This week it’s the turn of Bil Richardson on the Thursday Throng. Bil works in many genres, many media and many voices, including Gothic humour with The Frankenstein Adventures. He is an award-winning filmmaker, an artist, playwright, poet and author. He writes humor, horror, poetry, history and more.
What is one thing people wouldn’t usually know about you?
I’m a funny SOB.
What did the best review you ever had say about your work?
“Brilliant” “Amazing” “5 Stars” Damn, I wish they were all like that.
What did the worst review you ever had say about your work?
The worst review I got was on a podcast by two guys who barely read the book. One actually flipped through an issue during the podcast because he hadn’t read it before the show.
How important are the names of your characters?
It doesn’t take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that few things are more important. If a character isn’t memorable then the book won’t be.
How did you choose a title for your book?
Some are just there. Some you have to dig for. I spend a lot of time just trying to come up with titles separate of any particular book I’m doing.
Have you ever wished you could be or do anything else instead of writing, and if so, what?
Writing is the only thing I’ve ever really wanted to do.
Do you think there is any elitism attached to the different book genres?
People look down their noses at a lot of different genres. There’s also a lot of really boring “literary” fiction that gets lauded. You can deal with deep, important issues of the human condition and still be fun to read.
Have you ever written naked?
I am right now.
Who would play you in a film of your life, and why?
Brad Pitt so people would think I was a lot better looking.
What is the biggest challenge you faced when writing your book?
Getting the books in the hands of readers who will enjoy them. There’s a lot of noise out there.
Do you have any hints or tips for aspiring writers?
Finish things. Most people don’t.
How do you remain sane while writing?
I love writing. Re-writing on the other hand can drive me nuts. I just have to go work on something fun for a while and come back to re-writing later.
What is the best excuse you have had for missing a deadline?
Sorry, I was dead.
What has been the best experience of your life?
I found a wonderful wife late in life and traveled the world with her.
Are you jealous of other writers?
I’m jealous of Tom Wolfe’s alliteration, Steve King’s endless well of ideas, Grisham’s consistency, Harlan Ellison’s machine gun mind and so many more.
Where do you find your inspiration?
Everywhere, but mostly from reading. I’ve gotten more good ideas while reading than at any other time. Although that place between waking and sleeping can be pretty fruitful.
What was the most important thing you learned at school?
The love of learning and how to take off a bra with one hand.
Have you had to learn new skills and tricks, or attempted impossible feats in order to get a book finished?
The learning curve for me has been in social media and promotions. You have to do the soft sell and I’m just not good at that.
What is the strangest thing you have ever had to do to promote a book?
Which book would you like to have written?
The Bible, then people would think I’m a God.
What is your favourite film or TV moment of all time?
Not a specific moment but I always like the way MASH could make you laugh and cry in the same episode. I like everything about Casablanca.
Do you have a favourite writing resource you would like to share with other writers?
The internet is a great tool for initial research. But it’s an inch deep and a mile wide. You will have to actually read a few books to get to the real stuff.
Tea, coffee, water, juice, beer, or wine … what do you prefer when writing?
That’s a short list. What about Bourbon (Hemingway), heroin (Burroughs), cocaine (King) and mushrooms (McKenna).
Are there any habits you wish you didn’t have, and if so what are they?
Taking interview questions so seriously.
If you could commit the perfect murder, what would you do with the body?
Put it on AOL no one goes there anymore.
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You can meet Bill on his website here: https://www.bilrichardson.com/
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