Welcome to this Month’s Meet the Chapter Mates! If you’ve been going to our meetings, chances are you’ve met RW Richard (aka Bob). Bob is a warm, welcoming gentleman who is always quick with a smile.
Tell us a little about yourself! Who are you? What do you write?
I’ve been nicknamed The Romantic Novelist by one of my fans and I think I’ll keep the tag.I grew up in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Graduated from Saint Joseph’s University in Philadelphia with a BS in Physics and an MBA in management/marketing. I worked many years as an engineer.
I’m a chess master and master swimmer. Love aerobics at the gym and walk my two dogs every day. Am an artist (paint and sketch primarily).
When did you first consider yourself a writer?
My eighth grade teacher thought I had some talent and my Physics professor at St. Joseph’s U. thought I might want to try writing after I penned a lab report about how I also burned down the lab. It took me until I wrote my master’s thesis at NBC and got a story contracted to realize that I’d eventually write full-time.
What does RWASD mean to you?
RWASD is the portal I found through Helen Kay Dimon’s course at the community college to come out of the cold and into the hot. The friendships and support are invaluable.
What is the biggest challenge you have faced on your journey to becoming a writer?
So far, it’s the disappointment of spending more than I make at it. Which makes writing a hobby until… I apply myself diligently and hope that those who do read my stories enjoy them. So far, so good.
What attracted you to the genre you write?
I enjoy great movies such as Sleepless in Seattle or You’ve Got Mail and great books like Susan Elizabeth Phillips’ Natural Born Charmer. I prefer Romantic comedies in books like Mary Leo’s Stick Shift. I also like Janet Evanovich and Jeffery Deaver to name a couple. Why does it speak to you? I’m attracted to matters of the heart because I feel that love is man’s most important feature.
Where is the weirdest place or what is the weirdest thing that inspired an idea?
I rescued a dog who turned out to be half wolf. He inspired me to write about how dogs came about before domestication (when wolf and man where equal partners). Basically, the entire story flowed right out of me (from him) plus a lot of research.
How does romance speak to you as a male writer?
Oh my God, I love women. I can’t think of a more apropos subject to address. Certainly, no other genre comes close to harnessing my heart and mind.
If you could go back 20 years ago, What advice would you give yourself?
I would have to reject quitting my job as an engineer to finish my NBC project because the salary I made helped my two daughters grow into productive and loving women. However, I would have given up chess sooner to start writing part-time.
Tell us about your latest novel!
My latest novel, Autumn Breeze, is my personal masterpiece. here’s the clip from Amazon:
Autum Breeze is available on Amazon.com!
On the morning of 9/11, a fourteen-year-old genius’s mother disappears. Her beloved father had been murdered years before. She’s now without parents. She resolves to get a new mom and dad and have them adopt her, before she is deported to Trinidad. For new mom, she selects her BFF (best friend forever), a New York City detective. For new dad, she selects the handsome spy who is investigating her BFF. The investigation was the girl’s fault. She had predicted the terrorist attack to her BFF. Her BFF, in turn, won’t give up her source, which makes the spy investigating her consider the detective as the possible predictor. Unbeknownst to the girl, a terrorist is also trying to find out who the predictor was, so he can silence him or her forever. Now, the girl is fighting to stay in the country, trying to make two people who hardly know each other, fall in love, get married and adopt her, while she is playing a most dangerous game of hide and seek with the terrorist to not only protect her life but also the life of her best friend.
The story, as it progresses, delves into how the City of New York responded to 9/11 by establishing an anti-terrorism task force, in which the girl’s BFF and the spy play important roles.
On the journey, the girl learns that love is earned, sometimes with a heavy price.
Can you share a little of your current work with us?
After the required wandering around, Frank got down on one knee next to an engagement ring case. His eyes bore into hers turning her into Jell-O. “I’m so in love with you, sweetheart. Would you consider marrying me?”“Rise, my gallant knight.” She couldn’t wipe a huge grin off her face if she tried. This klutzy way of proposing was so him. Although he had a lot to learn about romance, his heart, the only important part of true love, was all hers.
Everybody in the store [Tiffany, NYC] displayed the most ridiculous ‘ah-faces.’
Before you go, any advice to give to the new writers out there?
Make sure you are invested in what you write and that it flow first from your heart with all the education, technique, logic and energy your brain can contribute. Never stop learning.