Interview with S.D Richards

When did you first start writing?
I consider myself more of a storyteller than a writer. I am more interested in the story than the grammar or spelling. I have learned that those things are important to make the story more enjoyable, so I work hard with my editor to fix those things, and rewrite those things that detract from the story.
Why did you first start writing?
I do love to read and was having trouble finding a good book one day so I started to write. I wrote in every spare moment and when I looked up it was a couple hundred thousand words. I posted it on a private site and soon had an editor helping me fix it. It had good reviews and quickly had a following. I was expecting a couple people to stumble on it ​but ended up having over twenty thousand reading the chapters each day as they were posted after re-editing them.
What's the story behind your latest book?
I am successful in business but have met many that have other stories on how they got to where they are in their businesses. Some are very interesting as well as some businesses and what they do. I combined some of these along with a coming of age theme to come up with what was just published called, "Mixing Business and Pleasure"
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Day in and day out, it is the e-mails that I get from readers. When my total downloads crossed the one million mark it made me feel like my work really was worth reading and it was then that I considered crossing over and offering it to the public.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
New Adventures.
What is your writing process?
Type as fast as I can to get the story from my brain to the page. Then go back and fix all the mistakes. I keep notes as I go along because of all the characters and needing to keep them straight.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I was approached by a new publishing company Phoenix Fire Tears and they have made the process so easy for me. I don't have the time or desire to do the work needed to get my books ready for publication. I felt the time was right and they made the process so easy.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in central Florida. This means that there was a lot of exposure to different people as they moved there from different parts of the country. I had friends that lived in trailer parks and mansions so the diversity was eye opening. It was also the late 70s and early 80s. We would go where we wanted and do what we wanted without our parents. A lot of this sense of adventure and varied experiences are driven from that part of my life. We could golf at a PGA tour course or float down a river and not see anyone all day.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I read a lot of books, ​but the one that stands out and made me love reading was "The Firm" by John Grisham. I had to read it for a business ethics class in college. I started in the morning and read it cover to cover. It gripped my imagination and when I got done, I wanted to feel that again.
Describe your desk
Two computers, three monitors, a legal pad, phone and a pen.
Published 2015-05-29.
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Books by This Author

Mixing Business With Pleasure
Price: $3.49 USD. Words: 130,090. Language: English. Published: May 21, 2015 by Phoenix Fire Tears. Categories: Fiction » Romance » Erotic, Fiction » Romance » General
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A coming-of-age romance story, follow Don Powers through his final years of high school and beyond, after discovering the secrets of sales, to see how he uses his gift in work, play, family, and love.