For the past thirty years, Rick Clements has worked directly with the people designing everything from immortal cows to killer robots to the perfect bagel. He is the former President of Solution Specialists, a consulting company dealing with the development and deployment of new technologies. Rick is a widely published author of non-fiction works explaining the implications and application of new technologies. Today he is working on a series of mystery novels that highlight the new world being developed by organizations and groups working in secret. He has also traveled extensively and spends his free time exploring deep space from the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia, scaring older people with his drone overflights, and is an active participant in a program of bio-engineering to extend his lifespan to at least 120 years.
Sample of Trade Publications
Published under the name Richard Barrett Clements
The Internet Technology Handbook, Aspen Publishing
Microsoft Office Administrator’s Desk Reference, Que Publishing
Quality Manager's Complete Guide to ISO 9000, Prentice-Hall
The IS Manager's Guide Implementing and Maintaining Internet Technology, Prentice-Hall
Quality Assurance Yearbook, Senior Editor, Simon & Schuster
The Complete Guide to ISO 14000 – Environmental Management, Simon & Schuster
What motivated you to become an indie author?
For the past twenty-five years I have been a minion of the publishing world with over a dozen titles to my credit. Now that I have retired from my regular career I have time to have fun with writing. In my previous life I did a lot of research on trends and business opportunities. I believe the free to near-free market is the future of reading. There is a place for industrial publication, but a very large number of people in the world just want to read and discuss. Therefore, the book is just one piece of the reading network.
What is the greatest joy of writing for you?
Watching my grown children squirm when reading one of my books (Dad! You didn't....). Also hearing someone laugh while reading one of my works.
If you want to read a techno-mystery with a sense of humor, this is your book. The latest in the Barnett Lay series continues the story of mysterious women and damaged men struggling to solve a series of related mysteries. Why is a dead cornstalk causing a national panic? Who is the perfect woman that refuses to speak? What happens to the sex robot once it is reprogrammed?