Interview with Richard Otten

Published 2014-02-18.
How do you approach cover design?
I'd like to use a cover that fits the story. I am blessed to be friends with a gifted artist (Edith Wawrowska) who already had the orginal cover design and i thought it was just perfect. For future projects we would like to work together again and find a nice design for the cover.
What are your five favorite books, and why?
1. 1984 - George Orwell
Great book that had a vision about the society of the future. A vision that's turning out to be very plausible

2. American Psycho – Brett Easton Ellis
Comically dark and intensely written, a lot more graphic and enigmatic than the movie

3. Song of Ice and Fire books – George R.R. Martin
Massive saga done right. George R.R. Martin has a real knack for writing intertwining storylines, fleshed out characters and big scale action scenes.

4. Chariots of the gods - Erich von Däniken
Could be seen as a fascinating work of thought out fiction. But some of the theories in this book just tickly the imagination “what if there is life in outer space?”

5. The Poet – Michael Connelly
Connelly is to crime novels, what The Wire does for TV. I love the Harry Bosch character (really hope the new tv-show gets green lit) but my favorite novel has Journalist Jack McEvoy as a persistent anti-hero. The story has a great mystery with a surprising conclusion.

There are a lot more books and writers I could mention here, but these are the ones I read and stood by me for several reasons.
What do you read for pleasure?
All kinds of books, I have a broad interest in things, so It could be a crime novel or fantasy novel. Other times I like a good book about movies and art.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
I own a small tablet, but mostly, I still read books the old fashion way.
Describe your desk
Messy. I like to have stuff around. I have a recordplayer next to my computer, so when i am busy writing, i'd love to put on some good music.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in a small town called Klimmen, in the south of the Netherlands. It's a very quiet town with a great community. A lot of places and characters in my writing find their roots in locations and people of the town.
When did you first start writing?
I started writing at elementary school. We had a schoolpaper and because i loved fantasy stories, i start writing them for the schoolpaper. Also a lot of stories came to life when i was playing with my action figures as kid.
What's the story behind your latest book?
Strangely enough I had a whole different story in mind. But as I started writing, it took a different course and I let my imagination run wild. It resulted in a satisfying body of work. I wanted to create a story that took place in a small community where the presence of all characters could be felt in the little things.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I’ve always wanted to create stories, the day I first saw the movie Ghostbusters. I was about 4 years old and it scared the hell out of me, but that fear also fascinated me. As I got older I took interest in horror novels and movies and I knew, pretty early on, that I wanted to be a writer.
What are you working on next?
At the moment I’m working on different stories. I am planning to publish my short stories I wrote over the years. For my next novel I am working on a story that has a 50’s monster movies feel set in the 90’s. Other projects include a Sci-fi story and a Hostage drama.
Who are your favorite authors?
Favourite authors include: Stephen King, H.P. Lovecraft, Michael Connelly, George R.R. Martin, Neil Gaiman, George Orwell, Brett Easton Ellis among others.
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Books by This Author

Kort door de bocht
Price: Free! Words: 37,180. Language: Dutch. Published: September 11, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
Wat u nu gaat lezen is een verzameling van korte verhalen die ik in de afgelopen tien jaar heb geschreven. Het is een mengeling van zeer korte verhalen en verhalen die enkele pagina’s beslaan. De genres zijn zeer uiteenlopend. Dit ebook is totaal niet professioneel opgezet, ik hoop dat het op uw apparaat redelijk leesbaar is.
Caroline's Dagboek
Price: Free! Words: 76,850. Language: Dutch. Published: February 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller, Fiction » Fantasy » Paranormal
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