An IT professional by day, Richelle's reading and writing time competes with the attention of her husband, four sons, and two dogs. When she can squeeze them in, she takes on-line classes, like James Patterson's MasterClass and FutureLearn's "Start Writing Fiction" course, to continue improving her craft. While she has published non-fiction technical articles in professional legal journals, the books in her Read Write Ponder series are her first published works. She hopes to take this series and develop a creative writing course for a Community Ed program as a way of giving back to her community.
Where did you grow up, and how did this influence your writing?
I grew up as a latch-key kid in a small town in Michigan. The freedom of being parent-free taught me not only how to take care of myself, but how to explore my environment. My home crouched on a small pond originally carved out of the Kalamazoo river to drive a grist mill that was built in the 1860s. Four seasons across 20 years spent in and on the pond and among its surrounding forests and marshes provided countless hours of exploration, teaching me an appreciation for nature that I could have never gotten from any classroom. That love of nature has a way of sneaking its way into my work.
When did you first start writing?
I began writing professionally as an IT support person and have been published in a national paralegal magazine. Though I've kept journals off and on since I was a young adult, I didn't really start writing fiction until just a couple years ago when I watched a friend go through the process. Seeing her accomplish a dream that had been one of my own since my late teens gave me the inspiration I needed to get my first novel written. I hope to release that novel, and a second one that I wrote a year later, at some point in the near future.
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