Welcome back to The Bookshelf. Each week I feature an author or book blogger and talk about their bookshelf with them. It’s a light-hearted, book focused, Q&A.
One thing I’ve loved about doing this feature is meeting loads of new authors in a host of genres, not just the ones I read. Today I have a Sci-Fi author who I’m really pleased to introduce to you. Everybody, please meet Richard Dee…
What was the first book you remember having on your bookshelf?
I learned to read in the early 1960’s, the first book I remember was Enid Blyton’s “Five on a Treasure Island,” which I probably received as a present. It got me started on the idea of ordinary people having adventures.
What was the most recent book you added to the bookshelf?
I’m electronic as well these days, I had to downsize, I was running out of room. The last book I added to my Kindle was “The Torcian Chronicles 1 – Defiance,” by P.J. Reed. I do like a dose of High Fantasy and this fits the bill perfectly. And before you wonder, if I enjoy an eBook, I will buy the physical version when I can work out where to fit it onto the bulging shelves.
Which book have you most recently read from your bookshelf?
The last physical book I read was “The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins,” by Antonia Hodgson. So, as you can see, I’ve got pretty wide tastes.
Which 5 books from last year would you not let go of from your bookshelf?
“Small Great Things” by Jodi Picoult, “Sleeper’s Castle” by Barbara Erskine and “Behind the Lie” by Amanda James. Then some that you might not have heard of, from self-published authors like myself. “Storm Log 0505” by James Mortain and “The Redcroft Journals” by K.Y. Eden. I’m a big fan of the great authors that are out there, struggling to gain recognition.
Which books are you most looking forward to adding to your bookshelf?
I can’t really pin it down, I keep my eyes open on my travels and tend to pick up a book on a hunch. A great cover, interesting blurb, I couldn’t be more specific, it wouldn’t just be on name or reputation alone.
What was the most recent addition to your writers bookshelf?
I use “A Short History of Nearly Everything,” by Bill Bryson for research, his writing about history throws up so many interesting facts. And once you start delving into the stories he tells, it leads me down the rabbit hole to a world of invention. I also use the BBC Focus magazine for up to date Sci-fi ideas.
Which of your own books are you most proud of adding to the bookshelf?
Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, it’s something that I wanted to see if I could write, a different kind of Sci-fi, with a female protagonist and a crime twist, like Miss Marple meets Agatha Raisin – in space!
Which book on your bookshelf do you most wish you had written?
A grand adventure, like Isaac Asimov‘s Foundation Series, a Galaxy-spanning tale of our future with the scope for as many sequels and prequels as I wanted.
Is there a WIP we can look forward to adding to our bookshelves?
The sequel to Andorra Pett and the Oort Cloud Café, called Andorra Pett on Mars, will be published in April. Although it’s the second of Andorra’s adventures, it’s a stand-alone story; you don’t need to read the other one first. Of course, I would love you forever it if you did.
Can you share a picture of your bookshelf / favourite bookshelf?
Richard Dee’s Bookshelf
About Richard Dee
I’m Richard Dee, I live in Brixham, Devon and I write Science Fiction and Steampunk adventures, as well as chronicling the exploits of my amateur detective Andorra Pett. I have published seven novels and two collections of short stories. I also have a story in an alternative history collection called 1066 Turned Upside Down. I’m retired from a forty year career at sea. I spent the last twenty years as a Thames Pilot, taking ships of all sizes up and down the river, through the Thames Barrier and Tower Bridge. When I first retired, I set up and ran an organic bakery, then writing took over.
My website is www.richarddeescifi.co.uk, there are lots of freebies, extracts from all my work and a new post about writing, either mine or someone else’s, every week.
I’m on Facebook RichardDeeAuthor
And Twitter Richard Dee Sci-fi
Richard it has been a pleasure having you here, there are a few books here I will be adding to my pile as I’m very intrigued by them including yours. Thanks for stopping by.
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