Richelle E. Goodrich

Biography

I was born in Odgen, Utah in 1968 and spent the next couple of years growing up in my mother’s care (helped by her family) while my father served as an Army Sergeant in the Vietnam War. Luckily, he returned home safely, and I made the adjustment to having a permanent dad in the house. My brother was born shortly afterwards, and all four of us moved to Washington State where my parents discovered that not every inch of the so-called Evergreen State is actually green. In truth, a large portion mimics the desert—which is where we set down roots.

My parents completed their family with two additional daughters that resulted in three girls to one boy, a circumstance that made sibling rivalry unequal and often unfair. My brother ended out with his own room while I shared a room with my two sisters—an already-small area that was divided with masking tape into personal corners. You can imagine the childish fuss that was made when someone had to step across a dividing line to enter the only closet or to make a run for the bathroom!

I was very blessed to have a mother who was willing to enroll me in ballet, tap dance, gymnastics, girl scouts, piano lessons, as well as a short bout with the viola and the guitar. She faithfully drove me from school to lessons to home for years. Any artistic talent I have is owed to my parents. My dad sketched cartoon characters for me and my siblings when we were children, while my mom created beautiful oil paintings. Their examples inspired me to pursue art in both high school and college.

After growing up in a small, desert town, I graduated from the local high school with honors. From there, I worked my way through college at Eastern Washington University where I received two bachelor’s degrees: one, a BA in Liberal Studies and the other, a BAEd in Math/Natural Sciences Education. It wasn’t until I was older, married with three boys, that I developed an interest in writing. That in itself is a long, curious story which you can read about on my author blog (click here.) Since then, I have self-published ten books. My book quotes have been published in a number of places including the Oxford Philosophy Being Human Course Book, Chicken Soup for the Soul: Christmas in Canada, and in a Revlon magazine ad campaign.

Writing has become a sweet adventure. I write whenever and wherever opportunity presents itself, even during waits in line at the grocery store. I have learned to use bits of time wisely, knowing that small accomplishments add up quickly. I prefer to write in complete silence whenever possible; it seems my muses are more apt to visit me in a calm and quiet atmosphere. If you want a glimpse into my head, I am an Alice in Wonderland girl—curious, creative, observant, always pondering, always learning.

Smashwords Interview

Can you tell us what inspires your insightful quotes and words of encouragement?
Yes, I certainly can. For the most part my quotes have been inspired by personal experiences as well as some unpleasant trials. At times, however, they’ve resulted from a keen fascination for observing and evaluating human behavior. I like to ‘people watch’, perhaps because I never cease to be amazed by the actions of others. A popular one, for example:
“Courage to me is doing something daring, no matter how afraid, insecure, intimidated, alone, unworthy, incapable, ridiculed or whatever other paralyzing emotion you might feel. Courage is taking action…..no matter what. So you’re afraid? Be afraid. Be scared silly to the point you’re trembling and nauseous, but do it anyway!”

This quote came to me when I was facing a difficult challenge that resulted in taking a stand for what I heartily wanted despite strenuous opposition. I’m no super hero, I’ll admit. I cringe at the mere mention of anxiety and confrontation. But I’ve learned that courage isn’t reserved for the brave and daring only. Courage means taking action, period. And even a timid personality can do that—albeit trembling the entire time.
What helps you with the creation of new characters and the worlds they live in?
I’m a daydreamer to the very core. There are a thousand stories swirling in my head constantly, sort of like an inner library where I slip a book off the shelf almost daily for the purpose of entertaining an untiring brain.

If only I could write—had the time to write—all the adventures and fantasies that play on my mental view screen. I have my favorites memorized, and I tweak their stories often, hoping someday to jot them down on paper. I’ve always been this way, passing the time in another world, pretending to be some extraordinary character. I have to laugh because I actually wrote a quote inspired by this truth:

“I live in two unique worlds, traveling between both with just the opening or closing of my eyes.”
~Richelle E. Goodrich

That’s me. What inspires these stories—the characters and the worlds they come from? Well….what doesn’t inspire them? In other words, just about anything can act as inspiration for me, depending upon what I’m thinking about at the moment. A mangled tree once inspired an entire book, including the type of life that dominated a fantasy world. A touching scene from a movie sparked the idea for my novel, ‘Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher.'

Art is a strong stimulation when it comes to sparking stories in my imagination. I believe it’s because art is so highly interpretive, which means I must draw on my own creativity to evaluate it. And once the creativity starts to flow, quite frankly there’s no stopping what develops from it.
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Series

The Harrowbethian Saga
After an unplanned trip to the doctor’s office, Sevenah Williams discovers that her ancestry is anything but human. This shocking news puts her on a course to find out the truth about her parents and a tragic past that placed her in hiding at a very young age. Eventually, she takes on her birth name, Eena, and accepts her birthright as the only living heir to the throne of Harrowbeth. But this privilege comes with a price. She learns this during the painful process of physically joining with an heirloom necklace known as the dragon’s soul. From that point on, Queen Eena slowly uncovers powers granted her by the necklace, giving her the ability to manipulate energy—a gift that comes in handy when she faces enemies who wish to see her royal line eliminated. Eena must fight with new friends at her side including Derian, the captain of the Kemeniroc; Kira, a Mishmorat with might and spunk; Shanks and his crew of giant Viiduns; and Ian, her best friend and sworn protector. Her greatest challenges, however, turn out to be personal: learning to love, to trust, and to handle adult problems as a teenager.

Eena, The Dawn and Rescue

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Eena, The Return of a Queen

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Eena, The Two Sisters

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Eena, The Tempter's Snare

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Books

Eena, The Tempter's Snare
Series: The Harrowbethian Saga, Book 5. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 149,720. Language: English. Published: April 26, 2018. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
It is Queen Eena's eighteenth birthday, and as Harrowbethian tradition dictates, she is prepared to announce her decision to marry within the year. However, not everyone is happy with her choice of a suitor, especially when men more fitted for the calling wait in line.
Eena, The Two Sisters
Series: The Harrowbethian Saga, Book 4. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 114,960. Language: English. Published: August 10, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
Queen Eena must thwart the evil plans of two devious immortal sisters either by defeating them or doing the inconceivable and joining them.
Slaying Dragons
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 24,550. Language: English. Published: April 17, 2017. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Fiction » Poetry » American poetry
Slaying Dragons is a collection of original quotes, poetry, and a few short stories written by American author and novelist, Richelle E. Goodrich. This book is meant to entertain and motivate individuals on a daily basis. It includes a quote for leap year plus two additional bonus quotes.
Eena, The Curse of Wanyaka Cave
Series: The Harrowbethian Saga, Book 3. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 186,380. Language: English. Published: December 27, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Fantasy » General
Deep within Lacsar Forest inside the black walls of Wanyaka Cave, a childhood ghost story becomes reality. Two evil sisters and their brother, along with a dragon forced to do their bidding, combine efforts to manipulate Queen Eena into freeing them from their eternal prison. It seems she hasn't the power to resist.
Eena, The Return of a Queen
Series: The Harrowbethian Saga, Book 2. Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 178,720. Language: English. Published: June 10, 2016. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » Epic, Fiction » Romance » Fantasy
An enemy at their heels, a dragon stone portending the queen's demise, and an armada prepared to battle against all odds in hopes of altering the future.
Dandelions: The Disappearance of Annabelle Fancher
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 181,020. Language: English. Published: July 7, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Drama, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Social Issues
This fictional tale is a suspenseful human-interest account detailing the harsh reality endured by young Anna. It tenderly acquaints the reader with a lonely, young girl and shares her courage and her incredible imagination facing adversity. Many of the events were taken from the lives of real people.
Smile Anyway
Price: $2.99 USD. Words: 15,260. Language: English. Published: June 22, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Inspirational, Nonfiction » Inspiration » Daily affirmations
Smile Anyway is a collection of original quotes and verse written by American author and novelist, Richelle E. Goodrich. This book is meant to motivate individuals with a profound thought each day of the year. It includes a quote for leap year plus two additional bonus quotes..
Eena, The Dawn and Rescue
Series: The Harrowbethian Saga, Book 1. You set the price! Words: 166,590. Language: English. Published: June 1, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure
Sevenah Williams lives a quiet farm life until she stumbles upon a mysterious past and learns she is heir to the throne of Harrowbeth. She is the last living of royal blood able to don a peculiar and enchanted heirloom necklace. Given the new name, Eena, she sets off for a new home—a world plagued by civil war—only to discover that her enemies and allies are near impossible to distinguish.
Secrets of a Noble Key Keeper
Price: $1.99 USD. Words: 30,540. Language: English. Published: May 4, 2015. Categories: Fiction » Fantasy » General, Fiction » Young adult or teen » Fairy Tales
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Meet a curious young man who guards the gates and secrets of his homeland. While steering trespassers away from his magical land, he finds himself increasingly intrigued by the outside world. Gavin longs to learn more about those living in mere ordinary circumstances, especially if it means befriending a raven-haired girl whose big brown eyes seem permanently etched in his memory.

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