Interview with Richard DoetschOctober, 2009
SS: How would you describe your life in only 8 words?
RD: A fun filled adventure
SS: What is your motto or maxim?
RD: Nothing is impossible
What Readers want to know...
SS: How would you describe perfect happiness?
RD: Perfect happiness is contentment in the moment without worry of what the future may hold. To me that perfect moment would have to last for a Perfect day:
Write 2,000 words
Swim a mile
Ski for two hours
A home cooked dinner (spare ribs, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, chocolate cake and Coke) with my wife and kids filled with stories and laughter.
A movie (Braveheart, anything Spielberg, Lucas, Jackson, Ridley Scott etc...)
Write a little more
And an hour of solitude with my wife.
SS: What’s your greatest fear?
RD: The sufffering of my wife or children
SS: If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?
RD: In the waters of a tropical island, standing atop a mountain in my skis looking down at eight inches of fresh powder, or in the open door of an airplane with a chute on my back.
SS: With whom in history do you most identify?
RD: Benjamin Franklin
SS: What do you regret most?
RD: Nothing. We need to fail, make mistakes, and have regrets in order to succeed in life.
SS: If you could acquire any talent, what would it be?
RD: Reality: To fly fighter jets Fantasy: Super powers (Superman's would be nice)
SS: What is your greatest achievement?
RD: My children
SS: What’s your greatest flaw?
RD: Perfectionism, sometimes you just have to learn to let it go.
SS: What’s your best quality?
RD: My imagination
SS: What trait is most noticeable about you?
RD: My optimism
SS: What is your biggest pet peeve?
RD: Laziness and people who look to blame others for their life's troubles.
SS: What’s your fantasy profession?
SS: What 3 personal qualities are most important to you?
RD: Honesty, humor, intelligence
SS: If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your days, what would it be?
RD: Peanut Butter and bacon on white toast with a cold Coke
SS: What are your 5 favorite songs?
RD: Saturday Night's Alright for Fighting (Elton John), Hots on for Nowhere, The Rain Song (Zeppelin), Layla (Clapton), Second Wind (The Swag Hooks)
SS: What is your favorite occupation, when you’re not writing?
SS: What are your most overused words or phrases?
RD: Face your fears, nothing is impossible, awesome,
SS: If you could be any person or thing, who or what would it be?
RD: An eagle
SS: Who is your favorite fictional hero?
RD: Atticus Finch, Merlin, Gandalf, Scrooge, and Indiana Jones. Too hard to pick just one.
SS: Who is your favorite fictional villain?
RD: The Joker - the dark twisted one ala Heath Ledger or Alan Moore's The Killing Joke
SS: What is your birthdate?
SS: What were your previous occupations?
RD: Paperboy, caddy, factory worker, dish washer, musician, Santa, Real Estate Exec
SS: What was/is your favorite job?
SS: Name of your favorite composer or music artist?
RD: Zeppelin, Paisley, Bernstein, Holst, Williams
SS: What is your favorite movie?
RD: Raiders of the Lost Ark
SS: What is your favorite television show?
RD: Nova, X-Files, Entourage, Frasier, That 70's Show, Lost, Smallville, Fringe
SS: Where did you go to high school and/or college?
RD: Byram Hills High School, Ithaca, Marist, NYU
Questions About Books and Writing
SS: Who are your favorite authors?
Steve Berry, Clive Cussler, Mary Shelley, Alexander Dumas, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens, Ian Fleming, Dr Seuss, Hemingway, Rudyard Kipling, Jules Verne, HG Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Alistair Maclean, Michael Crichton, William Goldman, Stephen King, Arthur C. Clark, Ray Bradbury
SS: What are your 5 favorite books of all time?
RD: A Christmas Carol, The List of Seven, To Kill a Mockingbird, Fox in Socks, The Guns of Navarone
SS: Is there a book you love to reread?
RD: A Christmas Carol
SS: Do you have one sentence of advice for new writers?
RD: Every one knows moments of agony and ecstasy, triumph and loss, pain and suffering, if you tap into those memories you would be surprised what you can come up with.
SS: What comment do you hear most often from your readers?
RD: I loved the characters as much as the thrill ride
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