Albert Ruckholdt


Albert Ruckholdt is science-fiction/romance novelist focusing on works written for teenage and young adult readers.

A software engineer by trade, he graduated from Macquarie University in Sydney with an Honors Degree in Computer Science and immediately entered the world of financial systems. When not writing fiction, he is a senior programmer in a business solutions company based in Sydney, Australia.

Raised on an early diet of science-fiction works from greats such as Harlan Ellison, Roger Zelanzy, Michael Morcook, and Clifford D. Simak, he graduated to modern science fiction works by Iain M. Banks, and Peter F. Hamilton.
However, it was his introduction to the style of the Japanese light-novel, and works by writers such as Shoji Gatoh, that inspired him to take pen to paper, fingers to keyboard, and begin writing soft science-fiction that focused more on character interplay rather than the hard science.

Made the decision to write for the young adult market after receiving surprisingly positive critiques from members of the teenage demographic for a couple of unpublished works.
The first novel in the Pride series, "Pride X Familiar", was written with the intention of delivering a light-novel for young adult western readers.
Released "Pride X Familiar ReVamp" as an alternative telling of the story.

An avid fan of Japanese anime, manga and culture, he is also a student of the Japanese language at beginner level.
Credits Seo Kouji's manga "Suzuka" as part of his inspiration for writing.

With the completion of "Pride X Familiar", and "Pride X Familiar ReVamp", he is currently busy at work on the sequel, "Pride X Valkyrie ReVamp" which is currently enjoying a draft release at Royal Road Legend.

His fourth novel, "Maiden of the Line", a sci-fi/fantasy is currently in pre-release at Wattpad and Royal Road Legend, for an intended Christmas 2015 ebook release.

Smashwords Interview

When did you first realize you wanted to write?
There is one defining moment when I realized that writing was what I wanted to do. However, I’ll get to that later.
The truth is I wanted to write from an early age, but my lack of maturity was a hindrance. You could say I hadn’t experienced enough of what life has to offer to even consider writing about characters that were anything but one or two-dimensional. In addition, the necessities of life got in the way. So I shelved my plans, attended university, found employment and then began working my way through the daily slog of being a salary man.
The biggest problem was that I was really nothing more than a kid wearing a business suit. I really knew nothing about life, and I knew very little about how to deal with people. I guess you could say, I didn’t understand what makes people tick. But little by little, working as a consultant helped me get into their heads, understand their thought processes, and appreciate the differences between them and me, and how to use that understanding to my advantage.
In saying all that, the moment I realized I wanted to really try my hand at writing was when I finished reading a Japanese Manga by the name of “Suzuka” by Seo Kouji.
For months before then I’d grown in love with reading Japanese Manga. I found it different and refreshing from western writing and comics. I was never a fan of the Marvel and DC comics, so when I encountered Manga, I was quickly overwhelmed with how different it was, and how much I enjoyed their style of storytelling.
But I came across “Suzuka” at a time when I was doubting most of my choices in life. I’d broken up a few years earlier, and while I thought I was over that relationship, I realized I wasn’t. Reading “Suzuka” made that painfully obvious for reasons I won’t divulge, but needless to say, that after reading it I was overcome with the urge to write something that could elicit feelings in readers much like Seo Kouji’s work elicited feelings from me.
What motivated you to become an indie author?
Quite simply the fact a series like this would never be published since I'm a first time author.
I realized that late in the game, much to my chagrin.
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Where to find Albert Ruckholdt online


Pride x Familiar
Price: Free! Words: 161,430. Language: English. Published: July 3, 2014. Categories: Fiction » Science fiction » Adventure, Fiction » Romance » Sci-fi
Far in the future, in a galactic society where humanity is divided between the Aventis and the Regulars, and ruled by the former, a young man awakens to a third existence, a Familiar, and finds himself thrust into a conflict fought in microcosm between rival powers, while struggling to survive as a high-school student at a prestigious Academy dominated by Aventis students.

Albert Ruckholdt's tag cloud

adventure    high school    romance    science fiction    teen