Posted by Ryder Islington, Author of ULTIMATE JUSTICE, A Trey Fontaine Mystery
I had the honor of allowing Richard H. Hardy to present a guest post and also, to introduce himself and his book, The Infinity, to my wonderful followers and readers. Below is his post on How Your Personal History Affects Your Writing, followed by a Bio, Excerpt of the book, Book Summary, and ways to contact Mr. Hardy, and purchase The Infinity Program.
I love to support authors, and am pleased to have Richard here to share his history, knowledge, skill and of course, his book.
How Your Personal History Affects Your Writing
My family came to the U.S when I was four years old. My father was a Chartered Accountant (the British equivalent of a CPA) and he thought he’d have better career opportunities in the USA. For me, it was a great adventure. I can even remember seeing the Statue of Liberty when we arrived at New York.
My first great discovery in America was the comic book, especially Superman and Captain Marvel. Super powers, spaceships, time machines, other worlds—I was just blown away. To this day I can remember whole panels from these ancient comic books. I used to pretend that I had come from to America from Krypton. When other kids were playing in a sand box, I was dreaming about rocket ships to other worlds.
When I was about thirteen years old I bought a bushel basket filled with Astounding Science Fiction magazines from the 1940s. These timeless classics included writers like Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, L. Sprague Decamp and A.E. Van Vogt. Van Vogt in particular made a huge impression on me with his Worlds of Nul-A. The world of non-Aristotelian logic and General Semantics was pretty heady stuff to wrap my mind around. I was completely hooked by imaginative worlds of Science Fiction. At first it made me want to be a scientist. I began to devour non-fiction books about Relativity Theory and Quantum Mechanics.
When I got older I discovered that there was more to literature than just Science Fiction. Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World and Ape and Essence led me to Antic Hay and Chrome Yellow, Huxley’s satires about English life in the 1920s. From there it was on to authors like Thomas Wolfe and James Joyce. Joyce’s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man was a revelation to me.
The father of one of my college girl friends once said to me, “I never thought I would ever say this to anyone, Richard, but I think you read too much.” I did and I still do. Books are one of the great passions in my life. Put me in a library and I am like an alcoholic in a brewery! It is this long experience with books that led me to be a writer. There’s nothing quite like a well made book in your hand. Nothing can come close to it except 30 or 40 pages of your own work, fresh off the printer. A love of books and a love of writing go together. I was very fortunate to grow up in a home that valued both.
After he retired, he started writing fiction again. The Infinity Program is his first published novel.
Formats/Prices: $5.95 ebook, $13.95 paperback
Genre: Science Fiction, Romance
Release: April 1, 2014
Publisher: Camel Press
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