Today I am thrilled to welcome Richard Dee to my 2018 Plans and Resolutions series. I loved science fiction books in the past and am trying to rediscover them again so it’s no surprise that I am taking part in the blog tour for Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Cafe next month. So, read on and see if science fiction is something you want to try out this year.
Hello everyone, and thank you for the opportunity to post here. I’m Richard Dee. I’m a retired Master Mariner and Thames River Pilot, living in Brixham, Devon.
I write Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures, which I choose to self-publish through my own imprint, 4Star Scifi.
I currently have seven novels and two collections of short stories available, plus a piece (that I’m rather proud of) in a collection of historical fiction called ‘1066 Turned Upside Down.’
Please don’t ask how a sci-fi author ended up contributing a short story to that. I’m not really sure myself, but it seemed to fit and several people told me that they quite liked it. In 2017 I managed to write over 500,000 words, completing four novels and starting several more. As well as adding to my ongoing series, I have also introduced a new character, accident-prone amateur detective Andorra Pett. Think Agatha Raisin – in space!
I’ve decided that 2018 is the year when I’m going to start marketing my work a bit more actively and increase my online presence. To be honest, I’ve always been a bit nervous of marketing, I think that my books are great, the few reviews I’ve had are good but the idea of trying to persuade people to buy my books is difficult. Sometimes I think that I write to keep me too busy to attempt marketing. But of course, the books won’t sell themselves. I’m lucky to belong to the Exeter Authors Association and between us; we are raising each other’s profile by attending and hosting events. I post weekly on my website and I’m dipping my toes into the world of blog tours and reviewing.
Now before you say that you don’t like Sci-fi or Steampunk, there’s some good news. To enjoy my work, you don’t need to. I try not to make that a requirement. Naturally, the science is there, it’s as logical and realistic as I can make it but it’s not over intrusive, or the main reason for the story. It’s more of a vehicle for a tale that could be set anywhere, an extra character if you like.
And that’s not me saying that, here’s a review of ‘Ribbonworld,’ a conspiracy/chase story I set on an airless planet. “I’m not usually a fan of Science Fiction but Ribbonworld is a thriller that would work in any genre.”
To me, that means I’ve achieved what I set out to do, I’ve not put any readers off, but included enough detail for the aficionado.
Most of my stories are built around the main themes of love, loss and redemption, which are pretty constant; they will still exist in humanity when we are the masters of the Galaxy. The stories just happen to be set in space, or in the future.
You can find more information about my work at www.richarddeescifi.co.uk, where there are lots of freebies and extracts, as well as purchase links for my novels. I’m also on Facebook as RichardDeeAuthor
I look forward to seeing you there.