Interview with Richard Schiver

When did you first start writing?
The first time would be 1991. I was thirty two, a voracious reader, and the idea of writing had been in the back of my mind since my days in the military.

Starting out was a struggle. My first story was rejected so many times I ran out of markets to submit it to. But I stuck with it. Eventually things started to click, the words started to flow, and the amount of work I was producing grew. The rejections soon changed from form rejections to personal notes from editors, then an acceptance here, another over there. Small non-paying markets.

Ten years later with the first drafts of seven novels on my hard drive, one under consideration at Random House, six screenplays, and about fifty short stories in various stages of revision my computer crashed, wiping the hard drive clean, and no I didn't have any backups, with the exception of a few I had printed out.

I was so discouraged by what had happened that I turned my back on writing for the next seven years. But in the back of my mind I always wondered if I had given up too easily. In 2008 I began the arduous task of replacing what work I could from the printed stories I'd saved. This was my second excursion into writing and has resulted in me finding myself here.
What's the story behind your latest book?
We all view grandmothers as nurturing, caring, individuals more inclined to pinch a child's cheeks than anything else. It's a view that causes us to let our guard down. But not everything we perceive can be trusted. As many of Margaret's victims learn too late in my novella, Reprisal: Vengeance knows no boundary. But what motivates her? She'd been diagnosed as a child with Dissociative Identity Disorder, but the doctors were wrong.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
I've always been a do it yourself kind of person. With the tools currently available a writer would be foolish not to self publish at least a part of their list.
How has Smashwords contributed to your success?
It gives me the ability to reach a wider audience from one location instead of having to release through each retailer individually.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching the story unfold as I create it. To slowly uncover the nuances of plot as the story develops.
What do your fans mean to you?
Everything, it's why I write. It is the most intimate form of communication available. When a reader sits down with one of my works it's as if the world is comprised for a brief period of time of only the two of us, writer and reader, communicating as the story unfolds.
What are you working on next?
Several projects are nearing completion. The manuscript for my collection of short stories I call "Nine Dark Tales" is with my editor right now, the cover is ready, it's just a matter of putting everything together and hitting the publish button.
Who are your favorite authors?
Where to even begin with that one. Stephen King without a doubt. Lumley, Barker, Ketchum, Clegg, Laymon. Lovecraft, Poe, Stoker for the classics. I have been discovering some new writers who have managed to make their way onto my favorites list. Craig Saunders, Robert Dunbar, Iain Rob Wright.
When you're not writing, how do you spend your time?
Reading, spending time with my family, eating, sleeping.
What inspires you to get out of bed each day?
The discovery of something new in my stories.
How do you discover the ebooks you read?
Recommendations from people I know. Browsing online. I see something that looks interesting I'll download a sample, if the sample doesn't capture my attention I don't buy.
Published 2014-01-11.
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Books by This Author

All Roads Lead to Terror
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 53,620. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Apocalyptic, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
The horrors of the past meet the brutality of the present. On the day of his birth the dead walked and society crumbled. His mother took one look at him and pronounced him Meat. He survived, she didn't.
A Family Tradition
Price: Free! Words: 5,040. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
Would you be willing to give up your unborn child to save yourself?
Parasite
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 67,260. Language: English. Published: October 30, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural
They have watched from the shadows since the dawn of time. Jealous gods who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to their former glory. Only one man stands in their way.
9 Dark Tales
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 38,170. Language: English. Published: June 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
From the Zombie apocalypse, to things that go bump in the night, here are 9 short tales that are sure to send a shiver whispering down your spine.
White Walker
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 48,720. Language: English. Published: June 13, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
When she was ten she made a promise to that which inhabits the winter storm. Now she's twenty-six and pregnant, and the White Walker has returned to collect his due.
Reprisal: Vengeance Knows No Boundary
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 27,130. Language: English. Published: September 29, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Psychological thriller
She had a look that immediately put anyone she met at ease. Small of stature, with grandmotherly eyes, by the time they discovered the evil lurking behind that innocent facade, it was too late.
Enter Night
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 20,170. Language: English. Published: December 15, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » General, Fiction » Horror » Occult
(4.00)
There are places even the ghosts of the dead fear. Where nightmares wander the hallways of our dreams, and not every story ends with a happily ever after.
Bobo
Price: Free! Words: 3,600. Language: American English. Published: September 5, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Weird fiction, Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(1.00)
Awakening to find herself the victim of a kidnapping, Sarah realizes just how alone she really is. The kidnapper believes her husband will pay handsomely for her safe return, but he doesn't know about their coming divorce. Help arrives from an unlikely source as Sarah comes face to face with old memories she's kept hidden even from herself
Adversary
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 94,430. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Thriller & suspense » Supernatural, Fiction » Horror » General
(3.50)
They have watched from the shadows since the dawn of time. Jealous gods who once ruled a young planet. Seeking a return to their former glory. Only one man stands in their way.
Music of the Gods
Price: Free! Words: 3,660. Language: English. Published: February 25, 2012. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Ghost
(4.00)
So often we don't realize what we have until we've lost it. During a weekend trip to save his failing marriage Donald discovers this truth after he and his wife are involved in an accident.