About Richard Bell:
Born in Chicago, started writing at the tender age of 49 when my wife had cancer and I needed a way to beat depression. As they say, laughter is good medicine. Currently in Wisconsin living as an eccentric recluse.
What inspires you to write?
I write to make myself laugh, and that requires some imagination and intelligence. I also hope my humor can help others deal with difficult situations in their lives as I had to do.
Tell us about your writing process.
I used to write organically and then go back and edit the living daylights out of what I wrote; sometimes waking up in the middle of the night, writing down a word to replace another word, then go back to sleep. I let my stories incubate until I think they are near-perfect. My stories start as situations I want to explore.
For Fiction Writers: Do you listen (or talk to) to your characters?
My characters do have a life of their own, probably from deep within my unconscious. My mind is a living ganglion of irreconcilable antagonisms, as Gilbert and Sullivan wrote long ago.
What advice would you give other writers?
Edit your material until YOU are happy with it, then let others read it and decide if their advice is good. It probably will be at first unless you are some kind of genius savant or something. Keep your day job.
How did you decide how to publish your books?
People around me liked my stories and said I should collect them together and make a book. Then I had to arrange them in the proper order and add in all the trivia and hidden interconnections. I started with a free ebook publisher that let me make unlimited changes without charging me each time. That is important because your book will grow and evolve as you mature.
What do you think about the future of book publishing?
I would hope that people keep reading because it makes them more intelligent in most cases, if they read the classics to start. Keep a critical mind and learn how to compare ideas and look at logical outcomes of each.
What genres do you write?: fantasy humor
What formats are your books in?: Both eBook and Print
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