- retired military who wanted to share the many stories in his mind with others
Readers, let’s give a good, hearty welcome to this week’s guest!
Rich Blecher grew up with ADHD before ADHD was known. After a youthful struggle through school to concentrate on his studies, he never captured an interest in reading. This followed him until he was forty when his son asked him to read “Ender’s Game.” He read it and discussed it with his son at great lengths and found the joy in both reading and discussing it with his son. This continued into other sci-fi books.
He had many stories in his head his entire life, but they were always short-lived. In his fifties, he decided to start writing a story that was repetitive in his mind, but after starting he soon lost interest. When he brought it up to friends and family, they became enthusiastic and energized him again. He got a group of them together to discuss and they helped with the development to include plot and character names. It was fun and he was pushed to continue with the support behind him to finish and after three years, it was published.
Rich, thanks for agreeing to be here today. Most interviews start off with the boring stuff, but I know what readers REALLY want to know.
If you could have any pet (real/fantasy/no-allergies/no worries about feeding it) what would it be?
I love dogs. Some say I’m a dog whisperer as most dogs warm up to me quickly. Because of my busy life, I don’t have a dog because it would be fair to not spend time with it.
I understand entirely. I love dogs, but also have more of a cat lifestyle.
What do you write? And how did you get started?
I have always been attracted to sci-fi and fantasy. I have other sci-fi books underway, and a couple fantasy books. I’ve found with my ADHD I may lose focus on writing one storyline, so I continue on another. I have six books in some level of development. Three are well over fifty percent complete.
That’s what I like best, too. But, I couldn’t keep momentum if I book hopped like that. So awesome when that works for someone.
What do you like to read?
I enjoy reading most books now that are an easy read. If I have to get a dictionary to look up words, or read a paragraph twice to understand what it said, I’m not going to stick with it.
I’ve got to admit, I read more ‘popcorn’ easy reads than I do the thoughtful novels, myself. But… my librarian mother accused my latest story of using overly fancy words.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that doesn’t work for you
Work on one thing at a time.
Many authors find they can place themselves in a quiet environment and just concentrate on writing a book from start to finish. I am like many others where my mind wanders too much to do this. I enjoy writing, but I need to take a break and when my mind starts to wander, I do so, and perhaps continue on another one of my works in progress.
While it certainly wouldn’t work for me, I totally understand why it might work for others.
Name one commonly accepted piece of writing advice that works for you
Hang useful best-practices where you can see them, to remind yourself while writing.
One thing I do, which I recommend to other authors is I post accepted practices in writing on the wall where I do most of my work. Like how to use Lie/lay, or alternatives for ‘very’, or other good tips. I’m at a point now where I catch it without looking at the wall, but it works well when starting out.
What a great piece of advice I hadn’t actually heard before! I haven’t done that, but I have hung a written out copy of a note of support a writing mentor sent me, so I can encourage myself when things are rough.
Shameless Self-Promotion time!
Unaware that he is in the pivot in a battle of good and evil on two planets hurtling towards destruction…
Zack Bates wants only a normal life with Katia, but General Tonya Skyler traveled across the galaxy for a warrior powerful enough to free Xima from swarms of predatory humans. She trains Zack into a savior with the strength to cleanse this tortured land, while also plucking Earth from certain destruction by roiling civil wars. Torn between his true love for Katia and his new-found love for the General, Zach must save two worlds from disaster, while rescuing his heart’s passion from servitude. Can he surmount these inner conflicts, hardening his hatreds into deadly weapons in his quest to protect civilization on Xima and Earth.