewLink Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Drugged and kidnapped, Kalen awakens and finds himself in the Barrera Wilds, trapped in the cargo bay of a crashed flyer. He escape, two steps ahead of a pack of Silvan Wolves. While fleeing he runs headlong people his father suspected of contaminating the Arrisian waterways. Can he overcome his grief over Mayla's loss and warn his friends of the plot?
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 78,940. Language: English. Published: June 30, 2015 by NewLink Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Their Navigation computer scrambled, Elise and Russ are lost among the stars, between the colonies of Earth!
The MacKenna Saga: Dreams & Deceptions-Book One (2nd Edition)
Series: The MacKenna Saga, Book 1. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 85,520. Language: American English. Published: May 27, 2014 by NewLink Publishing. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Setting out to prove his innocence, Kalen MacKenna finds, enemies at every turn, and secrets from his father's past can get him killed. Out of friends and on the run, can one man survive the onslaught of an unseen force bent on his death?