Richard Lee Byers

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Interview By: Tamazon

Date: February 04, 2014

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Current Release: The Reaver

Describe your current release in two sentences?

As the Sundering brings calamity to the Sea of Fallen Stars, two very different deities contend for the allegiance of the desperate folk of the region. An infamous pirate finds himself the unlikely champion whose choices and swordsmanship will decide the struggle.

What are you working on?

I just recently turned in the initial draft of a novella set in the “Iron Kingdoms” universe. While I wait for the editor to send me notes telling where I need to revise, I’m planning an urban fantasy novel I hope to get written sometime this year.

Getting a book to market often takes a village. Who has helped you on the way?

I knew that I wanted to be a writer from early on, and my parents and teachers were always encouraging. Later on, I had friends who encouraged me, too, and these days, I get all sorts of aid and support from readers, editors, colleagues, and my agent Andrew Zack.

Do you have a favorite or interesting reader meet moment?

I don’t have one particular one that’s springing to mind. Meeting readers is pretty much always great.

It can be particularly nice when you’re a program participant at an event where there are guests much more famous than you, or where your kind of work isn’t really the focus. (Example: Me at an anime or Star Trek con.) There, any delusions you had of stardom wither before the reality that so many of the attendees plainly don’t know or care who you are. And even if you weren’t actually a puffed-up jerk to start with, it stings your ego a little. In that situation, if a reader does in fact approach you to say hi, get a book signed, or whatever, it’s balm for the soul.

What is your favorite way to procrastinate?

If I finish one project on Wednesday or later, I rationalize that I might as well blow off the rest of the week because there’s no point starting a new one so late in the week. I’ll barely get going before it’s time to knock off for the weekend anyway. Right?

First off, definitely, thanks to everyone who has ever taken a chance on my work.

Thanks, too, if you pick up The Reaver: The Sundering Book IV when it drops February 4th.

You can find all my books listed on Amazon.

I write a monthly opinion column for the SF news site Airlock Alpha. You can find that here:

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