Featured Interview With Author Richard R Becker
Tell us a little about yourself. Where were you raised? Where do you live now?
I was mostly raised by my grandparents in Wisconsin, with our lives split between inner-city Milwaukee and "Up North" until I was ten. Then I moved with my free-spirited mother, stepfather, and half-sister to Las Vegas via Minnesota until I escaped to college and vowed never to return.
Fate brought me back to Las Vegas anyway, where I started a successful business, raised a family, and became involved in the community — a life that has become surprisingly detached from the glittering Las Vegas Strip. When I'm not writing for clients or fiction, you'll likely find me on the road with my daughter — a student-athlete who plays travel softball ball. The travel prohibits having a pet for now, but don't be surprised to some pups on social network feeds once she heads off to college.
At what age did you realize your fascination with books? When did you start writing?
Since my grandparents were poor, I spent plenty of time at public libraries where I would pour over books on military history, mostly looking at pictures and drawing whatever discoveries I might find inside. So my fascination with books started very early, but my fascination with words lagged behind.
I repeated the third grade because I couldn't read. By the seventh grade, I became an avid reader. But despite being a great storyteller, it wasn't until college that I learned to write well enough to make a living as a writer.
Who are your favorite authors to read? What is your favorite genre to read. Who Inspires you in your writings?
I've always been a fan of Earnest Hemmingway and John Updike because they do such a great job writing straight, honest prose about people. But beyond that, my tastes are eclectic. Some of my favorite books were written by Walter Mosley, Peter Heller, S.A. Cosby, Frank Herbert, Pierce Brown, John Green, Zora Hurston, and many others.
Tell us a little about your latest book?
Ten Threads is a brisk 10-story, 125-page companion to my bestselling, award-winning debut, 50 States. For people who have read 50 States, eight of the stories will read like continuations. But for first-time readers, the stories will stand alone.
Publishing Ten Threads as a Kindle exclusive was a way to share a few more puzzle pieces connected to what will become a larger body of work. Almost all of my stories and future novels will interconnect.
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