Interview with Richard L. Toney

When did you first start writing?
I begin writing poetry and short stories in High School. Kind of as a way to divert time from boredom between classes. Sometimes, even completely ignoring the teaching that was going on.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Bread for Adversity is something I'd like to think of as the next step in learning about my faith. The collection was brought about due to a trying time in my life. Feeling like there was little to get me thru it, I retreated to what was my first passion reading and writing. It was in this finding or renewal of faith, i decided to share the voice with others. You Can Do all things You Put Your Mind to.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
The simplest answer is faith. I may be a bit of a control freak, but the reality is. Nobody represents you better than you. It doesn't matter the step in the process. You are your best representation. I've seen many authors who don't believe in their work struggle to find someone who does and is willing to pay them. The truth is it can be the greatest piece in literary history, but the best seller list is not luck of the draw. It's consistent time and effort and development. It takes your persistence to develop the words the people love.

For me that persistence is a faith. I believe in me and I'm willing to pursue it at all costs.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
Smashwords provides yet another vehicle to having my voice heard. It also has the added bonus of connectivity. The key to being a earning author is your ability to reach the reader. With so many formats being offered and published thru Smashwords, you truly have multiple ways to get your voice to the reader.
What do your fans mean to you?
Fans to me means readers. Readers to an author are people who are hearing and listening to what you have to say. As a Christian author this is most important because, for me, it opens the doors for speaking engagements. This in turn will open the door to produce and publish more writings more books for the fans (readers) to enjoy.

I like to think of it as a growing relationship , partnership, with one another.
What are you working on next?
I think, in fact I know, my next project will be a slight departure from Bread for Adversity ( A daily devotional). It will, I think, be more akin to a collection of songs , perhaps poetry; to simply delve into the depths of my feelings toward God and what it means to have faith.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Sunlight. Especially in the spring and summer, as the days become a little longer, the sun is my reminder it's time to work. That doesn't mean there aren't some opportunities missed, leading to longer days and over nights. But writing is, I think, an art driven by stirrings and emotions. Even with deadlines there are days when you don't want to. But that first hint of sunlight calls and I know it's time to spread the word.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Mostly reading and catching up on things outside the writing world. This can include anything from yard work to shopping. If I have to get it done and I haven't done it yet. It takes first priority after writing time.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the south. I don't mean the south of civil rights and slavery. I was raised in the south just after those times. Yet at a time when the family pulled together and put it's best foot forward with everything.

I know some think of the south and picture racism. Yet experience has taught me and you find it everywhere - the south is family. The south is why I write and can openly share my faith. It's like my invitation to the dinner table, come by and have a visit with me and my family.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Simply seeing my ideas in print. I think sometimes an artist can see an image but not truly know how to capture it. Some artist even worry about how it will be received. For me to see my words in print or being distributed is like sharing a thought with the world and hearing what they have to say back.

For me writing is a conversation at the dinner table, only, with about a billion friends worldwide invited to come and eat.
Published 2014-07-11.
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Books by This Author

The Sovereign Right
Price: $1.09 USD. Words: 5,460. Language: English. Published: March 17, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Philosophy » Religious philosophy, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Education / General
One question burns from the moment misfortune strikes. It begins as an honest assessment. Yet quickly devolves into fault finding and accusation because people want to know. Who's in Control? Who gets the final say? Who is to blame when things don't go the way I think they should? The answer may surprise you.
Bread For Adversity
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,690. Language: English. Published: March 11, 2014. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Christian Life / Devotional, Nonfiction » Religion & Spirituality » Faith
Bread for Adversity is a daily bible reading and inspirational devotional filled with God's words for overcoming everyday events that threaten to damper the power in your faith.