R Frederick Riddle

Biography

R. Frederick Riddle, Christian fiction author, seemed destined to write from an early age. But while now he has authored several Christian fiction books, it wasn't until he was 60 years old that he actually started writing.

* 1943 Born in Port Huron, MI to Dale and Lucille Riddle
* 1964 Joined U.S. Navy - Became a Radioman and served aboard the USS St. Paul and the USS Oklahoma. During his service he was stationed off South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
* 1968 Hired into Bell Telephone. Working first with Western Electric, he was later laid off and rehired into Michigan Bell, which became a part of Ameritech.
* 1970 Started attending First Baptist Church of Pontiac under Pastor Robert Shelton.
* 1973 Received Christ as Savior. At the time he was working for Western Electric and was on assignment to Kalamazoo, MI where an old telephone building was having its equipment removed as part of an upgrade. During his time there he had time to reflect on the preaching of God's Word he'd been hearing at First Baptist. On May 9th, he knelt beside his motel room's bed and asked Jesus into his heart. It was a life changing decision, both in this life and in eternity.
* 1981 Left First Baptist and began attending Shalom Baptist Church under Pastor Dr. Harry E. Carr.
* 1981 Met Teresa Wheeler at Birmingham Bible Institute and met her again when he began attending Shalom. On September 19th they got married.
* 1993 Retired from Ameritech after 25 years.
* 1993 Hired as Financial Secretary at a church. He was already serving in voluntary position as Sunday School Secretary.
* 2003 Wrote Refuge:Genesis Chronicles, a novel based on the last 100 years leading up to the Flood.
* 2007 Wrote Adam's Chronicles, a novel based on Creation and the years leading up to birth of Cain.
* 2010 Wrote Perished: The World That Was, the beginning of the series The World That Was. Perished combined much of Refuge and Adam's Chronicles plus added much more material. The novel covers the 1656 years from Creation to the Flood.
* 2012 Wrote The Rise of Shem, sequel to Perished and the second in the series, The World That Was.
* 2013 Wrote and published Dead Eye Will, a novel based in the early 1800s. It covers the period from 1812 - 1836, which includes the War of 1812 and the years following. This novel marks the beginning of Mr. Riddle's venture as a publisher of eBooks. Dead Eye Will is also the beginning of a new series, An American Hero.
* 2013 Wrote and published Christian Workers Total Workout. This book is exclusive to the R. Frederick Riddle Bookstore. It is a book designed to fit any Christian's, new or old, Bible studies. Originally developed by the author for his own studies, it is now available for use in anyone's devotional time.
* 2014 Working on third novel of The World That Was series.
* 2014 Co-Founded with Tress Riddle T&R Independent Books
*2015/16 Published So You Want To Write
* 2016 Launched TR Authors Academy
* 2016 Published Did You Know About Bible History?

Smashwords Interview

What is your writing process?
I begin by choosing my topic. In the case of Bible stories, my topic is a Biblical event or person. In the case of American history, my choice is determined by a historical event or a historical person.

Next comes research. Using Google, I search for anything I can find out. This often requires time consuming energy, and, sometimes, boring research.

Third, sometimes I develop the characters first, then the plot. Other times, I create the plot first and let the characters develop around these plots.

Fourth, I focus on the subject at hand. If a real event forms the plot, then focus on both research and development pertaining to the plot. If the focus is on a person or persons, I then allow myself to be drawn into the story itself. This can be quite dangerous, but also extremely profitable.

Once I have written the entire novel, I submit it to proof reading. and editing. This sometimes leads to wholesale rewrites of chapters.
Do you remember the first story you ever read, and the impact it had on you?
I am not sure if this book was my first or not, but War & Peace was inspiring to me as an aspiring writer. I think it was probably not only inspiring, but also foundational.
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Videos

Dead Eye Trailer
Dead Eye, an American Hero, is the story of our nation and of Michigan between 1812 and 1837. It is the story of war, danger, adventure, and love. This trailer is to acquaint people with this exciting, fact filled, yet fictional account of Dead Eye and early 1800s America.

Books

Did You Know About Bible History?
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 12,020. Language: English. Published: April 9, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Religion and Spirituality » Biblical Studies / History & Culture
In today's world the Bible comes under constant attack from unbelievers. Their attacks are pointed and ruthless, but the Bible remains the best selling book of all time. While written with the skeptic in mind, this book is also a great resource for Bible students and new Christians.
So You Want To Write?
Price: Free! Words: 15,750. Language: American English. Published: February 5, 2016. Categories: Nonfiction » Career Guides » Arts, Nonfiction » Publishing » Self-publishing
So You Want To Write? is written for the author, both new and current, who needs basic and advanced training in writing. Aside from the writing course, the book also covers publishing and marketing. The book answers the following question: Am I a businessperson? If so, how do I set myself up? How do I publish?
Dead Eye Will
Price: $3.99 USD. Words: 63,880. Language: English. Published: November 22, 2013. Categories: Fiction » Historical » Western & American frontier, Fiction » Christian » Historical
William Riddle quickly earned the moniker of 'Dead Eye' in the War of !812. Whether serving in the army or after the war as a special agent, he proved himself to be a hero. But it wasn't until he trusted Christ that he became an American hero.

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