Sunday, 30 June 2013

The Bird with the Broken Wing book trailer







ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

feedback book trailer - a story you've never read before











ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Tuesday, 25 June 2013

Hairstyles I've had over the years

Okay, I'm doing something completely different here. I'm posting photos of my hair styles I've had over the years. I think I'm being very brave because basically the hairstyle I want the hairstyle I end up with are at the polar ends of opposite.
 
 
1984 or 1985 I can't quite recall exactly. But a barber cut it. Says it all really.
 
1985 or 1986. Home dye job. I wanted blonde. Got red.
 
2002. Grew hair long but always tied it back


2004. Sick of tying back long hair so cut it.
2004. My wedding photo hair.

2009. Not sure if I like no fringe or fringe.
2009. Decided I wanted a fringe after all.

2010. Hair salon dye job. But stylist kept cutting it shorter and shorter.
 
2010. Never wanted it this short.


2011. didn't let the stylist cut it for a while. This is one of my favourite styles. Nobody seems to be able to reproduce it.
 
 
 
2012. Growing hair long. Like the two-tone.

2001 on the left. 2013 on the right.





ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Saturday, 22 June 2013

Author's Top 10 fiction novels

I'm often asked what my favourite book is and there isn't just one. Here is a list of 10 of my all time favourite books, in no particular order, with the actual book covers I have on my shelf, except for one. Note how many children's book are on this list. Explains why I love writing young adult fiction.

 
1)   The Hobbit by J.R.R Tolkien
Our teacher, Mr Smith, took us into the library for a few weeks and read The Hobbit to us. I was in Year 4, so I would have been 8. A few years later I read the book for myself. And then only a few years ago I read it again. I love this book. This is a great story of how a character shifts from one notion of belonging into another (refer to notion of belonging article)

 2)   The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
I don't even know where I got my copy from, but a few years ago I read it for the first time and I was so drawn into this world. When editors talk about world building here is a great example of how to create a world the readers never want to leave. And I'll bet this inspired a great many secret gardens at home too.

3)   The Outsiders by S E Hinton
I was 14 when I read this and it spoke to me so strongly. This is what I aim to achieve in my books. I have the collection in one volume. The moment I finished reading The Outsiders I read Rumble Fish and That Was Then, This Is Now in quick succession.

 4)   Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitte
Such a sweet tale that has stuck with me forever. This was the second book, aside from fairy tales, that I fell in love with. The first was The Trumpet Of The Swan (below) and the third was The Outsider (above). I love that I can remember this detail.

 5)   One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest by Ken Kesey
What a talented author who can make something so serious so much fun to read. And I love the way the book is told from one point of view but is primarily about another character. I never realised that I'd done something similar in The Bird With The Broken Wing until someone pointed it out to me.

 6)   To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
Harper Lee is probably the best writer to ever hold a mirror up for humanity and tell them to take a good look at themselves. She tells this story brilliantly. And what a sense of humour. Love it. A book to read over and over. Not to mention a book that everyone should read.

 7)   The Trumpet Of The Swan by E B White
This is the first chapter book I ever read. Usually, I sat in the library and read collections of Snake, The Wizard of Id, Hagar the Horrible, and Peanuts cartoons. Who had time to read a whole book. I borrowed the hardback. It didn't have a pretty cover so it took another read as an adult to know this was the book I remembered as a child.

 8)   The Spy who Came In From The Cold by John le Carre
John le Carre is direct and to the point while also explaining lots of detail. He omits the everyday fluff to tell his stories yet he captures the characters emotions and issues at the same time. I had borrowed this book and later tracked down my own copy for my shelf.

 9)   Interview With The Vampire by Anne Rice
After Bram Stoker, Rice is the next most original vampire storyteller. She started the shift from monster to misrepresented souls in the minds of readers and ever since we've made sure our baddies have some shred of goodie in them because that's the way we like them. The first book I ever read that had same sex parents anyway.

10)  The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
The strange thing about this book is I have it on my e-reader. I devoured all three of Suzanne Collins' books. I'm usually the first to go out and grab a tangible copy of books I love. Strange.

Anyway, there you have it. My top 10 favourite books of all time.  

How many of these books have you read?

D L



ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Thursday, 20 June 2013

Why doing chores around the house can help your child be a better writer

Adrienne's House is a blog run by Los Angels mom Adrienne Van Houten. Her website is about everything around the home.

My article on why discipline is important for anyone who wants to become a writer is the feature on her website this week.

Read the full article here:

http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.adrienneshouse.com%2Fblog%2Fwhy-doing-chores-around-the-house-can-help-your-child-be-a-better-writer%2F&h=sAQF1NNIA&s=1




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1

Friday, 14 June 2013

Spammers DIE

I hate Spammers. I know that lately we're being encouraged to be more tolerant and not use the HATE word. But I've had enough. I HATE HATE HATE spammers. They have turned a legitimate business operation, such as contacting websites, blogs, newspapers and magazines to promote a product through a standard, typical, every day, ordinary PRESS RELEASE, into a sordid business.

Sometimes I wish for the good old days. You know, the days before email.

What used to happen was a publicity team would print out press releases, media kits, and then post them to everybody on the planet they'd ever met and exchanged a business card with. The trouble with this method was that it was costly. I'd like to do this, but with the printing costs, postage costs, manhandling costs, who can afford it? With the invention of email all of those costs were wiped out. (Not necessarily time, because it still takes time to collect emails and names.) What was good about the old days too, was there used to be a code of ethics amongst publicists. What we sent out to our list of contacts WAS GENUINE. And we didn't share these friggin' lists.

Now what happens? You guessed it. I sent out my press release emails to websites, blogs, newspapers, and magazines and I got a spam email in return! Yes, spam! Not two minutes after I'd pressed sent did I receive an email from a piece of software using my name and my website address in the body of the email, making it appear as if this was a genuine request. But I could tell it was spam. I mean, why on earth would they contact me about promoting "mountain wear". Did they not even read the email I sent? No. Why not? Because spammers set up computers to do their dirty work. It's not only wrong, it's lazy. Get off your asses and do some real work! Like fixing problems.

It gets me mad. MAD, I tell you. iI also gets thinking that every person I send an email to, in an effort to genuinely promote my work, thinks I am sending them spam.

I am not sending spam. I am contacting people about a legitimate promotion. My books could be a global phenomenon if it weren't for asshole spammers causing everyone with an email to block emails. Pretty soon we will have NO JUNK MAIL attached to our email addresses. But we don't really complain so much about junk spam because it's not like it costs anything. We are footprint conscious and don't like to receive brochures that a tree died to produce, but we'll put up with unsolicited emails because nothing died to produce it.

Except ethics. Ethics died. Video killed the radio star, and spammers killed ethics.

Aaarrrrgh. You drive me nuts. Spammers everywhere. Please find the nearest cliff and jump off it. And take your friggin' computer software programs with you.




ABOUT THE AUTHOR

D L Richardson is the author of speculative fiction. She has three teen novels and one short story anthology published. Her first novel reached number 2 at OmniLit and number 38 at Kobo Books. Her second reached number 1 at OmniLit. Little Red Gem is her third novel and recently won 2nd place Best Books of 2013 Paranormal Cravings. She lives in Australia on the NSW south coast with her husband and dog.


Contact information

Email                   dlrichardsonbooks@bigpond.com 
Blog           www.dlrichardsonwrites.blogspot.com
Website          www.dlrichardson.com Facebook      http://goo.gl/560JXl  
Twitter              www.twitter.com/#!/DLRichardson1