Interview with Richard Ewald

Who are your favorite authors?
Stephen King, Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Robert Heinlein, Piers Anthony, H. G. Wells, Charles Dickens, many many others.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
I love life. Everything about it. Inspiration is everywhere. Also coffee. And having to get my daughter to school on time.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
I work as a software engineer, I play guitar, and I spend as much time with my daughter as I possibly can. I also build model rockets, and I fly radio controlled model airplanes.
Do you remember the first story you ever wrote?
Yes. It was a picture book about a race between two trucks. I think I was seven. They ended up finishing in a tie. I thought it was a brilliant ending at the time.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
Not the first story, but I remember the first book that I read that made me want to write. It was Out of the Silent Planet, by C. S. Lewis. I've always loved stories where ordinary people get transported to fantastical places and have adventures. I suppose writing itself is like that for me.
Describe your desk
I don't have one. I write on a laptop, usually on the dining room table or down in my unfinished basement. I like the idea of writing in coffee shops, but I find the noisiness too distracting.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in northern California. We moved around a lot, so I got to know many different areas. The landscapes, towns, and people there still populate my mind and often show up in my fiction.
When did you first start writing?
I wrote the beginnings of my first novel when I was about fifteen. I finally finished it at twenty-two. Then I started writing more deliberately in my late twenties.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love it when my characters come to life and start making their own decisions. They end up taking the story in unforeseen directions.
What do you read for pleasure?
Anything by Stephen King. After that, I love fantasy and hard science fiction. Occasionally mysteries. I also love books about science, history, ancient cultures. I have a very eclectic palate for books.
What is your writing process?
I try to think of a fun premise. Then I work out a basic, plausible story line. Then I think a lot about the characters, try to get to know them as well as I can. Then I focus on what I think are interesting scenes. Then I write out summaries of scenes, characters, subplots, etc. I find very loose outlines helpful. I don't always do all these things, and not always in a systematic or orderly fashion. Depending on the story, I might draw some maps, or spend time working out history and back-story for various characters.
Published 2013-10-10.
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Books by This Author

Sierra Girls
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 102,500. Language: English. Published: October 14, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
Follow Gabriel Quinn as he hunts down the serial rapist who kidnapped his daughter. When Michelle disappears from her quiet neighborhood, the police find no evidence and seem to give up immediately. Her father believes Michelle is still alive, but he knows that her time is short. As her dad searches for her, Michelle seeks an escape from the broken down house in the mountains where she is trapped.