Thank you to everyone who took the time to read the interview and comment. There were some great answers here and a walk down memory lane with people’s recount of books they really enjoyed.
Book Chatter Cath’s comment about preferring to disappear into the fantasy world of a book as opposed to playing on the sings or with dolls made me smile – I was so much like this as a kid too! LOL
It’s clear Louis L’amour and Stephen King have had a huge impact on Richard. His passion for their writing and their worlds is evident and his goal to animate worlds like this is inspiring in itself. As an author, to know that someone feels moved to make it a goal to achieve is humbling.
But the comment that really, really resonated with me came from Belinda’s Baubles - I love writing and reading about strong, female characters and the idea that a man can be struck by love but doesn’t realise it. They’re two of the elements I’ve tried to portray in my Light Blade series - (the heroine) Annika’s fighting against the odds to make a new life for herself, and Kalan (the hero) discovers over time, once he delves deeper into who Annika is as opposed to what he believes her to be (his enemy), she’s a woman he can and does love.
So, I’d like to send the eco-VENGEANCE BORN bag to Belinda’s Baubles. I hope she likes it.