Richard R. Draude, an East Coast baby boomer, found reading and early TV shows great ways to pass the time as a young boy in New Jersey. From the Hardy Boys to more serious mysteries and thrillers, he loved the excitement and adventure of the written word. Inheriting a love of old movies from his parents, he enjoys a wide range of TV and movie genres, and loves quoting lines and scenes from his favorite films.
While serving in the US Navy and then completing a tour in Viet Nam, Richard discovered and devoured Science and Fantasy Fiction. Sci-fi authors who influenced his writing style include E. E. Doc Smith, Lee Hoffman, and Keith Laumer. Authors on his favorites' fantasy fiction list include Terry Brooks, David & Leigh Eddings, Raymond E. Feist, and JRR Tolkien. Favored mystery writers are John D McDonald, Tony Hillerman, Sue Grafton, and Patricia Cromwell. Richard settled in the Southwest after being honorably discharged from the Navy
For the past 20 years, he has lived in Arizona. He is the proud father of a daughter, two sons and "Papa" to five grandchildren and welcomed his fifth grandchild, a boy Cooper Beau in Feb 2015. He owns his own IT consulting business, providing equipment and services to small and medium businesses in the Valley of the Sun.
Writing doesn't come easy to me, but I love creating worlds and seeing where my characters take me. And I do mean they take me. While not using an outline takes longer to write a book, I find I'm not confined to what's in the outline. Many times I've come to a point in a story, stop and stare at the blank portion of the screen. It's at that point my character or characters seem to decide where the story goes from there. I can honestly say, some of the plot twists I could never have foreseen in an outline I cannot think that far ahead for a story. The best I can do for an outline is decide where the story starts and ends. The middle comes as I write, so it takes longer .
“Second star to the right and straight on 'til morning. ”
― J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan
Neverland is a real place. As children, whether sleeping or awake, we instinctively know the way and go there whenever it suits us. The portal to that marvelous world is available every day, through the pictures we love, games we play, the stories we read, or are read to us, and the tales we tell one another.
That gateway never really closes, but life dictates we grow up. As we do, we lose the ability to see the way back, or seeing it, tragically most refuse to reenter that blessed realm. Fortunate for the world, there are those who stand with one foot on each side of, the rift, bridging the way for all.
For all those who wish to return, one has but to listen to the good songs of the minstrels, hear the rhyming words of the poet, study the lives of champions past or present, or read the flights of fancy from those minds and hearts who still dwell in Neverland.
If you still find your way barred, there is another gate, a back door so-to-speak. You unlock it through the pure imagination of children, be they your own, your nieces and nephews, or grandchildren and so on. Open your heart, tamper not with their innocence, and they can, for brief moments, transport you there, and fill your soul with wonder.
Richard R Draude