Interview with Ric Frain

What’s the story behind your latest book?
I was young and up for adventure. Little did I know what lay up ahead for me. The story is based on some true events with a whole lot of fiction. Yes, I did drive to all the way from New Jersey to Nicaragua with my wife. It was a different time in the 70's...more primitive and a lot of bad infrastructure along the way and all we had was our map to guide us. I enjoyed writing it and I hope everyone who reads it will do so too.
When did you first start writing?
In my teens and in 1967 I had just turned 16 when I started and produced a literary magazine called “Eyes of Dust”. The title was taken from a Richard Matheson short story. We printed it on a mimeograph machine and I remember each issue had a different color paper.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was born in Camden, NJ and raised in Pennsauken and Cherry Hill. I’ve always had a need to escape the suburbs of Jersey and writing was one activity I could easily afford which would transport me anywhere I wanted to go. Actually it was more like the color of the times rather than the place which influenced my writing. The 1960s shaped my whole perspective.
What do your fans mean to you?
The fans are everything to me. It’s like stand-up comedy. You put yourself out there and hope they love what you have to say. I don’t write in a vacuum. I’m telling a story and I want people to read it, love it and laugh.
What’s the greatest joy of writing for you?
I love to put together words that conjure an image which literally jumps off the pages of the book and fires your imagination.
Who are your favorite authors?
Pynchon’s early work, T. C. Boyle, Carl Hiaasen, Chuck Palahniuk, Kurt Vonnegut and Tom Wolfe. I have a philosophical bent so I’m also partial to all the great existentialists like Kierkegaard, Descartes, Camus and Sartre.
Published 2014-03-17.
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Books by This Author

The Lonely Anarchist
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 54,680. Language: English. Published: March 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Adventure » Action
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The year was 1975. A lengthy, seemingly interminable, journey of over two thousand miles traversing often dangerous terrains from New Jersey to Managua in Nicaragua ought to have been daunting but it was a mere adventure for a young couple, fearless enough to undertake the expedition.