Interview with Richard Meehan, Jr

What are your five favorite books, and why?
My five favorite books: Battlefield Earth, Magic Kingdom For Sale Sold!, The Hobbit, The Sword of Shannara, Watership Down. They all have something in common. The authors were able to place me in a fictional world and make me believe that it could be possible. It is difficult enough to live in the real world, and tough enough to write a fictional world, but to envelope someone for a brief length of time in an imaginary world of wonders and have them love it -- now that's writing my friends. I want to be that good!
How do you approach cover design?
As an artist deep down, I like to envision my main character at a pivotal moment, that moment when his or her life will be changed forever by the next step, the next decision. Once I have that figured, I draw the scene. I'm no "great shakes" at drawing, but I can get a minimal rendering on paper. From that point I scan it to my graphics software and "go to town" creating my own cover art. The process helps me cement my character's situation in my mind. Whenever I get stymied in the story, I glance back at my cover art, which resides on my desk as a constant mode of "mind transportation." It helps me get back to story basics in a heartbeat.
What do you read for pleasure?
I made a pact with myself long ago as a child. It was after reading a young adult fiction book about a boy getting trapped in a cave. I decided that every single day for the rest of my life, no matter how I felt, no matter how late it might be; in short, no excuse good enough, I would read for fifteen minutes a fiction book of my choosing before I closed my eyes. Period.
What is your e-reading device of choice?
My iPhone. For years I fought technological advancement and kept my ancient flip-phone. But once, I let my best friend show off his new iPhone. He pulled up an e-book on his Kindle app. That was all she wrote. I had to have one. Freedom, my friends. I can always have my books with me without lugging them around like I used to in school. My library is in my pocket.
Describe your desk
My desk in a world of wonders, messy, yet organized. I know where my stuff is when I want to grab it, so hand's off! The twenty-four inch wide monitor sits directly in front of me. My keyboard and mouse are perfectly situated for instant use. Nothing blocks them. The rest of the space is fair game for storage.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I was raised in Spartanburg, South Carolina. Yes, the first State to secede from the Union, and a town surrounded by battlegrounds. As a young person, this meant we were "born rebels." I learned the real causes of the Civil War, and not the clap-trap taught today. I was proud of my Southern heritage, which the current political climate has virtually washed away. Along with that pride came all the good things that Southerners were known for. We didn't lock our doors because no one would dare enter without knocking, much less think of stealing from us. We respected our elders - anyone older than ourselves. Yes or no sir (or ma'am) always came before or after a sentence when speaking to an adult. We say, "Y'all come on in" and "ain't that perty." I find it strange that Northerners simply love my home town, but instead of assimilating into a climate such as I described, they have watered down the system until now I can't really recognize my culture anymore. Rudeness and disrespectful attitudes toward God and Country and Family - and Elders - that's what seems to have come down since I was a child. My writing still reflects my white Southern male attitude from when I was a kid. I don't want the world to forget that political correctness is a far lesser god. Mankind is better than this, and I try to reflect our best attributes in my writing. I don't write filth. We have to live with reality every waking moment.
When did you first start writing?
From the moment I was taught how to hold my crayon, I wrote.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Several things work for me. I like to hear people laugh when they read something I've written that I wanted to be funny. I like comments both negative and positive about my work, because it means people care enough about my writing to say something, whether good or ill. In short, having readers gives me the greatest joy.
What do your fans mean to you?
Without fans, what's the point? Fans are the whole reason to keep striving for better stories, better quality, better, better...
What are you working on next?
My latest is a series of shorts for a shared world s.f. anthology known as Omega Station. My characters, a janitor and a salesman, will be offered as classic comic relief.
Published 2016-02-12.
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Books by This Author

Cometary Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 22,910. Language: English. Published: August 31, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Short stories
"If you like your science fiction with a side of clever, droll, understated humor, you're in luck. Whether it's a plague - can one big one be a plague? - of alien vermin bent on alien conquest, or an interesting new take on a certain legendary piper, or a fancy new contraption that bypasses the laws of physics, you can't go wrong with Meehan's smart, sassy Cometary Tales. I love it!" ~ K.G. McAbee
The Janitor's Closet: How to Get into the Janitorial Business and Stay There!
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,720. Language: English. Published: April 11, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Business & Economics » Small business and entrepreneurship
Are you thinking of getting into the business of janitorial work? Do you want to be a cleaning contractor? Have you wondered what the startup costs might be? A lot of folks believe they know how to clean stuff, especially those that have worked in the World of Clean - the janitorial and sanitation industry - for a day, or even a lifetime. Get this book to find out what it really takes!