DOUGLAS E. RICHARDS: SPLIT SECOND IS A VERY UNIQUE TAKE ON TIME TRAVEL
Posted by Ognian Georgiev
Sci-Fi author Douglas E. Richards published his latest novel Split Second on September 1. The first reviews of the book are splendid and they averaged 4,6 amazon stars from more than 130 readers’ opinions.
Once again the author of Wired finds very interesting angle on one of the most popular topics in the genre – time travel. It’s a great honor to welcome at Land of Books Douglas E. Richards.
– Douglas, what is your book Split Second about?
– It involves a very unique take on time travel. Time travel is a theme that has been used many thousands of times over more than a hundred years, but I believe I have found a unique take on this subject. My novel describes the huge and astonishing implications of going back in time just a fraction of a second. I can’t say more without giving important plot points away.
– How did you decide to write the story?
– I love time travel stories, but every possibility has been done to death. But as I was thinking about this, a unique idea entered my brain, and I knew I had to write it.
– What was the biggest challenge during the write up process?
– Trying to get the logic of time travel as correct as I could. It was very difficult, and I spent many hours writing diagrams and pulling out my hair to make the story as logically consistent as possible.
– Tell us something more about your main characters Nathan and Jenna? Are they close to someone from your real life?
– Nathan is a brilliant physicist, and his wife-to-be, Jenna, is brilliant in her own right. They aren’t really based on people I know, but rather people I would like to know.
– How much time did you need to finish the story and to publish it?
– For me, coming up with an idea for a plot is the hard part. This can take months. But once I have an idea, it usually takes me about 3 or 4 months to write the book. You can now publish a book the day after you’ve finished it, which is great.
– What was your initial reaction when you saw Wired in NY Times bestselling list?
– It was one of the most incredible days of my life.
– Did you have a proposition for movie adaptation of Wired, which in my opinion has all the qualities to become big hit?
– Thanks! I have been approached so many times by producers and other Hollywood people, but so far it has never gone forward. It is incredibly difficult to put all of the pieces together so that a big-budget Hollywood movie will get a green light. Ender’s Game, perhaps the most successful science fiction novel of the past three decades, was only made into a movie very recently, even though this was attempted countless times.
– What were your expectations when you started your career as an author with Prometheus project series?
– I had hoped my books would be well received by readers, and I could make a career out of writing. My Prometheus Project series was widely praised, yet it never really made it to the next level. I had given up on a writing career, and had gone back to being a biotechnology executive, when my first adult novel, WIRED, went viral and became a New York Times and USA Today bestseller. Now I do have the luxury of writing full time.
– Who are you?
– I am just a regular guy — a family man — who has always loved science and science fiction, and who tries to imbue my books with a sense of the power and potential of science. At the same time, I love to examine world changing technology with a fine lens, to determine the changes this technology would bring, both good and bad. Finally, I love giving readers many things to think about after they’ve finished one of my novels.
– What are your writing habits?
– I write scenes fairly quickly until I come to a brick wall and can’t figure out the plot. Then I pause for days or weeks until I come up with a path that I truly love, and then continue. This repeats many times during the course of one novel.
– Are you satisfied by the sales of your books?
– Very satisfied. I wish I could break into the big leagues, like Michael Crichton or Stephen King, but it is hard for me to complain. I am a lottery winner for sure, one of the luckiest people alive, because I get to do what I love for a living.
– What are you doing to promote your book by the best possible way?
– Very little. I mostly rely on my past fans and word of mouth.
– When we will see your next novel and would you unveil something more about it?
– I’ve begun the next novel, and I’m guessing it will be out in about five months. I’d rather not reveal anything at this point 🙂
– Why you decide to select writing instead of continuing your scientific career?
– I loved my career, but I love writing even more.
– If you may ask yourself one question in the interview what it will be?
– Who was your favorite author growing up? Isaac Asimov. I read all of this stuff, and he had an incredibly fertile imagination.