Author Interview – Richard Long

Do you have any advice for writers? Write only what you want to write – exactly the way you want to write it. If you can’t get an agent, or your agent can’t sell it, go Indie – though be prepared – being a publisher is almost a full time job in itself.

Do you have any specific last thoughts that you want to say to your readers? I want to thank all the amazing book bloggers out there who have almost single-handedly transformed the culture of reading, especially with young people. All the naysayers, including a lot of big brand authors, have been whining for years about how reading is dead and books can’t compete with the internet and video games and blah blah blah. They are all being proved 180º wrong. I think book bloggers deserve the lion’s share of credit for this revolution – and resurrection. Hats off!

What do you do to unwind and relax? I love NYC because I’m into all the arts. My idea of a great day is to go to 50 art galleries, meet my wife for dinner and go to the theater – plays, not musicals.

What dreams have been realized as a result of your writing? I have this amazing group of fans who totally get what I’m doing and are so supportive and enthusiastic. What more could a writer want? Oh, yeah, lots and lots of $.

If you could leave your readers with one bit of wisdom, what would you want it to be? Be nice. Find something positive to say about an author’s work. If you can’t, don’t say anything. There is no bigger jerk on the planet than someone who anonymously one-stars a book on Amazon and they haven’t even read the whole thing. Find a book you like and review that instead. You have to be honest about your feelings. If you hate something and you have an obligation to review it, so be it. But at least read the whole book, before you drop the guillotine. Writers have a hard enough time finding an audience and making any money doing what they love without critics stink-bombing them with one or two star reviews of unread books that drag down their rating average like a ten ton anchor. Just sayin.

When you wish to end your career, stop writing, and look back on your life, what thoughts would you like to have? End my career? Not going to happen. Have you read about the Singularity? We’ll all be aging in reverse soon. Ben Button here I come. But if I miss the immortality boat, I can tell you one thing: when I’m on my deathbed, I won’t be thinking about success or awards or reviews. I’ll be holding hands with the people I love most in this world. Because in the final analysis, the only thing that really matters about a person’s life is how well they have loved.

Buy now @ Amazon

Genre – Paranormal Thriller / Dark Fantasy

Rating – R

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Website http://www.thebookofpaul.com/

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