Exclusive Interview with

M. A. Richter

Let’s start with your Career as a writer!

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When did you start writing?

I began writing my junior year in high school, many years ago.

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What makes writing your passion?

I love creating whole worlds and building characters from the ground up - first how I want them to be in the "now" of the book(s), then filling in the backgrounds, interrelationships, how they grew up, what their goals are - the whole 3D image.

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How long have you been writing?

Prefer not to say at this time. :-)

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What was the feeling when you published your first book?

Utter amazement that I actually put the book up for publication, and tons of gratitude for my editor who helped walk me through the whole self-publication process, and my fellow authors who kept encouraging me.

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What’s the story behind your choice of characters?

I have been a lifelong fan of mythology, fairy tales and epic fantasy fiction. I read the Narnia series many times while still in elementary school, followed by 18 back-to-back readings of the Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings. I've read many others as well, but these stand out as my oldest favorites. I wanted to write stories with the same level of character depth.

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What annoys you the most in pursuing a writing career?

I still have to learn all about marketing my books - I just want to write.

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How do you get over the “writer’s block”?

Many ways - take a break, go back over what I've written, go write something else, do more background development - there may be more.

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We all know the writer’s path is never easy, what makes you keep going? What advice would you give to new authors?

Never give up. If there's a story in you, someone wants to read it. Everyone has a story.

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If you could go back in time and talk to your younger self, what would you say?

Get into writing critique groups early on, weed out the less-than-useful comments, and above all, get a professional editor. Learn about marketing before you publish.

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Do you read your book reviews? How do you deal with the bad ones?

I have read all the ones posted so far. The worst one was a four star review (7 were five stars).

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What is the feeling when you get a good review?

They tell me I have done my job well. It feels amazing and inspires me to keep going.

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Have you ever incorporated something that happened to you in real life into your novels?

To a certain extent, a lot of it has to do with my experience, just in a different world and from a different perspective.

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Which of your characters you can compare yourself with? Did you base that character on you?

I would say my main character is based on the kind of person I would like to be and am working toward. If I could have his abilities, so much the better (ok, that's my fantasy in real life...).

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What do you think, the book cover is as important as the story?

It helps greatly - lousy book covers can harm the sales. Still, one of my 5-star reviewers entitled their review "Don't let the cover fool you."

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Do you connect with your readers? Do you mind having a chat with them or you prefer to express yourself through your writing?

Any contact is great. I welcome all comers.

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How do you feel when people appreciate your work or recognize you in public?

Like there's more for me to write and there are people who want to read it.

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Who is your favorite author? Why?

I'd have to say J. R. R. Tolkien is still at the top of my list, but that list includes Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Piers Anthony, Joel Rosenberg, J. K. Rowling, and many, many more.

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What’s the dream? Whom would you like to be as big as?

I'd love to get as big as Rowling. I'd be satisfied to be able to make a classy living from my writing.

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Would you rewrite any of your books? Why?

Yes, but only the unpublished ones, mainly because they really need work. "Mystic Prince" is fine just as it is.

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If you could switch places with any author – who would that be?

I don't know that there is one. As much as I like other authors' writing, I like my own stories better. I'd be delighted to trade my current success for J. K. Rowling's...

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What would you say to the “trolls” on the internet? We all know them – people who like to write awful reviews to books they’ve never read or didn’t like that much, just to annoy the author.

Karma is real.

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What would you say to your readers?

Talk to me - what else would you like to see? And, get ready for the next one - coming son!

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Thank you for sharing! Let’s talk about your Personal Life!

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Share a bit about yourself – where do you live, are you married, do you have kids?

I'd rather not say, other than that I have the world's best partner.

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What is your day job if you have one?

I have been a professional software engineer for a long time.

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What are your hobbies? What do you do in your free time?

Take walks, read a good book, watch really good movies and occasionally TV shows (but not on commercial or pay TV).

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Did you have a happy childhood?

I always thought so.

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Is there a particular experience that made you start writing?

I had a English teacher in high school who was the only PhD who taught high school. His main assignment for the whole year was "write - every day, whatever you like."

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Do you have unpublished books? What are they about?

I have six more books that I have written in the same world and timeline as the first, the second one of which is getting geared up for publication now. I had a partially written SciFi novel, but I lost the password to the file and it was in dire need of reworking anyway. I may rewrite it sometime in the future - from scratch.

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What do you think should be improved in the education of our children? What do we lack?

Critical thinking skills. There is no substitute. We also need to acknowledge that censorship is the wrong approach and doesn't really work.

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If you were allowed 3 wishes – what would they be?