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After a teaching career, Ross Richdale now writes full time. He has written forty novels, both contemporary and science fiction, all of which are on line as ebooks. He lives in the small university city of Palmerston North in the North Island of New Zealand and is married with three children.

When he is not writing, Ross enjoys designing book covers, drawing and wandering in the countryside.

Many of his novels reflect his interest in the rural lifestyle as well as the cross section of personalities encountered during his years as a teacher. Ordinary people rather than the super rich, the super powerful or violent, are the main characters in his novels. He is also interested in current events and uses international incidents as a backdrop for many of his novels.

Interview with Ross Richdale

Is writing your main profession?

For most of my adult life I was a primary (elementary) school teacher, including many years as a school principal of small country schools in New Zealand. Now I have left teaching, writing has become my main profession.

What book were you forced to read at school that no child should have to study?

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I hated the style used by Victorian novelists (Still do!) To me, the writing seemed so artificial and stilted. As a teenager, I failed to see why these books were so famous.

Name a book that you'd be embarrassed to be seen reading.

Great Expectations by Charles Dickens.

What is the greatest challenge you have had to overcome in your writing career?

My big challenge is eliminating typos and silly little errors. Even word and grammar checks in WORD miss some where the error forms another word. 

Oh yes, American spelling and usage use verses our own. e.g. In New Zealand, farms have paddocks that are meadows in Great Britain and fields elsewhere. Outside my home is a footpath, not a sidewalk. In New Zealand, we use British spelling and my attempts to use American spelling and words in earlier novels often didn't work. For this reason my latest novels all use British spelling. That's me and I have no wish to offend any reader.

What was the book that most influenced your life and why?

Concise Oxford Dictionary. I use it daily for helping do puzzles and crosswords and when I am writing. It also includes American spelling that can be useful.

What is the best writing advice you've ever been given?

Point of View. One cannot have jumping heads... i.e. A reader cannot jump from what one character is thinking to another person's thoughts, all within one one sentence or paragraph. In my more recent novels, I tend to write most of the novel from one character's point of view. If the plot needs something to happen away from this character, I will use a different chapter to change the POV. 

Do you find it difficult to sit down and write for weeks, months, or years on the same book?

Often! I tend to write in the morning and will sometimes sit in front of my screen staring at one sentence for ages, give up and go for a walk. Once I get started, though, the words just roll off my mind and onto the screen. In a couple of hours there is most of a chapter before me. I print it out, fix up errors on the paper version and go back to change the onscreen text. Sometimes I write two chapters (about 6000 words) in a few days while at other times, I only write half a page in a week or decide I don't like a chapter and rewrite it.

When I have finished a book of about 70 000 words, I usually rewrite Chapter 1 or add an extra one to the front so the old Chapter 1 becomes Chapter 2 etc. It takes me about eight months to write a full sized novel. It now takes me longer as I spent more time trying to promote my completed novels and less in actually writing a new one.

What do you think of eBooks? Do you support digital publishing?

Wonderful! 

Without ebooks, I would have given up writing years ago for getting a paperback published is next to impossible. These new readers such as Kindle, Nook, IPad etc. are so good now-a-days that a reader absorbed in a novel doesn't even realise (Yeah, New Zealand spelling) they are reading an electronic device. 

If you could choose one superhero power, what would it be and why?

The ability to jump back through time and space then I could go and check out what it was really like in historical places. I do though, think I'd need some sort of fail-safe system as I'd hate to be beheaded by a Viking in 'When the Longships Came', one of my historical novels coming to eBookMall soon.



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Arising Magic ePub download by Ross Richdale
Arising Magic
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Ross Richdale, November 2012
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Ross Richdale, October 2012
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Ross Richdale, October 2012
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Ross Richdale, October 2012
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When the Longships Came
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Ross Richdale, October 2012
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Ross Richdale, September 2012
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Ross Richdale, September 2012
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Ross Richdale, September 2012
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Writers Exchange E-Publishing, February 2006
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Mind Split
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SynergEbooks, March 2004
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Beyond Infinity
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SynergEbooks, May 2003
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SynergEbooks, March 2002
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SynergEbooks, January 2002
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Liberty & Opportunity
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SynergEbooks, September 2001
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