Richard ‘Rick’ Weaver’s first fiction piece, Rumble, was selected for his high school literary magazine. His second work of fiction, The Infinity Man, a sci-fi movie script, won a second place award from American Pen Women in Sacramento. But the two works were over sixteen years apart. Why?
“I loved action-mystery stories. I spent solitary winter afternoons reading kids fiction classics. In high school and university, of all writers perhaps John Steinbeck, Raymond Chandler and playwright Tennessee Williams most influenced me.
My eclectic tastes ranged from classic horror to epic Russian novels. Film, however, became the medium that most attracted me. Great war novels adapted to films like From Here to Eternity, The Young Lions, The Bridges at Toko-Ri and All Quiet on the Western Front as well as novels like The Naked and The Dead and A Rumor of War also proved influential in my literary development.
During those sixteen years however, I never considered writing as a profession. I served in the military as an officer including a tour of duty during the Vietnam War. Afterwards, I worked in a variety of jobs from teaching to telephone sales to performing arts. It wasn’t until I wrote children’s puppet plays that developing my abilities as a professional writer seemed possible.”
Earning an MFA degree in Professional Writing from the University of Southern California, Richard started pursuing that career. Unfortunately, he had been exposed to toxins in the war. In mid-life the full force of those chemical elements hit him as blindness rolled in, a chalky white fog. Forced to leave his professional employment, he set about learning entirely new skill sets to cope with the loss of sight. It took years until he began writing again.
Today, using computer screenreading technology, the software enables him to write a variety of fiction including short stories, novellas, scripts and novels, which he loves the most.
Pacific Drift – City of Canyons is his first eBook in this new series of novellas. It is loosely based on life in Los Angeles from the 1970s forward.
Richard lives near a rustic, California beach town.
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by Richard Weaver
Billy Straw returns from Vietnam a broken man. He gets involved with criminals and anti-war radicals. He can’t keep a job or keep a relationship. His high ideals to serve God and country got corrupted amid the chaos of war. Ghosts of war haunt him. His only family, an elderly aunt, gives him a home and unconditional love. Mentally unstable, he returns to crime and faces a struggle to the death.
by Richard Weaver
Published: August 1, 2016
Two homeless drifters take the reader on a day’s and night’s journey inside their meandering lives, filled with whimsy, humor, bravado, compassion and the daily rounds of surviving on the streets of the glass and steel canyons of the late 1970s.
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