Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Interview With Author Rick Karlsruher

Author of A Story Almost Told

1.      What is A Story Almost Told about? A Story Almost Told is about two years of my life. It starts out innocently with me writing a movie script while living in Philadelphia. Everything was going well. Legendary comic Dick Martin (Laugh-In) wanted to direct it. I was in heaven. Then the bottom started falling out. I unknowingly became the bait in an IRA/FBI sting. Then I moved to California and my life spiraled out of control. Trying to get Standoff made took me across three continents and many harrowing experiences. I was conned out of everything I owned, lost friends and family, saw the horrors of apartheid up close and personal and much, much more.    I got to see everything from Philly to Beverly Hills to Soweto during apartheid, Monte Carlo, Vegas, a New Orleans jail. There were politicians, cops, a baby faced conman and several entertainers. It was the 80s, so Rick James had to be one of them. 

2.      Why are you telling it now? It took over twenty years for the pain to subside. Also dozens, maybe even over a hundred people had heard bits and pieces of the story and pressured me into telling the whole thing. 

3.      What are several takeaways you hope the reader is left with after reading your book? Dreams can become nightmares quite easily. You should chase your dreams while remembering you might wake up.  Most times coincidences are just that. Even if they mount up and keep happening, they are just coincidences. This one is really tough. The worst people can have wonderful families.  Never thought this possible. Sometimes you can be too logical. If you are dealing a bad person, logic doesn't necessarily exist for them.  

4.      What challenges did you overcome to pen it? The story was so raw and painful. Thinking about it was too painful to get started. I had written scripts, songs, poems and other things, but I had never written a book. I was writing by the seat of my pants. I wanted to tell the story as if you were living it with me or sitting with bottle of tequila and listening to it.    

5.      What do you find rewarding about being a published author? This freed me up to start writing again. I've turned Standoff in a book recently and have other projects starting up. 

6.      Any advice to struggling writers? Write you know and what you believe. If you are writing just to make money, you are more likely to fail. It's really hard to get a break. If you are only fighting for a buck, you may not fight as hard as when you have your heart and soul into it. There's a lot of competition.  I also used my own trials and tribulations to start an ebook for new authors to help them get a leg up. It's called Noveltunity(r) (www.noveltunity.com ). Feel free to contact me rick@novelunity.com.

7. Where do you see book publishing in a few years?  Unlike many, I don't see traditional publishing dying like newspapers. It may lose market share but not like many seem to think. I see audio books become much, much more popular due to tablet, wireless devises and connectivity. Another trend is that TV shows and movies will continue to purchase more and more books. It's becoming easier to sell a book to a studio than a script. A book has a following


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