Richard R. Draude, an east coast baby boomer, found reading and early TV shows great ways to pass the time as a young boy in New Jersey. From the Hardy Boys to more serious mysteries and thrillers, he loved the excitement and adventure of the written word. Inheriting a love of old movies from his parents, he enjoys a wide range of TV and movie genres, and loves quoting lines and scenes from his favorite films. Richard has two of his five book series, The MacKenna Saga, published under NewLink Publishing
Describe your desk
in one word Messey. I have chapters from my critique group with changes I have to enter. Boxes of business cards, Computer cords and network cables Telephone, etc.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up in Central East New Jersey. My dislike of cold weather left me inside and reading was an option to pass the time. The Hardy Boys were a staple through the ladder years in grade school. When I started writing, I thought back to those who-done-it stories and like a mystery to solve. I was a kid when the original Star Trek hit the air and the idea of distance planets and strange mysteries appealed to me. I can also remember the Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Lost in Space (Danger Will Robinson!) The movie Forbidden Planet used the same robot.
Kalen MacKenna set out to prove he's no guilty of the crimes he spent over twenty-five Colonial Periods in cold-stasis for committing. Alone and friendless he sets out to solve the mystery. But the stars and human forces seemed determined to stop him. But the truth won't remain buried and Kalen's curiosity is an unstoppable shovel.
Drugged and kidnapped, Kalen awakens and finds himself in the Barrera Wilds, trapped in the cargo bay of a crashed flyer. He escape, two steps ahead of a pack of Silvan Wolves. While fleeing he runs headlong people his father suspected of contaminating the Arrisian waterways. Can he overcome his grief over Mayla's loss and warn his friends of the plot?
Setting out to prove his innocence, Kalen MacKenna finds, enemies at every turn, and secrets from his father's past can get him killed. Out of friends and on the run, can one man survive the onslaught of an unseen force bent on his death?