Interview with Rico Lamoureux

When did you first start writing?
I've been absorbing story from as far back as I can remember, and by age 11 I was writing outside of school. At 13 I entered a short story contest and ended up winning, the prize being publication in my school paper. I didn''t know at the time that I would end up becoming a professional storyteller, but looking back on it now, I'm sure thankful for that kid's interest in the art and craft of it! When other kids were watching cartoons, he was watching powerful dramas like Amadeus and Ghandi. And then there were the literary treasures I'd get lost in, starting in sixth grade when my school put on a reading contest. Such exposure was the foundation to who I am today.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
You know, when it comes to opportunity, the world is so random. You can have an amazing talent who spends a lifetime trying to get recognized for their work, while someone who is mediocre will be basking in the limelight of commercial success. Many people who are in the business of finding talent like to say, "Don't worry, if you have talent, you'll be found." In most cases, this is simply not true, and once I realized this I knew I couldn't let others define me. It's one of those tough truths of life. You can't depend on someone else when it comes to your legacy. What you do now is what you're going to be remembered for tomorrow, and so I stopped playing the publishing lottery and became an indie author.
You have been quoted as saying you're not a genre-specific author. Can you elaborate?
Sure. Like most people, I like to be entertained by a variety of films. Yes I have my favorite genre, drama, but that doesn't mean I don't like to take in a cool sci fi flick every once in awhile. Or thriller, action, etc. I believe the same rings true for any form of storytelling. And when it comes to writing them, I'm just as diverse. To stay locked up in one genre is, to me, too repetitive, claustrophobic, and all-round bad for the creative spirit. Ever since I could remember I've enjoyed many different kinds of stories, so perhaps this is what helped shape me as a versatile author. In my world, it's all about story, not genre.
What is your writing process?
It's very organic. Each story is its own entity. One might be asked to come to life through heavy dialogue, another, vivid description.First person, third person, etc. No two are alike. There's no precise formula. Of course you've got to prepare properly, whatever research that may entail. But after that, the key is learning the art of listening to the story, letting it guide you to a place of truth. Once you achieve this, once you're in alignment with it, you can't go wrong.
How do you approach cover design?
As with all aspects of my work, I put a lot of thought into my covers. I don't believe in spoon-feeding my readers. A great cover will help provoke interest, but at the same time not give too much away. It's a work of art. It's an image that won't be fully understood until the last word of the last page is read, at which time it will leave an impression of an amazing journey that will be reminisced about whenever one comes upon a similar image.
What eclectic work can we look forward to reading from you this year?
I have a Crime Thriller on Amazon that's now available called Riker's Calling. This is the first story I've written where the character is telling me they'll want to return for at least a sequel, if not an actual series! The Ghostwriter, which is also available on Amazon, is a short story that ties into Riker's Calling. My autobiography, Power of the Pen, has also recently been released on Amazon. Given the fact that I've lived a very diverse life, including having been dealt quite a few obstacles, sharing my personal story is something I couldn't imagine NOT doing.
You've been open with the fact that you're visually impaired. How has your condition affected you as an author?
Well, I guess what they say is true, 'What Doesn't kill you makes you stronger.' But to be honest, it's quite difficult. I went blind in my left eye when I was 16, then, 11 years later, the condition affected my "good eye." Thankfully, doctors were able to save this one, but I was basically left legally blind. I used to read for hours on end, in addition to my writing, but now I have to pace myself, or else my vision gets real strained. Really tough for a lover of story like myself, but when you have no choice but to adapt, that's what you do. The silver lining...? When I write a character that perseveres, it comes from firsthand knowledge, making it that much more authentic. This was especially the case when writing Elsa's Gift, as I was virtually blind at the time, being able to see nothing but light due to having developed a mature cataract. I'd place my finger on the paper I was writing on, using it as somewhat of a guide to try to keep my sentences in alignment. After nearly a year I was finally able to have surgery, which returned me back to the state of being near legally blind. It may sound like not that much difference, but you soon learn that ANY vision is cherished vision!
Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter?
I'm on all three, but mainly in the twitterverse.
Guess it just fits my personality:)
Who do you follow?
Whoever follows me:) Well, as long as they're real. I mean, I try and stay clear from the tweeps who are just lookin' to get follow-backs. Can't stand that game!
You've also recently joined the blogoshere, right? Can you tell us a little about The Flash Fiction Ponder?
Sure:) I wanted to provide a place for readers who are on the go to be able to have a quick yet thought-provoking read, hence the tagline, 'Quick Stories of Substance, for when life has you on standby.' Now you might be thinking, "I thought you said for those who are on the go?" Yes, but in many cases, you have to play the hurry-up-and-wait game when you're out and about. Commuting (if you're not the one driving-LOL!), flying, waiting in lines, waiting for an appointment, etc. So yeah, when life has you on standby, I want readers to know they can have a great read that they can finish in one setting, for the times when they just wanna get away from the saturation of fluff that's out there.

And of course others are welcome too, not just those on standby:) If you're cozy in your bed, on the couch, etc. All who want a great read that's not so long, this blog is for you! www.theflashfictionponder.com
How's it doing so far?
Great! I'm really moved by the warm reception it has received! I have a flag counter up on it, so readers, and myself, can see which countries are visiting. Getting hits from all over the globe!

As a special Thank You to all these wonderful readers, I'm currently offering my autobiography to all followers, for FREE!
What do your fans mean to you?
A reader to an author is like a petal to a rose. Everything!
Published 2016-11-30.
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Books by This Author

The Honeysuckle Intern
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 4,810. Language: American English. Published: August 15, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Lesbian Erotica, Fiction » Gay & lesbian fiction » Lesbian
A young college student starts an internship that will take her to new levels of exploration!
Destined
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 24,740. Language: American English. Published: March 9, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Romance » General
(5.00)
A love that runs deeper than the flesh, goes beyond the heart, and is joined by the soul. John and Gloria spent their whole lives together creating such a love, and now that they’ve come to the end only time will tell if the seeds they have sown will flourish into eternal companionship.
The Maiden of Monaco
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 14,900. Language: American English. Published: March 4, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Christophe, a young peasant who is determined to win the hand of a royal maiden, sets out to compete for her hand despite the great odds against him.
Bleeding Perseverance
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,340. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » Literary Erotica
Tobias and Karida each had a hidden secret close to their heart. One, out of a need to protect, the other, to be free. With the core of these two secrets one in the same, fate brings their two different worlds together in this dramatic story of hope, inner strength, and true love.
Elsa's Gift
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 20,050. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary
(5.00)
Coming from a life of poverty and hardship, only one could be chosen from Elsa’s family to receive a proper education. Now armed with a college degree she sets out to provide a better life for her loved ones by leaving her native Third World country. But soon Elsa is faced with adversity she could never have imagined, and it will take every ounce of inner strength she has to overcome.
6 Degrees of SeXparation
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 19,850. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Erotica » General
The unleashing of a sexual beast, a sexplorer's discovery of a lifetime, and the cherishing of a pristine innocent. Add this to an erogenous tale of curiosity in The Pink French and the quenching of a lustful thirst in Business Class and you've got five sensual short stories linked by six passionate characters in 6 Degrees of SeXparation.
While Amongst the Stars
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,940. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Literature » Literary, Fiction » Inspirational
(5.00)
An author, who learned the art of storytelling from his grandfather, perseveres in this thought-provoking short story about change and following one's passion.
Val's Heart
Price: Free! Words: 760. Language: American English. Published: March 3, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama
(4.50)
In this short YA story, a young man with a kind heart learns the importance of following one's passion.
Aunt Mama
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 2,550. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
In this prequel to The Mirrored Staircase, the story of how Joseph and Elise became entangled in Aunt Mama's deceitful web is explored, carving the horrific path to the dark and dramatic tale of their redemption.
The Mirrored Staircase
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 18,950. Language: American English. Published: March 2, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General
(5.00)
A dramatic horror story, believed by most to be a viral urban legend, with origins going all the way back to the days of slavery.