D L Richardson


D L Richardson writes speculative fiction. She has three young adult teen novels published and one short story anthology. Her first two YA novels The Bird With The Broken Wing and Feedback reached best seller status at OmniLit. Her third YA novel Little Red Gem was runner up on Paranormal Books Best Standalone YA book of 2013 and the book trailer was featured on USA Today website.

Upcoming works include Curious an omnibus of her three YA novels; an apocalyptic serialised science-fiction/fantasy trilogy; Fear of Falling Further the second volume of short stories, and Poison in the Pond a novella adapted from of a previously unpublished novel.

She lives in Australia on the south coast with her husband and dog. When she’s not writing she likes to read, play the piano or guitar, and walk her dog.

Smashwords Interview

Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in the western suburbs of Sydney, Australia. I have three brothers and one sister. At one time in our house there were five kids, two parents, three dogs, three mice, one bird, and one cat. My house was always noisy, messy, crowded, and there was no privacy. These factors are a huge influence on why I jumped feet first into the world of fiction, first as a reader and then as a writer.
When did you first start writing?
I know this sounds corny, but I used to write plays and songs when I was eight. I don't count this as the first moment I started writing, but it does explain why I never followed through with any of the other subjects I was good at in school, like maths and science.

I left school and helped form a rock band, where I played bass guitar and wrote all the lyrics. In 1996, I realised I didn't want to continue pursuing a music career so I quit and I immediately began writing, both short stories and novels though I would usually get to chapter 3 of the novel and stop. It took a few years to complete my first novel and submit it to publishers and a few more years after that to get published.
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Where to find D L Richardson online

Where to buy in print


Poison in the Pond
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 31,390. Language: English. Published: December 5, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Horror » Undead, Fiction » Horror » Undead
Karen Malcolm escapes with her life after a week of being held hostage in her own home by a mad man named Cain. He gets life behind bars and she gets a second chance as the future wife of Doctor Tyler Carlisle and mother of his young daughter Jess. But Karen can't escape the nightmare that follows when Cain contacts her from prison to beg forgiveness, getting caught up in web of madness.
Price: $6.99 USD. Words: 184,820. Language: English. Published: October 21, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
Three full length novels in one collection. A guardian angel finds herself trapped in Purgatory with a young soldier she was assigned to watch over. Three teens receive the organs of deceased CIA agent and take on his final mission. Bad advice from a ghost, magic, and a televised music talent show see this teen make more of a mess in death than she made in life. Over 500 pages of supernatural fun.
The Bird With The Broken Wing
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 51,150. Language: English. Published: September 17, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Urban
Guardian angel Rachael finds herself trapped in Purgatory with Ben Taylor, a young soldier with a secret. Desperate to see him ascend she breaks the rules about becoming involved and revealing her identity. The unexpected appearance of a feisty teenager, Jet Jones puts her wings in a tailspin and brings a chilling revelation that maybe Ben’s soul isn’t the only one that needs saving.
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 69,770. Language: English. Published: September 16, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Thriller and Suspense
After receiving life-saving organ donations, Ethan, Florida, and Jake are on track to getting their old lives back when they're kidnapped by a man who believes in Feedback – the theory that organs retain the memories of the donor host. During interrogation they begin to hear voices, telling them information they can’t possibly know. But listening to this inner voice could get them killed.
Little Red Gem
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 68,960. Language: English. Published: October 12, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Romance
A bitter sweet, foolhardy mission it is to want to know how much the boy you love loves you back. Ruby Parker, a sixteen year old singer in an all girl band, finds herself on such a mission and then there’s no going back, no matter how crazy that mission makes you. Making more of a mess in death than she ever did in life, she’ll do whatever it takes to find out how much Leo loved her.
Fear Of Falling
Price: $0.99 USD. Words: 21,440. Language: English. Published: July 21, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Anthologies » Short stories - single author
What happens to a character once a writer has created him or her and the story is over? Every writer has a stash of short stories hidden in their drawer. Some stories are written simply to get an idea out of a writer's head, which is really the birth place of all speculative fiction. D L Richardson has selected eleven of her favourite short stories on terror, time travel, and other dimensions.

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