Friday, April 17, 2020
Interview With Author John D. Richmond
1. What inspired you to write Savant? I decided to write “Savant” as a progression in my journey as a autism parent and advocate. After publishing my first book “Totally Lost: A Brutally Honest Assessment of Raising a Child on the Autism Spectrum,” I felt I had a talent and calling for writing as a means to bring more awareness and attention to Autism.
2. What makes it unique? I think the mission behind “Savant” is what makes it such a unique work: to entertain AND to inform. The protagonist, Michael Avery, has autism and the reader is put into the same situations and life occurrences that those on the autism spectrum deal with on a daily basis.
3. What do we need to know about what the family of an autistic member faces? Autism is a lifelong and life changing condition. For those of us with a family member on the spectrum, life threw us a curveball the moment we got our diagnosis. This is a condition that will define the rest of our lives. Believe me when I say that one person may receive the diagnosis, but the entire family bears the burden.
4. What challenges did you have in penning this book? For me, the hardest part of writing a fiction novel is actually building character profiles. As a writer, I want the characters in my book to reflect the melting pot that is our society. So, coming up with names is very difficult when you want the characters in your book to reflect the diverse population of our country.
5. What advice do you have for authors? Writing a book is a difficult and rewarding experience. Seeing your name in print is one of the coolest things you will ever do. So go for it!
6. Where do you see book publishing heading? Literature is time tested. Obviously, technology will play a role but, in my opinion, there will never be a better medium than the printed word. As for publishing outlets, I think this is where there will be a significant change in the coming years and decades. The new hybrid publishing firms are the way of the future and we will continue to see more authors going this route.
For more info, please see: www.johndrichmond.com
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