Interview with Richard Reed

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the valleys of Wales, thinking that the world was full of greenery, clean air and boundless safety, so I'm an eternal optimist. We lived in a place where we genuinely didn't lock our front door for years - there was simply no one around, so why bother with the security? When I was old enough to learn what kidnapping was, I queried my parents on the safety of not locking the house up at night: someone might steal us away! Their tactful response went something like "we send detailed maps to friends with implicit instructions of how to reach the house, and they still get lost. If a kidnapper can find you, they can have you." So that was that!
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Lack of talent to be signed up by Penguin, probably! I've never been a self-publicist or much of a marketeer, spruiking my book to a company is not something that appeals to me. Besides, the self-publishing is easy, quick and enables me to reach a large audience in a short space of time, what's not to like!
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
For me there is real joy in writing something funny that people can relate to. I love reading articles, books or journals that transport me to a place far beyond my locale, but with a want of wit and humor. I don't want to read constantly that the world is an awful place as I truly believe it isn't, and I'm not going to get to live anywhere else in the universe, so I try to write with a positive view in mind. if I'm inspiring people to travel or ejaculate the odd guffaw for a second during their day then that makes me happy.
What do your fans mean to you?
...I have fans? Woooohooooo!!!!
What are you working on next?
Some articles for a friend on motorbikes as that's another passion of mine, along with hopefully some television scripts.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
Currently my girlfriend threatening me with the Wrath of God for snoring too loudly. As far as I can make out, the "Wrath of God" seems to be a humongous slap in the face. Otherwise I'm an early riser and generally whenever I wake up is the time I get up, albeit 4 or 5 in the morning it doesn't matter. I keep lists constantly which keep me busy, and gives me a sense of (minor) achievement which I think is important. My mantra is, on a grand scale, that if you're not making someone else's life better, then you're wasting your time (think this actually originated from the sage Will Smith!). But I love it. Today's list includes writing an article on my blog, filling out this profile, uploading a picture to Instagram, buying a present for a friend's birthday, sending flowers to a friend in Los Angeles as a thank you for putting me up recently, and finally reserving dinner out with the girlfriend to celebrate her birthday. Oh and buying her a present...forgot on the list!
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Making tea, yawning from getting up at 4am, and working. I have a day job which I love, and that enables me to afford the travel I adore and the cameras I need to take the mediocre photos I take! My girlfriend generally keeps me grounded and is the first person to tell me a joke is rubbish or that I'm in danger of drowning in my keyboard. I love movies but very rarely watch my time I have watched possibly two half episodes of Game of Thrones, never seen The Sopranos, Breaking Bad, Boardwalk Empire, Downtown Abbey etc This makes me somewhat of a social pariah!
Published 2016-08-25.
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Books by This Author

An Antipodean Adventure
Price: $4.99 USD. Words: 143,840. Language: English. Published: July 17, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Travel » Trip Journals
(5.00 from 2 reviews)
This is an overland travelling adventure from London to Sydney with a twist - we tell the ludicrous truth! What's it like being cooped up with a friend for an entire year in a slapstick Land Rover sweatbox, breaking down in almost every country, getting robbed, viewing some amazing charity work, riding elephants, cowering in Army bases and bribing police? Great fun, as it turns out!