Interview with Paul Richards

What do you read for pleasure?
I am a big baseball fan and love biographies/autobiographies about Babe Ruth, "Playing the Game"; The Dimaggios: Three Brothers, Their Passion for Baseball, Their Pursuit of the American Dream. Both enjoyable reading and interesting from a point in time.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
My favorite book has always been Sebastian Faulks' Birdsong. The incredible details he covers in minute detail about the fighting is impressive and makes you feel if you are there. Highly recommended with a great love story intertwined.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I have a Kindle.
What book marketing techniques have been most effective for you?
I have found word of mouth the most effective - you get a great chance to explain what your book is about, why you wrote it and the purpose.
Describe your desk
I look out over the Brooklyn Bridge from an attic window. I have pictures of my family and friends, partner and dog on the wall so I can always get some inspiration. I'm reasonably tidy and brew my own coffee first thing every morning whilst planning the day ahead.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the country and this did influence how I approach people. Everyone always says good morning in the country and I always try to create eye contact with people to say "hi". I would stay with my grandparents in the country when we moved to the city over holidays and I loved being spoilt and treated like an adult.
When did you first start writing?
Apart from school and university I didn't really commence writing until I started this book some 10 years ago. This has been a very beneficial experience for me and one I would definitely try again. The benefit of writing has been to organise all my thoughts regarding my life, answering many questions that have plagued my thoughts. I would encourage anyone to begin writing. It may never turn into anything you want to publish, but will require some deep thinking about any issues.
What's the story behind your latest book?
This story is about me and the battles I have had in my life. ‘Living Without Justice: Overcoming sexual abuse’ reflects a thirty year battle to deal with abuse that took place in the early 1980s. This is my story of courage and resilience. I needed to firstly find the courage to stand up to my abuser and to be counted. This book is for general readers wanting a little more perspective on life and the difficulties some people have to face. This is must reading for all parents or anyone who has been subject to an abuser. It is about personal growth, never giving up and being the best you can be regardless of the impediments that may try and knock you down.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I think indie is the way to go as it is a really simple formula to publish and distribute.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It is a little early to tell yet but the concept and thinking behind Smashwords if brilliant.
What do your fans mean to you?
People who read my book mean the World to me because they can share what i have learnt about life and encourage others to read the book.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I am hoping that this book can help one person. I think my experiences with abuse can help others realise the negative impact abuse can have. I think the book can help anyone compare their life and issues and understand what you need to work on to overcome these.
Published 2018-01-05.
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Books by This Author

Living Without Justice: Overcoming Sexual Abuse
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,880. Language: English. Published: November 30, 2017 by MoshPit Publishing. Categories: Nonfiction » Biography » Autobiographies & Memoirs, Nonfiction » Law » Courts and trial practice
Paul Richards was sexually abused at 13. He needed to be protected from Jim Andrews. He was helpless. Thirty years later Paul tries to unravel the past, survive and prepare for his future. Paul goes to extraordinary lengths to free himself from the shadow of abuse. Along the way he forgives his parents and himself to figure out who he really is.